Published on November 3, 2015 by Mary Wimberley  
Alumni Enjoying Homecoming Festivities

Samford University will observe homecoming with a full line-up of reunions, anniversary observances and other special celebrations Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6–8.

Alumni and friends from 17 states and at least one foreign nation have preregistered for events, according to Samford Alumni Programs Director Molly McGuire England.

“Homecoming is a weekend full of tradition and celebrating your alma mater,” England said. “Whether decades removed or recently graduated, you won’t want to miss out on reconnecting with classmates, visiting with past professors and touring the recently renovated and new facilities on campus.”

Online registration for most ticketed events ends at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 4,  but walk-up tickets for the 10-year and 25-year class reunions and Alumni Association tailgate lunch may be purchased at the association’s blue tent on Saturday. A detailed schedule with times and locations is available. England underscores that events will take place as planned, “rain or shine.”

Some activities, including classroom lectures by nine visiting alumni and the student-sponsored homecoming ball, will be on Thursday.  The crowning of the homecoming queen and king will be a highlight of the 7 p.m. ball in Seibert Hall.

Throughout the weekend, display boards created by student organizations will decorate Ben Brown Plaza. Viewers may vote for their favorite homecoming-themed display. In addition, “Faces of Perry County,” a photo exhibition by Samford director of photography Caroline Summers, will be on view in the Samford Art Gallery.

Events on Friday include a 100th anniversary celebration of Samford’s journalism program, a vespers service, reception for volunteers and the traditional homecoming banquet.  Alumni of the Year Karen Duncan Carlisle, Todd Carlisle and Larry Cox, and Outstanding Young Alumnus Andrew Patterson will be recognized at the banquet.

Saturday’s events begin with a 5K/Fun Run sponsored by the Aerospace Studies Club to honor America’s veterans, followed by faculty lectures on the culture of the 1960s by Mark Baggett and Delane Tew, and archaeological research in Galilee by James Strange.  Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy will present a continuing education session on allergy and immunology.

Morning highlights also include an open house for Brock School of Business’ new Cooney Hall, a retirement reception honoring Special Collection librarian Elizabeth Wells for her 40 years of service, an outdoor A Cappella Choir performance and the grand opening of the new Art Lofts building.

The journalism and mass communication department’s Wall of Fame ceremony will honor Catherine Bryant Allen, a Samford graduate, author and longtime Baptist communicator, and the late Albert Scroggins Jr., who served as Samford JMC department head and public relations director in the 1950s.

Midday events include tailgates and reunions on the quad — more than 20 in all — and the Class of 1965’s 50th anniversary luncheon. The Bulldog Walk will cheer on the football team as they prepare to take on Clark Atlanta in Seibert Stadium at 2 p.m. Pregame festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m.

After the game, it will be reunion and party time for the undergraduate classes of 1990 and 2005,  pharmacy classes of 1990, 2005 and 2010, and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which celebrates its 90th year as a Samford chapter.

Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education will present 100 Learning for Life awards at its centennial celebration dinner. The event will culminate a yearlong salute to the 1915 beginnings of the Samford education program.

The Sunday schedule includes the traditional Golden Bulldog Brunch for graduates from 1965 and earlier, and introduces several new events: a campus prayer Walk, a Bible study led by Samford president Andrew Westmoreland and a tour of Birmingham Botanical Gardens led by biology professor Larry Davenport. The newly renovated university center dining hall, the caf, will be open for brunch.

In addition to football, Samford’s weekend sports agenda includes volleyball action against Furman at 7 p.m. on Friday and against The Citadel at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on homecoming at Samford, call 205-726-4315 or email



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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.