Published on June 19, 2018 by Maryellen Newton  
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Throughout July and early August, Samford University will host send-off parties for incoming freshmen and their families, allowing them to meet other freshmen and families from their area. Samford staff members will also be available to answer any last-minute questions. 

This summer, send-off parties are scheduled in Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Huntsville, Louisville, Mobile, Nashville, Newport Beach, Orlando, Slidell and Tampa. 

These events are helpful in building a Samford community away from the campus itself, according to Susan Doyle, office of family and parent program director. Students often meet each other and coordinate rides to and from home, delivery of packages and find a friendly face to smile at around campus. 

“Send-offs help new Samford families make connections with as many students and family members as possible so they all feel right at home when school begins,” Doyle said. 

These parties will be held in homes or event venues in the scheduled city. Samford President Andrew Westmoreland has also been known to make surprise visits in some cities, Doyle added. 


July 23, 7 – 9 p.m.

Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta St., Roswell



Aug. 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Home of the Welch Family, 4500 Mantle Drive



Aug. 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Pete Hanna Center East Lobby, Samford University



July 24, 7 – 9 p.m.

Home of the Armor Family, 1244 Longholm Court


Dallas/Fort Worth

Aug. 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

Home of the Tyler Family, 1908 Arrington Court, Colleyville



Aug. 2, 7 – 9 p.m.

Avalon Diner, 8823 Katy Freeway



July 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Hall at the Lumberyard, 611 Meridian St.



July 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Home of the Johnson Family, 17904 Aaron Creek Way, Fisherville


Mobile Area

July 30, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Timbercreek Community Center, 20170 Leyland Lane, Spanish Fort



July 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St.


Newport Beach Area

Aug. 7, 7 p.m.– 9 p.m.

Home of the Ewing Family, 1316 Antigua Way, Newport Beach



Aug. 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Home of the Brady Family, 4 First Court, Windermere


Slidell/New Orleans Area

July 31, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Home of the Welch Family, 17 Harbor Cove


Tampa Bay

Aug. 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay Yacht Club, 5320 Interbay Blvd.


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.