June 2, 2014
Last month I was copied in an e-mail message from Cassandra Adams, the Director of the Community Mediation Center and Public Interest Program for our Cumberland School of Law. In the message, Cassandra offered praise for Denise Gregory, Samford’s Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, for her efforts on behalf of a student who was interested in attending law school. In part, Cassandra wrote:
“More than four years ago, Dr. Denise Gregory was renting a car from Enterprise and met a young lady who was a recent college graduate working for the company. While processing Denise’s rental paperwork, they began talking about the young lady’s future goals. That was when she shared that she wanted to attend law school. Denise told her to contact me and to say ‘Dr. Gregory referred you,’ which was code for, ‘Cassandra you better help that girl!’ She contacted me and I followed through on my mandate. Yesterday, to my delight, I received the email below . . .”
“I just wanted to let you know that I have been accepted into Cumberland. This has definitely been a journey and I thank you for all of your encouragement and help along the way. I look forward to seeing you this fall.”
While Cassandra was writing to thank Denise for discovering the prospect, it is clear that Cassandra was faithful in following through on her “mandate.” The story reminds each of us that a shared focus on students is always a good thing.
The world is better because of Cassandra Adams and Denise Gregory.
The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.
Our Core Values
The Samford community values lifelong:
- 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.
Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.