Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-11-04

A new Miss Samford University will be crowned Friday, Nov. 14. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

Eight contestants will compete in talent, interview, lifestyle and fitness, on-stage questions and evening wear categories. The winner will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Miss Alabama 2008 Amanda Tapley, who is also the reigning Miss Samford, will emcee. She will also entertain with vocal and piano selections.

Audience members will have an opportunity to contribute to the pageant philanthropy, the Children's Miracle Network.

Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at or in the Food Court in Samford's Beeson University Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 10-14.

Molly Jones, a sophomore from Greeneville, Tenn., and Ashley Oliver, a junior from Collierville, Tenn., are pageant co-directors. For information, call (205) 726-2345.

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.