Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-05-03

Samford University students were recognized for leadership and service at a special awards convocation Thursday (APRIL 29).

Jeff Stephens of Memphis, Tenn., received the John R. Mott Award as the male in the senior class judged to represent the highest type of student service.

Katherine Arnold of Athens, Ga., received the Gail Hyle Award in recognition of Christian character, leadership, school spirit and service.

Joseph Wells of Lexington, Ky., was named recipient of the James M. Sizemore Award as the senior who best demonstrates loyalty and service to the University.

Chris Sims of Huntsville and Lauren Whitty of Slidell, La., each received the Rufus Shelton Award as the male and female students worthy of special recognition.

Sims also received the Service Award in recognition of special service to the University.

Joel Davis of Marietta, Ga., and Kortney Parman of Fayetteville, Ga., received the Luke 2:52 awards given to two students who excel in all areas of student life, including academic, social, spiritual and physical.

Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society inducted six new student members: Joel Davis of Marietta, Ga., Ashley Floyd of Hartselle, Hannah Hunter of New Orleans, La., Allison King of Pensacola, Fla., Jewel Littleton of Birmingham and John Sadlow of Memphis Tenn.

Biology professor Dr. Paul Blanchard and Dean of Students Dr. Richard Franklin were also inducted into ODK.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.