Schedule

Homecoming Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 10 - Sunday, Nov. 13

Schedule is subject to change. Please check back periodically for updates

Events marked with (*) require registration and/or payment.

Thursday

Thursday, Nov. 10

Department of World Languages and Cultures Lecture with Visiting Author Louise Depré

10-10:50 a.m., 202 Burns Hall
Celebrate National French Week with the Department of World Languages and Cultures as it welcomes Quebec poet, novelist, dramatist, literary critic and former professor of creative writing, Louise Dupré. Mme Dupré is a member of the Académie des lettres du Québec and of the Royal Society of Canada, and her work has won much recognition including the Alfred-Desrochers Prize, the Grand Prize of the International Poetry Festival, the Prize of the Society of Canadian writers, the Governor General's Award and the Grand Prize of the Quebecor International Poetry Festival. 

* Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Cap and Cape Society Luncheon

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Shades Mountain Baptist Church
Birmingham Baptist Hospital and Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing alumni from the classes of 1922-1974 are invited to revisit the storied history of the nursing school while enjoying food and fellowship with former classmates and faculty. Invitations will be sent with registration information. For questions, please contact Patrick Allen at pallen3@samford.edu.

Opening Reception, Exhibition of Fine Art Photography by Samford alumnus Cliff Bell

4–6 p.m., Samford Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall
Meet the featured artist, 2010 Samford alumnus Cliff Bell, at the exhibition’s opening reception. The exhibition will be open through the weekend, ending on Sunday afternoon.

Documentary Viewing with the Samford Global Center and Office of Spiritual Life

7–8:30 p.m., Brock Forum, 131 Dwight Beeson Hall
View “The Disturbances,” an EthicsDaily.com documentary about the role former Samford professor Bill Cowley and his wife Audrey played as missionaries in saving lives during the 1966 genocide in Nigeria. Bill and Audrey Cowley will be in attendance.

*ASO Red Diamond Super POPS! Presents “Red, White & Swing”

7–9:30 p.m., Wright Center
On the eve of Veterans Day, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra salutes our Armed Forces with a patriotic concert featuring Big Band favorites that harken back to the time of the Andrews Sisters. Tickets can be purchased at alabamasymphony.org or via the symphony box office at (205) 975-2782.

Wind Ensemble Concert, Samford Division of Music

7:30–8:30 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
Enjoy a concert of Samford's premiere concert band.

Homecoming Bonfire

8 p.m., Commuter parking lot, adjacent to Seibert Stadium
As the Samford football team prepares for Saturday’s big game, come show your school spirit at the homecoming bonfire and pep rally.

Alabama Autumn Skies: Constellations

8–9 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium, Propst Hall
Join Samford’s Christenberry Planetarium in exploring the constellations of the Alabama night sky, featuring constellation mythological stories and deep sky objects. Weather permitting, we will take telescopes out on the Quad following the presentation.

Friday

Friday, Nov. 11

* Jere F. White, Jr. Trial Advocacy Institute

7:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m., Sheraton Hotel in downtown Birmingham
For attorneys looking for continuing education, the proceeds of this CLE program benefit Cumberland’s Jere White Fellowship program. The keynote speaker is Fred Gray. You can register for this event online at samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/continuing-education.

Department of Biological and Environment Sciences lecture “A Biology Professor and his Students: Memories of 50 Years in Academe.”

10 a.m., Christenberry Planetarium, Propst Hall
Attend a lecture by Dr. W. Mike Howell, emeritus professor and mentor to generations of Samford biologists.

School and Department Open Houses

10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Visit with Samford faculty and staff during these open houses taking place across campus. See link for the full list of open houses with location details. 

Homecoming Open Houses

Samford Memories and Treasures: 175 Years in Review

10 a.m.–2 p.m., first floor, Harwell G. Davis Library
Preserved, rare and treasured items from Samford’s history will be on display to provide a glimpse back into the past and reminisce about key times on campus.

* Golden Bulldog Luncheon

11:30 a.m. –1 p.m., Howard Room
Once a bulldog, always a bulldog! Homecoming’s Golden Bulldog Luncheon celebrates alumni who graduated from Samford (formerly Howard College) at least 50 years ago and their lifelong commitment to their alma mater. Tickets cost $24 per person and can be purchased when you register.

Religion Department Lecture: “Digging Jesus: Insights from Samford Archaeologists on Everyday Life in His Galilee”

12–1 p.m., Harry's Coffeehouse, University Center
Attend a lecture presented by Dr. James R. Strange, associate professor of religion and director of the Shikhin Excavation Project. He will speak on findings and his archaeological research from excavations in Israel.

Alabama Autumn Skies: Our Place in Space

1-2 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium, Propst Hall
Join Samford’s Christenberry Planetarium in exploring the highlights of our solar system, featuring the newest high resolution pictures from worlds like Mars, Pluto and Jupiter.

Howard College of Arts and Sciences Course Preview: “Identity, Punishment and Control in the Prison”

1–2 p.m., 134 Brooks Hall
Revisit your days as a Samford student as professors Theresa Davidson and Steven Epley preview their new interdisciplinary course on a pressing social topic.

Samford University Alumni Association Open Meeting

1–2 p.m., Brock Forum, 131 Dwight Beeson Hall 131
All alumni are invited to this annual, open meeting led by the association’s president Todd Carlisle.

175th Anniversary Festival Procession

2 p.m., Quad
The Samford community is invited to join a festival procession from the Quad, down Centennial Walk to the Wright Center for the convocation and service of thanksgiving celebrating Samford’s 175 years while Stephen Brooks Knight performs a carillon concert. Rally around the gonfalon, or flag, representing your college or school. Academic regalia is welcome.

