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Citadel News Service
5 May 2012

Modern Languages' Fernández the top undergraduate educator

Sara Fernández Medina, a professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, is The Citadel’s 2012 recipient of the James A. Grimsley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students.

Created 26 years ago, the award is named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.

Fernández holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.  She joined The Citadel faculty in 2008. Since that time, she has demonstrated a passion for learning and service that has inspired her students in the classroom and beyond. 

Fernández has worked with cadets as an advisor to the Spanish Club and Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society.  She has also instilled within students a sense of duty to help those less fortunate. Under her guidance, students have worked with Lowcountry children from immigrant families that need help learning English.   She has also motivated the Spanish Club to raise funds for destitute families in Peru, and has led a study abroad trip to Cholula, Mexico, where her students worked with impoverished children at an orphanage.

Fernández was a recipient of the 2011 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in recognition of her “high thought and noble endeavor.”

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