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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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    July  27

    How College Works is a book written a couple of years ago by Dan Chambliss and Christopher Takacs.

    How College Works is a book written a couple of years ago by Dan Chambliss and Christopher Takacs.  Chambliss is a long-time faculty member at Hamilton College in New York, where he has studied the factors that contribute to the success of college students.  A very simple summary of the book is that a great college experience is built on relationships with two or three friends and meaningful encounters with one or two faculty members.  Everything else pales by comparison.  On the basis of hundreds of conversations with our alums, my guess is that this thesis is correct, at least as far as Samford is concerned.  For all the efforts throughout higher education today to provide every possible environmental factor to improve college life, key relationships will always have the greatest influence.        

    The world is better because relationships are cherished at Samford.