Birmingham, AL, United States
Birmingham, AL, United States

Samford University is a private, coeducational university located in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. In 1841, the university was founded as Howard College. Samford University is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford Univeristy is Alabama's top-ranked private university. The university enrolls 4,933 students from 44 states and 25 countries. Samford University has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction. Wikipedia.


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"Leigh Ann brings a wealth of public affairs leadership experience to Lilly and at a particularly important time for our industry," said Ricks. "Her ability to convene conversations and drive proactive policy solutions will be critical in our efforts to promote and sustain medical innovation so patients and the health care system benefit from a new era of medicine." Pusey serves in various capacities for a number of organizations, including as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100, and board member of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Prior to joining AIA, Pusey had been the deputy assistant to President George H.W. Bush for the White House Office of Public Liaison and deputy director of communications for the Republican National Committee. Pusey is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and their two children. About Eli Lilly and Company Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and www.lilly.com/newsroom/social-channels. C-LLY To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leigh-ann-pusey-joins-lilly-as-senior-vice-president-of-corporate-affairs-and-communications-300454727.html


News Article | May 12, 2017
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HealthSmart, the nation’s largest independent healthcare benefits administrator, is pleased to announce the appointment of Les McPhearson as Chief Client Care Officer. In this role, McPhearson will be responsible for all aspects of HealthSmart’s client and broker services, and will report directly to Bill Wallace, HealthSmart’s Executive Vice President. McPhearson brings to HealthSmart an extensive background in healthcare benefit product development, consumer engagement, health and wellness as well as emerging healthcare technologies. He is also a nationally recognized speaker on healthcare trends and healthcare innovation. Most recently, McPhearson was the CEO of United Benefit Advisors (UBA), where he was responsible for financial performance, operations, marketing, partner firm recruitment, compliance and strategic alliances. Previously, McPhearson held senior leadership roles at Trustmark Corporation, Florida Blue and Humana. He has also served as a Board Member of the Northern Illinois Association of Health Underwriters. “Throughout his career, Les has demonstrated a strong talent for developing innovative solutions for brokers and plan sponsors, and we are looking forward to him bringing this skill, along with his leadership, to our client facing services at HealthSmart,” said Bill Wallace. “Les is also well known within the insurance broker community as a strong advocate for the profession and the central role that they play in delivering high quality and affordable healthcare solutions to their clients.” “I look forward to leading the HealthSmart client care team and to further strengthening HealthSmart’s client-centric focus,” said McPhearson. “By responding to our customers’ needs with best-in-class support and services, we will reinforce HealthSmart’s position as the “go-to” company for self-insured employers seeking innovative solutions for their healthcare benefits.” McPhearson received his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Samford University, his M.B.A. from the University of Louisville and served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Trained Surface Warfare Officer.


News Article | May 17, 2017
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The American Law Society Board of Directors is proud to announce that Mu’min F. Islam has been accepted as a new member with ATL distinction. The America's Top Lawyers list is comprised of well-rounded individuals representing a diverse cross-section of U.S. legal advocates. Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 2017 --( Business entities of all designations trust Mr. Islam to handle a wide range of issues, including advising them on proper entity selection, solicitation and generation of capital, and employment agreements. Prior to forming MFI, Mr. Islam acquired this knowledge through his efforts as an associate in the business department of one of Philadelphia’s largest law firms; he has also co-authored several articles on topics ranging from securities laws to non-profit laws in legal publications. Mr. Islam earned his B.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in 2004. He went on to earn his J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 2009, where he was the Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. In 2010, he earned his L.L.M. in Securities in Finance from Georgetown University Law Center. American Law Society's Board of Directors selectively chooses lawyers who show a history of greatness and consistency. It is a privilege to have Mr. Islam join the organization. If you would like to contact Mr. Islam, you may contact him through his profile page at: www.americanlawsociety.org/pennsylvania/philadelphia/mu%E2%80%99min-f-islam "We look forward to following Mu’min F. Islam's career and are extremely excited to see his articles, videos, and information posted on America Law Society's platform." -Valerie Dougherty of American Law Society. Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Mu’min F. Islam is the founding member at MFI Law Group, a full service law firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, focusing in the areas of personal injury, agency and SROs litigation, and general corporate. Mr. Islam has employed his deep proficiency with personal injury matters to win a number of settlements for his clients, including: a settlement against a regional retail chain for intentional tort inflicted upon a customer, and a settlement against a local university for a slip and fall injury to a patron.Business entities of all designations trust Mr. Islam to handle a wide range of issues, including advising them on proper entity selection, solicitation and generation of capital, and employment agreements. Prior to forming MFI, Mr. Islam acquired this knowledge through his efforts as an associate in the business department of one of Philadelphia’s largest law firms; he has also co-authored several articles on topics ranging from securities laws to non-profit laws in legal publications.Mr. Islam earned his B.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in 2004. He went on to earn his J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 2009, where he was the Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. In 2010, he earned his L.L.M. in Securities in Finance from Georgetown University Law Center.American Law Society's Board of Directors selectively chooses lawyers who show a history of greatness and consistency. It is a privilege to have Mr. Islam join the organization.If you would like to contact Mr. Islam, you may contact him through his profile page at:"We look forward to following Mu’min F. Islam's career and are extremely excited to see his articles, videos, and information posted on America Law Society's platform." -Valerie Dougherty of American Law Society.


