Spring 2001
Vol 18 No. 1

Making Samford a Better Place

An Exceptional Gift

Working for the Common Good

New Business Leadership

Opening the Free Market

Trucking with Computers

Other Stories
Bellas Created 'Climate of Achievement' in Samford School of Business

Community Banking Stresses New Technology, Personal Touch

Faculty Compendium

Early Greek Influence on Jordan Strikes Jan Term Class Members

A Cappella Choir Invited to Sing in Russia

Wind Ensemble Performs at MENC Conference

Samford Students Out-Perform Peers in 'Engagement' with Learning: NSSE

Student Accolades

Samford History Prof's Book on King Jail Letter Examines Complexities of '60s Racial Scene

Humphreys Writes on Baptists and Calvinism

Book Edited by George, Smith Examines Racial Reconciliation

George Authors Doctrine Study

Tillette's Team Makes It Interesting During Seventh Straight Winner

Pharmacies Could Hold a Key to Effective Disaster Response

Cochran and Moore Write the Samford Record Book

Baseball Alumni: Send Your Name

Kenny Morgan Scholarship Winners



Early Greek Influence on Jordan Strikes Jan Term Class Members

Samford students rode camels in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, swam in the Dead Sea and walked in the paths of biblical characters during a Jan Term interdisciplinary study of Jordan.

They found it to be a land of "underappreciated biblical sites, archaeological wonders, beautiful towns, great food and nice people," according to sophomore Matt Rich of Fayetteville, Tenn.

The course, led by four professors, traveled to the region to study classics, world religions, history and geography. And even the professors learned.

"I went to understand modern Jordanian and Palestinian nationalism, but wound up learning just as much about geography and classical history from my fellow profs and local experts," said history professor Jim Brown.

Joining Brown as faculty leaders were department chairs Randy Todd, classics; Dennis Sansom, religion, and Greg Jeane, geography. Their studies took them to the Jordanian cities of Amman, Aqaba and Petra; to Damascus, Syria, and to such sites as Machaerus, one of King Herod's palaces, and Mt. Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land.

A highlight was visiting the Jordanian Parliament, where the Samford contingent received media coverage as the first American college student group to meet with Hon. Abdulhadi Majali, speaker of the House of Representatives.

"Greek was everywhere," said Rich. "Being able to read the real inscriptions was incredible. The class gave me a much more real picture of Greek and Roman life, and a far deeper curiosity and fascination with ancient life, especially in relation to the New Testament."

Student Lori Gargis of Knoxville, Tenn., was struck with how the Islamic religion goes hand in hand with Jordan's culture.

"For us, church and state are two different references," she said. "To the Muslims, it cannot be separated."

Each of the 13 students did individual reading and preparation according to their area of independent study, but all benefited from shared experiences and lectures by the four professors.