Faculty Finds Success with New Technology During a Year of Virtual Learning
February 25, 2021
It has been almost a year since the Samford University campus closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, faculty, staff and students have adapted to new technology, processes and communication tools to continue effective instruction and learning.
Preparation, Collaboration and Innovation Equip Samford Faculty to Persevere Amid Pandemic
February 8, 2021
Through quick thinking, a collegiate spirit and the focus always on students, Samford faculty found ways to persevere through an academic year like no other, renewing their commitment to creativity, innovation and collaboration.
Nursing Alumna Raises Funds for Adopting Families During Pandemic
February 5, 2021
With travel bans and stay-at-home orders, COVID-19 only intensified navigating the challenges of international adoption. For Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing alumna Kelly (Snow) Preston ’96 and ’00, these challenges underscored the need to support families in the process of adopting more important than ever.
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing Students Among First to Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations
January 13, 2021
When the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Alabama, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing students and faculty were among the first to administer doses to frontline health care workers at local Birmingham hospitals in December.
Samford Students Confirm High-Impact Education In National Survey
December 7, 2020
Samford University leads in high-impact education according to data reported in the 2020 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Samford’s graduating seniors in the class of 2020 reported higher levels of student engagement compared to both private southeastern institutions and peer national doctoral/professional institutions.
95% of May 2020 Samford Graduates Employed or in Graduate School
December 2, 2020
Despite the various challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Samford University graduates continue to transition into the workforce successfully.
Orlean Beeson School of Education Alumni Continue to Make a Difference Amid COVID-19
December 2, 2020
As Samford University and the rest of the world have settled into a new normal as COVID-19 continues, Orlean Beeson School of Education alumni have continued to find innovative ways to adapt amid the pandemic.
Grayson Finds Enriched Experiences in Online Political Science Education
November 12, 2020
Marissa Grayson is a veteran of television interviews about politics, so it isn’t unusual for some of her audiences to see her on screen rather than at the front of a traditional classroom. That’s how she’s teaching everyone during the pandemic, and the transition online has not diminished her dedication to the work.
Samford PRSSA Chapter Honored for Innovative Remote Learning Project
October 27, 2020
The honor recognizes the chapter’s work as a founding member of the new PRSSA Reimagined project, which provides virtual public relations learning, networking and professional development in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brock School of Business Continues to Provide Successful Professional Development Events for Students Despite COVID-19
October 20, 2020
Brock School of Business hosts numerous professional development and career networking events for its students each year through its Office of Professional Success. The fall 2020 semester looked different from years past due to hurdles created by COVID-19, but through use of the virtual platform Zoom, Brock School of Business has been able to adhere to its commitment to providing successful events for its students.
Teacher Education Candidates Offer Virtual Learning Solutions for Students, Parents and Teachers
October 14, 2020
To serve students, parents and teachers in the community and benefit Samford students, professor of Teacher Education Amy Hoaglund developed a class project charging her students to develop a new community resource using Google Classroom.
Public Health Faculty Adapt and Offer New Experiences for Students During COVID-19
October 2, 2020
As undergraduate students returned for a new academic year this fall, faculty in Samford's School of Public Heath proved to go above and beyond in their work to engage students—through in-person, hybrid and online classes—adapting and expanding the educational experiences they offer, despite the obstacles created by COVID-19.
Pharmacy Faculty Lead New Mobile Clinic, Expanding the University’s COVID-19 Testing
September 28, 2020
Faculty in Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy have assumed leadership of a new mobile clinic, expanding the university’s COVID-19 testing with students and employees.
Arts and Sciences Faculty Illuminate Pandemic Issues
August 14, 2020
Samford’s humanities and social sciences faculty are engaged with every aspect of human experience, including how we cope with pandemics. As professor Jonathan Fleming was using geographic information to document the spread of COVID-19 this spring, Samford history, religion and psychology faculty were finding unexpected new applications of their scholarly specialties too.
College of Health Sciences Adapts Professional Training Simulations to Meet Virtual Needs
August 14, 2020
For Samford University’s College of Health Sciences, experiential training simulations are a core curriculum element for students learning everything from simple skills and tasks to strategies for managing complex health care scenarios.
