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Billy Graham Biography by Drummond Explores Profound Effect of Evangelist's Ministry
Cumberland Professor Karon Bowdre Confirmed for Federal Judgeship

Billy Graham Biography by Drummond Explores Profound Effect of Evangelist's Ministry

Billy Graham's life, its impact and the legacy he'll leave are examined in Samford divinity professor Lewis A. Drummond's new biography of the man who has preached to more than two billion people. Its title: The Evangelist.

Graham has been called "the most spiritually productive servant of God in our time," Drummond noted in the concluding chapter of his 352-page book.

He adds, "the most profound effect" of Graham's ministry is "the change in the countless thousands of individuals" who have heard him preach. "Those believers, in turn, have influenced and changed their families, workplaces, churches, communities and nations as they became new people in Christ," Drummond wrote. "This result is impossible to measure. . . ."

Published by Word Publishing of Nashville, Tenn., Drummond's work places Graham in the company of such important religious figures as Jonathon Edwards and St. Francis of Assisi because of his far-reaching influence for Christianity.

"Billy Graham is considered a father figure to all evangelists," Drummond wrote. "He has set the standard of leadership. The church is broader, stronger and bolder because of him. And light has been shed around the world by his clear presentation of Christ and the lives changed by commitment to Him."

Drummond, who has taught evangelism at the seminary level for many years, holds the Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism and Church Growth at Samford's Beeson Divinity School. The author of 21 books, he is former president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Evangelist retails for $22.99. Inserted into each book is a CD of audio and video clips of Graham, including never-before-seen footage from some of his earliest and most recent crusades, as well as sermon clips from each decade since the 1950s.

Cumberland Professor Karon Bowdre Confirmed for Federal Judgeship

Cumberland School of Law professor Karon O. Bowdre '77, L'80, has been confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. She assumed duties Nov. 14.

Bowdre, a law faculty member since 1989, taught insurance law, legal ethics and professional responsibility. She also directed Cumberland's legal research and writing program. She was an associate and partner at the Birmingham firm of Rives & Peterson before joining Cumberland.

Bowdre was a cum laude graduate of Samford and Cumberland.

Janet Cone (head coach, Women's Basketball) received the 2001 Service Award presented by the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance [ASAHPERD] at the fall conference in Montgomery.

Dr. Joe Dean (dean, Pharmacy) received the American College of Apothecaries 2000-01 Dean's Award for outstanding service to community pharmacy practice by a pharmacy school dean. The award--a medallion and $1,000 for Pharmacy's community pharmacy practice--came in October at the ACA national conference.

Dr. Lewis A. Drummond (Divinity) was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bucharest in Romania. The award cited his contribution to the development of theological education in Romania.

Dr. Cindy Formanek Kirk (dean, Metro College) was elected vice president of the national Alpha Sigma Lambda foundation, which funds and awards scholarships to adult students for undergraduate study. Her election came at the fall meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Joseph "Bill" Mathews (vice president, Business Affairs) received the American Association for Teachers of German [AATG] Friends of German Award for exemplary leadership in the advocacy of German language education. The national award was presented Nov. 16 in Washington.

Eric Olson (Performing Arts) created the scenic design for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival fall production, Driving Miss Daisy. ASF, located in Montgomery, is recognized as one of the nation's leading regional theaters.

Dr. Milburn Price (dean, Performing Arts) received an ASCAPLU$ Standard Award from the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The award cited his catalog of original compositions and recent performances of those works.

Dr. Marlene Reed (Business) was appointed to the five-member Council of Economic Advisers by the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce. The group meets quarterly to discuss area economic conditions.

Winter 2001
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