Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-04-17

Samford University will observe Earth Day Thursday, April 19, with a special lecture and exhibits.

Earth-related exhibits by students and faculty will be on display in Ben Brown Plaza 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Environmental educator Dr. Joyce Lanning will lecture on the topic, Exploring Climate Change: Should Christians Care?, at 7 p.m. in the Samford Sciencenter planetarium. The public is invited. Lanning is specially trained in The Climate Project, a national initiative on combating climate change and global warming.

Other events during Earth Week include a talk by Samford senior Erin Stewart at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, and a special lecture by renowned biologist and Harvard professor E. O. Wilson at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Wilson will speak as part of the spring conference of the Alabama Environmental Education Consortium sponsored by Samford's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education.

A display of earth-related art by Samford students, staff and faculty is on display in Samford's Davis Library through April 27. Award winners in the competitive show are Micah Simpson, first place; Jonathan Haas, second place; Billye Currie, third place; and Taylor Webb, fourth place.

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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.