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Samford in the News – Feb. 1-9, 2014

Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-02-10

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. 

Samford Featured in CBS 42 Black History Month Story

Samford was featured in a story that ran several times on Birmingham's CBS affiliate in observance of Black History Month. The story related experiences from last fall's orientation for new students that included a visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and viewing of the documentary "Who Speaks for Birmingham?" Student Emma Boone said, "It was really interesting to see everyone's different perspectives and different point of views of the whole issues and realizing that Birmingham is such a place of history."

Hogue Speaks to CVS Tobacco Decision

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Dean Michael Hogue was interviewed on Birmingham's ABC affiliate about the decision by CVS/Caremark to discontinue selling tobacco products. Hogue said he believes that CVS "made the right decision."

Alumnus Featured in NASCAR Pit Crew Profile

R. J. Barnette, a 2009 Samford graduate, was featured on a recent CBS Sports / Showtime special about NASCAR pit crews. The focus is on the hiring of former student-athletes by the Hendrick Racing Team. Barnette works for veteran champion driver Jimmie Johnson. His Samford connection is noted in the profile.

Samford "Snow Heroes" Story Draws Major Media Attention

Several Birmingham media outlets covered the Feb. 6 recognition of employees who served during the late January winter storm that hit Birmingham. The story was featured several times over 24 hours by the Fox, CBS and NBC affiliates.

Business School Construction Story Coverage Extends Nationally

A story released Feb. 7 by the university discussed construction of a new building for Samford's Brock School of Business. The story was picked up by several media outlets in Alabama and as far away as Indiana.

Samford Grads Featured on NPR

Allen Branstetter and Ben Griner, 2013 Samford graduates, are featured in a story distributed by National Public Radio about their band, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The band, which has performed on campus and at multiple area venues, recently released its first album. "The horn section (Branstetter and Griner) has the energy of undergrads, which its members were until they graduated from Samford University last year," according to the story.

Stokes, Snow Stories Continue to Garner Media Attention

Research by Samford sociology professor Charles Stokes and the university's story about "random acts of kindness" during the recent winter storm continued to garner media attention this week in Birmingham and beyond. Both originally were mentioned in the Samford in the News for Jan. 19-31.


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