October 31, 2011
The weekend before last, Dr. Serena Simoni of our political science department accompanied six students to the 2011 National Model United Nations held in Washington, D.C., joining representatives from eighty universities from around the world. The Samford team was selected to receive the ‘Honorable Mention’ award, no small accomplishment given the intense competition. Head delegate Devon Arnold and delegates Gabriella Cappo, Samantha McFarland, Mary Evelyn Todd, Thomas Espy and Andrew Mays were recognized at the closing ceremony for their performance in representing the Republic of Portugal. Dr. Simoni adds, “As a new faculty member at Samford University I want to stress how impressed I was by the seriousness and the competence of our students’ participation. I felt proud of them and very happy to be their Model UN Advisor. I believe that programs like this strongly contribute to the preparation of our students who will soon enter an increasingly competitive world.”
The world is better because of Samford’s engagement with global issues.
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.