The Problem with No Fans at the NBA Bubble in Orlando
August 17, 2020
The NBA has resumed their season at the Orlando bubble, and has not disappointed so far, with many close games. One thing could have made those close games even better: fans. The NBA has attempted to address this by having “virtual fans,” which have provided funny reactions. We wonder if that is the only thing fans do, or if they actually affect the game being played.
Pharmacy Alumnus in U.S. Public Health Service Deployed to Serve COVID-19 Patients
August 4, 2020
Nicholas Daniel, a 2014 alumnus of Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. In March, he was deployed to New York City to set up and manage a medical treatment center that cared for COVID-positive patients in the city.
Chew Offers Video Guide to Learning During Pandemic
July 28, 2020
How to Learn in Pandemic Times offers reassurance that although education might look different in coming months, the way humans learn will not. “Regardless of the place you find yourself in, learning only takes place in one location, and that’s inside your brain,” Chew notes in the video. “If you understand the principles of how the brain learns, then you’ll be able to adapt to whatever situation you might find yourself in.”
Samford Professor Explores Social Connections Between Congregations
July 24, 2020
As religious congregations dispersed by COVID-19 struggle with how and when to safely reconnect, Samford religion and sociology professor Jennifer McClure offers insights into the social networks that bind congregations.
Student Devotionals During COVID-19
July 15, 2020
Beeson Divinity students offer devotionals and prayers as a resource during COVID-19.
School of Health Professions Hosts Virtual Simulation with University in Pennsylvania
June 17, 2020
Samford’s Experiential Learning and Simulation Center hosted a virtual simulation experience for Doctor of Physical Therapy students from Samford’s School of Health Professions and DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The event was the first telehealth simulation for both programs.
Human Development and Family Science Alumna Provides Free Mental Health Resources During COVID-19
June 15, 2020
When the state of Alabama shut down in mid-March due to COVID-19, Melissa Carlisle Golden ’11 knew immediately that her expertise in counseling would serve a unique purpose during what would be a difficult time for everyone.
Sowing Seeds of Hope: Nursing Alumna Serves Perry County Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
June 12, 2020
Over the years, Sowing Seeds of Hope and Ida Moffett School of Nursing alumna Frances Ford have served the people of Perry County through home repair and housing solutions, healthcare assistance, spiritual renewal opportunities, education resources and more. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they have stepped up to further provide vital resources at a crucial time.
Education Leadership Alumnus Leads School Through COVID-19
June 12, 2020
As the principal of Childersburg High School, Quentin Lee was used to going above and beyond for his students, but that took on a new meaning when COVID-19 began to affect the state of Alabama in mid-March. Lee, M.S.E in instructional leadership ’09 and Ed.D ’17, had to transform traditional school work into e-learning in just three weeks.
Chew Reflects on What Pandemics Can Teach Us About Critical Thinking and Metacognition
May 22, 2020
Surveying the extreme challenges of COVID-19, Chew offers thoughts on how to develop essential skills required to meet those challenges even in the absence of prior experience and knowledge.
Pharmacy Alumna Sets the Pace for COVID-19 Response
May 21, 2020
DeAnn Mullins ‘93 is the pharmacist and owner of Mullins Pharmacy in Lynn Haven, Florida. On March 13, when the president declared COVID-19 a national emergency, Mullins said she spent the weekend developing a 16-page action plan that she would introduce to her pharmacy’s staff that Monday.
School of the Arts Graphic Design Students Release Quaranzine Magazine
May 20, 2020
Ten graphic design publication students worked collaboratively to release Quaranzine, a digital magazine documenting quarantine experiences. Click on the image below to bring up an option to view the issue in full-screen for easier reading.
Nursing Alumnus Goes to New York City to Serve Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 19, 2020
When Bryan Wimbish ’11 was completing his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Samford’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing, he sought the Lord’s guidance on where he should use his skills to serve. He recalls the Lord asking him, "Where is the darkest place that you can shine?"
