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Samford in the News – April 1-16, 2014

Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-04-18

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. 

McCaslin's High School Project Continues to Draw Interest

A project started by Samford junior Mari Caroline McCaslin while she was in high school was featured recently in a story distributed by goupstate.com in Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C. McCaslin's work with an orphanage in Nicaragua was part of a feature story about projects started by students at an area high school that have continued beyond graduation. "Little did I know that when I began my senior project it would impact me more than I could have ever imagined," McCaslin said. "My project helped me grow in so many ways and also helped me to realize my love for orphans and missions."

Cumberland Alumna Chosen as National Woman of the Year

Susan Reid, a 1977 Cumberland School of Law graduate, was named 2014 Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. In a story that garnered national media attention, Reid said, "I fell in love with real estate law right from the beginning." She is general counsel with an Atlanta-area firm.

Hartzog Research Cited in National Story

Research by Cumberland School of Law faculty member Woodrow Hartzog was cited in a recent story distributed by Information Week about a case involving Wyndham World Wide and the Federal Trade Commission about computer security practices. "FTC privacy jurisprudence is the broadest and most influential regulating force on information privacy in the United States -- more so than nearly any privacy statute or common law tort," according to Hartzog.

Death of Famous Actress Generates National Attention for Samford

The recent death of actress Mary Anderson generated national attention for Samford. Rhett was a student in the 1930s when she was "discovered" by director George Cukor during his search for an actress to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind." Rhett later was cast in the role of Maybelle Merriwether in the film and starred in other movies. Her obituary mentioned her time at then-Howard College.

Bike Ride Receives Regional Coverage

The annual Old Howard 100 bike ride was covered by several media outlets across the state. In a story aired by Tuscaloosa's WVUA-TV, Howard College of Arts and Sciences associate dean Rosemary Fisk noted that the ride supports the Sowing Seeds of Hope ministry. Fisk said, "A good cause, which works for quality of life issues here in Perry County. Last year we were able to donate over $5500 to Sowing Seeds of Hope, This year will be more than that, we can already see that."

HEAL Speaker Featured in Immunization Story

In a story distributed by al.com in advance of the annual Healthcare, Ethics and Law Institute annual meeting, plenary speaker Lisa Lee spoke about voluntary vs. mandatory immunizations for healthcare professionals. "The factors are ease, ability and costs," Lee said, describing why health care workers may or may not get vaccinated. "When we mandate it, compliance is close to 100 percent. So the question is, is requiring it justified?"

McDonald Featured in al.com Profile

Current journalism and mass communication major Haley MacDonald was featured in a recent profile distributed by al.com for her work as an intern with Birmingham magazine. Citing the important role of internships, editor Carla Jean Whitley said, "This semester, [McDonald] has been a tremendous asset to our team. Hayley stays busy outside of work, too; she's the editor-in-chief of Samford's Exodus magazine and works part-time at Seibel's in Homewood. With graduation on the horizon, we're eager to see where she lands next."

Waltrip Appearance at Samford Draws Local Media Interest

Several Birmingham area media outlets covered a recent campus appearance by NASCAR veteran and ESPN analyst Darrell Waltrip, whose daughter Sara is a Samford student. Waltrip spoke to students about the importance of faith and family in a forum sponsored by the journalism and mass communication department. His appearance included a fundraiser for the Feed the Children organization, which was mentioned in several media stories. He was also interviewed about the May race at Talladega Speedway.

Based on the university's media tracking services, Samford received 239 mentions in various media outlets during this period. Other stories that generated multiple local, regional and/or national attention included athletics, a statewide geography bee for middle and high school students, awards won by law school students, arts events and a local congressional debate held on campus.

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