All roads apparently lead to Nanchang, China.  I am writing today from Nanchang where I just concluded discussions with officials at Jiangxi Normal University regarding collaboration.  But the city of Nanchang is important for another reason:  it is the current home of a young lady named Caroline, Samford Class of 2013.  She is here teaching English to 160 students at a local University.  Caroline and I happened to walk into the Pete Hanna Center together on Commencement morning last May and when I asked her what she would be doing after graduation, she replied that she would be working in China. "Maybe our paths will cross," I said.  So I was struck two days ago when I received my trip itinerary and--of all places--Nanchang was one of my stops.  I was impressed today as she told me how she cherishes her work and her students.  Her concluding comment:  "Samford prepared me very well."

The world is better because Samford people (like Caroline) are everywhere.


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