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Samford Welcomes Bobby Gatlin as University Minister
The Reverend Bobby Gatlin has been named university minister at Samford University effective January 22, 2019. In his role, Gatlin will lead religious life initiatives in the Samford community through global missions, program coordination, pastoral care and worship experiences.
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Roxburgh to Present Hughey Lectures in Amsterdam Jan. 23
The two lectures, titled “‘Discerning the Mind of Christ,” will include a look at the culture of the American South and the practice of discernment at Birmingham, Alabama’s Southside Baptist Church, which Roxburgh serves as Pastor for Preaching and Teaching.
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Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame Call for 2019 Nominations
The Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame is now receiving nominations for the induction class of 2019. The Hall was established by the State of Alabama in 1987 to recognize men native to or identified most closely with the state of Alabama who have made significant contributions on a state, national or international scale. The Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame is housed in Davis Library at Samford University in Birmingham.
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Wrapped Up, Tied Up and Tangled Up: Work of Lauren Frances Evans
Samford Art Gallery will feature the work of Assistant Professor of Art Lauren Frances Evans Jan. 22-Feb. 21. Wrapped Up, Tied Up and Tangled Up started with a memory of a childhood Bible song and grew into a more philosophical exploration of motherhood, creation and faith.
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Samford Department of Theatre and Dance Sweeps BroadwayWorld Regional Awards
The winners of the BroadwayWorld regional awards were announced and Samford University made a significant showing in a variety of categories. Regional productions, touring shows and more were all included in the awards—honoring productions which opened between Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018. Samford took top honors across the board and the 2018 spring production of Children of Eden gathered up 11 awards along with Best Musical.
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Fobian Named Rising Star by Association for Psychological Science
The honor recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D. whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.
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Samford Hosts the Disability and the Church Conference
Church leaders and congregation members across the state gathered for “Disability and the Church,” a one-day conference to explore disability ministries for all ages. The conference was sponsored by Samford’s Center for Congregational Resources along with partner sponsors Beeson Divinity School, Center for Faith and Health, Center for Worship and the Arts, and Orlean Beeson School of Education.
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Education School Hosts Over 60 Teachers for First of Five-year Series on School Violence Prevention
Orlean Beeson School of Education launched, The B.A.D.G.E. Conference: Preventing School Violence, a five-year series intended to equip Alabama educators and school leaders with the tools they need to better understand the causes of school violence and thus notice signs, act and eliminate school violence before it begins.
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Terry Named Adviser to the President for Faith Networks
Bobby S. (Bob) Terry, longtime editor of The Alabama Baptist, has been named adviser to the president for faith networks at Samford University effective January 2. He will work with university leadership to identify strategic opportunities to expand Samford’s impact within the Christian faith community.
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Drayton Nabers Jr. Retires as Mann Center Director
Drayton Nabers Jr. retired as director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at the end of December, leaving a legacy of tremendous impact on the Samford campus and community.
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Cumberland School of Law Listed Among Top Law Schools in the Country by The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review, known for its college rankings in dozens of categories based on students’ ratings of their colleges, has released their 2019 law school rankings including the “Best Quality of Life” and a list of the top 165 law schools in the country. Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law was again included among the United States’ top law schools and was ranked third in the nation for “Best Quality of Life.”
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Ugandan Teachers to Train at Orlean Beeson School of Education
Five teachers from Terra Nova Academy, a school founded by Samford University School of the Arts alumna Alisha Damron-Seruyange ’05, will receive on site intensive teacher leadership training through a partnership with Orlean Beeson School of Education in January. The training is made possible by the Hull Grant for seminar development.
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Devlin Hodges Wins Walter Payton Award, a Top FCS Honor
Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the winner of the 2018 Walter Payton Award at the annual FCS Awards Banquet Jan. 4, 2019. Hodges is the first-ever Samford player and the seventh Southern Conference player to win the award.
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Pharmacy Alumnus Rob Colburn Joins Alabama Board of Pharmacy
Rob Colburn, an ’84 alumnus of Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, recently began his five-year appointment on the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, the regulatory body that oversees all licensed pharmacists in the state of Alabama.
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Samford’s Beeson Divinity School to Host Conference on Racial Reconciliation with The Institute on Religion and Democracy
Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School and the Institute of Anglican Studies at Beeson in conjunction with The Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) based in Washington D.C. will host the Racial Reconciliation and the National Covenant: A Conference at Samford, Feb. 12-13, 2019, featuring Alveda King and eleven other noted speakers.
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School of Public Health Honors 2018 Cohort of Dietetic Interns
Samford University’s School of Public Health honored its 2018 cohort of dietetic interns with an awards ceremony and reception, Dec. 14, before winter commencement. The ceremony marks the end of this year-long, post-baccalaureate program, which fulfills the requirements from the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become eligible for the registered dietitian credentials.
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George Urges Graduates to Cherish the Values of a ‘Life Fit for Eternity’
Samford University awarded 264 degrees during its winter commencement Saturday, Dec. 15.
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Gignilliat and Robertson Earn SoCon All-Conference Awards
Two Samford employees have earned Southern Conference (SoCon) 2019 All-Conference Faculty and Staff Awards. Beeson Divinity School Professor Mark S. Gignilliat received the faculty award. Ginger Robertson, administrative assistant in the Brock School of Business Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management and Executive Education received the staff award.
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