April 12, 2010
Michele Haralson of our Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies sent this message to me on Saturday:
"My husband and I are involved in a homeless ministry and have become friends with people in public housing who do not have transportation. We try to pick them up once or twice a week so they can just have a change of scenery. Today I picked up two of these friends for brunch at Samford. (The gravy biscuits were a hit, by the way!) Afterwards, as I was catching up on work in my office, "Julie" found a computer, and "Jim" was staring out the window, watching the Samford football team practice. He asked me, 'Am I allowed to go watch them practice?'
'Of course!' I replied. An hour later, he came back with a smile from ear to ear. 'You've got some really big guys! I think the Bulldogs are gonna be GREAT next year!' A few minutes later he said quietly, 'That's the first time I've ever seen a football team in a real live campus stadium.'"
The world is better because, as Michele said in her closing comments to me, people at Samford "are touching lives even when they don't realize it."
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.
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.