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Samford in the News – Jan 1-11, 2014

Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-01-13

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. 

Carroll Speaks on McMath Situation

In an interview on Birmingham's Fox affiliate, Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll spoke on the case of Jahi McMath, a California teenager declared brain dead after surgery. "If the brain is not functioning at all, then you are legally dead," Carroll said. "And, that's what the doctors in California are saying. As a parent, I understand [her parents]. But, the law recognizes a certain definition of death and she meets that."

Alumna Featured in Pensacola Story

In a story distributed by the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, 2010 Samford alumna Kaitlyn McCulley was featured as a young professional who was quickly rising in her career. "No two days are ever the same. Ever. This career definitely keeps me on my toes. Most days, I'm what we call a 'one-person-band' or 'multimedia journalist.' That's a clever way of saying I shoot my own video, conduct my own interviews, write the script and then report in front of the camera,'' she says.

Johnson's New Position Garners National Attention for Samford

Stories announcing a new career move by 2007 Samford alumnus Vince Johnson drew media notices from California to Georgia and included information about his Samford connection. Johnson is the new publisher of the Forsyth (Ga.) County News. "Vince has done much in the last two years to grow our digital revenues here at Signal Multimedia and was instrumental in establishing greater integration of our digital and print products to offer more to our readers," said Signal Publisher/Executive Producer Randy Morton.

Nabers Appointment Also Garners Major Media Attention

The story announcing the appointment of Drayton Nabers Jr. of Birmingham as director of Samford's Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership was distributed widely by bizjournals.com and the Associated Press and picked up by media outlets across the U.S., including the Chattanooga Times-Free Press among many others.

Cynthia Lohrke Speaks on Announced Job Cuts in Birmingham

In a story distributed by al.com, Brock School of Business faculty member Cynthia Lohrke spokes about the impact of job cuts announced by BBVA-Compass that primarily will affect Birmingham operations. "As we see more and more mergers and banks get larger and more national or even international, outsourcing becomes a more viable option and a more economically reasonable option," she said. "You get economies of scale with software and hardware and even labor."

Samford Gets Attention from National Championship Game

Samford was mentioned repeatedly in stories distributed nationally and internationally in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 football national championship game. References were made to the fact that Florida State University head coach Jimbo Fisher was a former Samford student-athlete and later an assistant coach and that Auburn University offensive coordinator Rhett Lashley was a former Samford coach. "Those were some of the most happy times in my life back then, even though we were making $15,000 a year, just coaching ball and happy and proud I was trying to be a college football coach," Fisher said at the opening media conference for the game.

Franz Lohrke Shares Tips for Entrepreneurs

In astory distributed Jan. 10 by al.com, Brock School of Business entrepreneurship professor Franz Lohrke shared seven habits of successful entrepreneurs. The last few years have been challenging for entrepreneurs, but there are signs that the climate is improving. "It is extremely difficult to generalize about entrepreneurs," he said. "Researchers have been trying to discover common characteristics for decades, but research hasn't found too many generalizations."

Segrest's Hiring At Arkansas Gets National Attention for Samford

When Samford assistant coach Rory Segrest was hired recently as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas, the news was picked up by media outlets from coast-to-coast. All mentioned that he was a former coach at Samford. "We had an exceptional pool of candidates and Rory's name kept coming to the top in every category as I went through the search process," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "I took notice of his coaching abilities as we prepared to play Samford this past season."


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