Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-03-25

About 200 Samford University students will fan out around Birmingham Saturday, March 27, for an afternoon of community service during “Samford Gives Back Day.”

Projects include cleaning and organizing at NorthStar ministries and the men’s Firehouse Shelter, playing games with senior citizens at Chateau Vestavia, and making Easter baskets with children at Pathways shelter. Students will also assist with construction and cleaning at two Habitat for Humanity house sites.

The effort is sponsored by the Samford Office of Student Involvement’s Community Service Council. Student leaders are Sarah Franklin, Amy Ingham, Matt Groves and Jordan Puryear.

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.