Published on May 3, 2004 by Mary Wimberley  

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.


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.