Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-04-18

Samford Students Elect New Officers 

Matt Harrison of Huntsville, Ala., has been elected president of the Samford University Student Government Association for the academic year 2005-06. He was elected by vote of the undergraduate student body.

A junior political science major, Harrison is the son of Doni and Bo Harrison.

Other newly-elected Samford SGA executive council officers are: Austin Bourgeois of Brentwood, Tenn., vice president-senate; Melissa Poole of Birmingham, vice president-activities; and Taylor Clement of Cleveland, Tenn., treasurer.

Cranford, Meisel and Taylor Receive Pellegrino Medals from Samford HEAL Institute  

A trio of medical professionals with responsibilities in healthcare ethics received Pellegrino Medals recognizing their contributions to bioethics during the annual Samford University Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute (HEAL) Conference April 15.

Pellegrino recipients were Ronald E. Cranford, M.D., neurologist and medical ethicist, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn.; Alan Meisel, J.D., director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and law professor at the University of Pittsburgh; and Sister Carol Taylor, R.N., Ph.D., director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University.

Drs. Cranford, Meisel and Taylor were featured speakers at the HEAL conference, which annually offers educational programs for patients, healthcare providers, individuals who make patient care decisions and institutional ethics committee members. Dr. Bruce White is director of HEAL.

The Pellegrino medal is named for Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, who received the first lifetime achievement award granted by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanity in 1998.

Samford's Humphreys Discusses Theological Trends at Mercer Center for Baptist Studies  

Samford University professor Fisher Humphreys of Beeson Divinity School was invited to present a series of lectures on "Theological Trends Today" at a conference sponsored by the Mercer University Center for Baptist Studies in Macon, Ga., April 19. His topics are Calvinism, open theism, Fundamentalism and forgiveness.

A Samford faculty member since 1990, Dr. Humphreys is the author of 11 books. His book, Thinking About God, is widely used as an introduction to Christian theology. His latest book, I Have Called You Friends, has just been published by New Hope Press.

McWhorter 's Hogue Chairs Specialized Pharmaceutical Services Section 

Michael Hogue, assistant professor in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, was installed as chair of the Specialized Pharmaceutical Services section of the American Pharmacists Association (AphA) Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management at the AphA national meeting April 1-4 in Orlando, Fla. Hogue also presented three podium presentations during the meeting on medication therapy management, antimicrobial resistance and postgraduate training of pharmacists.


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.