Rod Davis, former dean of the Howard School of Arts and Sciences and current English professor, just returned home from what he characterizes as a “three-week blitz through four cultural capitals of China.”  He wrote to me last week to say that, while in Beijing, he visited with the family and friends of one of our current students from China and they treated him to meals that were even better than those found in the Samford cafeteria.  But that’s only the beginning of the story.  Rod continues: 

“The most remarkable thing was that at Shanghai’s famous Silk Factory I saw a small hand-woven rug that is really a beautiful tapestry and began bargaining with the woman who seemed in charge of the shop. In response to my asking how my purchase would be shipped to Birmingham, Alabama, she said to me, ‘Birmingham, AL!’ Then immediately she asked if I knew a university here named Samford, and indeed I did, giving her a business card. She could not believe that she was talking to a professor from the very school in which her son is enrolled this coming year! That we should meet halfway around the world made her very excited at this coincidence, and she was torn between wishing that I could stay and meet her son and her husband, a professor, and in finding a suitable gift to send to me at my hotel, a splendid individual scene that arrived that evening framed and carefully bubble-wrapped.”  

The world is better because of Samford’s global connections, even those that are bubble-wrapped. 


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.