Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2006-04-07

Samford University will observe Earth Week with several programs of public interest on April 18 and April 20.

Samford biology professor Dr. Mike Howell will talk on "The Changing Face of Pollution" Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Christenberry Planetarium, located in the Samford Sciencenter.

The three founders/owners of Higher Ground Roasters will speak on the topic, "Saving the World One Cup at a Time," at a 10 a.m. convocation on Thursday, April 20, in Brock Forum, located in Dwight Beeson Hall. Glenn Smith, Josh Kelly and Alex Varner founded the Birmingham company with a social and environmental commitment to responsible trade and sustainability.

The April 20 schedule also includes faculty and student exhibits on Ben Brown Plaza from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a concert at 4 p.m., all on Ben Brown Plaza. "Expeditions South: A Marine Biologist in Antarctica" is the topic of a lecture by UAB biology professor Dr. Jim McClintock at 7 p.m. in the Planetarium.

All events are free and open to the public.

Samford students will continue Earth Week emphasis on April 25 with the inaugural meeting of Students for Sustainability. The new Samford group will emphasize a mindset and lifestyle that promotes an equitable and sustainable future for all humankind in harmony with nature.


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.