Published on April 28, 2015 by Hannah Henderson  
Jennifer Carroll

Samford University alumna Jennifer Pigg Carroll told an engaged audience about her time at Samford and her work in Africa. She encouraged the audience to join her in living life on the edge. 

A 1978 graduate and founder of the Elizabeth Project International, Carroll spoke April 22 as part of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education’s 100th anniversary celebration. 

She told about her time at Samford as a history major, Chi Omega, and cheerleader, and the path that led her to becoming a missionary in Kenya for more than 30 years, where she says she’s lived life on the edge. 

“Living life on the edge doesn’t mean you don’t realize the risk,” Carroll said. “It means what you choose to do is worth the risk.” 

She encouraged the audience, mostly comprised of Samford students, to figure out what they believe, what they love and what their dream is. She explained the answers to these questions can help determine how one will live with purpose and satisfaction. 

Carroll also spoke of Elizabeth Project International, which provides maternal and child educational programs that empower mothers with evidence-based information, skills and support while advocating for dignity, compassion and best care practice health care.

The education school’s 100th anniversary celebration will continue this year with a centennial scholarship dinner in the fall.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.