Faces of Change
A Gift That Inspires OthersFor as long as she can remember, Dottie Mitchell has felt the spirit of giving in her family.
“My parents (Guy and Kacy Mitchell) first taught me about giving in church. Then, through them, I learned the concept of being a good community member, of giving back. It was never presented to my brother, sister, and me that giving back was a burden. It was presented as something you do out of love.”
Dottie has role models for giving that extend beyond her parents to preceding generations – including her maternal grandparents, Glenn and Mallie Ireland, who have long given to community causes.
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.