Michele Haralson of our Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies sent this message to me on Saturday:

"My husband and I are involved in a homeless ministry and have become friends with people in public housing who do not have transportation.  We try to pick them up once or twice a week so they can just have a change of scenery.  Today I  picked up two of these friends for brunch at Samford.  (The gravy biscuits were a hit, by the way!)  Afterwards, as I was catching up on work in my office, "Julie" found a computer, and "Jim" was staring out the window, watching the Samford football team practice. He asked me, 'Am I allowed to go watch them practice?'

'Of course!' I replied. An hour later, he came back with a smile from ear to ear. 'You've got some really big guys! I think the Bulldogs are gonna be GREAT next year!' A few minutes later he said quietly, 'That's the first time I've ever seen a football team in a real live campus stadium.'"

The world is better because, as Michele said in her closing comments to me, people at Samford "are touching lives even when they don't realize it."

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.