The World Is Better for It

Spring 2019, Vol. 36, No. 1

With these words, Samford President Andrew Westmoreland frequently concludes his weekly message to the university community, generally describing Samford people or activities that have produced exceptional results, thus making the world a better place.
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Putting People First
Fifteen years ago, Randall Woodfin, J.D. ’07, was ready for a new challenge, one that would help him evolve into a better leader, and a better person.
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Humanizing Christianity, Through Crist's Comedy
John Crist, a 2006 journalism and mass communication graduate from Samford, is the next big thing in stand-up comedy. When it comes to his comedy, Crist writes what he knows. We caught up with Crist to talk about his comedy and calling.
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Occupational Therapy Program Taking Shape
As the School of Health Professions continues its tradition of offering quality health care programs such as physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, and kinesiology, a new entry-level doctorate in occupational therapy (O.T.D.) is beginning to take shape.
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Pharmacy Students Place Second in National Clinical Skills Competition
Will Hammonds and Brandon Powell, fourth-year pharmacy students, put their clinical skills to the test when they competed in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) national Clinical Skills Competition in Anaheim, California.
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Economic Development— Carrolls’ Mission in Rwanda
Chase and Rachel Carroll got a taste of international travel and study during their undergraduate days in Samford’s Brock School of Business. After graduation in 2013 and 2014, and marriage in 2014, the couple found themselves drawn to the idea of working in economic development in a developing country.
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Samford's Master of Social Work Offers Two Concentrations
Samford's Master of Social Work program in the School of Public Health offers students the choice of two concentrations: advanced clinical social work or community practice and social engagement.
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Samford Business Students Join NFL Athletes for Play 60 Character Camp during Super Bowl LIII Experience in Atlanta
While thousands of football fans traveled to Atlanta during Super Bowl week, five students from Samford University’s Brock School of Business were just steps away from the Mercedes- Benz Stadium working with NFL greats for a different cause —the Play 60 youth health and character camp. Launched in October 2007, the NFL Play 60 campaign focuses on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes per day.
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New Samford Course Prepares Journalists as Entrepreneurs
Samford's Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) program has launched a new course focused on the skills and knowledge graduates will need to launch a digital media start-up, including how to identify market niches; how to analyze business foundations, including cost, revenue, and audience metrics; how to develop a business plan; how to build, test, and discuss website prototypes; and how to pitch ideas to potential investors.
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Samford Welcomes Bobby Gatlin as University Minister
The Reverend Bobby Gatlin has been named university minister at Samford University effective January 22, 2019. In his role, Gatlin will lead religious life initiatives in the Samford community through global missions, program coordination, pastoral care and worship experiences.
Education School Hosts Over 60 Teachers for First of Five-year Series on School Violence Prevention
Orlean Beeson School of Education launched, The B.A.D.G.E. Conference: Preventing School Violence, a five-year series intended to equip Alabama educators and school leaders with the tools they need to better understand the causes of school violence and thus notice signs, act and eliminate school violence before it begins.
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Devlin Hodges Wins Walter Payton Award, a Top FCS Honor
Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the winner of the 2018 Walter Payton Award at the annual FCS Awards Banquet Jan. 4, 2019. Hodges is the first-ever Samford player and the seventh Southern Conference player to win the award.
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Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School Receives Million-dollar Grant to Create New Thriving Pastors Program
Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School has received a million-dollar grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the Enhancing the Mission: Beeson Divinity School and Thriving Pastors program.
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Samford Alumni, Students and Friends Reunite for Fun-Filled Homecoming
Samford University welcomed thousands Nov. 1-3 to campus in celebration of Homecoming with a packed schedule of festivities including tailgates, alumni and faculty presentations, family-friendly events, awards and football.
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Samford Athletics Announces 2019 Hall Of Fame Class
The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees include former student-athletes and coaches. They will be the third class to be inducted since the Hall of Fame opened in 2017.
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Professional Sales National Competition Team Advances to Final Round of B2B National Sales Competition
Just in its fourth year of existence, Samford University’s professional sales concentration is already making a name for itself in the business world.
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Law Offers New Online Master’s Degrees
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law is accepting applications for two online graduate programs: the new Master of Laws for lawyers, and the Master of Studies in Law for non-lawyers.