This year the McWhorter School of Pharmacy is relying the support of a 14-year-old student from Holy Family High School as a student assistant.  P. J. Hughes, Assistant Professor at McWhorter, relates a story about what happened after he introduced this "kind, polite, professional, responsible" young lady to the students in his class a few weeks ago, explaining the special curriculum she is taking at Holy Family and her role this year at McWhorter: 

"All 128 students gave her a standing ovation.  I can tell you that this was a life-altering experience for this young lady who, like all of us, yearns to be a part of something special . . . like we have here at Samford and McWhorter School of Pharmacy."   

This story has another chapter.  Last week I received a letter (yes, a letter in an era of e-mail and texting) from the young lady, in which she said, "I am grateful to walk the halls of a college that has high expectations for everyone." 

The world is better because Samford is a place where high expectations lead to standing ovations. 


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.