October 5, 2011
Hidden Gems: Campus Benches from Lambda Chi Alpha and Homewood Lions
Benches scattered around Samford University provide plenty of opportunities for people to relax and take in the picturesque beauty of the campus, thanks in part to a Samford Greek organization and a local civic club.
Samford's Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity generously donated two benches located in front of Samford Hall and two more located outside Ingalls Hall.
Samford's Lambda Chi Alpha chapter contributed the benches in honor of Howard College's move from the East Lake campus to the Homewood campus in 1957. The benches have been situated on campus since shortly after the relocation, according to Samford director of stewardship Jim Hamil, Lambda Chi Alpha's advisor.
The benches would have been a welcoming decorative feature as well as a convenient one. Around the 1957 move to Homewood, mud was a predominant feature on campus in the aftermath of the construction of the new buildings. The green, luscious campus of today began taking root in the late 1950s.
Also, a Homewood Lions Club provided additional benches that offer additional spots for a few minutes of rest and contemplation. The Lions Club benches are located on the quad and outside Chapman Hall.
These benches are visible reminders of the impact Samford's students leave and of the University's good relations with the Birmingham community.
Editor's note: This is one in a recurring series on "hidden gems" on the Samford University campus.
- Hidden Gems: Samuel Sterling Sherman Plaque Outside Samford Hall
- Hidden Gems: Corts Honor Flag
- Hidden Gems: James Middleton Sizemore Chandeliers