A Message from Stephen Dillard
Dear Samford Alumni:
I am reaching out to offer you a word of encouragement during these challenging and uncertain times. Like many of you, I have been heartened and inspired by President Westmoreland’s reassuring messages on Samford’s social-media platforms over the past few weeks (watch the latest video). It is comforting to know that we are a community deeply committed to supporting one another in both times of thanksgiving and times of trials. That said, I also know that many of you are hurting, scared, and anxious about what to expect in the months to come. Whether you are experiencing anxiety about a new career or job, the extraordinary challenge of balancing work and family life under these unprecedented circumstances, the stress of previously unimaginable leadership challenges at work or in your community, or loneliness from being separated from family members and friends, we are all in this together. And while I am unsure what the future holds or when things will return to normal, I do know this: God loves you, your Samford family loves you, and your alumni leadership team is praying for you on a daily basis. So, as many of you continue to experience extreme changes in your lives, please know that the Samford community is here for you.
In the weeks to come, the Samford University Alumni Association will be providing ways for our alumni to virtually connect with and encourage each other. So, please stay tuned for this information.
In the meantime, please know that I will be praying for you and yours. While these uncertain times may bring fear, hardship, and uncertainty, my sincere hope is that we will all come through this with renewed faith, closer ties to our respective communities, and increased compassion for others. Please take care, stay safe, and let me know if I or the Alumni Association may be of service to you.
I will close with my wife’s favorite passage from the Bible, which has given me a great deal of comfort over the past month.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.
For God. For Learning. Forever.
Stephen Dillard ‘92
President, Samford University Alumni Association
Virtual Backgrounds for Video Conference Calls
As many of you are utilizing video conference call services for work and/or personal use, check out these virtual backgrounds of campus. Download and share your school spirit during your next video conference call!
Samford Bulldog Club Activity Book
Check out the Samford Bulldog Activity Book as a way for your children to enjoy a few Samford-inspired activities.
Samford Coloring Book
Enjoy Samford Bingo and reflect on your many fond memories of your time at Samford.
Prayers for the NationPray for the president, Congress, governors, mayors, and local officials as they make daily decisions.
Pray for those who have contracted the virus and for God to bring healing, comfort and help.
Pray for the many dedicated health care professionals who are treating the sick.
Pray for scientists and medical experts as they work to develop a vaccine.
Pray that many will turn to Jesus as Savior and Lord as they seek hope and healing.
Prayers for SamfordPray for President Westmoreland and our senior leadership as they make difficult and important decisions.
Pray for members of the Samford family dealing with sickness, financial hardship and personal struggles.
Pray for dedicated faculty and staff as they continue to faithfully invest in the lives of students.
Pray for students as they continue to learn and grow in this new season of virtual education.
Pray for students who are struggling with loneliness due to separation from friends at campus.
Pray for the many Samford employees who are working hard to keep operations running smoothly and seamlessly.
Pray for graduating seniors who are working to finish strong and find employment in a difficult time.
Pray for incoming freshmen as they finish high school and transition to Samford in this uncertain time.
Samford Alumni Virtual Book Club
Did you know that many amazing books have been written by our fellow alumni? Now is your chance to check them out and get the inside scoop from the author by joining the Samford Alumni Virtual Book Club through the Samford University Alumni Association!
Here’s how it will work. Each quarter, we will select a book that was written by an alumnus or alumna. After we’ve given our alumni enough time to read it, we will host a video conference call with the author to chat about the book. There will also be a closed Facebook group to facilitate further discussion with other alumni bibliophiles across the country. What a fun, easy way to virtually meet other alumni and build connections over a great read!