March 29, 2010
Claude Rhea, Senior Advancement Officer, wrote to me last week about the Spring Break activities of Samford's A Cappella Choir in New Orleans:
"Their singing inspired audible gasps of delight across the Crescent City--from seasoned musicians in the University of New Orleans Concert Hall to chemical plant workers in the pews at Williams Boulevard Baptist Church. And, instead of griping when they were assigned to cut weed and brush in the Lower Ninth Ward, the Choir tackled the task and made it fun. After speaking with the leader of the Ninth Ward Homeowners Association, Choir president Quincy Price briefed our students on why clearing an acre of waist-high reeds and brambles was important. You would think General Patton had given them a pep talk. Their work eliminated a public nuisance fine of $100 per day the city was preparing to levy upon the owners of the lot, who hope to rebuild and return.
"With their voices, they touched hearts. With their hands, they transformed one small part of a hurting city."
The world is better because of the voices and hands of our A Cappella Choir.
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.
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.