Samford University


October 8, 2012

Our Story

Although I was not able to be present last week for the White Coat Ceremony for the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, I have heard so many positive comments about it that I asked Dean Charlie Sands to provide us with a summary of the speaker and her remarks.  The first paragraph below lists the professional progress of Dr. Emily Hawes and the second paragraph contains the summary from Dean Sands of her targeted remarks to our students and faculty. 

"Dr. Emily Hawes earned bachelor of science in education and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees from Samford University. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 pharmacotherapy residency at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Hawes currently holds faculty positions at the UNC Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. In this role she precepts and teaches pharmacy residents and students as well as Family Medicine physician residents. Dr. Hawes also serves as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, a designation from the North Carolina Boards of Medicine and Pharmacy that enables billing, medication prescribing and ordering of laboratory tests in the care of patients at the UNC Family Practice Medicine Center. Dr. Hawes recently was awarded a grant from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for a prospective pharmacodynamic study evaluating peak and quality improvement initiatives at her practice site, which includes evaluating the impact of post discharge, multidisciplinary clinic visits on health care resource utilization.”

"In her remarks Emily challenged the MSOP P1 students to study hard to prepare themselves for the pharmacist's role in the new health care system where they are responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal drug therapy outcomes. She also told them that they had chosen wisely as an MSOP Samford University education would prepare them extremely well for a career in pharmacy. Emily also used the occasion to share the Gospel message and encouraged those who might not know Jesus Christ to deeply consider the claims of Christ." 

The world is better because of Dr. Emily Hawes.


Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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