Welcome to Family Weekend 2019!
October 4-6, 2019

We look forward to hosting you on campus October 4-6 for Family Weekend. The schedule and registration for the many activities planned for the weekend are listed below. Please read the entire schedule and register for the individual events you wish to attend. Please make a note of the events you register to attend. You will not receive a detailed confirmation at the end of this registration process. 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. To stay current with the schedule, plan to download the Family Weekend 2019 Guidebook app before you arrive (available late September). The Guidebook app will offer the most up-to-date schedule, events, and locations.

If an event is ticketed, 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 29. After September 29, you may register in person at check-in in the University Center, Friday, October 4, noon until 5 p.m., and Saturday, October 5, 8 a.m. until noon. Please be aware that by delaying registration or ticket purchases until these dates, many activities and opportunities will be unavailable or sold out.

If you have questions about the weekend, please email parents@samford.edu.


Registration Information
NOTE: * required field
Guest Information (Please do not include your student in the list below.)


Friday, October 4

Early Afternoon Activities for Siblings

* Pick up a copy of the Tiny Sam Photo Scavenger Hunt at registration and begin sleuthing on the Quad. The first person (family) to complete the scavenger hunt accurately will win a Step Sing weekend package including four Step Sing tickets to the performance of choice, a two-night hotel stay, and dinner for four at a local restaurant. The winner will be announced and awards presented during the afternoon football game.

* Join a 2 p.m. campus tour with the Admission Office by registering HERE

* Attend "Meet the Coaches" 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Harry’s on the ground floor of the University Center. Get to know some of Samford’s athletic coaches on a more personal level.

Early Afternoon Activities for Parents

Parent Academy

Do you wonder what it would be like to study at Samford? Wonder no more! Enjoy a Samford academic experience through Parent Academy. Parent Academy offers classes taught by Samford professors especially for Samford parents on the Friday afternoon of Family Weekend. Two one-hour class sessions will be offered. Parents may attend class during either or both one-hour sessions. Advance registration is required. Seating in each class is limited. Some professors ask parents to complete an assignment prior to class. These assignments will be emailed ahead to registered class participants.

Parent Academy classes are designed for parents only. Please do not ask your Samford student or their siblings to attend the parent-only classes with you. 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, as last-minute changes may be necessary.

Session One (1-2 p.m.)

Culinary Tour of the Blue Zones: Where People Live Longer and Better

Location: College of Health Sciences, Building 1, Room 1238 and Food Production Lab 1
Instructor: Dr. Patricia H. Terry, Food Labs and Samford Wellness Kitchen Director, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Health Sciences
Course limited to 16 participants.
Description: Join the Samford Wellness Kitchen in the School of Public Health for an exploration of the culinary techniques and ingredients of different geographical areas of the world known as Blue Zones. These are places where inhabitants have low rates of chronic disease and live longer than anywhere else on earth. Learn how to incorporate Blue Zone principles into your everyday life as you prepare several recipes to taste in one of our Food Production Labs, formerly the Southern Living Test Kitchen.

Cultural Perspectives (CP)

Location: Chapman 320
Instructor: Dr. Jason Wallace, Richard Stockham, Jr., Chair of Western Intellectual History and Director of the Core Texts Program, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Course limited to 24 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 glimpse 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.

The Flourishing Tree: A Scriptural Template for Spiritual Formation

Location: Divinity South 003
Instructor: Dr. Stefana Dan Laing, Assistant Professor of Divinity and Theological Librarian
Course limited to 16 participants.
Description: What does a flourishing spiritual life look like, and how is it attainable? This class will introduce attendees to the field of Spiritual Formation, defining the concepts involved by examining several New Testament texts that reveal different influences that shape and form us. We will also discuss two (of many) spiritual disciplines which can open us up to spiritual transformation, using Psalm 1 as a template for the disciplines of Study and Meditation.

