George Shamblin / Author Bio

April 2, 2021By francis-adminArticles, Communications, Faith, People

Writer, Teacher and Pastor, George Shamblin is that rare individual whose excitement on the day of his salvation never cooled. He’s a man who lives to challenge other Christians to take God’s gift to them, and pay it forward. It’s a challenge borne of equal parts enthusiasm and concern. “At any given time,” he contends, … Read More

Job-Hunting Do’s And Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.

March 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, General Biz, Humor, Miscellaneous, Rants

My agency has an opening for an art director, and I’ve placed an online Help Wanted ad which includes one non-negotiable prerequisite: “Previous Ad Agency experience absolutely required.” Here’s a very brief (and verbatim) sampling of the responses I’ve received: “I am a graduating senior in college that is looking for a part time career … Read More

Meet The Need, And Funding Will Take Care Of Itself.

February 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, CULTURE, Neat Ideas, People

A look inside The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s strategic planning process Few, if any, non-profit organizations have played a broader role in my hometown’s transformation from a Civil Rights-era battleground to an emergent symbol of the New South than the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Created in 1959, the Foundation has used grants from … Read More

ProctorU: Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence)

December 18, 2018By francis-adminArticles, BUSINESS, General Biz, People, Tech

2018 Jemison Award Nominee (First Of Three) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests.  “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence … Read More

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

January 1, 2018By FrancisArticles, CULTURE, Humor, Miscellaneous

This column was originally published in the January, 2012 issue of B-Metro Magazine. Now seemed like a good time to re-post it. Almost true story: A fine Southern lady and her daughter are taking a cab through New York, when the young girl asks about several brazenly-dressed women standing at a nearby street corner. “Well, sweetheart,” … Read More