Posted by William Nunnelley on 2004-06-08

Samford University will provide free of charge to every incoming freshman a pocket-size computer device that can store up to 45 times the capacity of a floppy disk.

The device--a USB drive--is less than three inches long, looks a little like a key and fits handily on a key chain. Students can plug the device into a computer and store documents, pictures, presentations, notes and any other data. They can take the device with them and use it on lab and classroom computers around campus.

"The floppy disk has long been the standard in portable storage of computer documents but presentations and other large documents often exceed the capacity of a floppy disk," said Samford Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer Alan Hargrave.

"The USB drive solves this problem by offering the same convenience and ease of use as a floppy disk and it operates faster, is easier to carry and has significantly greater storage capacity."

Samford will distribute USB drives--which are imprinted with the Samford logo--to approximately 680 entering freshmen during orientation sessions in June.

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.