Published on October 27, 2015 by Emily Duval  
Homecoming 2014 alumni

For the first time, Samford University is starting homecoming weekend with alumni teaching classes in their former departments throughout campus. 

On Thursday, Nov. 5 nine schools are inviting back an alumnus to speak in their classes. Alumni were chosen because of the interesting and impactful ways they have used their degrees, and come from all over the country, according to Lauren McCaghren, Samford’s senior director of alumni programs and annual giving. 

“We have so many alumni who do cool things. We want to give students an opportunity to be aware of them and to be exposed to the connections they can make,” McCaghren said. 

Each school has its own itinerary, but all alumni will be sharing their post-graduate experiences. The speakers will give career advice to the students that sit in their old classrooms. 

The Howard College of Arts and Sciences featured alumna is Mary Kathryn Covert Steel ’07, director of U.S. Media Relations and Public Affairs at Sanofi, Raritan, New Jersey. 

The Cumberland School of Law featured alumnus is Sean S. Modjarrad J.D. ‘00, managing shareholder, Modjarrad Abusaad Said Law Firm, Richardson, Texas. 

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing featured alumna is Frances Ford ’79, executive director, Sowing Seeds of Hope and Healthcare Coordinator for Perry County, Marion, Alabama. 

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy featured alumnus is William C. Davis ’87 of Franklin, Tennessee, national clinical account director, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. 

The Brock School of Business featured alumna is Laura Kelly ’78 of San Antonio, Texas, a senior vice president and chief product and data solutions officer, Dun & Bradstreet, New York.

The School of the Arts featured alumnus is Abdullah B. Birdsong ’05, founder and lead pastor, Dunamis Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education featured alumna is Julie Hannah Ed.D. ’01 of Gardendale, Alabama, former director of the Office of Student Learning, Alabama State Department of Education. 

The School of Health Professions featured alumnus is family physician and medical missionary Ryan Rainer ’95. 

 A full weekend of Homecoming activities is scheduled Nov. 5-8.

Emily Duval 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.