Family Weekend 2015 Registration

September 18-20, 2015

Welcome to Family Weekend 2015!Join us for Family Weekend 2015

We are looking forward to hosting you on campus September 18-20, 2015, for Family Weekend. The schedule and registration for the many activities planned for the weekend can be found below. Please read through the schedule and register for the individual events you wish to attend. Because some events have limited seating, we encourage you to register in advance and as soon as possible.

Times and specific locations are listed for many events, but not all. Plan to consult the final schedule when you arrive on campus to confirm times, events, and locations.

If an event is a ticketed event, it will be noted. There is no charge for children ages 0-2 for any event or meal.

Online registration is available until midnight, Sunday, September 13. After September 13, you may register in person in the Howard Room of University Center, Friday, September 18, noon until 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 19, 8 a.m. until noon. Please be aware that by delaying registration until these dates, many activities will be sold out.

Please email parents@samford.edu if you have questions about the weekend.

Today's Date: 08/31/2015

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Friday, September 18th

Parent Academy


What would it be like to go back to college and study under some of Samford’s finest professors? Now, you can! This year we introduce Parent Academy. Choose from a variety of classes offered during two one-hour sessions. Seating in each class is limited, so we ask parents to please register in advance. Parent Academy classes are designed specifically for parents, with the exception of the two classes offered in the planetarium. School-aged children may attend these two classes. Your cooperation will enable us to have room for the many parents who want to attend. Please check the schedule once you arrive on campus to confirm classroom locations.

For Siblings
While Parent Academy is in session, siblings may request a tour through the Admission Office HERE, visit their Samford sibling, attend the two classes offered in the planetarium, or pick up a copy of the Tiny Sam Photo Scavenger Hunt and begin their sleuthing on the Quad. First prize for the scanvenger hunt—a Step Sing weekend package including four Step Sing tickets, a two-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Homewood, and dinner for four at a local restaurant—will be given during Saturday’s football game.


Session One (1-2 p.m.)


Course: The Case for Character: A Biblical Perspective
Location: Dwight Beeson Forum
Instructors: Dr. Andrew Westmoreland and Drayton Nabors
Course Limited to 175 participants.
Description: Explore character from the biblical perspective with Westmoreland, Samford’s president, and Nabors, the director of Samford’s Mann Center for Ethics and a former Alabama Supreme Court Justice. This dialogue, based on their personal experiences, will focus on the foundation of character, the content of character, and the practical implications of character in our world.
Number of Guests Attending:


Course: How Reliable Is Eyewitness Testimony? How Accurate Are Criminal Confessions?
Location: Brooks Hall 229
Instructor(s): Dr. Stephen Chew
Course Limited to 36 participants.
Description: The two most compelling pieces of evidence in a criminal trial are eyewitness accounts and confessions of the accused. Both of these lines of evidence assume that human memory records and recalls events reliably and accurately. Research from the laboratory and actual cases involving DNA evidence call this assumption into question. This class will explore the nature of memory and how it shapes our experience, specifically as it relates to criminal procedures.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Course: Changing the Game: Key Trends Driving the Business of Sports
Location: Brock School of Business 200
Instructor(s): Dr. Darin White
Course Limited to 60 participants.
Description: Sports are big business. Combined, the big four professional leagues in the US (NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL) bring in about $23 billion in revenue per year. Overall, the sports industry is twice the size of the auto industry and seven times larger than the movie business. When the astounding array of sports-related sectors is considered, more than 1.3 million Americans rely on the sports industry for their livelihoods. The sports and recreation industry has been one of the greatest new job engines over the past two years.

The sports sector is constantly evolving in terms of fan engagement strategies, technologies, content delivery and game popularity. Join us as we examine the key trends driving the business of sports and gain a vision of how these trends are shaping the sports you love to watch. To prepare for this class, please visit The Business Side of Sports.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Course: Betterocracy: How the Bourgeois Deal Made Us Rich
Location: Brock School of Business 109
Instructor(s): Dr. Art Carden
Course Limited to 40 participants.
Description: What made the modern world? Why are we so much richer than our ancestors? The answer may surprise you: It’s because we changed the way we think, speak, and write about liberty and business. Join Dr. Art Carden to discuss the topic of his upcoming book on the development of Betterocracy, written with renowned economic historian Deirdre McCloskey.
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Course: Alabama Autumn Skies: Constellations
Location: Christenberry Planetarium
Instructor(s): David Weigel
Course Limited to 94 participants, including school-aged siblings.
Description: Join us as we take a look at the night sky from the Birmingham area at this time of year. Learn how to find planets, stars, constellations, and deep sky objects while hearing some fascinating mythology stories focused on constellations.
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Session Two (2:30-3:30 p.m.)


