Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-07-18

Samford University's Children's Learning Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary Monday (JULY 21) with special afternoon activities.

An open house from 5 - 6:30 p.m. will include a brief program at 5:30 p.m. featuring Center students, and honoring Mr. and Mrs. Paul Piper of Waco, Texas. The Piper's family foundation made a significant financial contribution for the Center's construction. The Pipers will be honored for "distinctive leadership in early childhood education," according to David Finn, associate professor of education and faculty director of the Samford CLC.

The public is invited to the anniversary and open house.

The program also will acknowledge Samford's relationship with neighboring Southern Progress Corporation, which provides the CLC with an annual grant that allows Southern Progress employees to use the Center's services.

The CLC opened in July of 1998 to provide services to Samford families, and as a teaching laboratory for Samford education students. "Our goal is to provide a model for early childhood education," Dr. Finn said.

A unique aspect of the Center, Finn added, is its focus on children with special needs. The Center also features child-centered art from a variety of artists who frequently show their art at Loretta Goodwin Galleries. Goodwin has a granddaughter who attends the CLC.

The Samford Children's Learning Center is located at 1939 South Lakeshore Drive, near the Homewood National Guard Armory.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.