"... enjoy a photo album of homecoming memories and make plans to join the fun in 2007..."
Perfect weather provided the backdrop for a near-perfect homecoming weekend Oct. 19-22 at Samford University. Alumni and their families swarmed the campus for a weekend full of food, fellowship, fun and football.
Despite a tough 10-6 loss to nationally-ranked Tennessee-Martin in the homecoming football game, the weekend was a success based on participation by students, alumni and other guests.
Four graduates were recognized as Alumni of the Year before a sell-out crowd at the annual homecoming banquet Friday night. Honored were Bill Cash ’69 of Birmingham, Pat M. Courington Sr. ’46 of Albertville, Ala., Martha Ann Cox ’60 of Talladega, Ala., and S. Todd Crider ’87 of New York City.
The classes of 1946, 1956 and 1981 had special reunion events, and hundreds enjoyed the all-alumni reunion luncheons that were split between the Beeson University Center dining hall and the University Quadrangle. At least 12 organizations and other groups had reunion events on the Quad as part of the Homecoming Festival, which was highlighted by a performance by the Samford Gospel Choir.
A parade wound through the campus and featured floats, dignitaries and the Samford Marching Band and cheerleaders. New Samford President Andrew Westmoreland and his family were parade grand marshals.
Senior business major Christina Knox of Homewood was crowned homecoming queen by the 2005 queen Emily Morris and the 1981 queen Kathy Perrigin Clay of Vestavia Hills, Ala. Clay was the 25-year reunion queen.
The Friday night homecoming bash included bands, a pep rally, bonfire and fireworks. A band party on Saturday night celebrated the grand opening of O’Henry’s Coffee in Beeson University Center. Both events were coordinated by the Student Activities Council.
The annual homecoming worship service was led by Frank Lewis ’81, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., Ken Berg ’77, minister of music at Birmingham’s Mountain Brook Baptist Church, and Sara Pate Bryan ’62, organist at Birmingham’s Shades Crest Baptist Church.
New officers were elected at the annual meeting of the Samford Alumni Association: Mark Davidson ’92 of Mobile, Ala., president; Gregory Powell ’81 of Birmingham, vice president/president-elect; and Martha Ann Cox ’60 of Talladega, Ala., secretary. Tom D. Armstrong ’73 of Birmingham is immediate past president.
Alumni and other Samford friends who weren't able to attend the festivities this year can at least enjoy a photo album of homecoming memories and make plans to join the fun in 2007!
Complete homecoming coverage can be found in the winter issue of Seasons magazine.