The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement hosts a variety of leadership programs and provides resources for both organizations and individuals.
Leadership Lunch Series
Leadership Lunches are a monthly lecture series intended to provide leadership training to Samford students through a 30-minute, seminar-style presentation. It is our hope that these presentations are interactive and encourage open dialogue among participants. Free lunch will be provided for the first 40 students who register each month.
- September 20, 2017 - Leading From Within: Why You Should Master Your Personal Finances Now with Stacy Gay, advancement officer - Register
- October 18, 2017 - Christian Leadership Where You Live, Work, and Play with Nathan Kirkpatrick, assistant professor of sports administration - Register
- November 15, 2017 - Lessons Learned in Leadership with Nancy Biggio, associate provost for administration - Register
- February 21, 2018 - Understanding Privilege: How to recognize it and create change moving forward with Julie Fletcher, director of greek life - Register
- March 21, 2018 - There's nothing "fake" about it: why words matter with Victoria Knierim, Assistant Professor, Core Curriculum and Coordinator of Academic Enrichment for the Howard College of Arts and Sciences - Register
- April 18, 2018 - Change Leadership: The only constant is change with Kim Davey, assistant professor of public health - Register
Fall Break Retreat
The fall break retreat takes place Friday, October 6th through Sunday, October 8th at Smith Lake in North Alabama. Selected participants will stay in a rental home with 2 Samford staff members. The cost of the trip for students is $60 and will cover lodging, all meals, and the MBTI® Step II instrument. There are only 10 spaces available for this retreat. If more than 10 applications are received, a waiting list will be maintained. Applications close on Thursday, September 21st.
Leadership Conference Fund
The purpose of the Leadership Conference Registration Fund is to provide unique opportunities for individuals to deepen their personal growth through attending a leadership or faith-based conference. Applicants must be full-time undergraduates with a minimum cumulative and current GPA of 2.75 in good standing. Conferences must be non-Greek, non-academic leadership conferences that align with Samford’s mission. Applications for the Leadership Conference Registration Fund are due four weeks before the conference’s Early Registration Date.
The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement employees both full-time staff and student assistants to provide support for student organizations, groups, or classes for the following:
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other personality inventories
- General leadership training
- OrgSync management
Please contact Laura Breedlove, to learn more or schedule a session.
Leadership and Service Convocation
Each spring, Samford recognizes the outstanding contributions of student leaders at Leadership and Service Convocation. Four university awards are presented during this ceremony, as well as the Luke 2:52 Award, Shelton Community Service Awards, and two Omicron Delta Kappa Awards.
Student Leader Spotlight
The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement seeks to recognize Samford students for their outstanding contributions to campus and community through the Student Leader Spotlight program.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate student leaders by submitting the form. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis and a committee will select one or two students for each month’s spotlight. Nominations must be submitted by the end of the month to be considered for recognition the following month. For example, nominations submitted by February 28 will be considered for March's Spotlight.
Nominated students are not required to hold “official” leadership positions. The purpose of the spotlight is to recognize students who may not receive recognition otherwise. The committee is looking for students who have recently demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus or in the community. Depth and intentionality of leadership, as well as uniqueness of the student's contribution, will be considered when selecting spotlight recipients.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities
The Who’s Who program annually honors college seniors for “outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements.” The organization suggests that students be evaluated based on: “scholarship ability; participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities; citizenship and service to your school; and potential for future achievement.”