During the first session on Saturday morning I asked four students (Brianna Walker, Mary Beth Carlisle, Danny Delgado and Elizabeth Poulos) to come to the stage (without any warning) to answer a few spontaneous questions.  Each of the students answered their questions with poise and passion—and they told the Samford story far better than I would have done. In particular, Elizabeth Poulos offered a beautiful reply to the question, “Which person at Samford has influenced you the most, and why?”

Last year as a freshman, I was taking Biblical Perspectives and struggling with how to transition from high school thinking to college-level learning. Dr. McGinnis was my professor for another course in the Fellows program, yet he still recognized that I was having a difficult time. After class one day, he offered to buy me a cup of coffee and then sat and talked with me in the food court for about two hours until I felt at peace with where I was. To have a busy professor stop to invest in me in such a purposeful way was a gift that has helped me recognize what as special place this truly is.                                                                                                                   

 The world is better because Scott McGinnis makes good use of his time.
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.