Course: Cultural Perspectives
Location: Dwight Beeson Hall 217
Instructor(s): Dr. Jason Wallace
Course Limited to 22 participants.
Description: Every culture seeks to explain human nature, the natural world, religion, and political community. This Core Texts Program taken by every Samford student ensures Samford graduates understand this quest. Even more, it equips them to enter their chosen profession confident they are capable of meaningful critical thought. While the curriculum emphasizes Western thinkers, we also recognize that certain perennial themes are part of the development of every culture and civilization. Disparate voices in time and place often converge in the task of transmitting values. To this end, the curriculum integrates texts from non-western, or global sources, including especially Asia and Latin America. Get a taste of what Samford students study during the fall semester as they focus on the great thinkers from the Greeks, the Romans, Early Christianity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Course: How to Read a Film
Location: Divinity North 302
Instructor(s): Dr. Geoff Wright
Course Limited to 25 participants.
Description: In addition to enjoying film as entertainment, learn to study cinema as an academic discipline. Participants in this class are asked to watch Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane ahead of time. In class, you will learn to analyze formal and narrative properties in this famous film and then apply the same principles to other films.
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Course: A Taste of Fall with Friends
Location: Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall 109
Instructor(s): Dr. Pat Terry
Course Limited to 24 participants.
Description: Join the School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics for a hands-on culinary workshop using fall produce to make and taste recipes for tailgates and parties. The produce used in preparing the recipes will be chosen from the Student Dietetic Association-sponsored Farmer’s Market offered that morning in Ben Brown Plaza.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Course: Singing the Faith
Location: Bolding Studio 311
Instructor(s): Dr. Eric Mathis
Course Limited to 30 participants.
Description: A 20th century theologian has said, “Tell me what you sing, and I’ll tell you who you are.” This course will provide an opportunity to sing, share, and learn from the music of the twenty-first century church. You will discover and discuss music in Christian worship from a variety of traditions, including your own.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Course: Alabama Autumn Skies: Solar System Exploration
Location: Christenberry Planetarium
Instructor(s): David Weigel
Limited to 94 participants, including school-aged siblings.
Description: Delve into planets and objects of interest in our solar system as we visit planets, comets, asteroids, moons, dwarf planets, and the sun.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Course: Thinking About Function: A Proactive Way to Manage Individualized Challenging Behaviors
Location: Orlean Bullard Beeson 232/233
Instructor(s): Dr. Mandy Hilsmier
Course Limited to 60 participants.
Description: Research has found that Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is effective with school-aged children. While the goal of this class is to eqip the classroom teacher, many of us find ourselves in roles where we deal with children offering challenging behaviors. These FBA principles are applicable elsewhere, as well. FBA builds on an evidence-based practice, but allows the opportunity to intervene so that larger behavioral problems do not occur. This presentation will outline the tenants of FBA and show you how to use this type of thinking to address problem behaviors.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Course: How Plato Can Save Your Life
Location: Brooks Hall 105
Instructor(s): Dr. Bryan Johnson
Course Limited to 20 participants.
Description: All Samford freshmen read an excerpt from Plato’s The Republic called “The Allegory of the Cave.” The “Allegory” is a foundational text in the development of the Western Intellectual Tradition, providing a framework for how we think about reality, education, government, knowledge, and what it means to excel as a human. Taught by Dr. Bryan Johnson, director of Samford’s University Fellows honors program, this class will give you a better understanding of the origins of Western thought while also letting you share in the experience of a Samford great books discussion.
Number of Guests Attending: CLASS IS FULL


Welcome Reception with the President - Brock School of Business 4:30-6:30 p.m.


Join the Westmorelands, Samford families, and faculty members in the new Brock School of Business building for a casual, come-and-go, kickoff reception and tour of Samford’s newest building.

Number of guests attending:

* This event is FREE for Samford University families, but we request advance registration.


Vespers - Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall 5:30 p.m.


Inspired by the ancient practice of monastic prayer, the Samford Choral Vespers Series has become a Family Weekend favorite. This service is an opportunity to experience exceptional choral music through contemplative worship. The service alternates hymns, Bible lessons, a meditation and other elements that distinguish corporate worship. Vespers is led by the School of the Arts and the A Capella Choir.

* Advance registration is not required, however, seating is limited.


Wright Center Signature Season: Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey Starring Jasmine Guy and The Avery Sharpe Trio - Samford Wright Center 7 p.m.


This Wright Center Signature Series feature showcases the award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, a modern day Griot, and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio in Raisin' Cane. Raisin' Cane celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery. Guy transports the audience back to New York’s 1920s Harlem and explores the rise of musicians like Langston Hughes and Fats Waller.

The first 100 tickets will be given free of charge to Samford families, two tickets per family, in tiers 2, 3 or, 4 by the Wright Center. When requesting tickets online or at the box office, use the promo code FREEFAMILY. Samford students may contact the Wright Center ahead of the performance to request a free ticket.

Tickets may be purchased HERE.


Movie on the Quad - The Quad in front of Reid Chapel 8:30-10:30 p.m.


