Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-09-03

Samford University honored several employees for exceptional performance during the opening convocation of the fall semester Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Judi F. Aucoin, director of advancement services in the office of university advancement, received the President’s Award for special recognition.

She was cited for her overall work ethic and especially for her capable service as implementation coordinator of Banner, Samford’s administrative software system. Aucoin’s support of the three-year project, said Samford president Andrew Westmoreland, “was critical to the success of that implementation.”

Aucoin, who joined the Samford staff in 1998, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in business administration from Nicholls State University.

Meritorious Service Awards went to:  Ivy Alexander, secretary in the economics, finance and quantitative analysis department in Samford’s Brock School of Business; Jane Leask, assistant registrar for certification, publications and programming in the office of student records; and Lauren Taylor, director of residence life and university services. 

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.