Minute with a Member
National Alumni Society Member
Name: Maxine Blackmon Jones
Degree(s) and graduation year(s): MSN-1967 DSN-1983
Hometown: Opelika, Alabama
Current town: Pelham, Alabama
Current employer: Retired Associate Professor-UAB School of Nursing
What is your favorite UAB memory? Brunch for graduates of doctoral programs at the School of Nursing. It was great to celebrate the accomplishments of classmates and fellow alumni.
How has UAB impacted your life? Contact with a variety of experts in nursing who provide quick access to their skills and knowledge.
What made you choose your current profession? I wanted to to something in life to help people. I received a scholarship to study nursing at Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans.
What lessons has your professional life taught you? How wonderfully the human body was created.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? Spend it with my daughter and/or granddaughter. Maybe also to learn Spanish.
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? Internet and computers.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be? Strong, growing Christian faith. Enduring family relationships. Good health.
If you could go back to any age, which age would it be and why? 33. I think this might be a good age where wisdom and youth converge.
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Thomas Jefferson. He espoused education and freedom.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world...what would it be and why? Help the entire world have the opportunity to practice Christianity. On a practice level, to provide the world with a safe water supply.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Singing
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Love for others, dependability, honesty
Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life and why? Carrie Underwood. She sings well and seems like a good person.
What is your mottos: JOY-Jesus, others, self. Also, first to thine own self be true.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Enjoy every minute you can spend with your child because time goes by faster than one can believe.
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? Teach people to read because reading opens up the world to the reader.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Rome, Italy. It was so influential upon early civilization. I would like to see the Vatican.
What is something you are proud of and why? My daughter. She is a good person, a good mother and a great "thinker." She majored in math and science which causes her to think a little differently than I do.
What things do you not like to do? My mother had a collection of small salt and pepper shakers which I had to dust as a childhood, household chose. I don't like dusting.
Where would you go in a time machine and why? English countryside during the time of William Wordsworth. I love his poetry about nature.
What 3 items would you take to a deserted island other than food and water? A Bible, a daily devotional book, and a church hymnal.
Student Alumni Society Member
Name: Jillian Bridges
Graduation year: Spring 2016
Major: Nursing, BSN
Hometown: Anniston, AL
Why did you choose to attend UAB? The focus of academics drew me toward UAB. UAB reflects intellectual success at every angle. I was impressed with the School of Nursing; their accessibility to four magnet hospitals is incomparable to most programs. Additionally, the anatomy lab program gives students the opportunity to study the human body with cadaver observations. The hands-on learning experiences and primary location of UAB makes this university the climax school to attend for an educational experience like no other. I am proud to say that UAB possesses knowledge that will change your world.
How has UAB impacted your life? UAB is more than a location for educational success. Because of the diversity of UAB's student body, I have received a well-rounded experience that has shaped my entire future. Participating in research studies, teaching assistant programs, UAB dining committees, and student orientation leadership teams have been a few avenues that the University has offered to my fully-developed college career. UAB is not only preparing me to be a nurse, but also to be a leader.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy expressing myself through music. I have been an active musician for 14 years specializing in violin performance. I serve on the worship team at UAB's BCM (Baptist Campus Ministries). Additionally, I perform with a local band called Greater Than Never for special events such as UAB's Relay for Life and UAB Springfest. I also manage a music service, Twin Bridges Music. With Twin Bridges Music, my twin brother and I regularly perform for weddings, community events, dinner parties, and any special occasion looking for a unique music experience.
Several noteworthy performances include:
- Performing the National Anthem for UAB baseball games
- Performing for Miss America in 2013
- Violin tracks for 8 recording artists
- Music video appearance with local artist "Vocal Event"
- Appearance in the Lyric Theater documentary: "Act Two: A Gift from a Previous Generation"
What are your future goals? I plan to work as a nurse at Children's Hospital in the pediatric oncology unit. I also plan on returning to UAB for a graduate program as a Nurse Practitioner.
What would be your ultimate dream job? My dream job would be to join a research team specializing in studying terminal illnesses that specifically affect children. I would also love to join the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as a concert violinist.