Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-04-17

Samford University will observe Earth Day Thursday, April 19, with a special lecture and exhibits.

Earth-related exhibits by students and faculty will be on display in Ben Brown Plaza 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Environmental educator Dr. Joyce Lanning will lecture on the topic, Exploring Climate Change: Should Christians Care?, at 7 p.m. in the Samford Sciencenter planetarium. The public is invited. Lanning is specially trained in The Climate Project, a national initiative on combating climate change and global warming.

Other events during Earth Week include a talk by Samford senior Erin Stewart at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, and a special lecture by renowned biologist and Harvard professor E. O. Wilson at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Wilson will speak as part of the spring conference of the Alabama Environmental Education Consortium sponsored by Samford's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education.

A display of earth-related art by Samford students, staff and faculty is on display in Samford's Davis Library through April 27. Award winners in the competitive show are Micah Simpson, first place; Jonathan Haas, second place; Billye Currie, third place; and Taylor Webb, fourth place.

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.