Samford University will observe its 160th anniversary during the 2001-02 academic year with special events and activities.
Founded by Alabama Baptists in Marion in 1841, the school has grown from a student body of nine Alabama men to its present enrollment of some 4,500 men and women from 39 states and 26 foreign nations.
Beginning Aug. 16, Samford anniversary banners will be displayed on campus and along the streets of Homewood. Special events to celebrate Samford's 160th year along with the city of Homewood's 75th anniversary are planned during the Sept. 15 football game in Seibert Stadium.
A new pictorial history, 160 Years of Samford University, written by alumnus Sean A. Flynt, tells the Samford story largely through photographs from the school's three campuses in Marion, East Lake and Homewood. Published by Arcadia Publishing, the book is available in bookstores for $19.99.
Birmingham composer K. Lee Scott has been commissioned to compose an anniversary anthem which will be premiered by Samford musicians at a Dec. 7 concert.
Other plans call for playwriting students to each write a 10-minute play based on Samford history.