January 18, 2010
81-year-old Melvin Cooper of Prattville was named by Samford last month as the Alabama Baptist layperson of the year. He has taught Sunday School for 63 years and been an active deacon for 45 years, most recently at Montgomery’s First Baptist Church. He was the first executive director of the Alabama Ethics Commission. Nominators cited his church, denominational and community service. He also practices good stewardship, and his family’s budget records show a gift to his church on May 18, 1948 – the first Sunday after he married – of $3.50 on a weekly income of $35.
The world is better because of the faithful service of Melvin Cooper.
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.