Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-10-19

Area residents motoring along Lakeshore Drive may wonder about a British flag seen flying on a Samford University flagpole.

The Union Jack will be raised today (OCT. 19). A brief 4 p.m. ceremony will signal the beginning of a two-week celebration recognizing the 20th anniversary of Samford's presence in London.

In 1984, Samford acquired property for a London Study Centre. During the past two decades, hundreds of Samford students have lived and studied at Daniel House, a Georgian townhouse located in the heart of London.

Events include an exhibit of photographs made by faculty, student and alumni while in Great Britain. Photos will be on display in the Wright Center Art Gallery, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 27-Nov. 12. A high tea reception will be held Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m.

Alumni who have studied at Daniel House will meet for a reunion during Homecoming weekend on Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m.


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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.