Posted by Phillip Poole (copy by Cathy Reisenwitz) on 2007-11-13

Samford University Ministries is sponsoring two events, "Got Excess?" and Justice Under the Lights, on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. on the University Quadrangle to raise awareness, involvement in, support and funding for Samford's social justice organizations.

University Ministries is selling wristbands for admission, and they can be purchased for $5 in advance in Ben Brown Plaza or by contacting Haley Heckman at They are $7 at the event.

Moses Mayfield, who got their start in Birmingham and have gone on to open for the likes of Switchfoot, The Fray, and Pete Yorn, will play as part of the event. Samford acts Smith and Blake Tommey will share the stage. Jason Morales a.k.a. Joy-B, and Samford's current Homecoming King, will rap.

"Got Excess?" which starts Wednesday and continues through Thursday, gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to bring their used blankets, clothing and new toiletries to the Quad to be donated to five Birmingham homeless shelters.

The events are also sponsored by Samford in Mission and Student Government Association.

"It's a benefit concert to raise awareness for social justice orgs on campus and it's an opportunity for students to get involved," said Haley Heckman, University Ministries social justice coordinator.

"Every Samford justice and community involvement organization will participate in the event," said April Robinson, Samford's minister to students, campus and community involvement.

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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.