Fall 2019, Vol. 36, No. 3

Samford’s growing national reputation continues to be affirmed by rankings from The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Forbes.

We are pleased that Samford continues to be recognized for the quality and value of our academic programs. While national rankings are just one measure of our progress, they provide a source of pride for Samford students, employees and alumni who celebrate the growing national reputation of their university.

President Andrew Westmoreland

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Law Professor Embraces Advocacy Role After Research Earns National Attention
When Alyssa DiRusso, Whelan W. and Rosalie T. Palmer Professor at Cumberland School of Law, published her research, Charity at Work: Proposing a Charitable Flexible Spending Account, she hoped her efforts would impact the national conversation on tax law.
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Summer Course Explores Global Contexts for Business in London
The city of London became the classroom for ten students this summer as they forged connections with British firms and businesses during a five-week course taught by Barbara Cartledge, senior assistant dean of academic programs for Brock School of Business.
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A Mix of Hard Work and Luck
For nearly 22 years, McWhorter School of Pharmacy alumnus Lee Harrison ’75 has served as president of NaphCare, an organization that partners with correctional facilities across the country to provide health care services for their inmate populations.
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Witnessing the Transformational Gift of Life
Taylor Tucker, a junior public health major, witnessed the transformational impact of organ donation through a summer internship with Dialysis Clinic Incorporated and the New Mexico Donor Services.
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School of the Arts Catalyst Program Sparks Interest Nationally and Internationally
Catalyst is the new core curriculum at the heart of the School of the Arts education, preparing students with more professional skills, entrepreneurial insights and awareness of arts in society.
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Simulation in Nursing Education: 10 Years of Enhancing Patient Care
In 2009, Ida Moffett School of Nursing first utilized high-fidelity simulation to provide students with realistic patient care scenarios within a safe environment. Over the past ten years, the authenticity of these scenarios has changed drastically.
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School of Health Professions Launches Physician Assistant Studies Program
In 2013, Samford University approved the establishment of a physician assistant studies program within the School of Health Professions. Six years later, the program’s inaugural class of 36 has arrived on campus.
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Annual McWhorter Scholarship Has Helped More than 200
Growing up in the country of Jordan, almost 7,000 miles away from Samford, a young girl dreamed of making a difference. Sally Falahat understood the importance of a health care system that offered adequate sources of healing for its patients.
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The Samford Parent Community's Dedication
Todd Baker looked forward to when his daughter, Chelsea, would walk across the stage and receive her degree in food and nutrition. But after Chelsea’s junior year, Todd passed away unexpectedly. Samford parents wanted to help.
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Samford Basketball Preview
The Samford men’s basketball team returns four of its top five scorers from a team that posted the program’s second winning season in the last three years.
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A Summer of Renovation and Renewal
Summer 2019 was a busy season for renovation and renewal on Samford’s campus, and implementation of the campus master plan can be seen in various stages all over campus.
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Garrard Recalls Doing Magic in Vail Hall Lobby
Samford alumnus David Garrard has been entertaining with magic for more than 50 years.
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Smothermons Use Their Samford Experience To Make a Difference
Andrew and Rachel Fox Smothermon are young Samford alumni who are doing their part to change the world.
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Alumni of the Year
Samford University will honor four outstanding alumni with the university’s 2019 alumni awards. The recipients will be honored during homecoming festivities Nov. 8-9.
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Tony Hale Prepares for the Next Big Thing
Two-time Emmy-winning actor and Howard College alumnus Tony Hale continues to provide a Samford connection to iconic Hollywood projects.
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National Publications Rank Samford University Among the Best Universities in the U.S.
Samford’s growing national reputation for quality, affordability and value continues to be affirmed by recent national higher education rankings
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Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence Reaches Goal
Thanks to the generous gifts of alumni, colleagues and friends, the Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence is now fully endowed at just over half a million dollars.
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Samford's Enrollment Reaches an All-Time High for 11th Consecutive Year
Samford University announced today its 11th consecutive record enrollment. University officials confirmed a record of 5,692 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs as of Sept. 6.

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