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Samford in the News – June 2014

Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-07-07

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 Responds to Alabama 'Whistleblower' Case

Then law school dean John Carroll was quoted extensively in stories distributed by al.com about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case involving a former Alabama legislator and the testimony of a program director who fired the legislator. "I don't think it's really going to afford significantly more protection for public employee free speech than we used to have before," Carroll said. If a public employee is fired for testifying under subpoena about something outside their normal job description then the public official who fired them would not have immunity from a lawsuit, Carroll said.

Music Camp Gets Local Media Attention

The 25th anniversary of Samford's Adventures in Music camp for children received local media attention. In a story distributed by al.com, program director Connie Macon said, "The combination of collaborative music, solo study, accelerated music theory and music literature classes, and many opportunities for performance combine with the Samford campus experience."

Hale's Samford Connection Continues to Get Mentions

Alumnus Tony Hale continues to garner national attention for Samford in interviews about his various award-winning acting roles. In a story distributed by zap2it.com, he talks about his time at Samford. Hale initially studied journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and when he graduated was unsure of what he wanted to do, according to the story. "There is so much pressure that senior year of college to figure out what you want," Hale says. "I am 43, and I don't have it figured out."

White Named One of Birmingham's "Beautiful People"

Pharmacy faculty member Whitney White was named one of Birmingham magazine's 20 "Beautiful People" for 2014 in the June issue. Her profile discussed her teaching at Samford and her work with patients through St. Vincent's Medical Center. In a related story distributed by al.com, White said, "I'm hoping to impact the lives of others through making sure that their medicines are correct and optimal for them."

Alumnus Honored for Research, Writing; Featured in Profile

J.K. Folmar, a 1950 Samford graduate, was featured in a recent profile by the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Tribune Reviewafter being named to the Jemison (Ala.) High School Wall of Fame. Folmer taught at California (Pa.) University and is a noted Civil War historian. "If you are a native of the South, you don't have to learn about the Civil War, it's there," said Folmar. "There's never been a Civil War like ours, where the folks who lost are more glorified than those who won."

Law Alumna Named BitPay Officer

Anjali Kamath, a 2004 Cumberland Law School graduate, has been named general counsel for BitPay, the parent company for the Bitcoin payment system. She is based in Atlanta. The story of her appointment was picked up by international media outlets, including CNBC and Reuters, and mentioned her Samford degree.

George Addresses Decline in Southern Baptist Baptisms

In a blog widely distributed by Christianity Today, Beeson Divinity School dean Timothy George expressed his opinions about recent reports of declines in baptisms among Southern Baptist churches."While seeking to stem the decline in the number of baptisms, Baptists today would do well to recover the rich theological meaning of baptism itself as set forth by those who were first called Baptists," George wrote. In a later story distributed by Christianity Today, George addressed baptism of young children. "Baptizing younger and younger children is a way of inculturating them to be Baptist," he said. The practice "calls radically into question what Baptists have historically said baptism means. For Baptists, baptism is supposed to be a confession of faith, a life commitment."

New Business Advisory Group to Help Samford Students

A new advisory group of Birmingham business leaders will provide information resources and networking opportunities for Brock School of Business students. "We want to give back to the business community and help the Brock School of Business develop the next generation of business leaders," said member Jeff Cooke, president of Access Marketing, in a story distributed by bizjournals.com.

Music Alumna to Teach at Mission School

In a profile distributed by the Gadsden (Ala.) Times, 2014 graduate Emily Smith talked about how her Samford experiences prepared her to teach music at a mission school in McAllen, Texas, that serves young Mexican girls. She became familiar with the school while on mission trips to nearby Reynosa, Mexico. "My contract begins Aug. 1 and is for one year," she said. "I have felt God's calling for me to do this work; it's for a purpose far greater than I can imagine."

Alumnus Chosen for Tech Business Program

Jonathan Robinson, a 2007 Samford graduate, is one of 11 applicants chosen for the prestigious Techstars innovative business program based in Austin, Texas. In a profile distributed by al.com, Robinson talked about how his business, freetextbooks.com, germinated during his undergraduate years and has grown since. "We're sort of passing a chasm now where it's less 'Hey, I built this business,' and more building a good team and becoming a good manager," Robinson said. "The scale kinda changes as you grow, so I have to keep learning and pouring into things."

Pharmacy Students Get Media Attention for Award

Students from McWhorter School of Pharmacy received international attention for a recent community service award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The award is for work done by students, led by faculty member DeeAnn Dugan, to provide health-care service to underserved residents of Alabama, particularly in rural areas. The story was picked up by multiple media outlets, including Reuters

Privacy of Online Photos May Be in 'Gray Area,' Hartzog Says

In a story distributed nationally by CBS and picked up by the Birmingham affiliate, law school faculty member Woodrow Hartzog spoke to privacy issues of photos posted in public spaces that are picked up and used by others. "Memes like this, while mean-spirited and hurtful, are often at best legally in the grey area," Hartzog said. "Legal recourse for these kinds of action is notoriously elusive."

Carden Responds to Starbucks' Tuition Offer

Business faculty member Art Carden was quoted extensively in a story distributed by al.com about the recent announcement that Starbucks would offer tuition reimbursement for employees. Carden said the program was a "very bold and interesting move. By offering to pay people's college tuition or offering people scholarships, in effect what they're doing is asking employees to make a long-term commitment to Starbucks. So in turn, Starbucks will make a long-term commitment to them."

Alumnus Hopes to Revitalize Anniston Parish

Chris Hartley, a 1991 Samford graduate and recently ordained Episcopal priest, was featured in a profile in the Anniston (Ala.) Star about his first parish assignment. Hartley said he hopes to revitalize the parish while meeting the needs of the surrounding community. "You don't have to walk a block from our church to see need," Hartley said. "We're up to our eyebrows in it."  

Based on the university's media tracking services, Samford received 533 mentions in various media outlets during this period. Other stories that generated multiple local, regional and/or national attention for Samford included athletics, Alabama Governor's School, deans' lists hometown stories, and the Miss Alabama pageant.

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