PACT and Service Cadres

The Mann Center coordinates service cadres each semester that integrate faith and learning through action. These service cadres engage students with community partners in the greater Birmingham community in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways. Students must participate in an orientation and debriefing sessions in addition to serving weekly with their community partners. Current community partners include East Lake United Methodist Church, the Exceptional Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, NorthStar Youth Ministries and Restoration Academy.

The partnerships are coordinated by Samford students through Partners Acting in the Community Today (PACT). PACT’s service liaisons serve as a crucial link between Samford University and the greater Birmingham community by connecting students with ongoing service opportunities. See the list of current community partners and service opportunities below.

East Lake United Methodist Church

Service Liaison: Sam Hudson

East Lake United Methodist Church strives to meet the needs of Birmingham’s East Lake community by offering a variety of programs including an afterschool program for youth and a Saturday farmer’s market.

Exceptional Foundation

Service Liaison: Caroline Albright

The Exceptional Foundation provides year-round services to individuals with special needs who have reached the age of 21 and no longer receive services from school systems.

Habitat for Humanity

Service Liaisons: Julia Swett and Mary-Catherine Mitchell

The Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity works to make quality, affordable housing solutions available to low-income families.

NorthStar Youth Ministries

Service Liaison: Casey Cunningham

The mission of NorthStar Youth Ministries is to help urban youth find their direction in life through high quality, holistic programs within a nurturing Christian environment. NorthStar relies on volunteers to run its soccer clubs, art classes, book clubs, Bible clubs, and tutoring program.

Restoration Academy

Service Liaison: Rachel Clark

Volunteers at Restoration Academy work individually with students from remedial to accelerated and offer in-school and after-school tutoring.

Please email with any questions about PACT & Service Cadres.

Micah Fellows

Micah Fellows is a four-year honors college experience grounded in the wisdom of Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah Fellows devote their minds and talents to making Birmingham, and the world beyond, a better place. Through innovative course work, high-impact community development and service abroad, the Micah Fellows program will provide an intentional university experience connected to the world around you.

Micah Fellows will receive internship placements with Birmingham service organizations, an exclusive Micah Fellows spring break service immersion trip, a $3,000 service abroad scholarship, priority registration, innovative discussion cadres. Students interested in the Micah Fellows Program can apply for the program or contact Micah Fellows coordinator, Caroline Janeway, at or 205-726-2841.

Character Enrichment Institute

In partnership with the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, the Mann Center hosted Samford’s inaugural Character Education Workshop in 2015 bringing together 60 educators from 22 schools across Alabama to learn about the benefits of character education and development in schools. Through focused, intentional partnerships with Alabama schools, the Character Enrichment Program provides assistance to local schools to help develop and implement customized character enrichment programs in each school. Current partner institutions include Cornerstone Academy, Restoration Academy, Tarrant Intermediate School and W. E. Putnam Middle School.

Mann Center Service Immersion Trips

Mann Center Service Immersion Trips provide students with hands on service opportunities and built in reflection time to encourage students to put their faith into practice. This spring break, we are offering two service immersion trips – one to Give Kids the World in Orlando, Florida, and another to Heifer International in Perryville, Arkansas. Students can submit applications for these trips through Orgsync.

Give Kids the World | Orlando, Florida

Samford University has sent a team of students to Give Kids the World (GKTW) for four consecutive years. GKTW is a nonprofit storybook resort that offers cost-free fantasy vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. For these children, a typical week is filled with doctor's visits, treatments, pain, and medication, but at GKTW, they are treated to a magical, memorable vacation where they can experience a week of fun as a normal kid. Volunteers play a crucial role in making GKTW a place that inspires hope in children.
Samford student volunteers at GKTW will assist in multiple areas of the park including serving ice cream for, operating pony rides, painting faces, helping put on plays, and landscaping.

Heifer International | Perryville, Arkansas

For the last two years Samford students have traveled to Perryville, Arkansas, to volunteer with Heifer International during spring break. At Heifer Ranch students learn about global poverty through service learning. Students participate in a variety of experiential activities such as team-building development, educational sessions, overnight village experience and hands-on service projects. Sample responsibilities include harvesting crops, milking a goat, landscaping/maintenance, and more.

