Lowell Vann, a treasure of the Samford faculty, received the Buchanan Award a few weeks ago during our opening convocation.  One of his colleagues, Robin Snyder, managed to snare this message that Dr. Vann received from one of his former students and pass it along to me: 


"I think often of the summer you taught me pottery and so kindly gave me the run of the ceramics studio.  Not only did you teach me so much about art, you taught me about myself.  I was in the middle of probably the hardest time in my life and something about centering clay helped me center myself again.  I don't think I ever made a pot that was gallery worthy, but the process of wedging and centering was the best thing that could have happened to me that summer.  You teach a wonderful craft with such joy and enthusiasm." 


The world is better because of Lowell Vann. 


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.