Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-06-06

Samford Nursing School Receives $46,700 Grant from 3M Company 

Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has received a 3M Vision Grant of $46,700 for a program that will enable nursing students to study end-of-life care.

The grant, to be directed by nursing professor Janet Alexander, is for a three-year program entitled "Colleagues in Compassionate Care: A Volunteer Learning Program between Samford University and New Beacon Hospice."

Under the grant, Samford will set up a plan in which nursing students will volunteer to provide relief to patients and caregivers at a local hospice. It was one of five programs funded nationally out of 32 applicants by 3M, a diversified technology company headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.

"We are pleased to recognize these colleges for creating visionary programs that move theory into practice by taking learning beyond the classroom and into the community," said Alex Cirillo, staff vice president, 3M Community Affairs and Workforce Diversity.


Alabama Governor's School To Meet at Samford June 12-24 

Students from 32 counties will arrive at Samford University Sunday, June 12, for the Alabama Governor's School. The 81 rising high school seniors will spend two weeks in the honors program for academically gifted students. Opening ceremonies will be Sunday at 2:45 p.m. in Samford's Harrison Theatre.

During AGS, participants choose major and minor areas of coursework. Topics include the legal process, healthcare, anatomy, research science, the arts, television news, magazine publication, photography, Alabama heroes, astronomy, fitness, urban geography, Alabama plants and animals, Euripides' Medea, web design, Southern culture and business management.

For the first time this year, AGS students will participate in a community service project, which they will undertake through Hands-On Birmingham. The group also will attend a Birmingham Barons baseball game and enjoy other fun activities in the area.

Samford history professor Jonathan Bass, author of the book Blessed are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Eight White Religious Leadersand theLetter from Birmingham Jail, will address a special "Insights" dinner Tuesday, June 21.

Closing ceremony will be Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. in Harrison Theatre.


Samford Education School To Host Summer Institute for Teachers July 17-20 

Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies will host the 2005 Samford Summer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SSITE) July 17-20. The program is open to teachers, counselors and administrators in k-12 schools. Each participant will receive 24 hours of professional development credit or 2.4 CEU credits. Registration deadline is July 6.

Specialists in various fields will lead sessions on cutting-edge topics. They include Jim Burke, whose topic is The Teacher's Daybook: Seeking Professional Balance; Renee Cobb, Humor in the Classroom; Patricia Edwards, Education in the New Millennium and Stories That Can Change the Way We Educate; Toni Griego Jones, Teaching Hispanic Students; and Pam Robbins, Nine Teaching Strategies Linked to Fostering Student Achievement.

All SSITE sessions will be held at HealthSouth Conference Center, Birmingham. For information, call (205) 726-2371 or check the Web site at


Samford Recognizes Elder Contributions to Southern Baptist Life 

Samford University has recognized Lloyd Elder, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board, for his contributions to Baptist life. The recognition came during the annual meeting of the Baptist History and Heritage Society June 3 at Samford.

Elder, who led the Sunday School Board during 1984-91, recently donated his papers to the Samford Special Collections. Comprised of more than 150,000 pages, the Elder Collection is one of the largest Baptist historical collections ever received by Samford.

"We are privileged to have been chosen" as the recipient of the papers, said Samford Special Collections Librarian Elizabeth Wells, who noted that other larger repositories sought the Elder Collection.

The records of an agency or institution record official actions, but the business and personal papers of an individual reveal what took place behind the scenes, she said.


Literary Journals Select Poems by Samford English Professor Johnson 

Samford University associate professor of English Bryan M. Johnson has had four poems accepted for publication by the Denver Quarterly. Earlier, his poems appeared in New American Writing, American Letters & Commentary, Western Humanities Review and Paris Review. A Samford faculty member since 1999, he teaches creative writing, literary theory and film.


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.