The Samford University Event Calendar offers a central listing of significant university events that are open to the Samford community or the public. SPACES provides a comprehensive event list for employees, and Bulldog Central provides a comprehensive event list for students. The registrar’s office maintains the official academic calendar. Academic units, alumni, athletics and Samford Arts maintain audience specific calendars.

Character is Destiny: The Value of Personal Ethics in Everyday Life
October 26, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall, Room 118

The faculty and staff of Orlean Beeson School of Education will engage in a study of the classic book by Russell W. Gough. Open event: all are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.

Reformation Heritage Worship Service
October 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join us for community worship during which Michael McClymond will preach, "Always Carrying the Death of Jesus" from 2 Corinthians 4:5-15, in conjunction with this year's Reformation Heritage Lectures.

Commercial Music Ensemble, Lakeshore
October 26, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Quad

Come see Samford's newest ensemble from our Commercial Music area, Lakeshore. Lakeshore will perform popular music from the 1960s to modern day, in addition to performing originals written by Samford students and faculty. This event will move to the Wright Center if inclement weather.

Reformation Heritage Lectures
October 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Divinity Hall N-101

Join us for this year's Reformation Heritage Lectures in which Michael McClymond will deliver his first lecture entitled, "Setting the Stage: Contemporary Challenges to Atonement Theologies." This event is open to the public. 

Empathy: Rooted and Grounded in Love
October 28, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Seibert Gym

In the poverty simulation, hosted by the School of Public Health, participants will experience the challenges faced by a family living in poverty in the United States. Reservations required.

Reformation Heritage Lectures
October 28, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Divinity Hall N-101

Join us for this year's Reformation Heritage Lectures in which Michael McClymond will deliver his second lecture entitled, "Reformation-Era Diversity: The Cross in Lutheran, Calvinist, Anabaptist, Rationalist, and Mystical Perspectives." This event is open to the public.

Graduate Programs Open Forum
October 28, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Virtual Event

Attend a virtual open forum to learn more about Orlean Beeson School of Education graduate programs.

Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents Crumbs from the Table of Joy
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Harrison Theatre

Through the eyes of 17-year-old Ernestine, we see the history of the Crump family as they move to 1950s New York after the death of their mother. A story of resilience, daydreams, everyday heartbreak, and what it means to feel like an outsider fighting to better yourself and your community, Crumbs is the coming-of-age story of Ernestine, and the ways in which her family finds their way—their own peace. Their story is a testament to the challenging nature of change, and the ways in which to manage it. In the end for the Crump family, "joy comes in the morning." This event is part of the School of the Arts Diversity Series and is sponsored by Alabama Power and The Daniel Foundation. It is also the inaugural event of the MISA Collaborative, a partnership between Miles College and Samford University. Special Note: This play includes mature themes and language.

Mobile Alumni Chapter's Fall Event 2021
October 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Original Oyster House

Join the Mobile Alumni Chapter for the fall event with the Samford University Alumni Association. We will be joined by Dr. Beck Taylor, Samford's 19th President. Lunch will be served, and guests are welcome to attend.

Text to Sermon: Mike Pasquarello on John Wesley
October 29, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Divinity Hall N-101

Join us on campus this fall for the Text to Sermon lecture series entitled, "Back to the Future: Examining Sermons from the Christian Tradition." This week, Dr. Pasquarello will examine John Wesley’s sermon “On the Wedding Garment." Complimentary lunch is included. Registration is required.

Samford Medallion Awards
November 1, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall

Authorized by the Samford University Board of Trustees in 2006, the Samford Medallion award recognizes persons whose good works have made a difference in society, in community affairs, in the life of the church, and in the quality of life for individuals. Convocation credit available.

Community Worship
November 2, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join us for Community Worship during which Paul Lawler will deliver a sermon entitled, "The Richness of Redemption" from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

Praise: Rooted and Grounded in Love
November 2, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reid Chapel

Join us for an evening of worship as we gather to sing and celebrate the Gospel story. The newly-formed Samford Worship Team, in collaboration with Samford’s Worship Arts Ensemble, will guide us through a special service of singing, scripture and prayer. This event is free and open to the public.

International Lunch Club
November 3, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Divinity Hall S-121

Make cross-cultural friendships over lunch. Teach others about your home culture, learn about other people and places around the world, and enjoy international foods together.

Lecture by Author Jon Meacham
November 3, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Leslie Stephen Wright Fine Arts Center

Meacham will lecture on his #1 New York Times bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, that examines the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear. Convocation credit available.

Presidential Inauguration Ceremony
November 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Wright Center

The inauguration ceremony for Samford's 19th President, Dr. Beck A. Taylor, will combine pomp and historic formality of academic ceremony with Samford University’s proud 180-year tradition and elements of Christian worship. Tickets are required. Convocation credit available.

Global Voices: A Missionary's Life in Bolivia
November 4, 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Divinity Hall N-101

Join us for this week's Global Voices featuring third-year Beeson M.Div. student, Teal Cuellar, who will speak on the topic of "Creating Friendships Through Amistad Mission: A Missionary’s Life in Bolivia."

