Samford University will welcome new and returning students and faculty during a series of activities this week, Aug. 20-24. Some 800 freshmen and other new students are expected to join about 3,710 returning students for the fall semester.
Douglas Foard, executive secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society, will address the annual faculty workshop Monday, Aug. 20, on the topic "The Liberal Arts and the University."
The faculty includes 20 new members and five new administrators: associate provost Dr. J. Bradley Creed, arts and sciences dean Dr. David Chapman, business dean Dr. Carl Gooding, nursing dean Dr. Nena Sanders and Cumberland School of Law dean John Carroll.
Freshmen will arrive on Thursday. On Friday, they will participate in several events that will introduce them to campus life. For the first time, new students were given a summer assignment to read a chapter from Paul Loeb's Soul of a Citizen. Following a Friday morning discussion session, they, along with faculty and staff volunteers, will undertake various community service projects.
Upperclassmen will arrive over the weekend, Aug. 25-26. Classes begin Aug. 27.
Students will note several major construction projects that were completed during the summer months. These include a $27 million science building, a $6 million transformation in Beeson University Center's kitchen and dining hall areas, and a $1.3 million renovation to Smith Hall, which houses 195 male freshmen.