December 14, 2006

Samford Publishes Yearbook After 13-Year Hiatus

"...The revived yearbook combines the large format, hard binding and attention to the full range of student activities of the original volumes with the creative design, feature writing and photography of recent years..."

Entre NousSamford has resumed publication of a traditional-style yearbook after a 13-year hiatus. Volume  86 of Entre Nous records both the official and the unofficial life of the university in the 2005-2006 academic year and continues a Samford tradition that began in 1910. The revived yearbook combines the large format, hard binding and attention to the full range of student activities of the original volumes with the creative design, feature writing and photography of recent years.

Entre Nous adopted a magazine format after 1993 due to lack of interest in the traditional yearbook. But, in recent years, Samford and other  universities recognized that their communities were poorer without documentation of shared experience.

In 2005, Vice-President for University Relations Michael Morgan and Executive Director of Communications Philip Poole proposed that the incoming 2006 Entre Nous magazine staff revive the traditional yearbook format as a way to recapture some of the history and sense of community present in earlier volumes.

The student editorial staff had the opportunity to bow out when the larger project was proposed but took up the challenge with relish. Editor Ashley McLeery, Art Director Sarah Dockery, Photo Editor Nick Holdbrooks and Assistant Editor Emily Vernon completed most of the work in May but computer software problems delayed final production until this fall. Holdbrooks remained with the project through the summer and fall to complete layout. University Relations employees Sean Flynt and Caroline Summers joined Donovan Harris, director of art and production for The Progressive Farmer Magazine, on the Entre Nous professional advisory team.

Taylor Publishing completed printing of Entre Nous in December. Samford then took the innovative step of sending Entre Nous to the home addresses of all 2005-2006 full-time day undergraduate students.  The books–unique and historic Christmas presents for the whole family to enjoy–were expected to arrive starting this week.