Samford University

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February 11, 2013

Our Story

MBA students from the Brock School of Business recently won two of the top five spots in an international case competition sponsored by Baylor University, focusing on entrepreneurship.  The competition was hosted by the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), at its conference in San Francisco, California.  Laura Hudson, Joshua Sheppard, Xuan Qin, and Andrew Summerlin won second place with their case,"Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery," which focused on the local retailer.  The judges complimented the students on their case, noting that it would be extremely useful for aspiring entrepreneurs to analyze because it highlighted many critical challenges that arise when opening a new business.  Second place included a $1,000 prize.

MBA student Meg Lozner won fifth place with her case,"Southern Grits to Haute Cuisine:  Much More Than a Taste of theSouth," to highlight how the Birmingham region can be marketed nationally as a center for culinary tourism, based on its local restaurant and farmer's market scene.  This is the second year in a row that Lozner has been a finalist, making her the only student in the history of the competition to achieve this recognition.

 The world is better because Samford students connect theory to practice. 

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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