Published on November 20, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
Anne Davis Parks
Anne Davis Parks

Samford journalism and mass communication and English alumna Anne Davis Parks ’19 is participating in the Memphis Fellows Program, a 9-month post-graduate experience focused on faith, work and community. Organized by Second Presbyterian Church, the program emphasizes community service to help recent graduates reflect on how their faith informs the way they think about work, culture, friendships and experiences.

The Fellows experience includes an internship, volunteer work, prayer retreat and participation in a regional Micah 6:8 Justice Conference as well as the Fellows Initiative National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Parks volunteers weekly, remains active in the church and builds relationships with the other Fellows. Her internship is with the advancement and development teams of Presbyterian Day School. “Never did I dream I would find myself at an all-boys elementary school, but I have truly enjoyed it,” she said. “What I do changes with each new day, but common themes include content creation for social media, strategic planning and research.”

 
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.