Alumni

Zach Brown

Zach Brown '14, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Tajikstan for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to teaching, Brown hopes to further his research on Tajik media during his assistantship.

Chase Trautwein

Chase Trautwein '13 spent a year teaching English in a German school while introducing students to elements of American culture as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants program. He then entered the master's degree program in German at the University of Alabama.

Becca Wilcox

Becca Wilcox '13, was chosen to participate in the new South China Internship Project organized by the Hong Kong-America Center and the United International College of Zhuhai in China's Guangdong province. Wilcox was one of only 20 Americans chosen for the eight-week summer internships.

Lauren Ziemer

Lauren Ziemer '13, is teaching middle and high school social studies at Cornerstone High School in Roebuck, AL. She served as a Graduate Research Assistant for the University History Project while pursing her Master's degree from the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education.

Haley Aaron

Haley Aaron '10 recently graduated from the University of Alabama with her Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies and started work as an Archivist at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Aaron works in the Public Services division processing manuscript collections.

Michelle Little

Michelle Little '01 is the Assistant University Historian at Samford University. She is assisting Dr. Jonathan Bass in writing the first scholarly history of the school. Evan Musgraves '13 is serving as a Graduate Research Assistant for the University History Project while pursuing a graduate degree at Samford's Beeson Divinity School.

Carey Heatherly

Carey Heatherly '01 is a reference librarian and the University of Montevallo's first professional archivist. He co-authored Montevallo, part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, in May 2011. The book is a pictorial history of both the town and the school, with photos predating the Civil War. Dr. Heatherly has also participated in the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Project, which created a digital presence for the University of Monetvallo's yearbooks and catalogs, highlighting the early days of women's education in the South.

David Fleming

David Fleming '94 is president and chief executive of Operation New Birmingham, a downtown advocacy organization. He and Mary Allison Haynie co-authored Ensley and Tuxedo Junction, part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. The book contains 200 vintage photographs chronicling the annexation of Ensley into Birmingham and the establishment of the "Magic City."

Annesley H. DeGaris

Annesley H. DeGaris '88 (J.D.) of Cory, Watson, Crowder, and DeGaris, is a member of the advisory board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of American and the board of directors of the Alabama Association for Justice. DeGaris was elected to Birmingham magazine's Top Birmingham Attorneys 2010 in the practice area of environmental litigation.

Don Blankenship

Don Blankenship '78 was elected as Jefferson County (Alabama Circuit 10) circuit court judge in 2012.

Mary Ann Buffington Moon

Mary Ann Buffington Moon '76 and her husband, Rick, were honored as the 2012 Alumni of the Year Award from Samford. The Moons are the fifth couple to be honored as Alumni of the Year. Moon is a teacher at Huntsville (Ala.) High School and was named the secondary teacher of the year in 2009-2010 by the Alabama state Parent-Teacher Association. Moon earned her Samford degree in History and holds a Master's degree from Alabama A&M University.

Marlin Harris

Marlin Harris '75, former healthcare administrator and foreign missionary to Paraguay (1986-2000), is presently a Spanish teacher and foreign language department head at Prattville High School, state president of the Alabam Association of Foreign Language Teachers, first vice president of the Alabama Federation of Spanish Clubs, and president of the Paraguay Baptist Medical Center Foundation. Marlin recently authored the book, Let the Beatitudes BE My Attitude in You, WestBow Press, 2012.

Bill Sumners

Bill Sumners '72, director of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives in Nashville, TN, received the W.O. Carver Distinguished Service Award during the 2011 Baptist History and Heritage Society's meeting at Dallas Baptist University. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions the the cause of Baptist history.

James Huskey

James Huskey '69, was recognized with an Alumni of the Year Award from Samford during Homecoming 2012. He is a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, serving in embassies in China, Liberia, and Lebanon. He was a top U.S. official during the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989 and was in Beirut when the U.S. Embassy there was bombed in 1983. He earned a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.

Sigurd Bryan

Sigurd Bryan, '46 Howard College Graduate in History and English and professor emeritus of the Department of Religion, was honored with the 2013 Department of History Alumnus of the Year Award, which was presented at the annual banquet. He also received the Lockmiller Award as the representative of the earliest class present at the 2012 Samford University Homecoming.