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    From the President

    Andrew Westmoreland
    Dr. Andrew Westmoreland
    There are many great institutions of higher education, but there is only one Samford University. Here, a dedicated faculty and energetic students join to create a community of learning and faith like no other. The beauty of Samford’s campus is virtually matchless, but it pales in comparison to the quality of our people. From the classrooms and laboratories to the artistic stages and athletic venues, the minds and souls of Samford people make the real difference. Samford people bring the best, they are demanding and compassionate, they know the importance of engaging the world with a faith that calls them to serve. Each Monday, I share one of their incredible stories to illustrate how our people impact the world.

    Monday Mission: 

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    August  03

    We all know the frustration of a bag that rips open in the parking lot, our purchases tumbling in all directions.

    We all know the frustration of a bag that rips open in the parking lot, our purchases tumbling in all directions.  A few weeks ago—in the early evening—I was walking across campus when I heard the sound of cans and bottles crashing upon concrete.  I turned to locate the noise and I saw one of our custodians already bent over a burst garbage bag, grabbing items that were beginning to roll down the hill.  Just as quickly, I glanced around to see one of our students, out for a walk, ever-present earbuds in place, suddenly running to assist the custodian.  I watched for a few seconds as he collected garbage and she thanked him for his help.   It was the spontaneity of the young man that captured my attention.  His action were prompted by first instincts.  Does Samford have a lock on that kind of helpfulness?  Hardly.  But the “first instinct” response of our people is a joy to see.

    The world is better because of the healthy, meaningful interaction that takes place at Samford every day.