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



Baur Steps Down as Nursing Dean, Will Continue to Teach

Marian Baur, dean since 1987, heads to the classroom.

Dr. Marian Baur steps down this summer after 14 years as dean of Samfordís Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. One of the highlights of her tenure came soon after she arrived in 1987-a new building. Another occurred more recently-Samfordís Problem- Based Learning Initiative.

"The opportunity to move into the Center for the Healing Arts in 1988 was definitely a step forward," Baur said, underscoring how much an academic program's identity is confirmed by having modern facilities of its own.

"Early on, as I showed prospective students and faculty around campus, I became aware that some Samford students didnít even know that we had a School of Nursing." Previous campus quarters for the nursing school were in a building shared with three other major academic programs.

The PBL initiative beginning in the late'90s "is about putting together a cadre of faculty and staff that have the same goals: the success of students, and a love of teaching and of people," she said.

But Baur is proud of other high moments marking nursing school progress and quickly ticks them off:

  • The adoption of a quality assessment model as put forth by Associate Provost John Harris. "As a faculty, we were committed to standardizing and controlling our processes," she said.
  • The opening of the Master of Science in Nursing program in 1995.
  • qlose affiliation with Baptist Health Systems, the stabilization of enrollment and availability of scholarships.
  • President Thomas E. Cortsí leadership in computerization of the campus and updating of nursing computer labs.
  • Receipt of grants from the Samford Quality Council to renovate classrooms, enabling the nursing school to maintain its high-tech approach.

Baur has always seen herself as a facilitator and believes it is in that role that she made her greatest contribution as dean.

Although retiring as dean, she will remain on the nursing faculty, teaching an upper-level (ourse, directing clinical opportunities and tutoring students before licensing exams.

She also looks forward to more time for visits with her daughter in Florida and son in Minnesota, where she hopes to make a 10-day dogsled trip next winter.