Mike Ledgerwood, Chair of World Languages and Cultures, passed along word to me from the recent Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers meeting in Huntsville.  Our own Heather West became President of the organization; Millicent Bolden was chosen as Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher; a recent alumna, Heather Chynoweth, was chosen as Promising New Teacher; and the keynote speaker, Vicki Alvis, is also a Samford alumna (as well as a recent recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Outstanding Secondary Teacher).  In addition, Mike said that a group of Samford students won the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language's award for best video podcast in the post-secondary category, winning both the popular vote and the vote of the judges.  (Brad Creed referred to this series of victories as the equivalent of the Ben-Hur harvest of the Oscars in 1959!)

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