University Event Calendar

The Samford University Event Calendar offers a central listing of significant university events that are open to the Samford community or the public. Samford employees may access a comprehensive event schedule in SPACES. OrgSync provides a similar solution for students. The registrar’s office maintains the official academic calendar. Academic units, advancement, athletics and Samford Arts maintain audience specific calendars.

Connections
August 24 – August 26
Samford University

Opening Convocation
August 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Wright Center

This formal event signifies the official opening of the university’s 177th academic year.

Rededication of Reid Chapel, Burns Hall, Chapman Hall and Ingalls Hall
August 30, 9:45 a.m.
Samford University

Join us as we rededicate A. Hamilton Reid Chapel, Percy Pratt Burns Hall, James Horton Chapman Hall and Robert I. Ingalls, Sr. Hall. This service will celebrate the completion of a major upgrade in academic buildings as envisioned in the university's strategic plan and the campus master plan.

2018 Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference
September 7, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Samford University

The topic for this year’s Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEAL) Conference is “The Ethics of Access to Health Care: Are We Doing Too Much or Too Little?”

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School of the Arts Faculty Gala underwritten by Patty McDonald
September 11, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Join School of the Arts for an entertaining evening showcasing its talented faculty.

Consortium on Global Education Conference
September 12 – September 14
Samford University

Bobby Horton presents Songs and Stories of the Civil War
September 13, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Based on his long-time association with film maker Ken Burns, Horton shares moving stories and music from the Civil War era. Free admission

Family Weekend
September 14 – September 16
Samford University

During this annual event, Samford families come together to enjoy campus and build community with other Samford families.

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Developments and Trends in Health Care Law 2018
September 14, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Birmingham Marriott

Developments and Trends in Health Care Law 2018 is approved for six CLE credit hours in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, including one hour of ethics credit.

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Rite of Passage 2018
September 14, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pete Hanna Center

Approximately 140 students participated in the Rite of Passage ceremony, which celebrates undergraduate pre-business students declaring their major.

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McWhorter School of Pharmacy Prospective Student Open House
September 14, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

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Singing in Heaven! The Annual Hymn Sing
September 16, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Reid Chapel

Join Samford friends and families for the beloved annual hymn sing in Reid Chapel during Family Weekend.

Annual Emergency Readiness Day
September 19, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Samford University

Coordinated by the university’s Emergency Readiness Team (ERT), the day features community agencies, food trucks and activities designed to bring awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness and introducing community partners and agencies who provide emergency response information and services.

Nutrition Symposium 2018
September 21, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Samford University, Pete Hanna Hospitality Room

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of nutrition education at Samford University, the School of Public Heath's Department of Nutrition and Dietetics will host a day-long Nutrition Symposium. The day will include several speakers who are experts in their field, including the keynote speaker, Linda G. Snetselaar, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at University of Iowa’s School of Public Health.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! presents Birmingham Does Broadway
September 21, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Hear talented local performers singing the best of Broadway with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra! The concert will feature beloved composers Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, and more!

What is Anglicanism? Annual Anglican Theology Conference
September 25, 8:30 a.m. – September 26, 12 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School

Beeson Divinity School hosts an annual conference on Anglicanism in September. This year's conference will explore what it means to be Anglican. The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship. There will be an optional banquet on Tuesday with limited seating for an additional $50.

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The Oral Arguments of the Alabama Appellate Courts
September 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, the Appellate Courts of Alabama and the Birmingham Bar Foundation invite guests to observe the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in a unique day of oral appellate arguments.

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Palliative Care Conference
September 27, 1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Regions Community Room, Cooney Hall

At the 2018 Palliative Care Conference, experts will cover a range of end of life issues including dyspnea, nutrition and cultural diversity. Health care professionals, clergy and family members will benefit from the presentations.

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McWhorter School of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony
September 28, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Shades Mountain Baptist Church

Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy will recognize members of the Class of 2022 at its annual White Coat Ceremony on September 28 at Shade Mountain Baptist Church.

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Emma Taylor Theatre for Youth Series presents the Alabama Premier of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
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Harrison Theatre

School of the Arts opens its theatre season with the heartwarming tale of the Edward Tulane, a rabbit on a journey of self-discovery. A special invitation-only opening FirstNIght event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 which will be underwritten by Milo's Hamburgers. Tickets.samford.edu.

Tim Hawkins Live with Dustin Nickerson
September 28, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Tim Hawkins is one of the most in-demand comedians in the country, with over 100 sold-out concerts annually. Tickets at timhawkins.brushfire.com/events

Accounting Career Night
October 2, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Regions Community Resource Room, 400 Cooney Hall

This networking event provides an opportunity for accounting majors and those interested in majoring in accounting to interact with more than 30 accounting firms to explore internship opportunities and full-time employment.

