Published on April 28, 2015 by Bailey Fuqua  
SBAA Corey Green

More than 300 guests registered for Samford University’s annual African American Alumni and Friends Luncheon hosted by the Samford Black Alumni Association (SBAA). Friends, classmates and professors gathered April 24 to reunite, reminisce and celebrate their times at Samford.

The Samford Black Alumni Association is an official extension of the Samford University Alumni Association, established to strengthen the legacy of educational attainment and excellence of Samford black students. The SBAA provides scholarship assistance, career mentoring and cultural advocacy through alumni volunteer involvement, philanthropy and social enterprise, according to Isaac Cooper, SBAA president.

SBAA board member Corey Green ’02 spoke about his experience at Samford and how the support of the alumni association helped him build a stronger community and come to truly appreciate his Samford education. 

“The strength of Samford is in full diversity of the alumni base,” Green said.

He challenged the audience to take advantage of the Black Alumni Association’s platform by giving back to the university through time, talent, treasures and testimony.

“I think we’ve all benefited in some way from going to Samford; but what are we going to do with it?” said Green.  

Following Green’s address, Melanie Pippen of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented the Tiffany Nicole Conaway Minority Scholarship to two-time winner, Joshua Washington. Washington is a sophomore sports medicine major from Meridianville, Alabama.

The scholarship is given annually to a minority student at Samford who demonstrates academic excellence, strong campus involvement and outstanding volunteerism. 

The program also featured a campus update from Samford President Andrew Westmoreland and an address by Denise Gregory, director of Samford’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives.

Bailey Fuqua is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

 
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.