Seminars & Workshops

Samford Strong Leadership Academy

The Samford Strong Leadership Academy began in 2014 as a partnership between the Mann Center and Athletics to foster character development in Samford student-athletes. This seminar series brings athletes to campus to share their personal testimonies focusing on the importance of faith and character to success in all areas of life.

Previous Speakers include Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, Paralympian Bob Lujano, and Super Bowl Champion and professional commentator Spencer Tillman.


Hodges Lecture in Ethics and Leadership

The Mann Center sponsors the annual Andrew Gerow Hodges Lecture in Ethics and Leadership, which provides a forum for the Samford community to hear nationally and internationally known thought leaders from business, the professions and academia. These campus-wide programs address current ethical issues facing society, focusing especially on the role of leadership in meeting these challenges.

Previous Hodges Lecturers include George Marsden, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, Stanley Hauerwas, professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School, Richard Carwardine, president of Corpus Cristi College at the University of Oxford, Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College, and Pieter Faling, executive director of the national electricity supply company of South Africa.

Samford Gives Back

Samford Gives Back offers an opportunity for Samford students to meet an expressed community need off-campus. Samford Gives Back provides an entry point for Samford students to be exposed to the greater Birmingham community, meet a specific need of a community agency or entity and initiate relationships beyond Samford’s campus. A student-led Leadership Team organizes and plans the event with supervision from the Director of Community Engagement.

Spring 2016 SGB Leadership Team

Devynne Roahrig, Executive Director
Katie Hill, Director of Public Relations
Rachel Clark, Director of Internal Affairs
Courtney Allen, Director of External Affairs

Schedule: April 16, 2016

8:00 am – Registration, breakfast, and devotional in Seibert Stadium (Rain location: Seibert Gym)
8:30 am – Depart for work sites
9:00 am – Arrive at work sites and begin service
1:00 pm – Wrap-up service

Please email with any questions about Samford Gives Back.


Mann Awards

The Frances Marlin Mann Awards for Leadership and Character are annually awarded to eleven students from each of the university’s 10 academic schools and athletics program. Students are nominated by deans and other university executives and selected based upon their consistent leadership and strong character, including humility, courage, self-control and justice.
Additionally, one student is awarded the Joe McDade Scholarship, which honors a 1961 alumnus. Nominees must demonstrate a life and character lived in the spirit of Christ, a contribution to the overall betterment and well-being of the University, participation in a wide range of campus life, leadership ability, an embodiment of the overall goals, mission, and spirit of the university, and a commitment to the long-range development and well-being of the university.

Samford East African Scholars

Through a partnership with Bridge2Rwanda and the University Fellows, the Mann Center annually provides one student from East Africa the opportunity to study for four year at Samford University. While at Samford, these students are matched with a mentor and host family, while receiving specialized educational and career guidance. After completing their undergraduate degrees the Samford East African Scholars return to their host country to help identify and meet needs in their home countries. To make a donation to the Samford East African Scholarship Fund or the Samford East African Assistance Fund, please contact Cameron Collins, assistant director, at or 205-726-4634.

Other Service Opportunities

Civic Engagement

Samford students are engaged with a variety of organizations in the greater Birmingham community. Below are a list of organizations seeking Samford student volunteers. Feel free to contact them directly.

Big Brother Big Sisters

Mary Jacque Carroll
205-939-5590 x27

Birmingham Airport Authority

Toni Herrera-Bast

Birmingham Ed Foundation

Stephen Murphy

Breakthrough Collaborative

Casey Waites

Camp Fire Alabama

Gina Weaver
205-324-2434 x113

Dogs on Deployment

Larabeth Knight

Girls on the Run

Bethany Reeves

Jessie’s Place

Megan Mitchell

Kid One Transport

Irene Goddard

Neighborhood Academy

Tom Lewis

Norwood Resource Center

Ray Anderson

Oak Tree Ministries

Halie Kawell


Barbara Barbosa

Youth Serve

Daniel Ross