Family Weekend 2021

We look forward to hosting Samford families on campus September 24-26, for Family Weekend! The schedule and registration for the many activities planned for the weekend can be found below. Registration is live! Because some events have limited seating, we encourage you to plan to register as soon as possible. Online registration closes Friday, September 17, at 5 p.m. Central.

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Schedule

Samford exclusively reserves the right to relocate, modify, alter the conditions of attendance, reschedule or cancel any event up to the time of that event.

Friday, September 24

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Study Abroad Fair
12- 5 p.m. Check-in
1-3:30 p.m. Parent Academy—classes taught by Samford faculty for parents (requires pre-registration)
2 p.m. Siblings Tour
2:30-3:30 p.m. "Pops with the Prez" for sophomore families (requires pre-registration)
4-6 p.m. "Pops with the Prez" for freshmen, junior and senior families (requires pre-registration)
5:30 p.m. Vespers
7 p.m. Samford Women's Soccer vs. VMI
7 p.m. Samford Women's Volleyball vs. Wofford

Saturday, September 25

7:30-8:15 a.m. Prayer Walk
8:30- 10 a.m.
Parents Association Breakfast
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Campus Open Houses
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tailgate on the Quad (including state/regional parent chapter tailgates)
12 p.m. Bulldog Walk
2 p.m. Samford Football vs. East Tennessee State University
7 p.m. Samford Women's Volleyball vs. The Citadel

Sunday, September 26

1 p.m. Samford Women's Soccer vs. University of North Carolina Greensboro
2 p.m.
Hymn Sing
TBD Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing White Coat Ceremony

Schedule Help

Look over the schedule and consider the answers to these five questions as you register:

  1. Does your family plan to attend a “Pops with the Prez” reception, the Parents Association Breakfast or the tailgate lunch?
  2. Do you plan to attend a Parent Academy class?
  3. Do you need to reserve a spot in the Sibling Campus Tour?
  4. Do you plan to participate in your state/regional tailgate on the Quad?
  5. Do you need football tickets?

1. Weekend Registration, Meal Tickets, President's Receptions

Please register  to attend Family Weekend and the President’s Receptions ("Pops with the Prez") and purchase meal tickets for the Saturday Parents Association Breakfast and the Saturday tailgate BBQ lunch.

Register Starting September 1

2. Parent Academy Classes

Do you wonder what it would be like to study at Samford? Wonder no more! Enjoy a Samford academic experience through Parent Academy. Parent Academy offers classes taught by Samford professors especially for Samford parents on the Friday afternoon of Family Weekend. Two one-hour class sessions will be offered. Parents may attend class during either or both one-hour sessions. Advance registration is required. Seating in each class is limited.

Parent Academy classes, described below, are designed for parents only. Please do not ask your Samford student or their siblings to attend the parent-only classes with you. Your cooperation will enable us to have room for the many parents who want to attend. Please check the schedule once you arrive on campus to confirm classroom locations, as last-minute changes may be necessary.

Registration for these classes will be posted September 1 under the Calendar of Events on the Parent Portal. Portal users will also receive an email notice about sign ups. Please do not contact professors to register.

Session One (1-2 p.m.)

Cultural Perspectives (CP)

Instructor: Dr. Taylor Cyr, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
This course is limited to 25 participants.
Course Description: Every culture seeks to explain human nature, the natural world, religion, and political community. This Core Texts Program taken by every Samford student ensures Samford graduates understand this quest. Even more, it equips them to enter their chosen profession confident they are capable of meaningful critical thought. While the curriculum emphasizes Western thinkers, we also recognize that certain perennial themes are part of the development of every culture and civilization. Disparate voices in time and place often converge in the task of transmitting values. To this end, the curriculum integrates texts from non-western, or global sources, including especially Asia and Latin America. Get a glimpse of what Samford students study during the fall semester as they focus on the great thinkers from the Greeks, the Romans, Early Christianity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.

