April 25, 2008

Honors: Student, Professor Win National Writing Honors, Awards Recognize Earth Day Exhibits, Artwork

Student, Professor Win National Writing Honors

Samford University student Jonathan Coley has won a national essay contest sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Coley, a sophomore political science major from Germantown, Tenn., won the museum’s 2008 Genocide Prevention Op-Ed Writing and Video Contest for an essay on genocide in Darfur that was published in the March 5 issue of The Crimson, Samford’s student newspaper.

In addition to recognition on the museum’s website, Coley will be presented at the national Day of Remembrance ceremony on May 1 and participate in several other events at the museum.  He also will meet with human rights experts while in Washington.

Coley said he became interested in the Holocaust and other genocide issues because of the genocide course he is taking during the spring semester.  He submitted the essay at the urging of Crimson editors and his professor, Fred Shepherd.  Because there were more than 100 entrants, Coley said he didn’t expect to win.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invited college and high school students to write an op-ed or compose a video responding to the question “What advice would you give the next U.S. President on preventing and responding to threats of genocide and related crimes against humanity?” 

The essays and videos were judged by actress and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, and John Prendergast, co-chair of ENOUGH!, an international human rights advocacy group.

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The Winning Essay

Beeson Professor Wins Book Of The Year Honors

A book by a professor at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School has been named 2008 book of the year by Preaching Magazine.

Doctrine That Dances: (B&H Publishing) by Dr. Robert Smith, Jr., professor of Christian preaching at Beeson, was hailed for its practical counsel that will help doctrinal preaching "dance rather than drag."

"At a time when so much of the conversation on preaching deals with presentation, Robert Smith has reminded us that effective teaching must also take the theological task seriously," writes Preaching editor Michael Duduit in the March-April issue of the magazine.

Smith, an ordained Baptist minister, is a frequent speaker at national and international conventions. He is a contributing editor of a study of Christian ministry in the African-American church, "Preparing for Christian Ministry," and with Beeson dean Dr. Timothy George is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey: Reflections on Racial Reconciliation.

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Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life
Samford’s Beeson Divinity School

Awards Recognize Earth Day Exhibits, Artwork

Samford celebrated Earth Day on Thursday, April 17 as part of a weeklong focus on environmental stewardship. Organizers presented the following awards for the day’s top exhibits and artwork:

Best Overall
Department of Classics: Rome’s Renewable Resources

Most Informative
Vermaculture: Cody Penrod, Hunter Boyette, and Austin Davis, representing Foundations of Biology  (Dr. Malia Fincher)
Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

Most Creative
Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honorary Society, faculty sponsor Amanda Borden

Best Use of Theme
Birmingham Department of Public Works

Best in Show, 2008 Earth Day Art Show  
“Pectam”: Color photograph by Joe Zellner

2nd Place Award, 2008 Earth Day Art Show   
“Crepuscular”: Color photograph by Brad Miller

3rd Place Award, 2008 Earth Day Art Show
“City Moon”: Acrylic painting by John Bowles

Honorable Mention, 2008 Earth Day Art Show
“Kalaloch”: Color photograph byJoe Zellner

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Earth Day 2008