Published on September 16, 2015 by Philip Poole  
Pass the Chalk

By Emily Duval 

The Samford Black Alumni Association (SBAA) will present its first major fundraising event Oct. 2 at Birmingham’s WorkPlay. 

The 7 p.m. Pass the Chalk Party will raise funds to directly benefit Birmingham education organizations and Samford’s minority assistance scholarships. The evening will feature live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres, and will highlight three organizations impacting education in Birmingham. 

Tickets are $35 or $25 for students. The first 100 persons to register also get the discounted $25 price. 

Samford has partnered with Growing Kings, Birmingham Education Foundation and Tap Inc. These organizations are focused on mentoring students and making sure every individual realizes his or her academic potential. The proceeds will be split between these three organizations and Samford minority scholarships, according to Lauren McCaghren, Samford’s senior director of alumni programs and annual giving. 

“This is not just a Samford event, this is a community event. It will be a fun night, where great connections can be made,” McCaghren said. 

Live music will be performed by Just A Few Cats, a funk and jazz band. Alvin Garrett, a 2000 Samford alumnus, is a member of the band. Ruben Studdard was with the band before he won American Idol but has since collaborated with band. 

Pass the Chalk Party is still accepting sponsors and donations for the Oct. 2 event. 


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

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.