Drones, Satellites, and GIS (Oh My!): Mapping the Future with Geographic Technology

Instructor: Dr. Jordan Cissell, Assistant Professor, and Jonathan Fleming, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Sociology, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
This course is limited to 16 participants.
Description:
Everything is located somewhere, and geographers can tell you where it is, how it got there, and why it matters. Cutting edge geographic technologies like drones, satellites, and geographic information systems (GIS) are the most powerful tools in the world for creating, analyzing, and mapping spatial information. In this session, we will explore the many ways in which Samford Geography students and faculty are using these tools to solve real-world problems in the fields of environmental science, public health, business analytics, and more.

Leadership: Leading Yourself to Leading Others

Instructor: Dr. Kate McCombs, Assistant Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship Management and Marketing, Brock School of Business
This course is limited to 30 participants.

Description: Everyone practices self-leadership, but not everyone does so effectively. In this class we will discuss the concept of self-leadership and cognitive and behavioral strategies to lead yourself to excellence. If you (and our students) are able to lead themselves, they will be in a solid position to effectively lead others. Be ready to get involved and interact, and maybe you will walk away with a snapshot of the Brock School of Business and a better understanding of yourself as a self-leader!

The Sandwich Generation: The Blessings Outweigh the Burdens

Instructor: Dr. Celeste Hill, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science, Orlean Beeson School of Education
This course is limited to 30 participants.
Description: This class will take a look at the changing face of the sandwich generation in today’s society. We will focus on debunking the myths surrounding the burdens of the sandwich generation and highlighting the many positive aspects of caring for two generations simultaneously. This class is suited for anyone who would like to learn more about the sandwich generation and what it may mean for their own life.

Simulation in Health Care

Instructor: Dr. Jill Pence, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Experiential Learning and Simulation Center, College of Health Sciences
This course is limited to 16 participants.
Description:
This class will introduce the concept of simulation in healthcare including varied levels of simulation fidelity and scenarios. Class will be held in the state-of-the-art College of Health Sciences Simulation Center. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to hear, see, and feel what students do in simulation activities.

Utilizing Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in the Art and Design Classroom

Instructor: Scott Fisk, Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Design, School of the Arts
This course is limited to 14 participants.
Description: In this session, attendees will learn different methods of applying augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to art and design courses through instructor-led demonstration and will experience VR environments for themselves.

What’s In Your Wallet? – Keeping an Accurate Medication List

Instructor: Dr. Melanie Manis, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
This course is limited to 40 participants.
Description:
Mr. McWhorter, a 59-year old man, presents to the emergency department with a severe headache, confusion, and difficulty speaking. His wife reports the symptoms came on suddenly while they were eating dinner. While he is out of the room for testing, the nurse asks the patient’s wife for a list of his home medications. The wife responds, “I’m not sure, but he has a list in his wallet.” In this class, we will explore how an inaccurate medication list and utilizing a new pharmacy may have led to an adverse drug event resulting in Mr. McWhorter’s hospitalization. By the end of the lecture, participants should be able to 1) describe the importance of keeping an accurate medication list and 2) create a personalized medication list.

Session Two (2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Birdwatching Bulldogs:  An Introduction to Field Biology

Instructor: Dr. Kristin Bakkegard, Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences
This course is limited to 16 participants.
Course Description:
Learn the basics of birdwatching and bird identification using the popular bird apps Merlin and BirdNET. After an introduction to binocular use and the bird apps, you will walk the campus, identifying the birds you find.  

Cultural Perspectives (CP)

Instructor: Dr. Annie DeVries, Assistant Professor of History, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
This course is limited to 25 participants.
Course Description: Every culture seeks to explain human nature, the natural world, religion, and political community. This Core Texts Program taken by every Samford student ensures Samford graduates understand this quest. Even more, it equips them to enter their chosen profession confident they are capable of meaningful critical thought. While the curriculum emphasizes Western thinkers, we also recognize that certain perennial themes are part of the development of every culture and civilization. Disparate voices in time and place often converge in the task of transmitting values. To this end, the curriculum integrates texts from non-western, or global sources, including especially Asia and Latin America. Get a glimpse of what Samford students study during the fall semester as they focus on the great thinkers from the Greeks, the Romans, Early Christianity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.

