Guided by Samford faculty members Jason Wallace, Shannon Flynt, Chris Metress, Bryan Johnson, and other colleagues, the Great Ideas Summer Institute offers an opportunity for high school students "to enjoy the energy of a college classroom, engage ideas that form the essence of humane learning, and develop friendships with exceptional high school students from around the country."  The 2012 Institute concluded a few days ago.  One of the young participants offered this evaluation of the experience:

"At the Great Ideas Summer Institute, I was able to participate in numerous in-depth classroom discussions and learn about influential authors.  In addition, the discussions challenged me to think for myself about why I believe what I believe, and how to translate that into becoming a better citizen. I loved that the environment was filled with an intellectual curiosity that stimulated discussions dealing with fundamental ideas such as liberty and Justice.  Also, I cannot speak highly enough about the professors, counselors, and other students who were all willing to continue these discussions outside the classroom."

The world is better because the Samford environment challenges us to become better citizens. 

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.