Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-06-08

Samford will offer several courses related to Alabama history and culture in its Samford After Sundown non-credit community course program this summer.

Alabama's Hidden Treasure will examine forgotten and lost artifacts and other articles of historical interest found in Birmingham and around the state. Instructor Jim Phillips, a historian and antiques appraiser, will discuss relics from Alabama's earliest Native American and European settlers, antebellum plantations and railroads, and late 1800s Birmingham. The eight-week course begins June 28, meeting on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. Registration fee is $99.

Alabama Off the Beaten Path, a photography course that begins June 20, will explore the beauty of the state's back roads. Instructor Paul Franklin, a professional photographer and field guide, will help students depict the story of Alabama's people, buildings and events through photographs. The six-week course will meet at Samford and other sites around the state on Tuesdays, excluding July 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration fee is $99.

The Samford After Sundown summer line-up also includes The Art of Independent Filmmaking, in which students will use today's technology to learn to produce a film or to enhance home movies with a professional touch. The class, taught by independent filmmaker Steve Moon, will meet on Tuesdays, June 20-Aug. 15, 6-8 p.m. The course fee is $139.

Several courses are designed to improve performance in the workplace, including a leadership essentials certificate program in collaboration with the Moser Group. The five-part series begins this summer with Foundations of Leadership, meeting on three Tuesdays beginning June 27; and The Leader as Trainer and Developer, meeting on three Tuesdays June 25-Aug. 8. Both courses meet 6-8 p.m. The fee for each is $149.

For information on these or any other summer non-credit offerings, call the Samford After Sundown office at (205) 726-2898.

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.