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Samford in the News – December 2013

Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-01-10

A round-up of selected Samford University references in news outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking service and may not be a comprehensive list. 

Football Championship Brings National Spotlight

Samford's first-ever Southern Conference football championship and NCAA playoff appearance garnered national attention through the early part of December. Despite the first round playoff loss to Jacksonville State University, Samford's name continued to be mentioned not just with Alabama media but across the U.S.

Law Alumnus Gets National Recognition for Award

Nicholas Woodfield, a 1995 Cumberland School of Law graduate, recognized national attention for being named a Top Lawyer in Washington, D.C., for 2013-14 by Washingtonianmagazine. The story, which mentions Woodfield's Samford connection, was picked up by several major national media outlets and local/regional media outlets. Woodfield said, "I'm a Washingtonian reader myself; I know that people in D.C. trust it as an arbiter of excellence. I'm honored that the editors judged me worthy of inclusion."

Samford Can Help Business Growth

In an early December interview with Birmingham's NBC affiliate, Rick Davis with the Birmingham Business Alliance said Jefferson County was working to attract new businesses to the county and region. "We're going to focus on the emerging technologies . . . coming out of Samford. There's lots of smart people in this area," Davis said.

Verlander's Selection as Bowl Head Includes Samford Mentions

In a story originated by the Florida Times-Unionbut that drew some national attention, 1989 Samford graduate Alan Verlander recently was named chief operating officer for Gator Bowl in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. The announcement included references to Verlander's time as both a Samford student and as a former associate director of athletics. "This a unique opportunity to come home," Verlander said, referring to the fact that he interned with the Gator Bowl while still in college before becoming the marketing director. "I'm humbled by the opportunity and want to make a difference."

Carroll Comments on Trussville Murder Case

Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll spoke on the role of grand juries in an interview with Birmingham's Fox affiliate about charges in a murder case in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville. Carroll stressed that those serving on a grand jury have some rights, such as asking questions of the witnesses. "The juries are generally interested in what's going on and understand what the evidence is," he said.

Student Brings Alabama History to Life

Samford student Hope Lewis was featured in a story published by her hometown newspaper, the Hartselle Enquirer, about a presentation on Alabama history that she and her brother did for fourth grade students at Birmingham's Crestline Elementary School. They were assisted by Samford student Wang Ziran. "Alabama history is important for everyone," Hope said. "You need to know where you came from. I wish that the students could study it more than just in fourth grade."

Strickland Appointment Generates National Attention

The announcement that Henry C. Strickland III would become Cumberland School of Law dean in June 2014 generated attention from coast-to-coast in a variety of media outlets. In Birmingham, the story ran on al.com and Birmingham Business Journalonline.

Cancer Helped Bowdre See Miracles

Two-time Samford graduate Karon Owen Bowdre said she "never felt more alive or closer to God" than during her treatment for breast cancer in 2004. In an interview featured on al.com on Christmas Day, Bowdre said, "I saw more little miracles in my life during that 8 months or so. Bowdre is chief U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

Samford Parent's BBQ Brings National Attention to Campus

In a story originated by Orlando Business Journal and distributed nationally by bizjournals.com, John Rivers announced plans to open a new barbecue restaurant near the Samford campus. Rivers' son, Jared, is a Samford freshman. "I found a site that was available in Birmingham, which was just about a one-hour flight on Southwest Airlines. Aside from the fact that the community loves barbecue, it's close to my son's university. For my first step outside the state, it just made sense."


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