Samford University The BelltowerJanuary 2004

Samford Returns to East Lake for Habitat Project

".The Habitat For Humanity "Home for the Holidays" building project, near the site of Samford's first Birmingham campus, was a community service project of ABC 33/40 and nine Birmingham area corporations, including Samford ."

Samford University employees and students returned to the East Lake community in December to take part in a 10-day blitz to build a house for Yolanda Thigpen and her seven-year-old son, Vance, in time for Christmas. The Habitat For Humanity "Home for the Holidays" building project, near the site of Samford's first Birmingham campus, was a community service project of ABC 33/40 and nine Birmingham area corporations, including Samford.

Despite an early morning chill and the pressures of final exams, the Samford family turned out in great support on Samford's December 11 work day, which included installing siding, trim, cabinets and doors as well as painting, cleaning bathroom fixtures and windows, erecting a storage unit, and many other projects.

Samford's campus dining services, led by Laverne Farmer and Ken Daniels , provided complimentary box lunches for the Samford volunteers.

Student volunteers included Jane Brock, a freshman from Huntsville, Ala.; Aaron Little, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Kimberly Tompkins, a freshman from Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Employee volunteers who served all day were Scott Camp, University Relations; Larry Davenport, biology; Sean Flynt, University Relations; Sharron Schlosser, nursing; and Philip Poole, University Relations.

Other volunteers who worked during the day included Angela Ansah, education; Jim Brown, history; Terri Cahoon, nursing; Doug Clapp, classics; Jon Clemmensen, journalism/mass communications; Thomas Corts, president's office; Ashley Davis, admissions; Norfleete Day, divinity; Corri Edwards, admissions; Karen Hamby, institutional research; Sheri Hamiter, University Relations; Monty Hogewood, University Relations; Scott McGinnis, religion; Moya Nordlund, music, and her daughter, Anika, a student at Oak Mountain High School; Tanya Parks, admissions; Susan Rice, nursing; Brad Sargent, music; Cathy Stewart, University Relations; and Perry Tompkins, physics.

The finished house was dedicated on December 16.

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