Published on March 18, 2013  

English/Psychology double-major David Rodriguez presented his essay, “An Account of Grief, or Words Wreck,” at the student conference of The Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) at Shimer College in Chicago March 8-10. Rodriguez was one of only 40 students from more than 25 institutions selected to participate in the conference. “It was a great launching point into the academy,” he said.

“When I nominated David for participation in the conference, I knew his outstanding writing and professionalism would represent Samford well,” said English professor Julie Steward. He did, indeed, and his paper is now in competition for publication.

The Association for Core Texts and Courses is an international, professional association that seeks to advance liberal education in institutions by developing and promoting successful general, liberal education programs (and other programs) which integrate core text courses with the most advanced developments in administration, curriculum, student support services, faculty support, and general education assessment and review.
 
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.