Samford Students Honored for Leadership, Service at Awards Convocation
Samford University's top student leaders were recognized at a special leadership and service convocation April 14. Recipients and their awards were:
Katie Hall, Birmingham, Gail Hyle Memorial Award for Christian character, leadership, school spirit and service; Michael Giles, Jr., Tuscaloosa, Ala., John R. Mott Award as senior male representing the highest type of student service; Alisha Damron, Springdale, Ark., James M. Sizemore Award for loyalty and service to the University; Erica Jewel Littleton, Birmingham, Service Award for special service to the University.
Candis Garner of Florence, Ala., and Isaiah Same of Port Charlotte, Fla., Luke 2:52 awards given to two students who excel in all areas of student life, including academic, social, spiritual and physical; Brian Pavlick of Montgomery, Ala., and Kayla Chapman of Overland Park, Kan., Rufus Shelton Awards to male and female students worthy of special recognition.
Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society inducted five new members: Sarah Elizabeth Bell of Montgomery, Jessica Leigh Brewer of Kennesaw, Ga., Robert Bryan Dilks of Richmond, Va., Kenneth Patton Kell of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Hannah Grace Rowland of Clinton, Tenn.
Biology Major Rachel Lauren Pope Named Samford Student Employee of Year
Rachel Lauren Pope of Marietta, Ga., was named Samford University's 2005 Student Employee of the Year during a ceremony April 12. A senior biology major, Pope works as a student office assistant in the Samford biology department.
Nominees for the award were evaluated on reliability, quality of work, initiative, attitude, longevity, adaptability and uniqueness of contribution. Pope received a plaque and $100 gift certificate presented by Samford president Thomas Corts. She is the daughter of Mary and William Pope of Marietta. The competition was part of National Student Employment Week.
Poole Elected to National Post with Religion Communicators Council
Philip Poole, executive director of communications at Samford University, has been elected vice president of the Religion Communicators Council. RCC is an international, multi-faith organization of more than 750 communications professionals. Poole, an accredited public relations practitioner, has been an RCC member for 25 years. As vice president, he will have primary responsibility for preliminary planning for an international religion communications congress set for 2010.
Samford Faculty, Staff Get Leadership Posts with Alabama Historical Association
Three Samford University faculty and staff members will hold 2005-06 leadership positions in the Alabama Historical Association. History professor Marlene H. Rikard will serve as vice president. Electronic news editor Sean A. Flynt will serve as program chair of the 2006 annual meeting in Fairhope in April. Special Collections librarian Elizabeth C. Wells will serve on the board of directors and as a member of the program committee. Their appointments came as the result of action at the 2005 annual meeting in Montgomery April 8-10.
Mayfield Chosen to Participate in Hickory Hill Forum on Southern History
Dr. John R. Mayfield, chair of the Samford University history department, is one of 12 scholars chosen nationally to participate in inaugural sessions of the Hickory Hill Forum on Southern History May 19-22. The symposium, sponsored by the Watson-Brown Foundation, will consider the topic, "Imperial Ambitions of the South, 1800-1860." It will meet at the foundation's headquarters in Thomson, Ga.
National Registrar's Group Recognizes Aucoin Contributions
The American Association of Collegiate Registrars presented a plaque to Samford dean of academic services Paul G. Aucoin in recognition of his three years of service on the organization's board of directors at the recent 95th annual meeting in New York City. Aucoin served the board as vice president for association and institutional issues.