Published on February 6, 2018 by Philip Poole  
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Step Sing Winners 2017

Samford University has announced some minor schedule adjustments for the live streams of this weekend’s Step Sing. Dating from 1951, Step Sing is the university’s annual student-produced talent show.

The university has scheduled live streams for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances beginning at 7 p.m. Winners will be announced at the end of the Saturday evening live stream. Because of an unexpected scheduling challenge, the preshows originally scheduled for each evening will not be broadcast.

According to Meg Burleson, coordinator of student activities, a limited number of tickets are still available for the Thursday and Friday evening performances. Both Saturday performances are sold out.

The university’s Office of Alumni Programs has worked with alumni and parents around the world to schedule 40 watch parties. Charissa Carnall, Samford’s social media manager, is encouraging alumni, parents and other friends of the university to share their Step Sing experiences via social media.

“We want to hear from you on social media during Step Sing! Share with us your watch party photos, videos, boomerangs, sweepstakes predictions, etc.,” Carnall said. “Be sure to use #StepSing2018 or send them directly to us: @samfordu on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat or Samford University on Facebook. We can’t wait to see you cheering on your favorite group.”

Alumni can still register to attend a special reception prior to the Friday evening performance. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.

This year there are more than 1,200 participants in 17 groups. In addition to the coveted overall Sweepstakes Trophy, winners will be announced in separate men's and women's divisions for the first time in about 20 years. Overall scores from judging will be used to determine each winner.

"We are responding to student participant feedback over the last several years by returning Step Sing to its historic roots," Burleson said about the two divisions. "We believe that participants, alumni and our audiences will appreciate this nod to Step Sing history with multiple winners."

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.