Samford University The BelltowerOctober 2003

Alumni and Parents Form New 'Samford Club'

“...Nurturing lifelong relationships with Samford University is the primary focus of an expanded Samford Club concept being implemented this fall...”

Nurturing lifelong relationships with Samford University is the primary focus of an expanded Samford Club concept being implemented this fall.

Samford Club will be the umbrella organization for the Samford University Alumni Association and the Samford Parents Association, according to Michael D. Morgan, vice president for university relations.

“Alumni and parents are important to Samford University, and we want to emphasize that importance through the Samford Club,” Morgan said. “The University’s motto is ‘nurturing persons for God, for learning, forever.’ We want to nurture persons in their relationship to the University from the first point of contact through graduation and beyond. It’s more than just the four or five years as a student. Parents are an important part of that process. We want their relationship to Samford to be more than just paying tuition.”

The Parents Association, which is open to parents of all current and former students, will have its first meeting Oct. 4 during Family Weekend. The 10 a.m. meeting will be in Dwight Beeson Hall.

The expanded Samford Alumni Association, which is open to all former Samford students, will have its annual meeting Oct. 24 during Homecoming. The 5 p.m. meeting in Harrison Theatre will precede the alumni banquet and bash at 6 p.m. on the Wright Concert Hall stage.

There are no membership fees for either the Alumni Association or Parents Association.

National alumni organizations at Samford date back to the 1890s and have re-emerged in various forms through the years. In the past decade, an Alumni Council that includes class agents for each graduating class has assisted with alumni fund-raising and some activities. The Alumni Council will continue as a part of the national alumni association with primary focus on alumni giving to Samford.

Bennie Bumpers ’63 and Sonya Bumpers ’63 of Birmingham are national alumni co-presidents. Vice president is Tom Armstrong ’73 of Birmingham, and secretary is Brooke Dill Stewart ’95 of Birmingham. The officers will serve through 2004.

University staff will assist the two associations with their work, according to Morgan. Elizabeth Stanford McCarty ’92, alumni relations officer, will work with national and local groups on programming and networking. Monty Hogewood, director of annual giving and senior development officer, will work with the Alumni Council and Parents Council in fund-raising. Philip Poole, executive director of university communications, will be primary liaison for the Parents Association.

The Alumni Council and Parents Council, which have focused primarily on fund-raising, will be extensions of the Alumni Association and Parents Association.

Alumni and parents are encouraged to form local or regional Samford Clubs to promote the University in local communities and to strengthen ties to the campus.

Interest in forming local chapters already has been expressed in Anniston, Birmingham, Cullman, Huntsville and Mobile; Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; upstate South Carolina; and Washington, D.C. Existing alumni groups, including pharmacy, law, Student Ministries Choir and the Half-Century Club, will be invited to be part of the larger national Alumni Association. School of education alumni are being organized into an alumni chapter this fall.

A guide for chapter organization is being developed by the Office of University Relations to assist parents and alumni in organizing at local or regional levels.

Information about the Samford Club is available at www.samford.edu or by calling toll-free, 1-877-SU ALUMS.

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