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

'Burst of New Energy upon the Sciences'

New Science Building to Bring 'Beneficial Aftershocks'

Samford's new Science Building, shown in an architect's rendering, is scheduled to open during the fall of 2001.

Samford will open the 21st century with "a burst of new energy and emphasis upon the sciences," and a $23 million Science Building-the largest and most expensive project undertaken by the University-is the epicenter.

"The beneficial aftershocks should reverberate for some time," said Samford President Thomas E. Corts. "Along with the new building, new equipment and instrumentation should afford the student an unsurpassed undergraduate experience."

Samford's Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments will move to the new three-and-a-half-story structure on the eastern edge of the campus quadrangle in the fall of 2001.

"Science will dominate humankind's future," said Dr. Corts, "so it is important that Christian institutions be integrally involved."

The comprehensive science facility-located across Montague Drive from Reid Chapel-will contain classrooms, research labs, lab support space, administrative offices and other related areas necessary to support 35 total labs.

Corts noted that Samford has produced outstanding graduates in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, mathematics and the sciences over the years.

"Strong as these programs have been, this new structure will provide exceptional facilities, allowing us to channel new energy and emphasis into biology, chemistry and physics," he said. "Student learning is the dominant focus of the new building, and the very latest in electronic and wet-lab learning opportunities will be standard. Facilities will support both faculty and undergraduate research."

The building will include a 60-seat planetarium and conservatory.

"The new planetarium will be more advanced than any in this area," noted Corts, "and the conservatory should be an exceptional, hands-on learning environment."

The new building will straddle the pedestrian bridge to Beeson Woods, with access to the housing complex incorporated into the design of the building's first floor. The construction project has necessitated temporary closing of the bridge.

The building was designed by Davis Architects, Inc., which has designed most other campus buildings during a 50-year relationship with Samford.

The Biology Department has been housed in Russell Hall from the day Samford moved to its Shades Valley campus in 1957. The Physics Department was originally housed in Russell and the Chemistry Department in Ingalls Hall, the pharmacy building. Chemistry and Physics moved to Brooks Hall when it opened in 1966.

Once the science departments move from Russell and Brooks halls, the older buildings will be refurbished for use by other departments.