News Article | May 25, 2017
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Dr. Charles W. Boyd’s new book Equip ($16.49, paperback, 9781545602492; $8.99, E-book, 9781545602515; $26.49, hardcover, 9781545602508) shares with readers that youth ministry needs leaders who are willing to invest in four “essentials”. The Essential of Self-Development: caring for your personal spiritual fitness to be the person God has in mind; The Essential of Other-Development: recruiting, equipping, and caring for volunteer leadership; The Essential of Managing Well: establishing an operational system that is sustainable, biblical, and enjoyable; The Essential of Gospelizing: filtering and evaluating your ministry through the lens of discipleship and evangelism. Dr. Charles W. Boyd invites readers to evaluate what they do from these four essentials. Dr. Boyd says, “There is finally a book that takes you from the historical rise of youth ministry to organizing and leading youth ministry with excellence in a post-modern culture.” Dr. Charles “Poker” Boyd is the founder and president of Student Ministry Essentials, Inc. After serving exclusively in the local church for 20 years, he launched a non-profit organization allowing him to serve youth ministers and youth ministries as consultant, coach, trainer, and advocate. As a course writer for Samford University, The Baptist College of Florida, and The Institute for Student Ministry Excellence he is committed to being a lifelong learner and encourager to those who labor as unsung heroes of the adolescent community. His passion for healthy youth ministers and excellence in youth ministry is unparalleled. Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Equip through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has ranked the best universities and colleges in Alabama for 2017. Using government-backed data, the site found 27 four-year schools had the caliber to be on the list. Samford University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Spring Hill College, Auburn University and University of Alabama in Huntsville came in as the top five. 26 two-year schools also made the list, with Enterprise State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Southern Union State Community College and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College ranked as the best five. A full list of schools is included below. “Alabama currently has the third-highest unemployment rate in the country, but schools are working to combat that by providing quality higher education opportunities,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “The colleges and universities on our list offer certificates, degrees and employment resources that best set students up for success in the workforce after school.” To be included on the Alabama’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised for additional data that includes employment services, student counseling, annual alumni salaries 10 years after entering college, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid offerings. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Alabama” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Birmingham Southern College Faulkner University Huntingdon College Jacksonville State University Judson College Miles College Oakwood University Samford University Spring Hill College Stillman College Talladega College The University of Alabama Troy University Tuskegee University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Mobile University of Montevallo University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama The Best Two-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama Southern Community College Bevill State Community College Bishop State Community College Calhoun State Community College Central Alabama Community College Chattahoochee Valley Community College Enterprise State Community College Faulkner State Community College Gadsden State Community College H Councill Trenholm State Technical College J F Drake State Community and Technical College J F Ingram State Technical College Jefferson Davis Community College Jefferson State Community College Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Lurleen B Wallace Community College Northeast Alabama Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Reid State Technical College Remington College-Mobile Campus Shelton State Community College Snead State Community College Southern Union State Community College Wallace Community College - Dothan Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Senior