Posted by Philip Poole on 2011-04-28

Samford's Give. Serve. Pray Tornado Response Website

(Editor's Note: Update from Randy Pittman and Renie Moss regarding university-specific response opportunities will be added following the links below. Other updates provided by other employees, students and local announcements will be at the end in the order they are received.)

The Samford University campus and areas immediately around the campus were spared damage in the wake of the devastating tornadoes which hit Alabama on April 27. As of Thursday, April 28, the university is operating on regular schedules.

There are many ways for the Samford University community to assist with disaster recovery efforts. This site will maintain a running list of opportunities to respond.

"Our natural instinct is to respond immediately, but we must remember that the response will be more than just today. It will be a marathon need that lasts for weeks and months," said Samford University President Andy Westmoreland.

Westmoreland has encouraged the Samford community to give authorities adequate time to assess needs and then respond to specific requests that are made. He has asked Randy Pittman, Samford's vice president for advancement, to coordinate the university's response process. Renie Moss, assistant dean for campus life, is working on opportunities for student involvement.

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.