Published on June 4, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. by Sarah Cain  
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The Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership is honoring eight faculty and three staff members as the center’s 2019-20 class of the Mann Fellows in Community-Based Learning. The center previously honored 11 student leaders for exemplary service during their undergraduate or graduate careers in early April. All were honored remotely via video to follow social distancing protocols due to COVID-19.

The fellows received year-long professional training and support as two select cohorts, one faculty and one staff. The cohort of faculty redesigned their courses while staff from varying units redesigned programs or projects to include community-based learning.

“I’d recommend the Mann Fellows Program because I think for a faculty member, understanding how important it is not just for you to lecture, but for your students to apply those concepts, and in a setting that makes them a little uncomfortable, can really enhance their ability to learn,” Reginald Harris, Brock School of Business assistant professor said.

In addition, senior English major Andre’A Roper was awarded the Mann Center’s Joe McDade Scholarship. The scholarship includes a one-time gift of $5,500 established by 1961 Samford alumnus Joe McDade. The recipient of the award is chosen for an outstanding demonstration of character, a high level of integrity, embodiment of Samford’s Christian mission and spirit, and contributions to the betterment of the world. 

“I feel really honored. First, that I was considered for the award, but to know that I’ve won it, especially knowing the groups of students who were also in there and how incredible of people they are. It definitely helps me to feel more confident in myself and my abilities,” Roper said.

2019-2020 Mann Center Faculty Fellows in Community-based Learning:

Georges Adunlin; Associate Professor, McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Reginald Harris; Assistant Professor, Brock School of Business

Annie DeVries; Assistant Professor, Howard College of Arts and Sciences

Lance Day; Assistant Librarian and Reference & Instruction Librarian
Reference and Research Services, University Library

Celeste Hill; Associate Professor, Orlean Beeson School of Education

Jean Roberson; Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Tracey Roberts; Associate Professor, Cumberland School of Law

Christian Specht; Assistant Professor, School of the Arts

2019- 2020 Mann Center Staff Fellows in Community-based Learning:

Leslie Armstrong; Academic Adviser, Howard College of Arts and Sciences

Tracy Hanrahan; Academic Adviser, Center for Faith and Worship, School of the Arts

Ian Philips; Patron Services Manager, Leslie Stephens Wright Fine Arts Center

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.