Posted by Philip Poole on 2007-04-16

Samford University's office of communications earned several awards in recent national competitions, including the prestigious Arthur S. Davenport Award from the Baptist Communicators Association (BCA).

The Davenport Award was earned for the university's 2006 admissions campaign. The campaign was developed in conjunction with the university's office of admission. The Davenport award, one of seven such best-of-class awards given by BCA, was for exceptional achievement in public relations. The admissions campaign earned a first place award in the public relations category.

In the annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards announced April 13 at the BCA's national convention in Mobile, Ala., Samford also received the second place award in public relations for the campaign developed for the inauguration of new Samford President Andrew Westmoreland.

Scott Camp, senior graphics designer, received a first place award in the design category for the logo developed for the Old Howard 100 Bike Ride. Samford earned a second place in the annual report category for the 2006 President's Report.

The office of communication received five awards of excellence and two awards of merit from the Religion Communicators Council, a 500-member national interfaith professional association. RCC's annual DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards were announced in March and will be presented April 26 at the association's national convention in Louisville, Ky.

Seasons, the university's news publication, earned an award of excellence in the national magazine category.

Samford also won an award of excellence in the public relations campaign category for the presidential inauguration campaign.

Samford won both awards of excellence in the special publication category. Camp won for the commemorative booklet, J.I. Packer: The Evangelical Future, developed for the divinity school. The communications office also won for the book, Corts: Deo, Doctrinae, Aeternitati, developed for the retirement of Samford's now President Emeritus Thomas E. Corts.

Camp earned the award of excellence in the flyer category for the "Living with the Psalms" promotional poster designed for Samford's Beeson Divinity School.

Camp won an award of merit in the logo category for the Old Howard 100 Bike Ride logo. Camp and communications staff member Sean Flynt also won an award of merit in the overall publication design category for the 2006 admission campus visit brochure.

"Once again, Samford's office of communications has earned well-deserved recognition for their work," said Michael D. Morgan, vice president for university relations. "This team of professionals provides outstanding service to Samford University every day, and it is rewarding to see their efforts recognized with such prestigious awards from their peers."

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.