Rashional Thoughts: Kudos to communications teams of our Baptist schools — they work hard


March 24, 2021


Our Alabama Baptist schools have been in the news a lot lately, and we’ve had the privilege of working with the communications teams at all three schools to help bring you the stories.

Last week’s front page announced the new president-elect of Samford University in Birmingham — Beck Taylor.

The week before that, we shared the difficult financial news coming out of Judson College on the front page.

Both of these stories can be found online at tabonline.org, and updated information about Judson is on pages 5, 8 and 12 of the March 25th issue.

In January, the University of Mobile garnered headlines when Sarah Thomas was announced as the first female referee at the Super Bowl. Thomas is a UM graduate.

A February article on UM shared about the school’s first doctor of nurse anesthesia practice program, and the article on page 15 of the March 25th issue shares another update from the school.

UM is preparing students for ministry with an emphasis on practical skills through the new Center for Christian Calling, formerly the School of Christian Studies.

And this year marks the 60th anniversary of the university’s founding — how exciting!

We’ll have more information on the anniversary as the date nears, but an interview with UM President Lonnie Burnett about the anniversary and much more is available in our TAB Talks podcast from Jan. 11.

Find this episode of TAB Talks at thealabamabaptist.org/podcast/university-of-mobile.

Interviews with Samford’s incoming president and Judson President Mark Tew also can be found on the TAB Media Group YouTube channel.

The ability to cover all that is happening at our three schools is made possible with the help of the communications teams.

Multiple people on each of the campuses work together to pull off all aspects of telling their school’s story.

Sometimes it is dealing with a major news story. Other times it is promoting a new degree program or development.

And all the time, it requires showcasing the school’s top aspects, marketing to various audiences and helping provide experts as sources when appropriate.

We won’t be able to name everyone who works in various areas related to communications, but I did want to give a shout out to a few of the ones our team deals most directly with day in and day out.

Judson College — Mary Amelia Taylor and Katlin Bailey

Samford University — Betsy Holloway, Kristi Metz, Jessica Black, Kristen Padilla and Morgan Black

University of Mobile — Lesa Moore and Kathy Dean

Thanks for all your hard work in keeping the news of our schools in front of the students, faculty, staff, administration, trustees, alumni, donors, friends and future students.


By Jennifer Davis Rash

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