Jan JacksJan Jacks, UAB Excellence in Business, Class of 2014University of Alabama at Birmingham alumna Jan Jacks is an artist. Her works are vivid and rich and she uses oils and fingers to create masterpieces that are devoured over and over again by the public.

However, Jacks is not your traditional artist. She is the owner, baker and artist behind Dreamcakes Bakery located in Homewood, Ala.

“From a very young age I had a creative passion for art and baking and an obsession to please people with ‘sugar art,’” said Jacks, who earned a Dietetic Technician certificate from the UAB School of Health Professions (then known as the School of Allied Health). “I am still obsessed to this day and my greatest joy is to be able to be a part of celebrating life with people and we get to do that everyday at Dreamcakes.”

MSHA Classic Acura 20132013 MSHA Classic winning team at PinehurstThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration program announces Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center as the beneficiary of the 9th annual MSHA Golf Classic. The fundraising event, whose main purpose is to provide a scholarship fund for students attending professional development conferences, includes a four-person scramble, a silent auction and a first place prize of championship golf at Pinehurst Resort, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

The UAB School of Health Professions held the annual Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the UAB Alumni House. The winners were:

Nagy Volker AwardDean Harold Jones, Tim Nagy, Jose FernandezTim Nagy, Ph.D.: The Joseph F. Volker Award for the regular, full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in and dedication to teaching, distinctive research and other scholarly endeavors, and/or notable service to the School, University and community.

James Rimmer, Ph.D.: The Excellence in Scholarship Award for the faculty member has made significant scholarly contributions resulting in the advancement of knowledge. Contributions include funded research, involvement in research process, publications in peer reviewed journals and more.

Kathy Nugent, Ph.D.: The Excellence in Service Award for faculty member who has made significant contributions to the School or their profession including projects and positions that bring national, state or local recognition and more.

Battles Smith AwardDean Harold Jones, Marcie Battles, Elizabeth HendrixJohn Lowman, Ph.D.: The Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty member who exhibited success in developing effective teaching methods, courses and teaching materials that generate student learning, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and research.

Marcie Battles: The Beverly W. Smith Outstanding Employee Award for a non-faculty employee who excels in numerous areas such as professionalism, attitude, productivity, efficiency, creativity, communication and competence.

Visit our Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/uab_shp/sets/) to see all the photos from the day.
Susan PackaSusan Packa. 2014 UAB Outstanding Advising Award - Primary RoleSusan Packa was recently awarded the 2014 UAB Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Role. Packa, academic advisor for the Health Care Management and Health Information Management programs, is the first advisor from the UAB School of Health Professions to win the coveted Primary Role honor.

In a recommendation letter, one UAB student said, "I can honestly say that without Ms. Packa's strong words of encouragement and hands of resilient guidance, I would not be the successful college student that I am today."

"Ms. Packa and I built a strong relationship through working together and I know she truly cares about my academics, future careers, and personal life," said another student in their recommendation letter. "I could not have accomplished taking undergrad health care management classes and graduate level occupational therapy classes at the same time, without Ms. Packa's support and advice."

Packa will represent UAB in the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Outstanding Academic Advising - Primary Role competition. She will be assessed for student success rate, interpersonal skills, supporting NACADA's core values and more. The national awards will be announced later this year.
Sarah Dudley f8photoSarah Dudley, courtesy Bob Farley, f8 photoUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham alumna Sarah Dudley has been named COO for Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

Dudley has worked for Princeton's administration team for four years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the UAB School of Health Professions nationally ranked Master of Science in Health Administration program in 2010.

“I am confident that Sarah will be successful in her new role as she has a strong track record of accomplishments at Princeton," said Princeton President Betsy Postlethwait in a statement from Baptist Health Systems. "I am pleased that we are able to grow and develop new leadership within Princeton and Baptist Health System that will continue to benefit our employees, patients and the communities we serve."

According to the statement, Dudley also serves as chair of the Leadership Institute for the Junior League of Birmingham, president of the Young Leaders Board of American Heart Association and is a continuing member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In January 2012, Dudley was promoted to the position of assistant administrator at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham. She previously served at Princeton in the role of director of operations and business development.
PT PinUAB Doctor of PT pinMore than 100 students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy, along with friends and family, recently gathered to publicly recite the Physical Therapist's Pledge (see all photos on the School of Health Professions Flickr page).

For the Class of 2014, this day marks the beginning of their journey as professionals. For the Class of 2016, this day marks the beginning of their journey toward professional status.

By reciting the pledge, each of these students are making a commitment to the PT profession, the patients and clients they will serve and society as a whole. The pledge says they will provide quality physical therapy services in all of their professional activities.

This is the second year the PT department has had a public pledge ceremony. The event was held Thursday, February 13, 2014, in the auditorium at the UAB School of Nursing.
Chris Fountain Boger AwardChris Fountain wins Boger AwardChris Fountain, PT, CMT, a Physical Therapist with Premiere Physical Therapy, is the 2014 recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Loretta R. Boger Award for Excellence in Clinical Education. The award is given annually to an individual that makes an outstanding, identifiable contribution to clinical education for the UAB Department of Physical Therapy.

Fountain, who received the award as part of the PT Pledge Ceremony on February 13, 2014, was recognized because students said none of their time with him was wasted and he excelled at treating them as equals while also teaching them as a mentor. His students said:

“He could recognize when I was struggling and then provide feedback in a manner that did not undermine my credibility in front of patients.”

“He allowed me the freedom to fail and that helped me develop because of what I learned first-hand.”

“It is apparent he cares about the future of PT and does everything in his power to make that future better.”

The award is named after Loretta R. Boger who was a clinical educator to past department chairs Marilyn Gossman and Sharon Shaw, plus many of the early faculty members of the UAB PT department including Jo Clelland, Dot Pinkston, Cara Adams and Betty Canan.
Cecilia GrahamCecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., honored by APTA and UTMBCecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy, was recently awarded the American Physical Therapy Association Education Section’s Polly Cerasoli Lectureship Award.

The annual award was created to recognize an individual who distinguishes themselves as an educator, administrator, practitioner and mentor. Graham will deliver the 2015 Cerasoli Lecture in February 2015, at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis.

Graham has also been named the Distinguished Alumnus for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The award honors alumni who have made major contributions to the health profession through a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, publications, education, community service and leadership roles.

Graham will be honored by her alma mater at their annual homecoming event March 28 – 29, 2014. She is also eligible to be the Keynote Speaker for their SHP Commencement Ceremony.
John Lowman APTA 2014John Lowman delivers keynote address
Photo courtesy APTA
John Lowman, PT, PhD, CCS, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and past-chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists. Lowman told the crowd that all Physical Therapists, especially clinical specialists, have the potential and obligation to lead and "that not leading is not an option."

Lowman's speech, titled "Improving the Human Experience Through Heroic Leadership," was based on previous research by Daniel Goleman and Jim Collins, but especially Chris Lowney’s, book that inspired his title, Heroic Leadership.