Published on July 20, 2022 by Kameron Brown  
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Caroline Kizer has been chosen as this year’s recipient for the Pittman Spirit Award. The award recognizes a graduating senior who has exhibited a serious commitment to being a student and achieving academically, to honoring Christ, to personal health and involvement in student life.

The Pittman Spirit Award is one of Samford University’s highest honors. It was established in 2004 to honor longtime Birmingham insurance executive John Pittman’s 50th anniversary as a member of the Samford Board of Trustees.

Kizer recently graduated from the School of Health Professions with a major in communication sciences and disorders.

“I am humbled, encouraged, and honored to receive an award named after such an incredibly Godly man,” Kizer said. “Mr. John Pittman has modeled a life lived for the glory of God, and I hope that I will be faithful to do the same.”

Margaret Johnson, chair and professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, was honored to nominate Kizer for the award.

“She is a young woman of strong character,” Johnson said. “She is an excellent communicator and has demonstrated those skills consistently within the department.”

After graduation, Kizer plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree at Samford.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.