Senior Spotlights

Ann Martin Foley

Major: Graphic DesignAnnMartinFoley


  1. What is the biggest thing you will take away from your time here at Samford?


I learned so many things during my time at Samford about my major, life, and myself. The experiences I had here made me into a better person and prepared me for my future career. The biggest thing I would take away from my time here are the relationships I’ve made. Whether it is with a fellow classmate or a professor who becomes a great mentor, these are relationships I wouldn’t change for the world.


  1. What is the best piece of advice you would you give to undergraduates?


If I had to give advice to undergraduates, I would say that it’s ok to do things on your own. It’s always fun to do things with your friends, but it’s also important to do an activity on your own. It allows you to focus on yourself and after college everyone starts to go do their own things and won’t be just down the hall from you.


  1. What are your plans after for graduation?


My immediate plans after graduation is to move back home for the time being while job searching. I hope to soon be working as a graphic designer in a big city like New York or Boston.



Hannah HollandHannahHolland

Major: Religion


  1. What is the biggest thing you will take away from your time here at Samford?


The biggest thing that I will take away from my time at Samford is the growth and maturation that occurred in many areas of my life.  I matured spiritually so much through so many mentors and friends’ counsel and encouragement and through so many opportunities to study the Bible and worship with other believers.  I matured academically as I learned how to really study and research and through the professors who I was able to glean so much knowledge from.  I matured practically through being independent, making decisions, and facing tough circumstances.


  1. What is the best piece of advice you would give to undergraduates?


The best piece of advice that I would give to undergraduates would be to make the most of the you have time at Samford as well as in the city of Birmingham by intentionally fostering and deepening relationships – relationships with people who are wiser and can mentor and guide you, relationships with peers who can build you up and hold you accountable, and relationships with those who you can pour into, mentor, and disciple.


  1. What are your plans for after graduation?


After graduation I am getting married and moving to Wilmore, Kentucky to pursue a Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary.


Spring Break in Birmingham Ideas

If you are staying in Birmingham for Spring Break no need to worry because we have 5 ideas for things you can do on your staycation.


Winter Jam 2016

March 19

Doors open at 5:00 pm, Show starts at 5:45 pm

Enjoy listening to some of the most popular Christian artists on the radio right now at Winter Jam 2016. Featured artists include For King and Country, Matthew West, Crowder, Lauren Daigle, Red, Newsong and Sidewalk Prophets.



$10 at the door

Legacy Arena at the BJCC

2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N

Birmingham, AL 35203


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Tannehill Trade Days

March 19 – March 20

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a day searching for clothing, jewelry, furniture and other gems at the Tannehill Trade Days.

Park admission:

$4.00 Adults (12 years and older)

$3.00 Senior’s (Ages 62 and older)

$2.00 Children (Ages 6-11) ages 5 and under free

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

12632 Confederate Parkway

Bessemer, AL 35111

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Hiking at Oak Mountain

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Oak Mountain State Park offers great hiking as well as horseback riding, boat rentals, fishing and more.


$5 per adult (age 12+)

$2 per child (age 4-11)

$2 per Senior (age 62+)

Free for ages 3 & under


Oak Mountain State Park

200 Terrace Dr

Pelham, AL 35124


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Color Me Rad 5k

March 19

8 am – 12 pm


This 5k has eight color stations, covering you head to toe in gluten free powder and every color in the rainbow.



$50.00 Last Call

$55.00 Day of Registration


Hoover Metropolitan Stadium

100 Ben Chapman Drive

Hoover, AL 35244


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Birmingham Botanical Gardens


Now that spring has officially arrived it is a great time to spend a day at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Explore the different areas on the gardens and visit the largest public horticulture library in the U.S.




Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 35223


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More Than Just Chili

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For the past twelve years, on the first Saturday in March, the community of Birmingham convenes in one location to compete in a Chili Cook-Off. Friendly competition takes place, as 112 local businesses will compete to win the trophy for the “Best Chili”. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Chili Cook-Off will take place in the parking lot at Brookwood Village on Lakeshore Blvd from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the chili may make your taste buds dance, the true meaning behind this event is about the men and women that it supports.

LittleGirlThe Exceptional Foundation was founded in 1996 and was created in order to give adults with special needs a place to gather daily in the community of Homewood. There are numerous activities available including, bowling, art, volunteer service, swimming, basketball, softball, Special Olympics and dances. In order to provide all of the amazing outlets for these individuals, The Exceptional Foundation knew that they needed to find a way to raise money. The largest fund that they receive is from the Chili Cook-Off, which has raised more than $1.6 million.

The Chili Cook-Off brings the community of Homewood together, while raising money for a great organization. This event is more than just about chili; it is about people helping people.


Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under enter free. For more information, visit


Photos courtesy of The Exceptional Foundation.

{Fall} In Love With Grace House Ministries

Fall is among us, and what better way to enjoy the crisp air and crunchy leaves than attending the Grace House Pumpkin Festival this Saturday, October 17th, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Homewood Central Park. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds go to Grace House Ministries, which hosts homes serving girls ages 6-21. The ticket allows you to get a pumpkin and unlimited access to family fun games. There will also be many tasty food trucks to choose from including Old Town Pizza, MELT, Steel City Pops and Saw’s Street Kitchen.

If you don’t have any Saturday plans yet, this is a great way to give back and enjoy the beautiful weather. Happy pumpkin picking!

For more information on Grace House Ministries visit:

Trader Joes Unveils Grand Opening of New Store in The Magic City

Now there is no need to visit Atlanta to encounter a Trader Joe’s. The tropical-themed grocery chain opened their doors to a new store in Birmingham, Ala. on Oct. 13.


The Summit location is in the heart of all the action and ties in local Birmingham icons to their island décor.

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They also have a lot of pumpkin items to choose from to help get you into the fall spirit including pumpkin bagels and pumpkin cream cheese muffins.


Trader Joes prides themselves on keeping their costs low and having healthier options to choose from. “I’m so excited Trader Joe’s is finally being brought to Birmingham because of their cheaper options to fit college students budgets,” said Elizabeth Goydich, Samford University Junior.