Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-05-02

Ten New Samford Ambassadors Named at Samford University 

Ten new Samford University Ambassadors have been named for the 2005-06 year. The students serve as hosts at campus events and represent the university in a variety of settings.

New Ambassadors are: Kendra Buckles, junior, English major, Vicksburg, Miss.; Rob Collingsworth, freshman, journalism/mass communications, Colleyville, Texas; Melanie Ervin, junior, accounting, Rockford, Ala.; Katie Gronewald, freshman, undeclared major, Marietta, Ga.; Adam Hancock, sophomore, business, Paducah, Ky.; Jessica Johnson, freshman, nursing, Daphne, Ala.; Katie Lantz, sophomore, journalism/public relations, Lytton, Iowa; Jacob Simmons, junior, business management, Goodlettsville, Tenn; Jason Skelley, freshman, biology, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Claire Woods, sophomore, nursing, Birmingham.

The 20-member Ambassador team works closely with the Samford President's Office and the Office of University Relations to assist at Samford events.


Donaldson, Toone To Serve as Mentors in $232,903 NSF Research Grant to BACHE  

Drs. Steve Donaldson and Brian Toone of the Samford University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will serve as mentors in a new undergraduate computer research program funded by a $232,903 grant to the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE).

The three-year grant will provide research opportunities for 14 undergraduates at BACHE member institutions Samford, Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Montevallo. Dr. Marietta Cameron of Birmingham-Southern, program director, coordinated the grant, with input from Donaldson and Toone The program is underway now and runs through Jan. 21, 2008.


Art Graduating Senior Exhibition Set for May 10-20 

Samford University will host the Art Graduating Senior Exhibition May 10-20 in Wright Center Art Gallery. Samford fine art and graphic graduates will display senior projects and recent art works.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception for art graduates will be held immediately following Baccalaureate service Friday, May 20, at approximately 6 p.m. in the gallery. Art instructor Robin Snyder is gallery director.


Florence Littauer To Address Samford Auxiliary Luncheon 

Author and communication trainer Florence Littauer will speak at the Samford University Auxiliary spring luncheon Thursday, May 5, at HealthSouth Conference Center.

Littauer's books include Dare to Dream, Getting Along with Almost Anybody and Silver Boxes. Her most popular book, Personality Plus, has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into 25 languages.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call (205) 726-2349 by Wednesday, May 4.


Samford Library Offers Quilt Exhibition May 3-June 30 

The Samford University Library will exhibit a collection of quilts and quilt pieces depicting the theme, "Family Values," from May 3 until June 30. The quilts were produced over several years by the Parenting class in Samford's Department of Family Studies as part of the Problem-Based Learning module on family values. Drs. Clara Gerhardt and Kristie Chandler taught the class.


Samford Observes Media Day, Hosts CNN International VP Eric Ludgood 

Samford University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication observed its annual Media Day Tuesday, May 3. Eric Ludgood, vice president, CNN International, spoke on "Global Media-Personal Responsibility."

Ludgood supervises all editorial employees at CNN International, including those at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., and at other locations around the world. While at Samford, he critiqued student projects in a television production class.


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.