Improving Birth Outcomes: The Role of the Registered Nurse

Location: College of Health Sciences, Building 2, Room 2206
Instructor: Megan Mileski, Assistant Professor, Moffett School of Nursing
Course limited to 50 participants.
Description: Did you know that the United States has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in the developed world? More than 25 other countries have lower rates. What's worse, Alabama rates are much higher than the US averages and racial disparities persist. This one-hour class will provide insight into our national crisis and provide listeners with the opportunity to learn how Registered Nurses can play a pivotal role in improving birth outcomes for both mothers and babies. The class will explore evidenced-based approaches to obstetrical care, opportunities for advocacy, and hands on experience in a high-fidelity simulation environment.

Interviewing: How to Stay Cool in the Hot Seat

Location: Dwight Beeson Hall 112
Instructor: Dora Ditchfield, Director, Career Development Center
Course limited to 25 participants.
Description: Attend this workshop, given by the Director of the Career Development Center, to hear the interviewing advice given to students as they seek jobs, internships, and admittance into graduate school. You may gather some tips for your own careers, as well!

Session Two (2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Data Analytics

Location: Cooney Hall 401
Instructor: Dr. Joy Buchanan, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Analysis and Economics, Brock School of Business
Course limited to 24 participants.
Description: Sample one of the newest courses in the Brock School of Business to learn about data analytics and big data. Data analytics helps us humans to make predictions and decisions. In the age of "big data," some decisions can be automated because of the apparent ability of computers to learn from digital information.

The Entrepreneurial Artist in a Post-Christian Society

Location: Brock Recital Hall
Instructor: Mark Castle, Chair and Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, Dr. Eric L. Mathis, Interim Associate Dean, Division of Music; Associate Professor of Music; Executive Director of the Center for Worship and the Arts, Larry Thompson, Associate Dean and Professor, Division of Art and Design
Course limited to 50 participants.
Description: An examination of entrepreneurial challenges and possibilities for the Twenty-first century artist-believer in today's society.

The Future Is Here: Dissecting a Virtual Cadaver

Location: College of Health Sciences, Building 2, Room 2119
Instructor: Dr. Nick B. Washmuth, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions
Course limited to 30 participants.
Description: Clinical anatomy remains a cornerstone in the training of physical therapists. A comprehensive knowledge of anatomy is essential for the skillful practice of neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation. Using a virtual cadaver to visually enhance this lecture, this class will learn anatomy of the spine. Spinal anatomy will then be applied to physical therapy clinical practice.

Superbugs: Endgame

Location: College of Health Sciences, Building 2, Room 2208
Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey A. Kyle, Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Shelby Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Course limited to 40 participants.
Description: Antibiotic resistance is among the greatest public health threats today. Although antibiotics are life-saving drugs, use in one patient can compromise its efficacy in another. This session will explore common reasons for inappropriate use of antibiotics and characterize the current trends and challenges of antibiotic resistance. While the session will provide insight on the pharmacist's role to combat antibiotic resistance, tips on how to be superbug avengers will be provided to all superheroes who attend.

Why Test Abraham? Exploring the Faith Struggles of Israel's First Patriarch

Location: Chapman 322
Instructor: Dr. Jeffery M. Leonard, Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Religion, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Course limited to 35 participants.
Description: Abraham is rightly regarded by the biblical authors as a model of faith in God's promise. Interspersed among the first patriarch's moments of belief in God's promises, however, are difficult moments of doubt and struggle. In this session, we will walk through these stories of struggle to see how they inform our view of the man known as "the friend of God."

President's Reception – Talbird Circle, University Center, 4-6 p.m.

Join President and Dr. Westmoreland, Samford families, and other members of the Samford community for a casual, come-and-go, kickoff reception in Talbird Circle outside the University Center. After saying hello, enjoy a snack and walk through the newly renovated University Center.

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

Samford Bulldog Baseball Fall Scrimmage—Joe Lee Griffin Field, 5 p.m.

