Classroom Connections - Samford
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Release: 10/11/2018
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

Samford women's golfer Maddie Davis & Dr. Steve Jones

About Maddie Davis:
  • Redshirt senior women's golfer
  • Finance major

About Dr. Jones: 

  • Chair, Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis , John W. Gay Professor of Banking and Finance
  • Owns a B.A. from Huntingdon College, an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in finance from University of Cincinnati
  • 25th year of full-time teaching, 18th at Samford

Maddie Davis and Dr. Jones in Cooney Hall at the Brock School of Business.

Q&A with Maddie Davis:

  •  What makes Dr. Jones a good teacher? Dr. Jones is a great teacher because not only does he care about his students learning the information and calculations, he also invests in the students’ lives as I previously explained.  He cares about the student as a person and is involved in athletics.  I am very thankful that I have gotten the opportunity to get to know Dr. Jones through the Brock School of Business at Samford University. 
  • What do you like most about Dr. Jones' class? Although I chose Dr. Jones for the Classroom Connections feature, I never actually was physically in one of his classes.  He is the head of the finance department, so I have interacted with him through majoring in Finance.  The reason I chose him for this program is because of his connection he has made with myself and my family.  I am from Houston, Texas and when hurricane Harvey swept through last year, Dr. Jones was the one to make sure my family was helped.  Because of his persistence, my family was able to be supplied with basic needs and supplies to start re-building our home.  
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Finance from Samford University this past May, but during my undergraduate time at Samford I was a founding member of the Tri-Delta sorority on campus.  My pledge class and I were able to start a sorority that has now grown to be a place where girls can find lasting friendships as well as participate in raising money for St. Jude. 
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? My key to time management is working around my athletic and class schedule.  I always complete academic matters whenever there is time.  If I am on campus and waiting to go to class, I will work on my upcoming assignments during that time.  I also work on assignments, projects, and study in advance in order to save time for my social life.  As well as working on assignments early, I also plan social time in advance, ensuring I have time for that in my life. 
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is the library patio. I always enjoy studying outside and on a nice spring day nothing is better than sitting in the breeze and listening to the fountains!
  • What are your plans post grad? My plans post grad are not set in stone, but I want to work in the commercial real estate industry somewhere in the southern United States.  I hope to be able to have the opportunity to expand and grow cities. 


 Q&A with Dr. Jones:

  •   What’s it like having Maddie in your class? I initially got to know Maddie in my role as department chair; my first opportunity to have her in a class was in a team-taught course this summer. That experience lined up with what I had heard about her over the years from my colleagues. Maddie is very conscientious and highly organized. She happens to be very smart, but at the same time she is humble and is well-liked by her classmates and professors alike.
  • What is your favorite sport or hobby? What do you like to do in your free time? Over the years, my wife and I have become huge fans of Samford volleyball. You're as likely to see us at a Samford volleyball game as anywhere. As for hobbies, I love to read, and I also picked up the habit of playing online chess several years ago (I'm not very good at it, but I don't let that stop me).
  • How often are you able to watch your student-athletes compete? We probably go to about three-quarters of Samford's home volleyball matches each year. Otherwise, it's pretty much catch as catch can.  For the most part, I have to keep up with our student-athletes through news releases and box scores on It's not like being there, but I'm grateful to have that option.
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? I’d have to go with Reid Chapel. But, Cooney Hall -- the almost-new home of our Brock School of Business -- is an exceptionally inviting place to come to work every day.
  • What is your favorite thing about teaching? When I first got into the profession of college teaching, the one thing I never anticipated was how many students would choose to stay in touch years after they graduated. Receiving baby photos, news of other life milestones, etc., always makes my day.

About Classroom Connections: Classroom Connections is a new, bi-weekly feature that showcases student-athletes away from the playing field and highlights the relationship between student-athlete and professor. 

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