Prepharmacy Open House (Nov.)
November 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students and their families are invited to register and attend this open house event in November to learn more about Samford's prepharmacy curriculum. At this in-person event, you can ask questions of our admission staff, tour our state-of-the-art facilities and engage with current students and pharmacy faculty.

Presidential Inaugural Ball
November 4, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Seibert Hall

Delegates and honored guests are invited to join Samford University students, faculty and staff for the Presidential Inaugural Ball hosted by the Student Government Association.

Homecoming 2021
November 5 – November 6
Samford University

From reunions, tailgates, Alumni of the Year Awards, and much more, this is a weekend that you will cherish for a life time.

Business: Rooted and Grounded in Love
November 5

Brock School of Business will host its inaugural Advisory Board Summit including 150 members of the school’s Dean’s Advisory Board and six additional advisory boards that reflect various disciplines. President Beck A. Taylor will address the business school’s board members during the half-day networking summit. Invitation only.

Leadership: Rooted and Grounded in Love
November 5, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
College of Health Sciences, Room 1222

This Health Care Leadership Symposium sponsored by the College of Health Sciences offers the opportunity for alumni who work within the health care industry a time of fellowship, as well as the chance to hear from Dorinda Cale ’96, Pharm.D. ‘97, a pharmacy alumnus and vice president of pharmacy services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Registration required.

Speech Language Pathology Open House
November 5, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Samford University College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's Speech Language Pathology program in the School of Health Professions are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about the graduate program.

Samford A Cappella Choir Choral Vespers
November 5, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join the A Cappella Choir for a Choral Vespers service in Hodges Chapel during Homecoming weekend.

Worship: Rooted and Grounded in Love
November 6, 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hodges Chapel

Alumni and friends of Beeson Divinity School will gather for worship during Homecoming Weekend at 10:15 a.m. in Hodges Chapel with Dr. Frank Thielman preaching and Brian and Renee Pitts leading music. Open to the public.

Fellowship: Rooted and Grounded in Love
November 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Quad

Howard College of Arts and Sciences will host a BBQ lunch for alumni, students and faculty at 11:30 a.m. on the quad.

Community Worship
November 9, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join us for community worship during which Tim Cox will deliver a sermon entitled, “Sufficient Grace In Times Of Need” from 2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10.

Patty McDonald Orchestra Series Presents Samford Orchestra
November 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

The Samford Orchestra will perform twice in the fall and twice in the spring. Make plans to attend the November 9th concert in person in Brock Recital Hall. Guests not able to attend in person can watch via Livestream.

Protective Stadium Panel Discussion
November 11, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Samford's Department of Architecture and Interior Design will present the plans and team members of Birmingham's new Protective Stadium. The panel discussion will include: Shelia Montgomery-Mills, Project Manager BJCC (Owner); Nolanda Hatcher, President, Studio 2H Design (Architect); Virnetta Woodbury, Project Manager, Brasfield and Gorrie (General Contractor); Liz Hyde, President, Hyde Engineering (Electrical engineer); Lea Ann Macknally, President, Macknally Land Design (Landscape Architect). The program will begin by showing a video of the stadium showing its construction and describing its features.

Cumberland School of Law Fall Open House
November 12, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Memory Leake Robinson Hall

Prospective law students and their families are invited to attend Cumberland School of Law's fall Open House.

Women-led Worship Night
November 15, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join us for this month's Women-led Worship Night during which divinity student, Amanda McKay, will preach. This event is open to both men and women.

Community Worship
November 16, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join us for community worship during which John Cantelow III will deliver a sermon on Hebrews 12.

Dr.P.H. and M.P.H. Open House
November 16, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) programs to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct.

Chamber Ensemble
November 16, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

This concert will feature a variety of student chamber ensembles.

M.H.A. and M.S.H.I.A. Open House
November 17, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) and Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (M.S.H.I.A.) programs to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct.

Master of Social Work Open House
November 17, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Social Work to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct.

Dietetic Internship Open House
November 17, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Dietetic Internship to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about our internship.

Global Voices: Ministry in the City of Hope for Ukraine
November 18, 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Divinity Hall N-101

Sarah South and Maggie Mulder, undergraduate students in Samford’s Global Missions Scholars program, will join us to share about their experiences ministering in L’viv, Ukraine, and how those experiences relate to their studies at Samford.

M.S. in Nutrition Open House
November 18, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Science in Nutrition program to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct.

Worship Arts Ensemble Fall Concert
November 18, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reid Chapel

Come for a special concert and worship service with the Samford Worship Ensemble (WAE).

Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series presents Opera Workshops
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Bolding Studio

Samford Opera showcases a variety of opera vignettes during their annual workshop event.

Community Worship
November 30, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join us for community worship during which Cole Griffith, the fall 2021 James Earl Massey Preaching Award recipient, will deliver a sermon on Revelation 21.

