Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-05-08

Samford's Beeson Divinity School awarded top student honors during a special program on May 1. The honorees are members of this year's graduating class at Beeson.

Paul Bryant of Madison, a Master of Divinity degree student, received the Pastoral Ministry Award for high achievement in the study of pastoral theology and the practice of Christian ministry.

Christian George of Birmingham, a Master of Divinity degree student, received the James Earl Massey Preaching Award as the outstanding graduating student preacher.

Rebecca George of Birmingham, a Master of Theological Studies degree student, was a co-winner of the Theological and Historical Studies Award for outstanding achievement in the study of Christian history and theology.

Clayton Speed of Homewood, a Master of Divinity degree student, received the Biblical Languages Award for outstanding achievement in the study of Holy Scriptures in their original language.

Mary and Wayne Splawn, a married couple from Birmingham, were named co-winners of the Distinguished Student Award given in recognition of outstanding and holistic achievement n scholarship, Christian spirituality and ministry involvement. Mary Splawn received a Master of Divinity degree in December. Wayne Splawn will receive a Master of Divinity degree this month.

Sonya Ricketson of Birmingham received the Outstanding Master of Theological Studies Award for outstanding and holistic achievement in scholarship, Christian spirituality and ministry involvement. She is an M.T.S. degree student.

Jason Wicker of Birmingham, a Master of Divinity degree student, was a co-winner of the Theological and Historical Studies Award for outstanding achievement in the study of Christian history and theology.

This year's Beeson Teaching Award for outstanding classroom teaching went to assistant professor Dr. Norfleete Day, who teaches Greek, New Testament and spiritual formation.

 
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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.