Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-08-11

Samford University's Delta Psi chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha received several national honors at the sorority's recent international convention in Houston, Texas.

The chapter was named first runner-up in the prestigious Nelly Galloway Shearer Achievement award competition. The Shearer award is given on the basis of outstanding chapter programming, scholastic achievement and activities.

The Samford chapter received additional awards for membership, scholastic achievement and philanthropic contributions. It also was inducted into the Founder's Club for a donation exceeding $10,000 to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.

Samford chapter president Jenny Smith of Birmingham and member Rachel Roberts of Decatur accepted the awards at the convention, held in July.

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.