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National Alumni Society Member

Jenny_profile_picName:  Jenny Wilson
Degree and Graduation Year: DPT, 2008
Hometown:  Jacksonville, FL
Current town:  Birmingham, AL
Current employer and position: UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center, Physical Therapist

Why are you proud to be a UAB Blazer?  UAB’s School of Health Professions has a great reputation and the Physical Therapy program is nationally ranked and provided me with a great education!

What made you choose UAB?  I had several friends graduate from the PT program and they had such positive things to say about the faculty & staff, as well as the great education that they received. Plus, I really enjoy living in Birmingham.

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do in your free time? I like to go for long walks outdoors, cook, read, and travel.

Why did you decide on your career?  I have always wanted to do something in the medical field, and after learning more about PT, decided that it was a great fit for me. I love helping people and as a PT I get to spend a lot of time with my patients.

How has UAB changed since you graduated?  It continues to grow and expand both physically and departmentally.  I had 33 in my graduating class and the class size is now ~50. 

What’s your favorite quote?  “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  Jim Elliot

What was your first job?  Other than babysitting (began at age 12), I was a lifeguard at our community pool at 15.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Going back to school after 7 years to earn my DPT and paying off half of my loans in the first two and half years of working.

Out of your college experiences, what was your favorite UAB memory? There are many great memories, but one of my favorites was the opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity with a group of classmates from my class and the class above us. It was a great time of serving the community and getting to know one another.   

What was the last book you read? “Heaven is For Real” by Todd Burpo

What do you like best about your job?  I work with a lot of amazing people (both co-workers & patients)!

What are your pet peeves? Cigarette smoke, loud chewing/gum smacking, and loud noises.

Have you ever won a trophy? Yes, for swimming and running.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?  Living For Treasures in Heaven.

If you had a time machine and could only select one year to relive, what year would you travel to? Tough question…maybe 2005.  I would worry less and trust more in God’s plan.  He is always faithful!

What’s the greatest invention in your lifetime and why? For me personally, email, because I have friends and family that live all over the world and it has allowed us to stay connected on a regular basis.

Who would you want to portray you in a movie about your life? Lisa Whelchel, because she is a committed follower of Christ and beautiful.

Student Alumni Society Member


Name: Erin Cheng
Year: First Year
Major: Dual Masters of Science Administration and Health Informatics Program
Hometown: Huntsville, AL and Hoover, AL

Why are you proud to be a UAB Blazer?  I am more proud to be a UAB Blazer than I have ever been in the past. Not only have I met some of the closest friends that I will ever have, but I have utilized the many opportunities that the university offers to make my undergraduate years the best I could wish for. The alumni, students, faculty, and surrounding components of the campus have made being a UAB alumni and student a prestigious title. I feel like I’ve put a great deal of effort and time into this university and my rewards are greater than I ever thought they would be.

Why did you choose UAB?  I chose UAB for my undergraduate studies because of the strong focus it had in the medical field. I knew when I was 18 that I wanted to give back to others in some way, but I was not quite sure how. I had a wonderful experience working in the health care industry in the past two years especially when I was completing my clinical rotations at facilities around the greater Birmingham area. This ignited my interest in learning about the health care system from an administrative stand point. I am currently in the first semester of my masters program and I am very happy with my decision to continue my education at UAB. Not only is the program currently ranked top 5 in the nation but the faculty cares about the success of each of the students in the program. They are always willing to help and mentor when needed.

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do in your free time?  Dance, Volunteer, Play piano, Swim, Fix computers

What are your future goals?  Ideally I would like be heavily involved within the community and give back all that I can to inspire others to grow and love people as I do. I would like to start or be a sponsor of a non-profit organization aimed at providing young teenage girls the opportunity to succeed by motivating them and building their self-esteem. My future career aspirations include being a CIO or COO of a hospital.

Who is the best professor that you have had so far and why?  I would say I’ve had a number of great professors so it’s hard to pick one. I would say that my professors in the Nuclear Medicine program, Amy Glass Brady, Dr. Bradley Newcomer, Remo George, and Norman Bolus, have helped me succeed the most in the last few years.

 If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?  Oprah Winfrey

 If you had a theme song, what would it be?  Chain, Chain, Chain by Aretha Franklin

What’s your favorite event at UAB?  MLK Day and Into the Streets- I used to be heavily involved while serving as a participant and on the Leadership and Service Council as a member.

If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?  ‘Student lobbies for more pay for UAB faculty’. My father, Dr. Gary Cheng, is a professor at UAB in the mechanical engineering department. Despite the current economic climate in relation to higher education, I hope that professors and teachers will continue to be motivated to be a vital part of our generation and future generations to come.

Have you ever won a trophy?  I believe the last time I won a trophy was for being the fastest at completing a timed multiplication test of a hundred questions in the third grade.

What’s the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?  The World Wide Web

What’s your favorite study spot on campus?  Heritage Hall honors floor or Lister Hill library

What would be your dream job?  My dream job would be working overseas in a third world country providing basic health care and education to underserved populations. I had an amazing experience in Bolivia this past summer and witnessed healthcare in other nations. I followed physicians and other healthcare professionals in clinics, surgeries, etc. This opened my eyes to overseas opportunities and the needs that are there.

If you could go on a road trip anywhere with anyone, where would you go and with whom?  Portland, OR with my best friends and my brothe.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?  There’s never enough time in one day!