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Courage to Care Gala
October 5, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Florentine Building, 2101 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Join us as we honor distinguished alumni from Ida Moffett School of Nursing and Birmingham Baptist Hospital.

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Big Church Night Out with David Crowder
October 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wright Center

Big Church Night Out will feature David Crowder, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Feliz along with illusionist Brock Gill and worship with Jamison Strain. Tickets at bigchurchnightout.com.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Prospective Student Open House
October 12, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

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Lion's Den
October 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Business as Mission Competition

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Takács Quartet
October 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

The Takács Quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. With a recent new member, it continues a long tradition of uncompromising attention to detail. Samford Arts welcomes this talented group from the University of Colorado. This performance is copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents Hedda Gabler
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Bolding Studio

In Henrik Ibsen's classic drama of passion and desperation, the beautiful and intelligent Hedda Gabler is trapped in a world she cannot bear. Tickets.samford.edu

Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! presents Hollywood Legends
October 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Get your popcorn ready as the ASO presents an epic concert celebrating the giants of Hollywood, including your favorite actors, actresses, characters, and composers! Stunning music from a variety of genres and eras brings memorable characters from The Wizard of Oz, Jurassic Park, Titanic, The Incredibles, and more to life. Tickets at alabamasymphony.org.

Reformation Heritage Lectures
October 30 – October 31

Each year, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University sponsors The Reformation Heritage Lectures during Reformation Week. The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century was a tremendous movement of spiritual and ecclesial renewal, which called the church back to its biblical and evangelical roots.

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The Heart Behind the Music with Heather Land, Lauren Duski, Mo Pitney, and Lenny LeBlanc
November 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Since 2011, The Heart Behind the Music has been bringing to the stage some of the world's best singers and songwriters who share meaning and music behind their hit songs. Tickets.samford.edu

Homecoming 2018
November 2 – November 3
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.

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Jere F. White Jr Trial Advocacy Institute
November 9, 8:25 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham, AL 35203

The CLE program features a "who's who" of skilled litigators, fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, who will provide tips and advice on trial work, including voir dire, opening statements, cross-examination, and closing statements.

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McWhorter School of Pharmacy Prospective Student Open House
November 9, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Jovanni-Rey de Pedro in conjunction with the Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition
November 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Filipino-American pianist Jovanni-Rey de Pedro has developed an international reputation as a soloist, collaborator, pedagogue, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He recently joined the faculty at Samford's School of the Arts and is this year's host of the Morris Competition.

John Crist, The Human Being Tour
November 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

With over 300 million video views, comedian and viral sensation John Crist is now a well-known entity, performing across the country. Tickets available at premierproductions.com/tour/john-crist-human-being-tour.

Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series presents The Ghosts of Gatsby
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Harrison Theatre

Samford Opera will debut the world premier of The Ghosts of Gatsby, a new one hour opera by Joshua McGuire and Evan Mack and commissioned by Samford University.

Cumberland School of Law 2018 Fall Open House
November 16, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Memory Leake Robinson Hall

Students interested in attending Cumberland School of Law and their guests are invited to an informational afternoon where they will tour the law school and learn about programs, the admission process and financial aid.

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Christmas with Samford Arts
November 30, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Join the School of the Arts for a special Christmas celebration in the Wright Center featuring our talented ensembles, theatre and dance students, and collaboration with our Division of Art and Design. Tickets.samford.edu

Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! presents Home for the Holidays
December 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Celebrate the season with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Tickets at alabamasymphony.org.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Prospective Student Open House
December 14, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

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Fall Commencement
December 15, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Pete Hanna Center
Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! presents The Mambo Kings
January 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Enjoy New York's foremost Latin jazz ensemble, in concert with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Tickets at alabamasymphony.org.

Step Sing
February 7 – February 9
Wright Center

Step Sing continues to be one of Samford's most popular traditions, and is a popular event not only among students, but also prospective students, employees, alumni and the Birmingham community.

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Cumberland School of Law 2019 Spring Open House
February 22, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Memory Leake Robinson Hall

Students interested in attending Cumberland School of Law and their guests are invited to an informational afternoon where they will tour the law school and learn about programs, the admission process and financial aid.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents SYBARITE5
March 5, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm and forever changed the perception of chamber music performance. This performance is copresented by Birmingham Chamber Music Society. Tickets.samford.edu

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Rachel Barton Pine
March 21, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, Rachel Barton Pine combines her innate gift for emotional communication with scholarly historical research. She dazzles audiences with her infectious talent. Her performance is copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society. Tickets.samford.edu.

The Midtown Men, Underwritten by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith Inc.
April 4, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

The Midtown Men reunite stars from The Original Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show. Tickets.samford.edu

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony
April 5, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Reid Chapel

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony honors third-year students as they make the transition from didactic courses to advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

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Big Give
April 9 – April 10