Published on February 29, 2016  

Last Saturday, I took three of our cadets from Lyman Ward Military Academy, a boarding school in Camp Hill, Alabama, where I serve as Academic Dean, to the Samford vs. VMI basketball game.  As a 1975 Samford graduate, I was anxious to show them my alma mater.  We decided to tour the campus after the game, and we met two of your freshmen—Summer Bennison and Jack Biedermann. 

Summer and Jack invited us to eat with them in the Cafeteria, which we did, and to take us on a walking tour.  I was anxious to see the new Business Building (it has the "wow" factor), and we made the loop around the Quad.  My three cadets were enthralled by the whole experience, and one of them, who is a junior, plans to apply to Samford.   He is interested in journalism, which happens to be the major for both Summer and Jack.

Bottom line:  Two Samford freshmen took time out of their schedule on a late Saturday afternoon to show hospitality to four visitors.  They made an indelibly positive impression on me, and especially on my three students.

The Admissions Office should hire Summer and Jack for internships.  (And the world is better because of Summer and Jack!)

The world is better because Samford people, including Summer and Jack, put aside their own priorities to look out for the needs of those around them.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.