Professionals Recognized for Leadership; Brad Crawford and Doug Turner Named Principals at the Southeast-based Comprehensive Wealth Management Firm MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - Feb 15, 2017) - Diversified Trust, an independent comprehensive wealth management firm with over $5 billion in client assets under management, announced today the promotion of nine senior professionals: "We are pleased to recognize the promotion of nine accomplished colleagues for their dedication and commitment to our firm and our clients," said Sam Graham, CEO of Diversified Trust. "The growth of our senior staff recognizes these individuals' professional growth, advancement within the company, and unwavering commitments to our clients, and we are thrilled to reward them with well-deserved promotions." Jennifer Callaway Callaway serves as Associate Fiduciary Counsel for the firm. She works closely with the company's general counsel and senior fiduciary officer, and advises the trust and estate specialists in all of the company's offices on fiduciary administration processes and procedures. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Tenn. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee. Brad Crawford Crawford is the Chief Operating Officer for the company's Memphis office. He is a member of the company's Wealth Strategies Team. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi, where he was awarded the prestigious Taylor Medal, the highest academic honor bestowed upon an Ole Miss student upon graduation. He also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and completed the New York University program in Financial Planning and holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Carolyn Hicks Hicks works closely with the company's CEO and CFO and serves on the company's Business Management team. She also coordinates the company's human resources activities. Megan Mayhew Mayhew focuses on client account administration. She received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Penn. Hadley Miller Miller provides client support to individuals, families and institutions as par to the firm's Relationship Management team. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University. In addition, she completed the New York University program in Financial Planning and holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Jason Rich Rich serves as Senior Vice President of Information Technology and is a member of the company's Corporate Operations team. He is responsible for the management, architecture and oversight of the firm's information technology infrastructure and platforms. Rich is a veteran of the United States Navy. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems, summa cum laude, from American Intercontinental University. Max Rowland Rowland is a member of the Investment team at Diversified Trust. His responsibilities include financial and investment analysis, investment strategy implementation and management of client investment portfolios. Rowland received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Business Administration from East Carolina University. He is currently a Level II CFA candidate. Lindsay Youngbauer Youngbauer focuses on portfolio management and client service for individuals. She joined Diversified Trust four years ago as an account manager in the company's Atlanta office. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Kennesaw State University, and she is currently the educational requirements for CFP® certification. Doug Turner Turner serves as the company's Director of Operations, managing the firm's Operations team and overseeing client reporting, technology administration and third-party partnership. He has more than 20 years of combined experience in the investment management and healthcare industries. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Finance from the University of Oregon. About Diversified Trust Diversified Trust is an independent comprehensive wealth management firm. Based in the Southeast, Diversified Trust is employee-owned with more than $5 billion of client assets under management. Its clients include individuals, multi-generational families, family offices, foundations, endowments and retirement plans. Diversified Trust has offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Greensboro, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Nashville, Tennessee.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Transforming Undergrad Bio Ed | Award Amount: 240.00K | Year: 2013

