Dr. Dainess Maganda is the recipient of the Franklin College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 2018. She was nominated by her students based on her enthusiasm, dedication and quality of instruction. Dr. Maganda teaches Swahili and the World I and II and Elementary and Intermediate Swahili. A former student summed it up by saying, " Dr. Maganda is a wonderful woman who truly cares about her students and I suspect anyone she meets. She reminds me to see the good in every aspect of life, no matter how trivial. She opened my eyes to see a part of the world, that I had never given much thought, in a different way. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to have her as a professor."