Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-04-25

Samford Students Honored for Leadership, Service at Awards Convocation 

Samford University's top student leaders were recognized at a special leadership and service convocation April 14. Recipients and their awards were:

Katie Hall, Birmingham, Gail Hyle Memorial Award for Christian character, leadership, school spirit and service; Michael Giles, Jr., Tuscaloosa, Ala., John R. Mott Award as senior male representing the highest type of student service; Alisha Damron, Springdale, Ark., James M. Sizemore Award for loyalty and service to the University; Erica Jewel Littleton, Birmingham, Service Award for special service to the University.

Candis Garner of Florence, Ala., and Isaiah Same of Port Charlotte, Fla., Luke 2:52 awards given to two students who excel in all areas of student life, including academic, social, spiritual and physical; Brian Pavlick of Montgomery, Ala., and Kayla Chapman of Overland Park, Kan., Rufus Shelton Awards to male and female students worthy of special recognition.

Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society inducted five new members: Sarah Elizabeth Bell of Montgomery, Jessica Leigh Brewer of Kennesaw, Ga., Robert Bryan Dilks of Richmond, Va., Kenneth Patton Kell of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Hannah Grace Rowland of Clinton, Tenn.


Biology Major Rachel Lauren Pope Named Samford Student Employee of Year 

Rachel Lauren Pope of Marietta, Ga., was named Samford University's 2005 Student Employee of the Year during a ceremony April 12. A senior biology major, Pope works as a student office assistant in the Samford biology department.

Nominees for the award were evaluated on reliability, quality of work, initiative, attitude, longevity, adaptability and uniqueness of contribution. Pope received a plaque and $100 gift certificate presented by Samford president Thomas Corts. She is the daughter of Mary and William Pope of Marietta. The competition was part of National Student Employment Week.


Poole Elected to National Post with Religion Communicators Council 

Philip Poole, executive director of communications at Samford University, has been elected vice president of the Religion Communicators Council. RCC is an international, multi-faith organization of more than 750 communications professionals. Poole, an accredited public relations practitioner, has been an RCC member for 25 years. As vice president, he will have primary responsibility for preliminary planning for an international religion communications congress set for 2010.


Samford Faculty, Staff Get Leadership Posts with Alabama Historical Association 

Three Samford University faculty and staff members will hold 2005-06 leadership positions in the Alabama Historical Association. History professor Marlene H. Rikard will serve as vice president. Electronic news editor Sean A. Flynt will serve as program chair of the 2006 annual meeting in Fairhope in April. Special Collections librarian Elizabeth C. Wells will serve on the board of directors and as a member of the program committee. Their appointments came as the result of action at the 2005 annual meeting in Montgomery April 8-10.


Mayfield Chosen to Participate in Hickory Hill Forum on Southern History 

Dr. John R. Mayfield, chair of the Samford University history department, is one of 12 scholars chosen nationally to participate in inaugural sessions of the Hickory Hill Forum on Southern History May 19-22. The symposium, sponsored by the Watson-Brown Foundation, will consider the topic, "Imperial Ambitions of the South, 1800-1860." It will meet at the foundation's headquarters in Thomson, Ga.


National Registrar's Group Recognizes Aucoin Contributions 

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars presented a plaque to Samford dean of academic services Paul G. Aucoin in recognition of his three years of service on the organization's board of directors at the recent 95th annual meeting in New York City. Aucoin served the board as vice president for association and institutional issues.


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.