Published on April 28, 2011 by Mary Wimberley  

Samford University’s top student leaders were recognized Thursday, April 28, at the annual leadership and service convocation.

Rich Havard of Gloster, Miss., won the James M. Sizemore Award as the student in the senior class who best demonstrates character, personality, scholarship and unselfish service to Samford.

Marshall Pollard of Apopka, Fla., won the John R. Mott Award as the man in the graduating class who best represents high character, scholarship and student public service.

Terra Garmon of Gadsden, Ala., won the Gail Hyle Memorial Award as the woman in the graduating class who best exemplifies Christian character, leadership, school spirit and service. She also won a Rufus Shelton Award as this year’s female student who has done the most for the betterment of life at Samford through sustained efforts.

Stephen Bailey of Brownsburg, Ind., and Ashley Spann of Douglasville, Ga., received Service Awards as the graduating seniors who best exemplify qualities of social service.

Dan Hall of Madison, Miss., received a Rufus Shelton Award as this year’s male student who has done the most for the betterment of life at Samford through sustained efforts.

Cameron Collins of Cornelius, N.C., and Stephanie Guckenberger of Huntsville, Ala., received the Luke 2:52 awards, which honor two students who excel in all areas of student life, including civic, social, spiritual and physical.

Annie Kraus of Birmingham and Scott McKaig of Fort Wayne, Ind., received Omicron Delta Kappa Freshman Leadership awards as the female and male students who showed exemplary character, leadership, service and scholarship during their first year at Samford.

Danielle Brown of Birmingham and Tara E. White of Knoxville, Tenn., received Omicron Delta Kappa Leader of the Year Awards for exemplary service to the Samfod ODK circle and the campus community.

 
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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.