Defining Christian Higher Education

Summer 2019, Vol. 36, No. 2

On a cold, blustery January day in 1842, seven young men from central Alabama reported to Samuel Sterling Sherman as the inaugural class of Howard College in Marion, Alabama. Today more than 5,600 students from 44 states and 30 countries benefit each semester from Christian higher education through the 10 schools that make up Samford University.
 
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Samford's A Cappella Choir Celebrates 80th Reunion at Homecoming this Fall
Samford's award-winning A Cappella Choir will celebrate its 80th anniversary this November during Homecoming.
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Endowing His Legacy: The Gary Bumgarner Legacy Scholarship
Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy celebrates the endowment of the Dr. Gary Bumgarner Legacy Scholarship.
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Empowering Female Inmate Transition Through HOPE
Jennifer Hunt and Melissa Lord, 2019 graduates of Ida Moffett School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, have received international attention for their research promoting adaptation in female inmates to reduce the risk of opioid overdose post incarceration.
 
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Undergraduate Kinesiology Research: Progressive, Valuable, Student Focused
Across the curriculum, School of Health Professions faculty are challenged to enhance student outcomes by providing experiential learning opportunities for students. The school’s Department of Kinesiology has taken this challenge in stride by developing one of the most unique undergraduate research programs in the nation.
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Education School Provides Mentors for Aspiring Principals
Strong leadership is imperative to school success. Research shows that quality school leadership results in quality schools and quality schools produce students of high achievement. For the 2018-19 academic year, Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education implemented the Mentors for Aspiring Principals initiative to further develop the school’s instructional leadership candidates.
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Serving Children with Special Needs in Lebanon
It is estimated that over 1.5 million Syrian refugees and 450,000 displaced Palestinians have fled their homelands to seek shelter in Lebanon, causing refugee children to be absorbed into schools across the country. Over the past 14 years, Orlean Beeson School of Education faculty have worked to build a capacity of teachers in these schools to serve children with special needs.
 
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Students Explore the Intersection of Faith and History
Is it possible to write objective history? Nine Samford students wrestled with that idea in a special topics course on Faith and History this year.
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Samford Wellness Kitchen Offers Teens Hands-On Cooking Experience
Hosted by the School of Public Health’s Samford Wellness Kitchen, 16 students attended the Summer Cooking Camp for Teens. Over the five days of camp, attendees received a crash course in basic cooking, knife skills, portion control, the science of nutrients and how to shop for locally grown foods that are in-season. 
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Southern Conference Names Casey Dunn Baseball Coach of the Year
Samford head baseball coach Casey Dunn was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year by conference coaches and the SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA) at the postseason baseball awards.
 
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Mentors Open Doors to Unexpected Careers
Forrest Courtney came to Samford with thoughts of a career in law. Although he was a lifeguard, a career in the ocean would have seemed far-fetched. He didn’t like to wade past his waist on family visits to the beach. “I saw Jaws way too early,” he joked. Now the geography major is a certified professional diver and researcher with an impressive record of coral reef preservation.
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Samford Awards 1,277 Degrees During Spring Commencement
Samford University celebrated several historic milestones during spring commencement activities, including the largest graduating class in the university’s 177-year history.
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Samford Women’s Track and Field Earns 2019 SoCon Outdoor Championship
Samford University’s women's track and field team won the 2019 Southern Conference Outdoor Championship, their first conference outdoor championships since 2017. The men’s team finished as narrow runner-up to Western Carolina. The competition was hosted on Samford’s campus at the track and field complex.
 
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Carnegie Elevates Samford’s Classification to Doctoral/Professional University
Samford University’s Carnegie Classification® has been elevated to the newly created doctoral/professional universities category, acknowledging Samford’s longstanding commitment to high-quality graduate programs that meet the evolving demands of the marketplace.
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Samford Announces Carley Kuhns as New Head Women's Basketball Coach
Samford University has hired Carley Kuhns as its new head women’s basketball coach. Kuhns replaces Mike Morris, who retired last month after leading the program for 17 seasons.
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Douglas Sweeney Named Dean of Samford’s Beeson Divinity School
Samford University is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas A. Sweeney as the second dean of Beeson Divinity School, effective July 1, 2019. The appointment was announced April 5 by Samford Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs J. Michael Hardin.
 
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Women's Basketball Coach Mike Morris Announces Retirement
After 25 years at Samford University, including the last 17 as the head women's basketball coach, Mike Morris recently announced his retirement from coaching.
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New Data and Sports Analytics Lab Opens Innovative Door of Opportunity for Samford Students
On Friday, March 1, Samford University’s Brock School of Business held a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening for its newly constructed M. Chad Trull | Krowten Capital LLC Data and Sports Analytics Lab.
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Samford Alumna Trudy Cathy White Returns to Campus to Share Message of Self-Identity
Trudy Cathy White, Samford alumna and daughter of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy visited the campus to share her encouraging message from her recently published book, Climb Every Mountain.