Published on March 4, 2010  

Samford University’s World Languages and Cultures department received several prestigious honors from the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers at the organization’s recent meeting in Huntsville. Samford alumna Vicki Alvis, who was recently named Outstanding Secondary Teacher by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, was the keynote speaker. French professor Dr. Heather West was elected president of the organization, while Spanish professor Dr. Millicent Bolden was awarded the title of Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher. Samford alumna Heather Chynoweth was selected as Promising New Teacher.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.