Published on October 21, 2014 by Philip Poole  
Pet Contest

Voting has opened in the inaugural pet photo contest sponsored by the Samford Alumni Association as part of the 2014 Homecoming festivities. Sixteen finalists have been selected from more than 40 pet entries. The finalists, which include cats, dogs, a goat and a donkey, are raising funds for a specific scholarship or program area as part of the contest. 

Scholarships and funds that are being supported include Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing; Zeta Tau Alpha Delta Psi Legacy Scholarship; Alpha Delta Pi Scholarship; the Biology Department Fund; Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education; Howard College of Arts and Sciences Excellence Fund; Samford Athletics; School of Public Health; Friends of Theatre and Dance; the McWhorter School of Pharmacy Student Relief Fund; Chi Omega Scholarship; and the English Department.

The winner will be designated as the official sidekick of Samford’s bulldog mascot, Rex, for one year.

Help your favorite pet become Rex's sidekick by donating to their preferred fund or scholarship. Every dollar raised equals one vote. The pet that has earned the most votes by Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. will be named Rex’s official sidekick in a special announcement during the homecoming football game.

All donations are tax-deductible.

To find out more about each finalist and to vote, go to

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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.