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Samford in the News – Week of April 8, 2013

Posted on 2013-04-14 by Philip Poole (205) 726-2823

Latta Featured in Business Alabama

Brent Latta of Samford's Career Development Center is quoted
extensively in a story in the April issue of Business
magazine about career trends. "There is definitely a
push for technical majors," Latta said. "With the increasing cost
of higher education, student and parents want to have some idea of
where they can find work."

Thatcher Death Brings Media Remembrances of Samford

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
resulted in several remembrances, video images and photos in
Birmingham media outlets from her 1992 visit to the Samford
University campus as part of the university's sesquicentennial
celebration. The most commonly used photo was one of Mrs. Thatcher
with Samford's then-president Thomas E. Corts on the university's
Centennial Walk.


Samford Gets Attention from CMAs

Samford University received national media attention because of
the April 7 Country Music Awards ceremony and broadcast. Former
Samford students Karen Fairchild and Kimberley Schlapman are
members of the group Little Big Town, which won awards for vocal
group and video of the year. The Samford connection to the awards
was featured prominently with Birmingham area media and also
received some national and international mentions.


Hartzog Research on Speeding Tickets

Research by Cumberland School of Law faculty member Woodrow
Hartzog and others received media attention after an April 8
conference at Stanford University. Hartzog and others presented
their research on writing a computer program that would
automatically issue speeding tickets. "If anyone thinks it is a
simple thing to do, to take a simple law [and convert it to
machine-readable code], it is significantly more complicated than
one thought," Hartzog said.


Cha Continues to be Resource on North Korea

Paul Cha, history faculty member and Asian expert, continues to
be a media resource on political developments in North Korea. On
April 9, he spoke to Birmingham's Fox affiliate and said, "At this
point, there is no credible evidence that the North Koreans can
actually affix a nuclear warhead to a missile."


Nursing Simulation Featured on CBS

The Birmingham CBS affiliate featured several segments on the
April 9 disaster simulation on the Samford University campus.
Nursing faculty member Jill Pence and others were interviewed about
the training session for students. "We want them to learn to
communicate with other disciplines and to learn what it is like to
manage patients outside of an acute care setting like a hospital,"
Pence said.


Alumnus Tony Hale Remembers Samford in Interviews

As he prepares for new seasons of his series, Samford University
alumnus Tony Hale was featured in stories distributed by and
Birmingham magazine, among other local and national media
outlets. "I fell in love with the campus, and I loved Birmingham,"
he said in one interview from Los Angeles. "Samford was like its
own little community. … The education, the aesthetic, it all looked
just like you would imagine a college would look like."


Social Media and Politics Topic of ABC

Political science faculty member Marissa Grayson, athletics
administrator Jay Roberson and two students were featured in an
April 11 story on Birmingham's ABC affiliate about how social media
affects politics for younger generations. "There was live tweeting
at the conventions or people who spoke at the conventions would
maybe tell their stories also online so that people who would
otherwise not be active would pay attention," Grayson said.


A round-up of selected Samford University references in news
outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of
Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking
service and may not be a comprehensive list.



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