Lifetime Service Award

The UAB School of Nursing Lifetime Service Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated years of service to the School and its mission.  The recipient must also have demonstrated exceptional volunteer leadership through alumni-related activities and/or fundraising efforts on behalf of the School.  Recipients of this award are selected by the Dean of the UAB School of Nursing and will be recognized at the annual Alumni Night and Awards Ceremony.

The UAB School of Nursing is honored to present the inaugural Lifetime Service Award to Dr. Mildred L. Hamner for her sustained contributions to the School for the past 50 years. 

Dr. Hamner graduated from Druid City Hospital’s diploma nursing school and later earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama School of Nursing in 1960.  Soon Dr. Hamner returned to the School to receive her master’s degree in 1965, with encouragement from Dean Marie L. O’Koren and rose to the rank of full professor after going on further to receive her doctorate in education.  Dr. Hamner was a pioneer for the School of Nursing in many ways, including establishing new curricula for the School in the area of aging, in the up-and-coming field of gerontology. She was also integral in moving and establishing the School of Nursing in Birmingham to be closer to the hospitals.   Dr. Hamner served 29 years and under the School’s first three deans as a faculty member at the School of Nursing before retiring in 1994.

Dr. Hamner’s legacy and contributions extend beyond the many graduates she taught and mentored.  She has actively served on the Nursing Chapter Board of the UAB National Alumni Society for over 17 years, where her role has been valuable and instrumental.  Dr. Hamner has chaired the Nominations and Membership Committee and most importantly, the Scholarship/Awards Committee, where she has passionately served to provide nursing scholarships for our students for over a decade.

Dr. Hamner’s servant heart is admired and respected by all and we at the School feel honored to have her as a part of our rich history and progressive future.  She was recognized for this special award at the 2011 Alumni Night and Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the UAB National Alumni Society House.   

Welcome From the President

DAnn SomerallAs one of our graduates or friends, you are part of a rich tradition of nursing excellence. The UAB School of Nursing has more than 16,000 alumni throughout the world, and the impact our alumni community is astonishing.

You are very important to us, and we want to stay connected with you. We also want to help you stay connected with your fellow nursing alumni and former faculty as well. Consider becoming involved in our alumni community by attending upcoming events or by joining the Nursing Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society. We rely on these memberships to help us with student programs, alumni and student awards and events, and other special initiatives.

We are extremely proud of all of our graduates and are grateful for the impressive reputation we have developed.

D'Ann W. Somerall, DNP, FNP-BC
BSN 1995, MSN 1999, DNP 2011

Nursing Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society

2017-2018 Nursing Alumni Chapter Board
Dr. D'Ann Somerall, President (BSN 1995, MSN 1999, DNP 2011)

Dr. Kala Blakely, President-Elect (MSN 2010, DNP 2013)
Becky Jacobs, Award and Scholarship Chair (MSN 1987)
Delicia Mason, Student Relations Chair (MSN 2014)
Pat Cleveland, Archivist (BSN 1973, MSN 1975)
Dr. Donna Stevens, Secretary/Treasurer (MSN 1999, DNP 2014)
Bryan Combs, Board Member (MSN 2010, MSN 2012)
Jeremy Jordan, Board Member (MSN 2014)
Dr. Krista Niedermeier, Board Member (BSN 1989, MNA 2006, DNP 2013)


What are Class Representatives?

Class Representatives are key leaders in fostering communication between the UAB School of Nursing (UABSON) and its alumni. They create a class connection to help alumni stay informed and connected to their classmates and alma mater.

Class Representatives will enjoy the opportunity to keep in touch with former classmates and provide vital support to the school.

What are the responsibilities of Class Representatives?

  • Serve as a liaison between their classmates and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Communicate important news to classmates and encourage them to attend UABSON sponsored events and continuing education opportunities, including class reunions
  • Encourage classmates to support the annual giving program and class gifts
  • Estimated commitment time: 5-10 hours/year.  This can also be shared by two or more classmates

What support can I expect as a Class Representative?

As a Class Representative, you will be a member of a core group of alumni leaders and a true "insider" on what's happening at the UABSON. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations will provide you with the resources you need to keep in touch with classmates in every way we can, including handling all logistics of class mailings. 

Are you interested in serving as a Class Representative?

Contact the UABSON Office of Development and Alumni Relations at or 205-975-9419.

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