Because Steven is among the treasured members of our faculty and because Eric’s fan base is deep and wide, the event attracted many friends. Eric’s inspiration for the reception was the publication of Steven’s scholarship on the American writer, Susanna Rowson, by Northwestern University Press. Standing at the edge of the room and surveying the joy of the moment, I was reminded again—as if I needed another reminder—why I have such deep affection for people who nurture “intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood.”
The world is better because of the Samford faculty . . . and for graduates like Eric Motley who, long after leaving Samford, recall and cherish the influence of teachers who became their friends.