Posted by Philip Poole on 2010-02-21

Dudes-A-Plenty returned to the Step Sing winners’ circle Feb. 20, garnering the coveted Sweepstakes Award in Samford University’s annual student production.

The all-male group, which organizes annually solely to perform in Step Sing, previously won Sweepstakes in 2007 and 2005 and was first runner-up in 2009. They also won the 2010 judges’ excellence awards for music and choreography.

The theme of their 2010 act was “The Dream,” a look at making dreams a reality. Co-directors were Jeremy Hunt, a senior journalism major from Marietta, Ga., and Ben Telfair, a senior religion major from Tallahassee, Fla.

First runner-up was Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, with an act entitled “Rock It.” Pi Kapps were last year’s sweepstakes winners.

Second runner-up was Phi Mu sorority, with “Risky Business.” Phi Mu placed second in 2008.

Audience favorite awards went to Pi Kappa Phi for choreography and overall performance, Dudes-A-Plenty for music and University Ministries for costumes.

Alpha Omicron Pi sorority was recognized for raising the most funds for the 2010 Step Sing community service project, Camp Smile-a-Mile, an Alabama organization that provides camping opportunities for children who are or have been affected by cancer.

Step sing is an annual student-organized and produced, and professionally-judged competition. It is considered one of Samford’s most cherished traditions, dating from 1951. Eleven groups participated in this year’s competition. The 2010 student co-directors were Kara Hardin, a junior sports medicine major from Knoxville, Tenn., and Kendall Shelton, a junior business major from Reform, Ala.

Photos and DVDs of the event are available for purchase.

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.