175th Anniversary Convocation and Service of Thanksgiving

2:30–4 p.m., Wright Center
This formal academic convocation and service of thanksgiving will celebrate Samford’s 175 years of progress—reflecting on the university’s history while setting our eyes on the future. Attire is business casual; academic regalia is welcome.

* Samford Volleyball verses UNCG

4 p.m., Seibert Gym
Tickets can be purchased at samfordsports.com/tickets or by calling Samford Athletics’ ticket office at (205) 726-DOGS.

* 175th Anniversary Ball

7–11 p.m., Pete Hanna Center
President Andrew Westmoreland invites the Samford community to the Anniversary Ball in celebration of the university’s 175th year. The Pete Hanna Center will be transformed into a beautiful venue where we'll dance the night away. Ticket prices vary, and can be purchased when you register. VIP tickets are available and include a special VIP reception, reserved area at the ball and VIP parking. The attire is black tie optional. 

Ticket prices vary:

  • Young Alumni and Samford Employees: $50 each or 2 for $75
    (Young alumni are considered graduates who are 35 years or younger.)
  • General Admission: $100 each or 2 for $150
  • VIP: $175 each

Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 12

* Homecoming 5K and Fun Run

8 a.m., Samford Track and Field
Join Samford University's Aerospace Studies Club for a patriotic homecoming 5K and Fun Run honoring our nation’s veterans and university alumni. Enjoy patriotic music and camaraderie as you run down the scenic Lakeshore Trail. Register at active.com by searching “Samford.”

* McWhorter School of Pharmacy Homecoming CE Program

8–10 a.m., East Campus’ new College of Health Sciences facilities
Please join MSOP for two hours of live continuing education. After the program concludes, take the opportunity to tour the new home of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and the College of Health Sciences while connecting with faculty, staff and students. The event is free for all MSOP alumni. Register online at samford.edu/pharmacy/continuing-education.

* Class of 1961 Reunion Breakfast

8:30–10:30 a.m., Howard Room, University Center
Classmates of the class of 1961 will gather together in celebration of their 55-year class reunion. Join your former classmates for a time of fun and fellowship while sharing wonderful memories. Breakfast will be served. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased when you register.

College of Health Sciences’ Reception with President Andrew Westmoreland and Vice Provost Nena Sanders

9–11 a.m., East Campus, new College of Health Sciences facilities
Take a tour of the College of Health Sciences’ impressive new facilities on east campus while visiting with Samford faculty, staff and administration. A continental breakfast will be available.

Self-Guided Tours

9 a.m. –4 p.m.

  • Art Lofts
  • Cooney Hall

* School of the Arts Brunch Cabaret

9:30 a.m., Harry’s Coffeehouse, University Center
The brunch cabaret will showcase the talent of current School of the Arts students in an informal and entertaining setting. Complimentary tickets can be reserved at tickets.samford.edu or (205) 726-2853. Limited seating available.

Greek Life Open Houses

10 a.m., Visit homecoming website for location details

See link for the full list of open houses with location details.

Homecoming Open Houses

Francis Marlin Mann Awards for Leadership and Character

10:30–11:30 a.m., Rotunda, Center for Healing Arts
The Frances Marlin Mann Awards for Leadership and Character are awarded annually to 11 students from the university’s 10 academic schools and athletics programs. Students are nominated by deans and other university administration and selected based upon their leadership and strong character traits, including humility, courage, self-control and justice.

Department of Biological and Environmental Science lecture with Dr. Charles Woods

11 a.m., Christenberry Planetarium, Propst Hall
Attend a lecture by Dr. Charles Woods, executive committee chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section of Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence.

Tailgating

11 a.m. –2 p.m., Quad
See the full list of Samford-organized tailgates here, and for information about registering your own tailgate, click here.

Homecoming Tailgates

Journalism and Mass Communication Wall of Fame Ceremony

11:15 a.m., Bolding Studio, Swearingen Hall
Join the JMC department as it celebrates its eighth class of Wall of Fame inductees, alumni who have made an impact both on our department and on the world of journalism and mass media.

Samford Bulldog Walk

12:15 p.m., Quad
Don’t miss your chance to participate in this great tradition and cheer on the Samford football team as they make the pre-game walk through the Quad to the Sullivan-Cooney Family Fieldhouse.

Samford verses Mercer Football Game

2:30 p.m., Seibert Stadium
Wear your Samford red and blue and pack out Seibert Stadium as the Bulldogs take on the Mercer Bears, a Southern Conference opponent. Purchase your tickets in advance at samfordsports.com/tickets.

Class of 1991 Reunion Dinner

5:30–7:30 p.m., Howard Room, University Center
In celebration of their 25-year class reunion, members of the class of 1991 are invited to gather with their classmates for a reception and dinner after the football game. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with your former classmates as well as reflect on your college memories. Tickets cost $12 per person and can be purchased when you register.

Class of 1966 Reunion Dinner

6 p.m., Rotunda, Center for Healing Arts
In celebration of their 50-year class reunion, members of the class of 1966 are invited to a special reception and dinner after the football game. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with your former classmates as well as reflect on your college memories. Tickets cost $25 per person and can be purchased when you register.

Sunday

Sunday, Nov. 13

Worship Service

10–11 a.m., Reid Chapel
The Samford community is invited to end the weekend with a time of worship and prayer. Afterwards, take part in a self-guided prayer walk around campus.

Caf Sunday Brunch

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Caf, University Center
Make plans to enjoy brunch in the renovated Caf before departing campus for the weekend.

Samford Women’s Basketball verses Memphis

Tip-Off TBA, Pete Hanna Center
Tickets can be purchased at samfordsports.com/tickets or by calling Samford Athletics’ ticket office at (205) 726-DOGS.