October 21, 2013
All roads apparently lead to Nanchang, China. I am writing today from Nanchang where I just concluded discussions with officials at Jiangxi Normal University regarding collaboration. But the city of Nanchang is important for another reason: it is the current home of a young lady named Caroline, Samford Class of 2013. She is here teaching English to 160 students at a local University. Caroline and I happened to walk into the Pete Hanna Center together on Commencement morning last May and when I asked her what she would be doing after graduation, she replied that she would be working in China. "Maybe our paths will cross," I said. So I was struck two days ago when I received my trip itinerary and--of all places--Nanchang was one of my stops. I was impressed today as she told me how she cherishes her work and her students. Her concluding comment: "Samford prepared me very well."
The world is better because Samford people (like Caroline) are everywhere.
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Our Core Values
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- belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
- engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
- learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
- personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
- vocational success and civic engagement.
- spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
- integrity, honesty, and justice.
- appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
- stewardship of all resources.
- service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.
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