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites award has been made to Samford University that will provide research training for 12 students, for 9 weeks during the summers of 2013-2014. The program focuses on multidisciplinary research to study interactions in complex systems ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL. There are a wide range of potential student projects, involving both field and laboratory research, to address questions in ecology, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University. REU students have access to a wide array of individual labs, core facilities (e.g., electron microscopy, LC-MS, cell culture), and the unique OMSP research facility. Students are expected to perform full-time research and to participate in weekly workshops on ethical conduct in research, data analysis, professional communication skills, career opportunities, and the graduate school application process. In addition to the research process, students will participate in professional development activities, and field trips. Discussions with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants compare complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics. Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Students are tracked to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of the research experience. Information about the program will be assessed by various means, including an REU common assessment tool. More information is available by visiting www.Samford.edu/REU, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Malia Fincher at rmfinche@samford.edu) or the co-PI (Dr. Betsy Dobbins at egdobbin@samford.edu).


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Transforming Undergrad Bio Ed | Award Amount: 240.00K | Year: 2012

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites award has been made to Samford University that will provide research training for 12 students, for 9 weeks during the summers of 2013-2014. The program focuses on multidisciplinary research to study interactions in complex systems ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL. There are a wide range of potential student projects, involving both field and laboratory research, to address questions in ecology, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University. REU students have access to a wide array of individual labs, core facilities (e.g., electron microscopy, LC-MS, cell culture), and the unique OMSP research facility. Students are expected to perform full-time research and to participate in weekly workshops on ethical conduct in research, data analysis, professional communication skills, career opportunities, and the graduate school application process. In addition to the research process, students will participate in professional development activities, and field trips. Discussions with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants compare complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics. Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Students are tracked to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of the research experience. Information about the program will be assessed by various means, including an REU common assessment tool. More information is available by visiting www.Samford.edu/REU, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Malia Fincher at rmfinche@samford.edu) or the co-PI (Dr. Betsy Dobbins at egdobbin@samford.edu).


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 620.52K | Year: 2015

Scholarships for academically strong STEM students, who may not otherwise be able to afford college, have an impact on the number of STEM graduates prepared to help regional and local companies compete and innovate in the global economy. This project will increase the number of academically talented, economically disadvantaged STEM transfer students who complete baccalaureate degrees in biology and chemistry at Samford University in order to develop the STEM workforce in Central Alabama. Approximately 40 scholars will participate in a two-year program, designed to maximize academic success, social support, and career development. The project will build on partnerships that were initiated with two nearby 2-year colleges (Lawson and Jefferson State Community Colleges) during a prior NSF-REU award. The institutions will conduct joint research symposia, seminars, professional society meetings, and STEM recruitment events and establish faculty exchanges.

Recognizing that providing transitional support structures is critical in promoting academic success and retaining transfer students, the project team will utilize a variety of high- impact practices including learning communities, academic tracking, and close advising. Moreover, the scholars will participate in a four-day Transfer Success Seminar to orient them to academic life at a 4-year institution and cultivate a group identity within the cohort. The findings from the project evaluation will help to contribute evidence that will improve our understanding of best practices for supporting STEM community college transfer students through to graduation. Formative evaluation will address the students satisfaction and identification as scientists (SALG) and faculty assessment of the students progress (rubrics). Summative evaluation will consist of an analysis of how well the project components align with successful attainment of the retention targets. In addition, internship employers will be surveyed. Dissemination of the results of evaluation will be done through websites, national meetings (the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Mentoring Conference, the Ecological Society of America, the American Chemical Society and the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, and relevant journals (the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and the Journal of Chemical Education).


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 329.77K | Year: 2015

This REU Site award to Samford University, located in Birmingham, AL, will provide research training for 12 students, for 9 weeks during the summers of 2015-2017. The program focuses on multidisciplinary research to study biological and biochemical interactions ranging from the molecular to the landscape scale in a diverse Appalachian ridge and valley ecosystem at Oak Mountain State Park (OMSP) near Birmingham, AL. There are a wide range of potential student projects, involving both field and laboratory research, to address questions in ecology, population biology, botany, geography, plant chemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, cell biology and pathogenesis. Mentors are from the Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, and Pharmacy at Samford University and Birmingham Southern College. Students are selected based on academic record, professional goals, and potential for outstanding research. Outstanding undergraduate students who have limited opportunities to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

It is anticipated that a total of 36 students will be trained in the program. Students will learn how research is conducted, and many will present the results of their work at scientific conferences. In addition to research, students will participate in weekly workshops on ethical conduct in research, data analysis, professional communication skills, professional development activities, and the graduate school application process. Discussions and seminars with mentors, experts, and fellow students will help participants integrate their knowledge about complex biological and biochemical interactions across research topics.

A common web-based assessment tool used by all REU programs funded by the Division of Biological Infrastructure (Directorate for Biological Sciences) will be used to determine the effectiveness of the training program. Students are required to be tracked after the program and must respond to an automatic email sent via the NSF reporting system to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of their research experience. More information is available by visiting www.samford.edu/REU, or by contacting the PI (Dr. Malia Fincher at rmfinche@samford.edu) or the co-PI (Dr. Betsy Dobbins at egdobbin@samford.edu).

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