Den Hartog Explores Religious Freedom and COVID-19
May 18, 2020
A new essay by the noted scholar of American political and religious history explores different ideas of religious liberty amidst pandemic mitigation efforts.
With Commencement Plans Disrupted, Byers Finds Opportunity to Thank Mentors
May 8, 2020
I am not discouraged by this time of social distancing. If anything, I am so excited and ready to get back to work. I am ready to start using these skills Samford University has given me.
Class of 2020 Celebrates Faculty During Nurses Week
May 7, 2020
This year, Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week fell during an unprecedented time in history. Around the world, nurses and teachers are facing new realities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Ida Moffett School of Nursing class of 2020 made sure nursing faculty were celebrated appropriately through a personal video tribute.
New Realities for Nurses Amongst COVID-19
May 7, 2020
While not all nurses are working directly with COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, all nurses are serving in vitally essential roles as they ensure the health and well-being of others. Regardless of the specialty or location where they serve, the realities of providing care have changed dramatically for all nurses in just a matter of weeks.
Samford's Alumni A Cappella Choir Performs Virtually
May 6, 2020
46 members of Samford's alumni A Cappella Choir produce virtual version of Beautiful Savior.
Samford’s College of Health Sciences Offers Encouragement to Students Graduating into COVID-19
May 6, 2020
While its spring commencement ceremonies have been postponed, Samford University’s College of Health Science still conferred 273 master’s and doctoral degrees on Friday, May 1, to graduates of its four schools: School of Health Professions, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy and School of Public Health.
Samford Announces Plans to Resume On-Campus Instruction for Fall 2020
May 1, 2020
Samford University has announced plans to resume on-campus classes and reopen residence halls for the fall 2020 semester.
The Complex Grief of COVID-19
May 4, 2020
Friends and families, who have lost loved ones during the pandemic, are experiencing grief in a way that is very unlike our usual experience of grief. So how do we help brothers and sisters through these complex emotional and spiritual issues?
Watch a Campus Update from Dr. Westmoreland
April 29, 2020
University President Andrew Westmoreland shares updates on Samford operations including future commencement plans, the Meeting Student Needs campaign and what he misses most since campus has gone online.
"Spiritual First Responders:" How Hospital Chaplains are Playing a Crucial Role During COVID-19
April 28, 2020
While national attention is rightfully focused on doctors and nurses serving on the front lines of COVID-19 in hospitals, hospital chaplains also are serving alongside them, providing pastoral care to the health professionals and bridging the gap between patients and families.
College of Health Sciences Utilizes Virtual Simulation to Facilitate Interprofessional Practice
April 24, 2020
Samford’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing and School of Public Health complete their Opioid Workforce Expansion Program’s first interprofessional virtual simulation.
School of the Arts Showcases Talents Through New #quARTantine Hashtag
April 24, 2020
For many in Samford’s School of the Arts continuing to express art is serving as an opportunity to bring joy during COVID-19.
Physical Therapy Alumna Plays Critical Role in Rehabilitating COVID-19 Patients
April 22, 2020
Kathryn Logan earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Samford’s School of Health Professions in 2019. Today, she serves as an acute care physical therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Alumnus Pairs Pharmacy with Public Health to Address COVID-19
April 21, 2020
Jack Thomas earned both a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health from Samford University in 2018. Today, he works as a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy resident at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Clinical Pharmacists Play Essential Roles in COVID-19 Units
April 21, 2020
Alison Lyons Thomas, '98 has worked as a clinical pharmacist on the same unit at Northside Hospital Forsyth in Cumming, Georgia for eight years. In March, her unit converted into a COVID med-surgery unit.
Students Continue Service Project with Sowing Seeds of Hope during COVID-19
April 21, 2020
In a time when physical gatherings are not possible, undergraduate and graduate students are calling participants of a diabetes support group in Perry County, Alabama, to see how they are doing.
Beeson Divinity Alumni Adapt to Changing Ministry During COVID-19
April 16, 2020
Despite never taking a class on how to minister during a pandemic, Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School alumni are facing the unique challenges of ministering in light of COVID-19 with resilience, creativity and trust in God. Many are finding unique opportunities in these unprecedented times to spread the love of Christ and the hope of his kingdom.
