Faces of Change
Banton Endowed Professorship Honors a Mother's Legacy
Julian Banton and his daughters, Courtney Banton Alford and Stephanie Banton Troutman, have chosen an especially thoughtful and meaningful way to honor the memory of Donna Banton and also provide academic excellence and visionary guidance for nursing students by establishing the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professorship in the School of Nursing.
This endowment will continue Donna's legacy through the continued training and education of nurses at the UAB School of Nursing. Specifically, this professorship will allow a qualified faculty member to serve as the facilitator of the school's new Post-Baccalaureate Residency Program, an initiative launched in May to provide a series of learning and work experiences focusing on patient care in UAB Hospital's acute-care areas.
Celebrating the Luckie Legacy of Giving
A quarter of a century ago, the Luckie legacy of giving to the UAB School of Nursing was launched by Robert E. “Bob” Luckie, Jr., when he funded a nursing scholarship in memory of his late wife, Lois Drolet Luckie. Then came the school’s second Luckie scholarship, supported by Bob and the four Luckie children: Robert E. “Bobby” Luckie, III, Thomas G. “Tom” Luckie, Katherine “Kay” Luckie Shackleford, and Anne Luckie Cobb.
This fall, Bobby Luckie becomes chair of the school’s senior community-support board, the Board of Visitors (BOV). This occurs during the 20th-anniversary year of the BOV – a board envisioned by School of Nursing Dean Emerita Rachel Z. Booth—which became a reality with Bob Luckie as key community organizer. In 2006, the School’s Junior Board of Visitors (JBOV) took root with leadership from Founding Chair Mary Katherine Luckie Cabaniss, daughter of Bobby and his wife, Jill. Recently, a new student-services area on the first floor of the School of Nursing received support from a gift specified in the will of Bob Luckie, who died in February 2007.
Pioneering in Advanced Practice Nursing
Leadership and pioneering became a way of life for Juanzetta S. Flowers, DSN, RN, an inductee into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame and the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.
One of Alabama’s first nurse practitioners, Flowers is a member of the UAB School of Nursing Board of Visitors (BOV), which currently is raising funds to endow a doctoral level scholarship.
The BOV – a community-board vision of Dean Emeritus Rachel Z. Booth – is closely linked to Flowers, whom Booth enlisted to help make the BOV a reality. Flowers also worked with Booth in setting up the nursing school’s Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on International Nursing. Ultimately earning three degrees from UAB’s nursing school plus a UAB counseling degree, Flowers was a nurse practitioner at UAB’s medical school and then an innovative faculty member at UAB’s nursing school. Her first UAB position was as the nurse who helped organize the first private outpatient clinic staffed by UAB physicians – the forerunner of The Kirklin Clinic.