Published on May 26, 2015 by Katie Stripling  

Samford University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics earned high honors at the annual Alabama Dietetic Association meeting. For the seven of the last nine years, Samford’s Student Dietetic Association (SDA) won Outstanding SDA in the state, edging out competitors from many of the larger state schools.   

“Alabama Dietetic Association is proud to award Samford Outstanding Student Dietetic Association based on accomplishments and contributions in community outreach, member involvement and visibility,” said Alabama Dietetic Association president Laura Watson.

“Samford SDA exemplifies a cohesive and dedicated group of students whose skills, talents and resources set them apart from other student dietetic associations. This year's conference theme, ‘Together Toward Tomorrow,’ relates the importance we put on students stepping up, being involved and becoming future leaders. This award says that Samford SDA members are doing just that," she added. 

In addition, Samford’s student research poster entitled, “The Effects of Protein Powder on the Physical and Sensory Characteristics of Coffee” by students Yesenia Hernandez and Haley Bishop along with Professor Patricia Terry and Rebecca Little, MS, RD, LD won third place out of 17 research entries. Samford was one of only two undergraduate programs represented in the competition, with all other posters represented masters and doctoral research.

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.