February 17, 2006

Students Revive Traditional Entre Nous Yearbook

"...In 2006, for the first time in 13 years, Samford will publish a traditional student yearbook. February brings the last chance for graduating seniors to have their portraits made free-of-charge for the revived Entre Nous..."

In 2006, for the first time in 13 years, Samford will publish a traditional student yearbook. February brings the last chance for graduating seniors to have their portraits made free-of-charge (see photo schedule below,) for the revived Entre Nous, which ceased publication in its traditional format after the 1993 volume. Since then, the role of the yearbook has been filled by several smaller, magazine-style publications.

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. President Thomas E. Corts was an early supporter of the proposal. "The idea of a yearbook seems to be coming back, as publishing becomes a simpler process, and as people realize that they lost something when they could not reach out for a hard cover book and look up their friends, check a spelling or date, be reminded of some fond memory," Corts said.

The all-student editorial staff of the publication was selected in spring 2005 with the understanding that it would be producing the smaller-scale magazine that replaced the yearbook. Each of the four editors had the opportunity to bow out when the larger project was proposed, but they took up the challenge with relish. Now Editor Ashley McLeery, Art Director Sarah Dockery, Photo Editor Nick Holdbrooks and Assistant Editor Emily Vernon are halfway through the project.

"Changing the design from a magazine to a yearbook has been a challenge but worthwhile," McLeery said. "I hope the yearbook is a publication that the students will keep and cherish not just now, but years down the road. The magazine style was great, but many tossed it aside, not really thinking of it as a yearbook".

Donovan Harris, a Samford alumnus and director of art and production for The Progressive Farmer Magazine, serves as the project's principal advisor, while University Photographer Caroline Summers serves as photo advisor. Sean Flynt, Samford's electronic news editor, serves as the University Relations advisor to the project. Flynt, who often writes about Samford history, said he values early volumes of Entre Nous for what they reveal about the unofficial culture of the University throughout the 20th century. "At it's best," he said, "Entre Nous has shown us generations of students as they actually were—quirky, surprising, difficult to stereotype. That helps us understand the history of Samford in ways that official documents like catalogs and trustee records can't."

Howard College students published the first volume of Entre Nous in 1910. The revived Entre Nous yearbook will combine the large format, hard binding and attention to the full range of student activities of the original volumes with the feature writing and professional quality photography of recent years. It will be published in late May or June and will be distributed to undergraduate students free-of-charge throughout the summer and fall of 2006.

Senior Photo Schedule

Senior portraits will be made in the Flag Colonnade on the second floor of University Center on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m

Seniors who had their portraits made in the fall sessions can pick up their proofs and order photos in the Flag Colonnade at the following times:

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 27, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.