Published on January 13, 2006 by Mary Wimberley  
Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-11-07

A new Miss Samford University will be crowned Friday (Nov. 10). The public is invited to the 7 p.m. pageant in Wright Center Concert Hall.

Nine contestants will compete in lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening wear and on-stage question categories. Personal interviews will be held earlier in the day.

"All That Jazz" is the theme of the pageant, which will feature entertainment by a live jazz band. Emcees are Samford junior Ricky Thrash of Hogansville, Ga., and Miss Alabama 2006 Melinda Toole, who was last year's Miss Samford. 

Proceeds support Miss Samford scholarships. Pageant co-directors are Emily Goette of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Niki Chapman of Brentwood, Tenn.


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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.