August 22, 2011
Rod Davis, former dean of the Howard School of Arts and Sciences and current English professor, just returned home from what he characterizes as a “three-week blitz through four cultural capitals of China.” He wrote to me last week to say that, while in Beijing, he visited with the family and friends of one of our current students from China and they treated him to meals that were even better than those found in the Samford cafeteria. But that’s only the beginning of the story. Rod continues:
“The most remarkable thing was that at Shanghai’s famous Silk Factory I saw a small hand-woven rug that is really a beautiful tapestry and began bargaining with the woman who seemed in charge of the shop. In response to my asking how my purchase would be shipped to Birmingham, Alabama, she said to me, ‘Birmingham, AL!’ Then immediately she asked if I knew a university here named Samford, and indeed I did, giving her a business card. She could not believe that she was talking to a professor from the very school in which her son is enrolled this coming year! That we should meet halfway around the world made her very excited at this coincidence, and she was torn between wishing that I could stay and meet her son and her husband, a professor, and in finding a suitable gift to send to me at my hotel, a splendid individual scene that arrived that evening framed and carefully bubble-wrapped.”
The world is better because of Samford’s global connections, even those that are bubble-wrapped.
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.