November 3, 2008
Our Samford story for the week features a young lady who received her degree from Samford last spring. This fall she began a stint with Teach for America, teaching 110 seventh graders in an inner-city school in a major city in the United States. A few days ago, she wrote to her friends that eight of her 110 students passed their state test last year, she's already been told by teachers she respects that some students just aren't going to make it and it would be a waste of time to try to teach them, and that most of her students miss at least one day of school each week. In the midst of this turmoil, our recent graduate says, "Teaching is the biggest learning experience I've ever had, and one of the most difficult challenges I've ever faced. It calls me to re-examine who I am and how I've acted every day. God shows me how I've failed every day, and He gently reminds me that tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to change."
The world is better because of our caring and competent graduates.
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.