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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.