June 20, 2011
From Katie Ormsbee, co-recipient in May of the President's Cup, given to the graduate with the highest grade point average:
“I will miss Samford dearly. I was originally drawn to Samford because of its study abroad program in London and the caliber of its English department. And, yes, I admit, the incredible squirrel population was a plus, too. :] After spending a semester abroad at the Daniel House and getting to know, admire, and learn from each of our English professors, I can say that God certainly knew what he was doing when he brought me here. Not to mention, I discovered so much more than I anticipated when I first arrived. I have loved my time at Samford, both inside the classroom and out, and if there's one lesson that sticks out more than any other it's that my greatest lessons came from outside class time, with my friends and other members of the Birmingham community. I think my time at Samford has given me a terrific grounding to teach English in Spain this coming year and to apply to grad school afterward with the hopes of becoming a writer and professor. I'll never forget the debt I owe Samford and all of the friends and faculty who invested in my life.”
The world is better because of Katie Ormsbee . . . and everyone who has helped her along the way.
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.