Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-08-20

Samford University freshmen will arrive Thursday morning (Aug. 21) for "move in" to residence halls and four days of "Connections" events that are designed to acquaint the new students with campus life.

Thursday at 3 p.m., students and parents will attend a Samford Family Welcome program with president Andrew Westmoreland in Wright Center Concert Hall.

Friday at 10 a.m. in Wright Center, freshmen will attend a lecture by Samford biology professor Dr. Larry Davenport related to the summer reading assignment, Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert. The book addresses human contributions to global warming.

Following the lecture, students will discuss the topic in small groups led by faculty members.

Events for new students on Saturday include a Bulldog Yell, the first pep rally, on Talbird Circle at 3:30 p.m., dinner at various Birmingham restaurants and movie at the Alabama Theatre.

On Sunday, freshmen will attend a special worship serve at 10:15 a.m. in Reid Chapel, and enjoy ice cream at the president's home in the afternoon.

Samford upperclassmen arrive on Sunday in anticipation of fall semester classes, which begin on Monday, Aug. 25.

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.