Published on April 26, 2007 by Mary Wimberley  

Samford University recognized its top student leaders at a leadership and service convocation Thursday, April 26.

Mary Kathryn Covert of Meridian, Miss., received the James M. Sizemore Award as the person in the senior class who has best demonstrated character, personality, scholarship and unselfish service to Samford.

Dawson Hull of Jackson, Tenn., received the John R. Mott Award as the man in the graduating class who represents high character, scholarship and student public service.

Emily Parker of Huntsville received the Gail Hyle Memorial Award as the woman in the graduating class who best exemplifies Christian character, leadership, school spirit and service.

Jennifer Wilmore of Hendersonville, Tenn., received the Service Award as the graduating senior who best exemplifies qualities of social service.

Rob Howell of Haleyville and Mary Kathryn Covert received the Rufus Shelton Awards as this year's male and female students who have helped improve campus life and are worthy of special recognition.

Bob Miller of Glasgow, Ky., and Emily Whitworth of Owings, Md., received the Luke 2:52 Awards given to two students who excel in all areas of student life, including academic, social, spiritual and physical.

Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society inducted 14 student members: Amy Almand of Snellville, Ga., Ben Buchanan of Paducah, Ky., Lindsay Eubank of Hoover, Rod Evans of Stevenson, Andy Farmer of Fort Payne, Lindsay Harter of Acworth, Ga., Rob Howell of Haleyville; Claire Kimberly of Montgomery, Betsy Martin of Tupelo, Miss., Ryan McIntire of Fort Payne, Bob Miller of Glasgow, Ky., Adam Oliver of Brandon, Miss., Emily Parker of Huntsville and Jonathan Walker of Southaven, Miss.

Samford ODK chapter president Mary Kathryn Covert was recognized as the outstanding ODK student leader of the year for the Southeast region.

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.