Published on October 2, 2013 by Chandra Sparks Splond  

Samford University is making history. 

Samford Reflections, the first publication spotlighting the university’s commitment to cultural differences and diverse perspectives, launched today. 

 Read the first issue of Samford Reflections here. 

 The biannual electronic newsletter, a joint venture between the Office of Marketing and Communication (OMC) and the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, was conceived by OMC staffers Monica Washington and Chandra Sparks Splond. It will feature the Samford stories of minority students, employees, alumni and friends to celebrate and communicate their achievements. The first issue, themed Making History, includes history makers such as current two-time SGA president Cameron Thomas and alum Eric Motley who was Samford’s first African-American SGA president and the first to integrate Samford’s Greek system.

“The Office of Marketing and Communication is always seeking new and creative ways to tell the Samford story.  This publication is a great step forward in doing just this and will be a valuable new resource for the entire Samford community,” said Betsy Holloway, chief marketing officer for Samford University. 

Denise J. Gregory, director of diversity and intercultural initiatives, agreed. “There are lots of great things our minority students, faculty, staff, and alumni are doing. This publication will provide an opportunity for the entire Samford community to learn and share in their accomplishments,” she said. 

To subscribe to Samford Reflections or submit story ideas, email


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.