Take the whole family out to the ballgame! Cheer on the Samford Bulldog baseball team as they take on the Campbell University Fighting Camels in a fall scrimmage.

* This event is FREE for Samford University families.

Vespers - Hodges Chapel, Reid Chapel, 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.

* This event is FREE for Samford University families, however, seating is limited.

Family Movie on The Quad, Sponsored by the Samford Legacy League, 6:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket or folding chairs and some snacks and settle in with the whole family to watch The Parent Trap.

* This event is FREE for Samford University families.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical – Harrison Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Aren't fairy godmothers supposed to be helpful? Ella has been given the "gift" of obedience, placing her under a spell that forces her to do as everyone commands her. Strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, and encounters ogres, giants, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way. Based on the Newbery-winning book and popular film, Ella Enchanted is a modern musical twist on the Cinderella story as Ella seeks to find her own voice and live as her true self. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children 10 and under.

Saturday, October 5

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 Caf, 8:30-10 a.m.

Join Samford parents for the Samford Parents Association breakfast. Hear university updates, association plans and visit with other parents and Samford administrators while enjoying a delicious, hot meal to begin the day.

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

Open Houses and Dean’s Coffees/Teas, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Plan to check the Family Weekend Guidebook app or the schedule once you arrive on campus for a listing of open houses hosted by departments and organizations across campus and Dean’s Coffees/Teas.

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

If you don’t bring your own tailgate meal or join your student at a Greek or school tailgate, plan to enjoy lunch under the large Family Weekend tent on the Quad. Lunch will be a traditional BBQ tailgate meal catered by local favorite, Jim ‘n Nicks. Students WILL need to purchase tickets to eat the tailgate lunch as their Samford meal cards will not be accepted by Jim ‘n Nicks.

Plan to pick up your tickets at check in when you arrive on campus. Check in will be in the University Center and will be open Friday, noon until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon.

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

Football Game - Samford vs Furman University: Seibert Field 2 p.m.

Map of Seibert Field stadium

This year’s Family Weekend guests may choose from two seating options. Tickets are required for each person above the age of 2, except where noted. Samford students sit free of charge on the East Side of the stadium. For this game, the Samford band and general student sections will be on the East Side.

Once you purchase your football tickets, please return to this page to complete your Family Weekend registration.

Option 1—East Side
Tickets for the East Side of the stadium are for a guaranteed “reserved section” (107, 109, and 110), but the individual seats within the section are general admission seating at $20 a person. Samford students may join their families at no additional charge in any East Side seating by presenting a Samford ID. Use the promo code FAMILY when purchasing these tickets. Order East Side tickets.

Option 2—West Side
The West Side of the stadium is reserved seating, both section and seat, at $33 a person. Samford students will need a purchased ticket to sit with their families in reserved seating. Order West Side tickets.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical – Harrison Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Aren't fairy godmothers supposed to be helpful? Ella has been given the "gift" of obedience, placing her under a spell that forces her to do as everyone commands her. Strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, and encounters ogres, giants, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way. Based on the Newbery-winning book and popular film, Ella Enchanted is a modern musical twist on the Cinderella story as Ella seeks to find her own voice and live as her true self. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children 10 and under.

Sunday, October 6

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.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical – Harrison Theatre, 2:30 p.m.

Aren't fairy godmothers supposed to be helpful? Ella has been given the "gift" of obedience, placing her under a spell that forces her to do as everyone commands her. Strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, and encounters ogres, giants, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way. Based on the Newbery-winning book and popular film, Ella Enchanted is a modern musical twist on the Cinderella story as Ella seeks to find her own voice and live as her true self. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children 10 and under.

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Refund Policy

Refund policies on football tickets can be found on the Samford Sports Web site. Refunds for Family Weekend meals are:

  • Registrations cancelled prior to September 20: 100% refund
  • Registrations cancelled between September 21 and September 27: 50% refund
  • Registrations cancelled September 28 and later: No refund

Please email parents@samford.edu with questions.



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