The semester-opening convocation marks a time where many students and faculty renew their intentions for the year. Galen Jones, assistant professor challenged students to approach the fresh semester with a servant’s heart.
“God, along with choosing you, has given you work that only you can do,” Jones said. “Take the education that we are giving you, take the thoughts and information and turn it into the works of God.”
The celebration of the new semester also welcomed the Korean Children’s Choir and Billy Kim, pastor of Suwon Central Baptist Church. The choir, composed of performers from third grade to seventh grade, sang “This Little Light of Mine” and “God Bless America.” Samford was the choir’s last stop of their recent national tour.
Samford’s new University Minister Reverend Bobby Gatlin closed in program in prayer.
“You have created us so uniquely and significantly that none of us are here without purpose. Help us to seek out that purpose and follow you this semester and this year with our lives and find out why we’re here.”
One faculty member received a special award during the convocation. Kristie Chandler, chair and professor of the department of human development and family life education, received the Jennings B. Marshall Award for Service. The annual award goes to a faculty member for significant and sustained contributions in service to the university.