Pharmacists Meeting the Needs of their Community
April 16, 2020
When B.J. Jones, a 2005 alumnus of Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, heard of the food insecurity the pandemic was causing for many families in his community, he didn’t hesitate to step in and help. He partnered up with DeKalb County superintendent James Barnett to distribute meals to children in need.
Pandemic-Prompted Lessons To Learn and Not Learn
April 15, 2020
Professor Mark DeVine believes Jesus Christ can teach us at least two lessons in this extraordinary time of death and separation: he alone sustains our faith and gathering belongs to his permanent purposes.
Teacher Education Alumna Leads School Faculty in Neighborhood Parade
April 14, 2020
After COVID-19 forced schools across the state to temporarily close, Teel’s principal at Dogwood Elementary mentioned wanting to find a way to connect with the students. In response, Teel proposed, organized and led a teacher parade around the neighborhoods where most of the school’s students lived. Teel, a 2017 alumna of Orlean Beeson School of Education’s teacher education program, spent several weekend and evening hours planning the parade.
Please Help Meet Student Needs!
April 14, 2020
You may designate the Howard College Arts and Sciences Fund and your gift will be maximized with a matching amount to help our students during this time.
Are You Properly Disinfecting Your Home Surfaces?
April 10, 2020
You are practicing social distancing, washing your hands and limiting your trips out of the house, but you just went to the grocery store and unloaded all of your groceries on to your counter. Is your kitchen now contaminated?
Day in the Life: A Frontline Hero
April 10, 2020
Prior to COVID-19, Tonya Shanahan was serving on the Maude Whatley Health mobile unit providing health care to some of the state’s most vulnerable populations. COVID-19 has not only changed the way her practice looks, but it has limited access to health care for many vulnerable populations.
Virtual Classroom Allows Professor to Continue Teaching While on Active Duty
April 9, 2020
Captain Wes Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was recently deployed by the National Guard to help with the current COVID-19 crisis. In a typical deployment situation, Johnson would not have been able to continue teaching his courses. However, Samford’s transition to online learning allowed Johnson to continue teaching while away.
Community Pharmacists: Going Above and Beyond
April 9, 2020
Pharmacists across the country are stepping up to meet the needs of their patients and their communities, including Jeff Honea, a 2019 alumnus of Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Honea and his employees at Chelsea Apothecary, produced 700 gallons of hand sanitizer over the course of a weekend.
The First Easter
April 8, 2020
As this year's Easter celebrations redefine what it means to "gather" for many churches nationwide, Doug Webster reflects on the meaning of Easter by considering what can be learned from the First Easter.
Physical Therapy Department Helps Classmate Caring for Parents with COVID-19
April 7, 2020
On Friday, March 27, Matthew Ford, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, learned that one of his students was quarantined at home helping care for both of her parents who had contracted COVID-19. By Saturday morning, he was driving 3.5 hours to deliver needed supplies to the student and her family.
Teacher Education Alumna Virtually Reads “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to Students
April 7, 2020
Every weekday at 3 p.m., Gemma Garcia-Diaz sets up a camera and records herself reading chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For Garcia-Diaz, a 2018 alumna of Orlean Beeson School of Education’s teacher education program, the new routine is an effort to stay connected with her fourth-grade students at Vestavia Hills Elementary West after COVID-19 forced schools across the state to close for the remainder of the year.
April 6, 2020
In an unexpected twist this year, solitude is being imposed upon us as a compulsory Lenten practice in the form of quarantine and social distancing. How can the spiritual discipline of solitude help us during this time?
Viruses are Difficult to Kill: Pharmacy Faculty Discuss Treatments Related to COVID-19
April 3, 2020
Professors Jeff Kyle and Howard Hendrickson in Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy provide insight into treatments available for COVID-19 as well as the development of a vaccine for the virus, SARS-CoV-2.
Beeson Divinity Students Help to Meet Needs of Midfield Community During COVID-19 Crisis
April 2, 2020
Beeson Divinity student David Austin opens church in Midfield to provide food to low-income families during COVID-19 pandemic.
