News Notes & Giving
Members of the Class
of 2002 look over programs during Commencement May 25. A total
of 807 seniors from 21 states received degrees. Inset:
Samford President Thomas E. Corts, center, visits with Birmingham
civic leader James A. Head, Sr., left, and British writer
John Pollock, who received honorary doctorates. Head was a
voice for progress during Birmingham’s days of racial
turmoil in the 1960s; Pollock is author of 30 books on religion
and Christian biography.
Education School Gets $50,000 BellSouth Grant to Assist Birmingham
Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional
Studies has received a $50,000 grant from the BellSouth Foundation
to support a partnership with Birmingham Public Schools that will
focus on teacher development.
The program will work to strengthen induction, development, support
and retention of new teachers.
Samford will work with first- and second-year teachers in the
lowest performing schools to demonstrate the effectiveness of using
nontraditional, research-based approaches to increasing teacher
quality and retention, and student achievement.
The University will begin this work by helping school principals
and district staff train school-based mentors.
“We are impressed with the creativity of this project and
feel that an investment in this initiative is a strategic investment
in sustainable education reform,” said Tom Hamby, president
of BellSouth’s Alabama operations.
“We are thrilled to have been selected as a grant recipient
by BellSouth and are grateful to them for their support of education
in Alabama and for their collaboration in this important initiative,”
said Dean Ruth Ash of the education school.