Bring the whole family for movie night on the Quad. Movie on the Quad, featuring a family-friendly movie, is made possible by Samford’s Student Government Association (SGA). Bring blankets and/or outdoor lawn chairs. Seating is not provided.

Number of guests attending:

* This event is FREE for Samford University families, but we request advance registration.


Saturday, September 19th

Parent Prayer Walk - Mr. Beeson’s Statue 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.


Join other parents at Mr. Beeson’s statue to take a prayer walk around the Quad. You will receive a map of the Quad including specific prayer requests focused on the Samford community and Scripture passages to pray. Walk and pray alone, with a friend, or with a group.


Samford Parents Association Breakfast - The Café 8:30-10 a.m.


Parents, let your student sleep in this morning while you join the Samford Parents Association for breakfast. You will enjoy visiting with Samford administrators and other parents, hearing a campus update, and learning about specific opportunities to get involved at Samford.

**NOTE: After you have completed the registration process, please download the receipt. Please plan to redeem the receipt at check in for meal tickets. If you miss the download, the receipt will also be attached to your registration confirmation email.

Number of Adults Attending: X   $ per adult =   $
Number of Children Attending: X   $ per child =   $
(ages 6 and under)


Open House 10:00 a.m.


Plan to check the schedule once you arrive on campus for open houses hosted by departments and organizations across campus.


Tailgate Lunch - The Quad 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.


If you don’t bring your own tailgate meal, plan to enjoy a prepared lunch under the big Family Weekend tent on the Quad. Samford students with meal plans may request a wristband in The Café the week of Family Weekend that will allow them to eat at the tent at no additional charge. Students without wristbands will need a pre-purchased ticket to eat at the Family Weekend tent.

**NOTE: After you have completed the registration process, please download the receipt. Please plan to redeem the receipt at check in for meal tickets. If you miss the download, the receipt will also be attached to your registration confirmation email.

Number of Adults Attending: X   $ per adult =   $
Number of Children Attending: X   $ per child =   $
(ages 6 and under)


Football Game - Samford vs University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: Seibert Field 2:30p.m.


This year’s Family Weekend guests may choose from three seating options. Tickets are required for each person above the age of 2, except where noted. Samford students sit free of charge in the reserved student section on the West Side of the stadium by presenting a Samford ID. Family members are not allowed to sit in the student section.

Option 1—East Side
The East Side of the stadium is general admission seating at $13 a person. Samford students may join their families at no additional charge in East Side seating by presenting a Samford ID. Use the promo code Family15 when purchasing these tickets. Order East Side tickets HERE.

Option 2—West Side
The West Side of the stadium is reserved seating at $18 a person. Samford students will need a purchased ticket to sit with their families in reserved seating. Use the promo code Family15 when purchasing these tickets. Order West Side tickets HERE.

Option 3—Tailgate Club
New this year is The Tailgate Club tent! Enjoy the game while visiting with family, friends and Samford leaders from this new vantage point in the field’s north end zone. Admission to the Tailgate Club tent includes field-side seating, food and beverages throughout the game, and a cool shade. Tickets for the Tailgate Club tent are $50 a person. Samford students may join their families at no additional charge. Tickets and wristbands, required for admittance to the Tailgate Club, will be distributed at Family Weekend registration in the Howard Room Friday from noon until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 until noon. Any tickets/wristbands not picked up during these hours may be picked up between noon and kickoff at the Seibert Field Will Call window.

Number of Tailgate Club: X   $ per person =   $


Sunday, September 20th

Hymn Sing - Reid Chapel @2 p.m.


Hymn Sing, an annual Samford tradition, is an afternoon of congregational singing of hymns and gospel songs selected by audience participants. This event, sponsored by the School of the Arts, is free and open to the Samford community and public.


T-Shirt

Family Weekend Long-sleeved T-shirt



Don't go home without a Family Weekend 2015 Long-sleeved T-shirt!

Youth Medium: X   $ per t-shirt = $

Youth Large: X   $ per t-shirt = $

Adult Small: X   $ per t-shirt = $

Adult Medium: X   $ per t-shirt = $

Adult Large: X   $ per t-shirt = $

Adult X-Large: X   $ per t-shirt = $

Adult 2X-Large: X   $ per t-shirt = $


GRAND TOTAL


Grand Total: $


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Refund Policy


Refund policies on football tickets can be found on the Samford Sports Web site and for the Wright Center Signature Series on the Wright Center Web site.

Refunds for Family Weekend meals are:

  • * Cancelled registrations prior to August 31st: 100% refund
  • * Cancelled registrations between September 1st and September 7th: 50% refund
  • * Cancelled registrations September 8th and later: Zero refund

NOTE: Family Weekend schedule is subject to change. Please check the final schedule when you arrive on campus for Family Weekend to confirm all times, events, and locations.

Please email parents@samford.edu if you have questions.
Click on the button below to submit your registration and proceed to payment information.