Published on April 28, 2015 by Hannah Henderson  

Samford University alumna Jennifer Pigg Carroll told an engaged audience about her time at Samford, her work in Africa, and encouraged the audience to join her in living life on the edge. 

A 1978 graduate and founder of the Elizabeth Project International, Carroll spoke April 22 as part of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education’s 100th anniversary celebration. 

She told about her time at Samford as a history major, Chi Omega, and cheerleader, and the path that led her to becoming a missionary in Kenya for more than 30 years, where she says she’s lived life on the edge. 

“Living life on the edge doesn’t mean you don’t realize the risk,” Carroll said. “It means what you choose to do is worth the risk.” 

She encouraged the audience, mostly comprised of Samford students, to figure out what they believe, what they love, and what their dream is. She explained the answers to these questions can help determine how one will live with purpose and satisfaction. 

Carroll also spoke of Elizabeth Project International, which provides maternal and child educational programs that empowers mothers with evidence-based information, skills and support, while advocating for dignity, compassion and best care practice healthcare.

The education school’s 100th anniversary celebration will continue this year with a centennial scholarship dinner in the fall.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.