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Samford in the News – Week of Jan. 14

Posted by Philip Poole on 2013-01-18

A round-up of selected Samford University references in news outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking service and may not be a comprehensive list.

Hartzog Addresses Facebook Privacy Issues

Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law assistant professor, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the loss of privacy with Facebook posts. "A lot of this stuff that was previously unlikely to be seen outside of a small group of people will now easily be found through search on Facebook," said Hartzog. The story was picked up by several other media outlets.


Alumnus Appointed to TVA Board

Samford alumnus Joe Ritch of Huntsville has been appointed to the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors, only the second Alabamian to serve on the board in its 79-year history. "I have a whole lot to learn and I am looking forward to working with the board and TVA. Since TVA serves about one-third of our state, I hope to become an advocate for Alabama issues and concerns," said Ritch, who earned his law degree at Samford in 1975.The story was reported by several media outlets nationally.


Student Speaks on Immigration Reform

Current Samford student Taylor Bell was quoted in a Jan. 16 Huffington Post story on immigration reform. "For many college students, it wasn't until the passage of HB56 and stories of families being split up, that we realized we have a civil rights issue in our hands right here in our state that we as Christians are called to respond to," Bell said.


Stokes' Research on Family Breakdown Highlighted

Scholar-in-residence Chuck Stokes was quoted in a story distributed through Yahoo and several other media outlets on research he conducted on the breakdown of family units. "This report helps fill in some important gaps in the complex portrait of what happens to children after parental divorce. Drawing upon the latest social-scientific evidence, it issues a clarion call to faith communities to pay closer attention to the needs of some of their most vulnerable members."


Atchley Describes Comet

In a segment featured Jan. 15 on Birmingham's ABC affiliate, George Atchley, director of Samford's Christenberry Planetarium, described the effects of the ISON comet that will pass by earth later this year. "ISON is following a path strikingly similar to the great comet of 1680, which put on a spectacular light show," Atchley said.


Vizzina Addresses Nutrition Issues

Chris Vizzina, executive chef with Campus Dining, Inc., was featured in a Jan. 14 segment on Birmingham's Fox affiliate that focused on new advertisements being distributed by Coca-Cola and addressing obesity issues. "Anything in moderation, we need to take responsibility for ourselves," Vizzina said. "I care about our students and everyone who dines with us."


Bains Discusses Gay Marriage Decision by National Cathedral

Religion professor David Bains was quoted in a Jan. 13 story in the WashingtonTimes on the affect of a decision to perform same-sex marriages by Washington's National Cathedral. Bains has researched and written extensively about the Cathedral. "This current action, however, is probably the most potentially divisive act the cathedral's leadership has taken in its history," Bains said. 


Walthall Speaks on Alabama Constitutional Reform

Samford law professor Howard Walthall was quoted in a Jan. 13 story in The Gadsden Times about proposed changes in the Alabama state constitution that would impact local governance. This would be a form of checks and balances," said Walthall, who serves as an advisor to the state's Constitutional Revision Commission.


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