Published on July 19, 2011  

Claire Oldfather of Madison, Ala., took a keen interest in Samford's Classics Department during the 2011 Alabama Governor's School at Samford in June and July. She also took home the AGS "Outstanding Female Student" honor.

Oldfather, who attends Providence Classical School, chose the "Medea" AGS course, which explores the ethical and psychological issues raised by Euripides' ancient tragedy.

"Claire really stood out among a very strong group of Alabama Governor's School students, and I noticed that she was respected and admired by her fellow students as well," said Randy Todd, chair of the Classics Department and professor for the Medea course.  "She is a great match for Samford and for our Classics program".

Oldfather and Will Sorrell of Birmingham were selected as the outstanding AGS students based on student, faculty and staff recommendations as well as their overall participation and interest.

AGS participants received college level experience in academics, creativity and leadership.  In addition to classroom study, they also enjoyed a Birmingham Barons baseball game, a visit to American Village, a service project at a Shelby County cemetery and many campus recreational activities.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.