Published on December 5, 2011 by Philip Poole  

Eight Samford University students, representing each of the university’s undergraduate schools, have been chosen to serve on the Frances Marlin Mann Center’s Academic Integrity Council for the 2011-12 academic year.

The students will support the center’s ongoing academic integrity initiatives by identifying opportunities for student-focused programming and resources, according to center director John Knapp.

Student representatives are Paizley Coffey, a junior education major from Athens, Ala; Mandy Liu, a senior piano performance and pedagogy major from Birmingham; Lydia Nace, a sophomore history major from Morton, Ill.; Jennifer Nelson, a first-year pharmacy student from Coto de Caza, Calif.; Caroline Noland, a senior business major and Brock Scholar from Boiling Springs, S.C.; Tom Oliver, a senior political science major from Vestavia Hills, Ala; Jordan Valdez, a sophomore nursing major from Columbia, Tenn.;  and Sarah Waller, a junior journalism and mass communication major from Gainesville, Ga.

Founded in 2008, the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership supports teaching, research and service across the Samford campus. As a university-wide resource, the center sponsors curricular and cocurricular initiatives with Samford’s professional schools and other academic programs.

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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.