Monday, August 29, 2016

While you were away...

We made some noise in the library during the quiet summer hours to improve your library experience!

Using funds raised during The Big Give campaign in Spring, we have added charging stations to the tops of most study tables on the second and third floors of the library.

Thanks for the hard work during installation!
Our goal is to make it easier to plug in your computers and peripherals while you spend time in the library.

New power strips on tables in the second floor Reading Room.

The library is always striving to make your experience in the library more comfortable and efficient. 

Welcome to Fall Semester 2016! We can't wait to see you back in the library!  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Celebrating Nursing

Did you know that the School of Nursing, now part of the College of Health Sciences, wasn't always part of Samford University? Back when it started in the 1920s, it was part of the Birmingham Baptist Hospital. 

A Pair of Nursing Students in 1924.
Verla Sexton is the student on the left, but her friend on the right isn't identified. 

Class of 1929 Nursing Graduates.
The Birmingham Baptist Association established the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1922. One of our earliest class photos is this graduating class from 1929. When these women graduated, the school of nursing was only seven years old. 

Miss Birmingham Baptist Hosptial in 1966.
Along with having a nursing school, the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing had lots of activities for their nursing students. They had their own publication called the Black Band and their own pageant for the Miss Birmingham Baptist Hospital. 

First Dean of the Nursing School at Samford University was Laurene Gilmore.
In 1973, the nursing program transferred to Samford University and began offering associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing. 

Nursing students practice prenatal care.
The nursing school moved to its current home in the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center for the Healing Arts on Samford's campus in 1988. Though undated, according to some of our friends at the Nursing school, we think this photo from that era. 

And just a few months ago, the Nursing School joined with the new College of Health Sciences and migrated to the former Southern Progress building. 

Proud Nursing Alumnae in 1966.
The Special Collection is excited for this new chapter in the Nursing School's long life, and we thought it would be fun to share some photos and materials from the Nursing School that are in our collections.

Thanks to Rachel Cohen of the Special Collection for text and photographs.