Published on March 15, 2016 by Sydnee Wisler  
SDA Farmers Market
SDA Farmers Market
The Student Dietetic Association in Samford University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics brought home the “Outstanding Dietetic Student Association Award” at the Alabama Dietetic Association’s annual conference in Montgomery, Ala.

Samford’s SDA has won this award three years in a row and seven times in the last 10 years. “This is no small feat,” said Suresh Mathews, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Our students face strong competition from a number of outstanding universities and we are proud of this accomplishment.”

Involvement on campus is key to the Outstanding Student Association honor. “Our SDA is very involved on and off campus, which allowed us to win this award,” said Mimi West, president of Samford’s SDA and a senior nutrition and dietetics major.

Samford’s SDA has a long history of meaningful involvement on campus. The organization hosts an annual farmer’s market on campus and offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The SDA is committed to raising campus awareness about hunger, nutrition, physical activity, and hydration through a variety of on-campus activities and presentations.

Pat Terry, professor and food labs director in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, serves as faculty advisor for the Samford SDA.

Learn more about the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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.