Summer 2000
Vol. 17 No. 2
Publication Number:
USPS 244-800


FAQ: Samford

Heading to Graduate School with a Fistful of Scholarship Dollars

Viewpoints: Berry and Flynt

Unclaimed Bargains

Miss Alabama 2000

Campus News
Samford, WMU Name Vaughn Director of Christian Women's Leadership Center

Determined Nurse Bell Keeps Clinic Open, Studies Business Side with Stanley Scholarship

Leadership for a Changing World: Rice Suggests Formula for Success

Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Received CCNE Accreditation for Bachelor's, Master's Programs

'Burst of New Energy upon the Sciences'

Major Gift to Athletics

Bulldogs Plan to Exercise Option Again in 2000

Men's Team Captures First TAAC Track Title

News Briefs
Bill Mathews Named VP as Laverne Farmer Retires

Interior Design Gets FIDER Accreditation

Translation Prompts Scholarship Fund

Other Stories
Bobby Bowden Day
Faculty Accolades
Class Notes
In Memoriam


Summer 2000

Samford's Jana Anderson Takes Arts to
Students as Miss Alabama 2000
 Jana Sanderson believes early exposure to the arts helps children to learn. She has put that belief to work in her platform as Miss Alabama 2000.

"Many studies show that children who have been exposed to the arts score 70 percent higher in math and science tests," said the Samford junior, who will represent Alabama in the Miss America pageant Oct. 14.

"Every subject somehow feeds back on the arts. The sad thing is that when there are budget cuts, the arts are usually the first to go."

Sanderson developed a program to encourage elementary schoolchildren to feel comfortable performing. She has presented the program in about 30 schools around Jefferson and Etowah counties during the past several years and hopes to do more as Miss Alabama.

"Early exposure to the arts builds character in children and teaches them commitment, and they gain confidence," said Sanderson. "This helps them in other aspects of life."

The 21-year old speech communication major from Gadsden-the reigning Miss Samford-was crowned Miss Alabama in June. She impressed the pageant audience with a spirited performance of the song, "I Am Woman," from the Broadway hit, Smokey Joe's Café. It's a song that showcases her mezzo-soprano/belter voice.

Samford junior Jana Sanderson, named Miss Alabama in June, will compete in the Miss America pageant this fall.
"It's a crowd-pleaser and gets the audience involved," she said of the tune.

Sanderson became interested in performing when, as a fifth grader, she saw her first Broadway musicals in New York City. "I was entranced," she recalled. Back in Gadsden, she performed with local and regional theater, and started voice lessons at 14.

She began studying with Samford voice instructor Randall Richardson as a high school senior and entered Samford on a voice scholarship.

Sanderson has been active in College Heights Baptist Church in East Gadsden, where she sang in the youth choir and often performed solos. She is the daughter of Judy Longshore and the late Brian Sanderson, who was killed when Jana was three. As a Samford student, she attends Meadowbrook Baptist Church.

Samford's Miss Alabamas
1948 Martha Ann Ingram Calton '50
1951 Betty Burson Howell '52
1989 Julie Coons Williams '91
1994 Amie Beth Dickinson Shaver '94
1995 Leigh Sherer '97
1996 Alison McCreary '98
1999 Julie Smith '98
2000 Jana Sanderson