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.
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.
Department of Biological and Environment Sciences lecture “A Biology Professor and his Students: Memories of 50 Years in Academe.”
10:30 a.m., Christenberry Planetarium, Propst Hall
Attend a lecture by Dr. W. Mike Howell, emeritus professor and mentor to generations of Samford biologists.
* Golden Bulldog Luncheon
11:30 a.m. –1 p.m., Brock Recital Hall
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.
School of Health Professions Class of 2006, 10-Year Reunion
5-7 p.m., College of Health Sciences Atrium
The School of Health Professions invites its Class of 2006 back to campus in celebrating of its 10-year reunion.
* VIP Reception, 175th Anniversary Ball
6:30 p.m., Pete Hanna Center's Coca-Cola Hospitality Room
With the purchase of a VIP ticket, you are invited to this special reception prior to the 175th Anniversary Ball. A special menu will be served. Ticket holders will also have access to preferred parking and a reserved area at the ball. VIP tickets cost $175 each and can be purchased through homecoming registration.
* 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 and can be purchased through homecoming registration:
- 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