Last week I dropped by an open house at Lucille Hall in Beeson Woods, hosted by our International Living/Learning Community, a collaborative effort among our students, the residence life staff, and the Department of World Languages and Cultures.  (Special thanks to Lauren Taylor, Kacey Cole, Carolyn Crocker, Esther Gonzalez, and Lynda Jentsch.)  The residents opened their rooms and their lives to us, prepared and served delicious foods from 12 countries, played music from around the world, adorned the building with flags, displayed photographs from their own travels, and even dressed in clothing and jewelry from other nations.  In the heart of Alabama, we have global connections. 


The world is better because Samford's core values include "appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions."  


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.