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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.