Posted by Sean Flynt on 2006-06-23In early June the website of the Radio & Records company posted an American serviceman's request for a shipment of smooth jazz CDs to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Andy Parrish, General Manager of Samford's WVSU radio station, was the first to respond, sending over a dozen jazz CDs. But Samford's response didn't stop there. Parrish invited others to participate, and the Samford community quickly responded with cards, letters and CDs from their own collections.
Radio & Records honored the Samford community's response in a June 16 news item headlined, " WVSU Listeners Walk The Walk".
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.