The Future Is Here: Dissecting a Virtual Cadaver

Instructor: Dr. Nick B. Washmuth, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions
This course is limited to 30 participants.
Course Description: Clinical anatomy remains a cornerstone in the training of physical therapists. A comprehensive knowledge of anatomy is essential for the skillful practice of neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation. Using a virtual cadaver to visually enhance this lecture, this class will learn anatomy of the body’s lower extremities. This knowledge will then be applied to physical therapy clinical practice. 

Psalms: The Bible’s Prayer Book

Instructor: Dr. Mark Gignilliat, Professor of Divinity, Old Testament, Beeson Divinity School
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Course Description: The Psalms are the prayer book of the Bible. In a very real sense, the Psalms are the prayer book of Jesus Christ. This class will take a close look at the overall shape of the Psalms and the instruction they offer for a life lived before God.

Salad 101: How to Make a Great Salad

Instructor: Clara Darling, Instructor, Food Labs, and Director of the Wellness Kitchen; Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; School of Public Health
This course is limited to 16 participants.
Description:
Brief lecture on the components of a great salad, followed by a short culinary lab to practice making (and eating) a healthy Mediterranean style salad. Topics to be covered include how to make a vinaigrette, how to balance flavors/textures, and how to pair proteins for nutrition and overall satisfaction. 

Samford’s Biblical Archaeology in Israel Program: Shedding Light on the World of Jesus

Instructor: Dr. James Strange, Charles Jackson Granade and Elizabeth Donald Granade Professor in New Testament, Biblical and Religious Studies, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
This course is limited to 30 participants.
Course Description: Learn more about Samford’s archaeological pursuits in Galilee. Hear about the work of student teams uncovering a village where oil lamps were made and distributed to other villages during the time of Jesus.

This class is for Parents Association Collegiate Partners only and will be registered by email invitation.

Myths and Facts of Exercise, Training, and Performance: A Physiological Approach

Instructor: Dr. Chris Ballman, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, School of Health Professions
Description: Everyone knows that person or hears advertisements giving exercise and nutritional advice: eat less carbs, run a marathon, detox, no pain/no gain, do this “thing” to lose belly fat. But are they right? There are many myths and facts pertaining to exercise and health, but underlying it all is the fundamental physiological mechanisms God designed lying within your body. This class will take your responses to a survey focused on some of the most prevalent misconceptions in exercise and nutrition and then teach you the physiological basis behind them.

3. Siblings Tour

The Siblings Tour, led by the Office of Admission for Samford student’s siblings, is Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

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4. State/Regional Tailgates

Saturday’s state/regional tailgates are the highlight of Family Weekend. Connect with the chair of your state or region (or the tailgate hosting your area) to learn about specific tailgate plans. Links to tailgate chairs will be included in the Parent Portal and in emails that will be sent directly to portal users.

Alabama
California
Georgia
Florida
Louisiana
Mid-Atlantic/Northeast
Midwest
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas/Oklahoma
West
Other—Your state/region is not listed.

5. Football Game Tickets

Tickets to the Saturday 2 p.m. game against East Tennessee State University may be purchased through Samford’s Athletic Ticket Office.

Purchase Tickets
Reserved seats are only available on the West side of Seibert Stadium. We anticipate returning to full capacity at Seibert Stadium this fall. Samford Athletics will continue to monitor and adhere to campus and Jefferson County Health Department guidelines as it pertains to COVID-19.

Samford fans will see a return of the Bulldog Deli (food trucks) for all home games.
Children 12 and under get in free.

Refund Policy

The football ticket refund policy can be found on the Athletics web site.

Family Weekend meal refunds are:

  • Cancelled prior to September 10: 100% refund
  • Cancelled between September 11 and September 17: 50% refund
  • Cancelled September 18 and later: No refund

Please email parents@samford.edu with questions.

Hotels

A few area hotels offering discounted rates for the weekend include:

Aloft, Homewood

Courtyard by Marriott, Homewood

Hampton Inn, Mountain Brook
Corporate code for discounted rate: ID 560028301

Hilton Garden Inn, Lakeshore

Sonesta ES Suites, Homewood

Sonesta Select, Birmingham, Colonnade