Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2006-07-14

Eight cadets in Samford University's Air Force ROTC Detachment 012 were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force during May 21 ceremonies at Samford. The newly commissioned officers are spring graduates of their respective schools. They are: Lauren E. Cliatt of Columbus, Miss., University of Alabama at Birmingham; Ashley N. Cullop of Newnan, Ga., Samford; Mark C. Holmes of Niceville, Fla., Samford; Jessica D. Long of Fort Rucker, UAB; John A. McElroy of Douglasville, Ga., Samford; Frederick M. O'Mara of Birmingham, Samford's Cumberland School of Law; Sarah B. Overby of Lascassas, Tenn., Samford; and Brandon C. Stanley of Birmingham, Samford.

Samford's Air Force ROTC Detachment 012 includes cadets who are enrolled as students at six Birmingham area colleges and universities.

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.