Each year alumni, faculty and friends from the UAB School of Nursing meet to continue a tradition that began in 2002: Setting aside one night each year to gather with former classmates, to recognize outstanding students, and to honor nursing alumni who exemplify the best that nursing has to offer.

On May 12, 2009, the Alumni Chapter and the SON hosted its Seventh Annual Reunion Reception and Awards Dinner at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama. The event, hosted on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, drew more than 85 alumni and friends.  There was also a display table by Pat Cleveland, the UAB School of Nursing Archivist, which showcased memorabilia from our School’s nursing history.  All the alumni enjoyed looking into the past while gathering with old friends and faculty. Below is a list of awards that were presented during Alumni Night.

2009 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

  • Karen H. Morin, RN, DSN

2009 Jo Ann Barnett Award for Compassionate Nursing Care Recipients:

  • Margot Andison (BSN '07) in Acute & Chronic Care
  • Syble High (BSN '85) in Administration
  • William Ahrens (MSN '81) in Education

2009 Outstanding Student Awards Recipients:

  • Stephanie Ensminger – Spring 2009 BSN Award for Student Excellence
  • Connie White-Williams – 2009 Outstanding Doctoral Student


Dr. Mildred Hamner with Jo Ann Barnett

Award in Administration recipient, Syble High


Dr. Velma Denson with Jo Ann Barnett Award

in Acute & Chronic Care recipient, Margot Andison

William Ahrens, Recipient of the Jo Ann Barnett
Award in Education, was unable to attend

Dr. Karen Meneses with recipient of the 2009
Outstanding Doctoral Award, Dr. Connie White-Williams