As the world faces this unprecedented health crisis together, our Samford community is reminded we are grounded together in the love of Christ.
Alumni, parents, and friends like you have asked what you can do to help Samford. Right now, one of the most significant things you can do is help meet the needs of students facing trying physical, emotional or financial times.
These needs may range from requiring counseling resources and spiritual support to needing groceries or tuition assistance because of income and job loss. Your support will provide immediate assistance to students and help us provide a seamless Samford educational experience in the weeks ahead.
This is a challenging time for our students, programs and community. But, together, we can do this, Samford!
“I wanted to share how incredible my professors have been during this time.
They have gone above and beyond trying to help myself and my classmates succeed. Two professors that I had in mind are Dr. (Christopher) Ballmann and Dr. (Keith) Pearson. They both have put in a tremendous amount of effort in our conversion to online classes. Dr. Ballmann has taken the liberty to send us numerous emails on ways that he can help us in this time and also provides a lot of comedic relief! Dr. Pearson has worked so hard to get our input on how he can help us get the most out of the course and still learn all of the information. The time and effort put in by my professors really means a lot to me and my classmates!”
“Samford is my school, my family, and my home, and I am proud to be a Bulldog.
“In March 2019, I found out that my acute myeloid leukemia had relapsed. I was told I would need to drop everything, go to the hospital, receive months of intensive inpatient chemotherapy, undergo a bone marrow transplant, and then spend a year in social isolation to protect myself from infection while I recovered. I had one night to go home and pack a bag before I once again began the terrifying journey of cancer treatment.
From that doctor’s appointment, my first stop was Samford. If I had only a few hours before leaving campus for a year or more, I was going to spend them fighting to keep taking as many classes as I possibly could, even from a distance. The fight I was expecting, however, never came. Instead, every person I spoke to came back with the same message: We love you. We are praying for you. How can we help?
Advisors advocated for me to be able to fulfill my credits. Professors rewrote my courses to accommodate online learning from the hospital. Even our president, Dr. Westmoreland, reached out to make sure I knew that I had the entire school’s support. Thanks to this university’s creative solutions to my unique problems, I know that no matter the circumstances, I am so much more than a cancer patient. I am a Samford student.
Today, I have been taking my classes online for a year, and due to the growing dangers of COVID-19, the rest of the student body has now joined me. As overwhelming as this unprecedented time feels, I know without a doubt that Samford will rise to meet the evolving needs of its students, because this is what Samford has always done for me and for the thousands of other students before me.
Samford believed in my education even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. I will never be able to express how grateful I am for my experience as a student here, as unconventional as it has turned out to be. I look forward to the day when we can all return to campus, bringing with us our new experiences with distance learning and technology. Samford is my school, my family, and my home, and I am proud to be a Bulldog.”
“During this time away from school, it’s been difficult for me as I am unable to work my school job.
Therefore, I cannot earn money to help my family pay college expenses. This gift from donors is a blessing to my family and I because it means the rent for my apartment can be paid without having to worry how it will affect this or next month’s expenses. I want to thank the donors for their generosity. It means so much to be able to go to a school where donors support students in this way. If I’ve not already said it, thank you so very much.”
Samford is committed to helping our students be successful by meeting practical needs, including providing a laptop.
The request came through the Student Emergency Assistance Fund from an on-campus student who suddenly found himself living back at home, taking classes exclusively online, lacking the resources to log on, and unable to access a computer lab.
Members of the faculty, staff across multiple departments, and technology services quickly worked together virtually to find and prepare a computer that would be sufficient for the student’s need. Then, the computer was personally delivered to the student’s doorstep.
Wade Walker, Samford’s director of business services who delivered the computer, shared, “I was honored to be able to deliver this computer. In speaking with both the student and his mother they were very appreciative. To be able to see the expression of joy on their face was priceless! I feel it meant a great deal to the student. And, as it turns out, he lives just two minutes from my house.”
Seniors in Ida Moffett School of Nursing wrote thank you notes to their professors to show their appreciation. See below for one of these notes:
“I just want to say how thankful I am for you during this time. I cannot imagine the hours being put in behind the scenes to help us finish the semester strong. Your encouragement and care for us is felt (through email and more) and has helped me tremendously to keep my chin up and not focus my attention on my worldly cares and anxieties. Your prayers are felt in this time . . . I am so grateful.”
“After suddenly losing my long-term employment as a retail sales associate in Birmingham due to the unforeseen pandemic, I was uncertain what the future would hold.
“Because of your help with rent, utilities and groceries, I was able to focus on finishing out my second semester in graduate school strong. I am truly thankful for your help. May God continue to bless you always!”
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