Samford Launches 175th Anniversary Website
Samford University has launched a website dedicated to the university’s 175th anniversary celebration: samford.edu/175.
The site, which was developed by the web services team in the Division of Marketing and Communication, includes historic information and photos, videos, a calendar of anniversary events, and ways for the Samford community to share personal stories. It will be updated throughout the year with historical information and coverage of anniversary events.
The site also will feature photos submitted by the Samford community using the hashtag #SU175.
One of the other features is a timeline that ties university milestones with important dates in Alabama and U.S. history. The timeline was developed by the Office of the University Historian.
“We wanted a site that was dynamic and involved the entire Samford community during this historic celebration,” said Michael Morgan, assistant to the president. Morgan is leading the work of a university-wide committee coordinating the yearlong celebration.
The university’s official charter date was Dec. 29, 1841, but the anniversary celebration began with spring 2016 commencement activities and will continue through spring 2017 commencement weekend. Although anniversary-related events are planned throughout the year, homecoming weekend Nov. 11–13 will be the main celebration, Morgan said.
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 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 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.