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.”

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.