February 7, 2011
Jay Roberson, Associate Athletic Director at Samford, decided a couple of years ago to make a run for a seat on the Birmingham City Council. He won the race, and then he began, step by step, to make a positive difference within our community. A few days ago he was recognized in Washington, D.C. by Kevin Jennings, Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education. According to Deputy Director Jennings:
"I met Jay last summer at a speaking engagement in Atlanta. Appalled by the high rates of homicide in his community, he organized '100 Days of No Violence,' a community service initiative that was launched on October 10 and spearheaded by area youth in an effort to combat crime, especially among youth, in Birmingham and surrounding communities. Nearly 3,000 students signed pledges to commit to influence their peers to abstain for 100 days from behavior that could lead to homicides or their going to jail, leading into the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in January 2011."
The world is better because of Jay Roberson.
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.