Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-02-10

Samford University students will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Step Sing activity with Community/Alumni Night at the opening performance on Thursday, Feb. 17. Step Sing, the school's most popular annual tradition will be held Feb. 17-19 at 7 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

A percentage of total ticket sales from the three-night event will support Samford's Habitat for Humanity house, which will be constructed later this spring. Each of the 17 competing groups will bring items such as towels and canned goods to the Thursday performance. The items will be given to Jessie's Place, a local shelter for women and children.

According to Step Sing student chair Mary Michael Garver, the community emphasis is a way for student participants "to say thank you to the city that continues to nurture and support them."

The groups will compete for honors based on choreography, costumes, music and theme. During six-minute shows, each group of about 50 students combines singing and choreography in Broadway-type presentations.

Step Sing began as groups lining up to sing on the steps of the women's dorm when the school was located on the East Lake campus.

Tickets are $8 and $12 for Thursday night, and $10 and $14 for Friday and Saturday. The public may purchase tickets through TicketMaster at 715-6000.


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.