Published on September 25, 2017 by Maryellen Newton  

It is no secret that Step Sing is one of Samford University’s most beloved traditions. The themes, the competition and the Saturday night show are parts of Step Sing to which the audience and participants look forward. 

One equally important aspect of the show is the philanthropy that is featured each year. Part of the friendly competition among participants is providing financial support for worthy organizations that reflect the Samford mission. 

Paige Acker, Samford’s director of student activities and events, said she wants all the Samford community to have a voice in suggesting this year’s philanthropy. Alumni, current students, employees and parents all have a say in the organization picked as the philanthropy. 

“Our 2018 leadership team is really focused on bringing more awareness to and highlighting our philanthropy,” Acker said. “We invite all involved in the Samford community to nominate an organization they’re passionate about.” 

The form can be found at The nominations will remain open through Sunday, Oct. 15.

Last year, participants raised a record $14,000 for Shauna's House, one of 5 transition homes for Ukrainian orphanage graduates through Lifesong for Orphans. The facility is named for the late Shauna Yelton, Samford's former director of health services and the wife of Samford's head soccer coach.

Maryellen Newton is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division 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. 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.