Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-04-09

Two Samford University interior design majors have won awards in recent student competition sponsored by the Alabama chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Leah Shell, a senior from Raleigh, N.C., won second place and a $1,000 cash prize for her project in furniture design.

Leah Mann, a senior from Gardendale, won third place and $500 cash prize for her thesis project related to a proposed design of a restaurant for Vulcan Park.

The students' professor, Jeannie Krumdieck, was recognized for her work as design consultant for Krumdieck A+I Design, which won Best of Residential and Best of Show awards in the professional category.

The competition is held every two years by the IIDA state chapter to recognize outstanding design achievement.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.