Summer 2001
Vol 18 No. 2

Celebrating 160 Years, and a Bright Future

Overcoming Years of Bitterness

New Arts & Sciences Dean

Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama

The Business of Jets

Picturing Samford's History

Choir Pleases Russian Audiences

Exciting Swiss Winter Escapade

A Conference for All Sports

Bulldogs To Spread Field, Rely on Defense

Other Stories

Samford Names Brad Creed to be Associate Provost

Samford Gets $100,000 FIPSE Grant for PBL Project with Maastricht

Faculty Compendium: Ross Article Cited in Microsoft Ruling; Bass Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

New Arts and Sciences Dean Samford ‘Anything But Sleepy’: Chapman Davis

Davis Proudest of Hiring Strong Faculty

Teaching Aspect of Nursing Has Always Attracted New Dean

Baur Steps Down as Nursing Dean, Will Continue to Teach

John Carroll Brings Breadth of Legal Experience to Role as Cumberland Dean

Early Edmund D. Pellegrino Medal Honors Namesake, Secundy and Fletcher for Bioethics Contributions

Biology Students to Map Nature Conservancy Properties

Cumberland Professor Ware Writes the Book on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Samford ODK Celebrates 50th Year, Recognizes 50 Leaders with Impact

Samford hosts Alabama Governor’s School

Halbrooks Inaugurated as President of Colgate Rochester Crozer

Frank Stagg Library Adds Greatly to Samford Baptist Collection

Student Callers Raise More than $137,000 in Phonathon Effort

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Samford"s Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama Title

Five months after being hospitalized for toxic shock syndrome, Samford graduate Kelly Jones '99 was crowned Miss Alabama in June.

The Birmingham resident, who will represent her state in the Miss America Pageant in September, was diagnosed with the syndrome earlier this year. She describes it as a bacterial infection that takes over the blood stream.

The antibiotics prescribed for the condition caused her to lose more than half her hair, and she debated whether to compete in the Miss Alabama competition.

Now fully recovered, Kelly decided to compete because this would be her last year of eligibility. By winning, she received $14,000 in scholarships in addition to other prizes. She will use the money to finance a masterís degree in music education at the University of Alabama, where she is now studying.

A pianist, she will play Chopin's "First Ballade in G Minor" in the Miss America talent competition.

"I started working on it my senior year in college," she said of the 10-minute composition. "It had to be cut to two minutes max for competition. Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd (of the Samford faculty) helped with that."

Jones studied under Shepherd at Samford. As an undergraduate, she was a four-year recipient of the highly competitive Miller-Shepherd Scholarship awarded to outstanding piano students. She was Miss Samford 1999.

When she competes in the Miss America pageant, Jones is sure to have a large cadre of young friends back in Alabama pulling for her.

In addition to the middle school youngsters she has befriended through her work with Boys and Girls Clubs, she has a younger fan base among the Samford Piano Preparatory students she has taught for the past two years.

Her platform is built around a peer program for adolescents at Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama, Inc. After creating PRM [Peer Role Model] in 1997, she received endorsement to incorporate it into the Boys and Girls Clubs program in 1998.

"Boys and Girls Clubs are wonderful. They provide a very positive place for kids," she said, noting the special emphasis on character development. Her PRM concept encourages youth to identify a peer, not an adult, who is a good role model. By identifying peers in such a way, each young person will be encouraged to be a good role model for others of the same age, she believes.