Support Your Alma Mater
Supporting the Guidance and Inspiration from the Past
When Sandra Greniewicki, EdD, MSN, RN, began working on her BSN at the UAB School of Nursing (SON) in the early 1970s, she was second in line in a family affair with the university that started with her mother and continues to this day. Recognized as the Outstanding Graduating Senior of her class in 1973, Greniewicki was the first in her family to complete her bachelor’s degree at UAB.
Greniewicki completed her MSN at UAB in 1974 and did her postdoctorate work here as well. Years before, Greniewicki’s mother Nell Dillard Atkinson, LPN, had begun her studies at the University of Alabama School of Practical Nursing and later finished her degree in nursing at Samford University. Greniewicki’s brother William Atkinson, PhD, now a senior scientist for Boeing, received his doctoral degree in medical physics at UAB and continues his relationship with the university as a publishing partner with Ivan Brezovich, PhD, a professor of radiation oncology in the School of Medicine.
Another brother, Wayne Atkinson, RN, received his BSN at UAB in 1980. In 1992, Atkinson earned his master’s degree in education from UAB. He has worked in the cardiovascular surgical units of the UAB medical center for almost 30 years. During his nursing education, he met his future wife, the late Elizabeth Lotz. Their daughter, Katie Atkinson, graduated from the SON in 2008 and now works for the UAB Health System in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care/High-Risk Labor and Delivery Unit.
Supporting Her Alma Mater Though Her Service
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.
A tribute to now-retired emeritus faculty member Flowers came from Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Juanzetta Flowers represents our School’s history of generating quality leaders who impact our country and world. She exemplifies the type of leaders we want our school’s graduates to become.”