Samford Employees Join Birmingham Sewing Community to Provide Protection for Health Care Workers
April 1, 2020
The skilled hands that usually oversee the costume shop in Samford’s Department of Theatre and Dance are among the many using sewing skills to help serve those fighting on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Creating an Ergonomic Home Office Space
March 31, 2020
While working from home might come with many things to love – extra time with your furry friends and a nonexistent commute – your make shift home office might not be doing your posture any favors. As the work from home environment becomes your new normal, you, and your back, might find yourself missing your ergonomic office chair.
The Witness of the Church in a “post-Coronavirus World”
March 31, 2020
Wesley offers an apt description of preaching that seeks to build up the witness of God’s people in the world. We would do well to heed his words as we prepare to meet both the challenges and opportunities that lie before us.
Orlean Beeson School of Education Utilizes Technology for More Than Online Learning
March 29, 2020
Orlean Beeson School of Education faculty are connecting with students in new ways as the university transitions to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. In addition to providing online assignments, Education Learning Commons and Technology Coordinator Amanda Stone and adjunct professor Dana Joyner have expanded the student experience to meet students’ needs beyond the classroom.
Around the World: Beeson alumni respond to COVID-19
March 27, 2020
Life and ministry in the age of COVID-19 is giving communities and people in almost every corner of our world a shared experience like never before. Beeson alumni are serving all over the globe, navigating similar challenges related to COVID-19. Though the cultures, locations, languages and ministry settings are different, our Beeson extended family is working to serve others well, meet the needs of their communities as best they can and continue in the labor of gospel ministry as they face unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances.
God, Liturgy, and the Coronavirus
March 26, 2020
Ben Jefferies joins Gerald McDermott for a conversation about the current coronavirus situation.
College of Health Sciences Donates Protective Equipment to Local Hospitals
March 20, 2020
Samford University's College of Health Sciences had the opportunity to donate supplies after local hospitals sent a request, expressing the criteria need for personal protective equipment.
A Conversation with Dr. Westmoreland
March 20, 2020
University President Andrew Westmoreland discusses how the Samford community is working together to solve challenges amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
Asthma and Coronavirus: What Individuals with Asthma Need to Know
March 20, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some individuals may be at higher risk for severe cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect the upper and lower airways, those who suffer from asthma are included in the higher risk category.
Telehealth Helps Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 20, 2020
Telehealth services were recently expanded for Medicare beneficiaries. Telehealth is the use of telecommunication devices to provide health care delivery. For many health care facilities, this expansion will allow the continuation of care for routine doctor’s office visitors while reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Community Health and Coronavirus: How to Protect Yourself and Those Around You
March 20, 2020
The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has stimulated unprecedented conditions for health care workers. As members of the health care workforce attempt to serve their patients, they risk exposure, but there are collaborative efforts that we can take to protect one another and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Coronavirus Update: A Message from Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland
March 19, 2020
Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland shares reflections with our campus community.
Samford Professor Creates COVID-19 Data Dashboard for State, Students
March 18, 2020
Samford’s Department of Geography and Sociology has long been engaged with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, which allows sophisticated gathering, analysis, mapping, and reporting of geographic data. In mid-March, as higher education was upended by COVID-19, professor Jonathan Fleming sought a way to apply the technology to help make sense of the pandemic.
Life Under the Sun
March 17, 2020
What does Ecclesiastes teach us about life in these uncertain and unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic? Professor Mark Gignilliat reflects on the advice of the elderly preacher.
Coronavirus: Social Work Faculty Emphasizes the Importance of Preparedness
March 3, 2020
Lisa Baker, professor and chair of Samford's Department of Social Work, shares how general principles of emergency preparedness can be applicable to disease outbreak, including the current coronavirus pandemic, by following three basic steps: Be aware. Make a plan, and assemble a kit.
Coronavirus: Public Health Faculty Explains its Scope and Severity
February 11, 2020
While the World Health Organization has declared the 2019 novel coronavirus a “public health emergency of international concern,” Rachel Casiday, an associate professor in Samford University’s School of Public Health, says it’s important to note that the risk to residents of the United States is still considered low.