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Samford in the News – Feb. 17-28, 2014

Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-03-02

 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. 

Georges' Presentation at Judson Gets National Exposure

A series of Christian Emphasis Week presentations by Beeson Divinity School Dean Timothy George and his wife Denise at Judson College was reported in a story distributed nationally by Baptist Press. The common thread running through the messages delivered by the Georges is that all persons are created in God's image, and that this core doctrine deeply impacts the way in which we should live with and care for all persons.

Hartzog Quoted in California Newspaper

Cumberland School of Law faculty member Woodrow Hartzog, who is nationally-recognized for his expertise in privacy laws, was quoted in a recent column in the Bakersfield Californian and distributed by TCM.net. Recalling an interview with Hartzog that ran on NPR, columnist Jamie Butow quotes Hartzog as saying that "the real threat doesn't come with a secret coming through email but rather information that's being taken out of context. And so if you're not there to explain what this email meant, then perhaps it'd be misinterpreted and could lead to problems."

Science and Religion Grant Earns Media Mentions

Grants received by Samford's Center for Science and Religion were reported on al.com and by other media outlets. "From the beginning, our vision has been to create a major international center," said Samford professor and project leader Steve Donaldson. "These new opportunities, combined with a current research grant and other foundational Center for Science and Religion activities, have opened the door to long-term influence in our geographical region and beyond."

Carden Quoted in Story on Wisconsin Job Training Program

Brock School of Business faculty member Art Carden was quoted in a story distributed widely by watchdog.org. "There are worse ways for governments to use money, but when all is said and done, I don't think programs like these are all they're cracked up to be," Carden said. "Less visible (but no less real) are the things we have to give up in order to pay for workforce training programs."

Business Alumnus Gets National Attention for New Post

John O'Donnell, who earned an M.B.A. from Samford in 1974, recently was appointed chief financial officer for a national cyber-security company based in Austin, Texas. The story was picked up by media outlets across the U.S. "Being a part of fast-past technology organization is my passion. Managing and leading triple digit growth presents unique challenges that only the most seasoned financial professions can do effectively," said O'Donnell.

Women Seeking Employment Face Obstacles, Helms Says

In an interview aired several times on Birmingham's ABC affiliate, Brock School of Business faculty member Sara Helms said obstacles faced by women seeking employment in a changing job market are not uncommon. "The jobs that we lost [during the recession] are not the same jobs that were added back in," Helms said.

DiRusso Featured in U.S. News Story on Estates

Cumberland School of Law faculty member Alyssa DiRusso was quoted extensively in a story on settling estates that first appeared in U.S. News & World Report and was picked up nationally by other media outlets. If you have a group of like-minded, reasonable adults, your settlement paperwork costs are probably going to be "fairly simple and inexpensive because all of the beneficiaries can sign off on the accounting … without a hearing or judicial invention," said DiRusso.

Fuller Speaks to Salaries of Megachurch Pastors

In a story aired several times by Birmingham's NBC affiliate, Beeson Divinity School professor Tom Fuller said the IRS does provide some guidelines for churches to ensure that a pastor's compensation does not become excessive. "Typically they would begin with some sort of sanction and then if the situation was not remedied they might proceed to revoke their tax exempt status," Fuller said.

Changes in Local Law Firms Reflect National Situations, Carroll Says

Major changes in several prominent Birmingham law firms reflect professional challenges faced by firms and attorneys across the U.S., according to Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll. In an interview aired several times by Birmingham's Fox affiliate, Carroll said, "The legal profession is like every other profession that is having some shakeout because of the length and depth of the recession. Generally, the legal profession is having to be more responsive to economics of the profession and that sort of thing, so what you're seeing is some shakeout at some of these firms. Almost every entity had to rethink its economic model and the way it has done business in the past.

Alumnus Featured in Black History Month Presentation

In a story reported by the Decatur (Ala.) Daily News 1990 Cumberland School of Law graduate Paul Holland was one of three individuals featured in a Black History Month presentation by a Decatur 8th grader Destiny Wynn. Holland recalled the loneliness as the sole black male student at Cumberland. "We are not there yet, but every year we come closer," Holland said. "I am standing on 400 years of struggle and it is time for someone to stand on my shoulders. My mother always told me, 'You're no better than anybody else, but you're as good as anybody.' Our children need to hear that."

White Quoted in Washington Post Story

In a story distributed by The Washington Post, Brock School of Business faculty member Darin White discussed Loudon County, Va.'s, marketing partnership with the Washington Redskins NFL team. White said there might be a "prestige factor" to having the team headquartered in Loudoun, even though the team plays its home games in Maryland and carries Washington's name. "My guess is that, if you were to poll your average NFL fan, very, very few people would know that they actually are headquartered in a completely different place, which questions whether the county is really getting any value for that," White said.


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