Christmas Around the World
December 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Divinity Hall S-121

As the semester comes to a close and the Christmas holidays approach, come celebrate with the Global Center at Christmas Around the World. Come and go as you please and try traditional Christmas treats and snacks from all over the world. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider and fellowship with friends as a break from the finals week preparations.

Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents A Christmas Carol, the musical
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Wright Center

A Christmas Carol is the Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 festive classic, featuring songs by renowned composer Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Newsies, Enchanted, etc.) It tells the tale of the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge whose miserable nature comes to a crescendo during the Christmas period—”Bah! Humbug!” However, this Christmas, he is forced to come face to face with his selfish ways when he is confronted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future. In the course of one night, Scrooge is forced to recognize his faults and gains the chance to make amends. Many thanks to Elouise Williams for sponsoring the production.

2021 Christmas Home Tour
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The 2021 Christmas Home Tour, presented by ARC Realty, will feature five unique and beautifully appointed homes, and festive holiday treats at the Samford President's Home. Now in its 11th year, this event is a beloved part of the yuletide season and a wonderful way to support scholarships for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. Advance tickets will be available in early November.

Commencement and a Service of Consecration
December 10, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, will give the commencement address during Beeson's December Commencement and Service of Consecration.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pinning Ceremony
December 17, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Shades Mountain Baptist Church

During this special ceremony, the B.S.N. class of Dec. 2021 will receive their professional nursing pins, indicating a commitment to a life of caring for others. The pinning tradition is a special rite of passage for all nursing students. While the diploma is representative of a graduate's proficiency in the science of nursing, the pin is representative of their mastery of the art of nursing.

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Misha Dichter, pianist
January 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Renowned pianist Misha Dichter is one of America's most popular artists. His global career spans six decades and he brings his wealth of talent to Samford's stage. This event is co-presented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society. Tickets will be available in August.

Step Sing
January 27 – January 29
Wright Center

Each year, almost 1,000 students participate in this unique musical production, which began more than 50 years ago and has developed into one of the most popular Samford traditions. Each show is developed, written, choreographed, rehearsed and performed by students. In addition to entertaining thousands of audience members, the proceeds of each Step Sing are donated to charity.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing White Coat Ceremony
January 30, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Samford University Brock Recital Hall

The White Coat Ceremony marks the entrance of a nursing student beginning clinical nursing and serves as a reminder of their commitment to provide compassionate care to each of their patients. Join us as Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing honors this year's class.

Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents The Laramie Project
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Harrison Theatre

The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, is seniors Scott Baron and Carson Blalock's Catalyst project. The play is based on the challenging real-life events of a hate crime committed in Laramie, WY. This play is for mature audiences only.

Dr.P.H. and M.P.H. Open House
February 8, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) programs to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Nov. 16, 2021.

Dietetic Internship Open House
February 9, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Dietetic Internship to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about our internship. Registration will open on Nov. 16, 2021.

M.H.A. and M.S.H.I.A. Open House
February 10, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) and Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (M.S.H.I.A.) programs to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Nov. 16, 2021.

Master of Social Work Open House
February 10, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Social Work to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Nov. 16, 2021.

M.S. in Nutrition Open House
February 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Science in Nutrition program to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Nov. 16, 2021.

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Rachel Barton Pine, Violin
February 15, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Rachel Barton Pine is a celebrated violinist whose performances combine her gift for emotional communication with her fascination with historical research. This performance is co-presented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

Cumberland School of Law Spring Open House
February 18, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Memory Leake Robinson Hall

Prospective law students and their families are invited to attend Cumberland School of Law's spring Open House.

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Sandbox Percussion and Elspeth Davis
February 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Sandbox percussion will perform with mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis. Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent of this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Described as exhilarating by The New York Times, this group is sure to dazzle the audience. This performance is co-presented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents Re/Vise, the Annual Dance Concert
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Wright Center

The Samford Dance Company will present its annual dance concert in the Wright Center.

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Invoke
March 22, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Join us for a evening with this multi-instrumental quartet. Its music is infused with traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz and minimalism.  Invoke weaves all of these styles together to form a unique contemporary repertoire.  Co-presented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society. Tickets available in August.

Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series presents The Magic Flute
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Harrison Theatre

The Samford Opera Company will present The Magic Flute, a heroic fairytale opera about finding your way through the shadow and light of the world. One of the most beloved operas of all times and a great beginner opera for all ages.

Dr.P.H. and M.P.H. Open House
April 13, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) programs to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Feb. 8, 2022.

M.H.A. and M.S.H.I.A. Open House
April 14, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) and Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (M.S.H.I.A.) programs to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Feb. 8, 2022.

Master of Social Work Open House
April 14, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Social Work to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Feb. 8, 2021.

M.S. in Nutrition Open House
April 14, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Virtual

Samford's School of Public Health invites prospective students of its Master of Science in Nutrition program to a virtual open house event to engage with faculty, ask questions of our admission staff and learn more about what makes a Samford degree distinct. Registration will open on Feb. 8, 2021.