Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-04-21


Samford  University French professor Dr. Mary McCullough is among American travelers sidelined abroad because of  pesky volcanic activity in Iceland.

McCullough, who has been in the north African nation of Tunisia since April 10, expected to return to Birmingham Sunday, April 18, and be in her Samford classroom on Monday.

Yesterday, she learned that the earliest she can depart for home on Air France will be Saturday, April 24.

McCullough was in Tunisia lecturing on contemporary American poetry at two universities and a conference as part of a Fulbright program. She spent a year in Tunisia as a Fulbright Scholar in 2007-08.

She reports that she is okay and comfortable. “I am staying with friends,” she wrote by email. “It’s great because everyone is so hospitable here.”

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.