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Class of 2002

Graduation Day

Members of the Class of 2002 look over programs during Commencement May 25. A total of 807 seniors from 21 states received degrees. Inset: Samford President Thomas E. Corts, center, visits with Birmingham civic leader James A. Head, Sr., left, and British writer John Pollock, who received honorary doctorates. Head was a voice for progress during Birmingham’s days of racial turmoil in the 1960s; Pollock is author of 30 books on religion and Christian biography.

Education School Gets $50,000 BellSouth Grant to Assist Birmingham Schools

Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies has received a $50,000 grant from the BellSouth Foundation to support a partnership with Birmingham Public Schools that will focus on teacher development.

The program will work to strengthen induction, development, support and retention of new teachers.

Samford will work with first- and second-year teachers in the lowest performing schools to demonstrate the effectiveness of using nontraditional, research-based approaches to increasing teacher quality and retention, and student achievement.

The University will begin this work by helping school principals and district staff train school-based mentors.

“We are impressed with the creativity of this project and feel that an investment in this initiative is a strategic investment in sustainable education reform,” said Tom Hamby, president of BellSouth’s Alabama operations.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a grant recipient by BellSouth and are grateful to them for their support of education in Alabama and for their collaboration in this important initiative,” said Dean Ruth Ash of the education school.

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Summer 2002
Vol. 19, No. 2

Seasons Staff

William Nunnelley
Mary Wimberley
Associate Editor
Sean Flynt
Contributing Writer
Janica York
Publications Manager
Scott Camp
Graphic Designer
Donna Fitch
Web Designer & Editor
Caroline Baird Summers

Samford University Alumni Association Officers 2002-03

Bennie Bumpers '63
Sonya Bumpers '63

Tom Armstrong '73
Vice President

Brooke Dill Stewart '95

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