The parade floats have been dismantled and building decorations have come down, but UAB School of Health Professions racked up some awards during 2011 Homecoming Week.

Our very own Noelle Cheeks, a Health Care Management student from Jackson, Miss, was named Ms. UAB first alternate during homecoming. She received a $1,000 scholarship. She is pictured with Mr. UAB first alternate Andrew Vines. Noelle_Cheeks_-_Andrew_Vines_-_1st_Alt
Health Care Management won the UAB Spirit Fashion Show and the Blazer Hustle with a perfect score. Saturday night, the group was awarded
the First Place Spirit Display competition plaque and the Homecoming 2011 Overall Spirit Competition First Place plaque.
SHP Dean’s Office - Best Display of Blazer Spirit on a Float

SHP Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences – Most Creative Float CDS_float
SPA's "Too Fast, Too Femurous: The Tibial Drifts" for placed 2nd in the Gurney Derby. Team members Trenton Butler, Emily Stewart, Michael Berke
and Ivy Ricks.
Blazer Village Spirit Competition – Second Place -SHP


OT_Dog_Wash_2011-2UAB Occupational Therapy students got their hands dirty by giving some much needed baths to several dogs. The Department of Occupational Therapy teamed up with the Alabama Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ALSPCA) in Tuscaloosa and Hand in Paw for the dog wash.  The students cleaned up the OT_Dog_Wash_2011-1pups to not only get them ready to be adopted by a loving family, but to show how these dogs are great for animal-assisted therapy.

The department first teamed up with ALSPCA during the summer. The OT students helped wash and prepare dogs for adoption that were displaced by the April 27 tornadoes.

WendyDemark_WahnefriedA UAB School of Health Professions professor was one of three winners of the 2011 Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Awards. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor,  Department of Nutrition Sciences, and associate director for cancer prevention and control, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, received $500. She was nominated by Krista Casazza, Ph.D., also of the Department of Nutrition Sciences.

Holt_LynnSince the early 1990's, a method to reduce the risk of genetic diseases in families with known disorders, called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), was created to test embryos prior to in vitro fertilization. Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, director of the UAB Genetic Counseling program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, wrote an article on PGD for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Read her article.

Hurst_ChristinaChristina Hurst, MS, CGC, assistant director of the genetic counseling program in the UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, has been selected for the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA).  Twenty-four participants from across campus have been chosen to participate in the fourth year of the program and will complete the program in May 2012.  As a member of the HLA program, Hurst will participate in an off-site opening retreat this month as well as monthly program sessions and group projects. 

The goal of the Academy is to foster personal growth, experiential learning, and understanding of leadership among health care challenges. 

NAS_Scholarship_2011Erin Cheng and Katie ScottTwo School of Health Professions students were recognized at the UAB National Alumni Society 2011 Scholarship Reception on Oct. 4, 2011. Erin Cheng and Katie Scott were recipients of the School of Health Professions Dean's Scholarship. Cheng recently graduated from the Nuclear Medicine Technology program. Scott is a graduate student in the Nurse Anesthesia program. The reception was held at the National Alumni Society House.

DAuguste_wins_alumna_awardTraci Spray d' Auguste (center) wins "Outstanding Young Alumna" award. Congratulating her from SHP are Donna Slovensky, Howard Houser, Stephen O'Connor, Bob Chapman and Amy Landry.Traci Spray d’Auguste, MSHA, won the “Outstanding Young Alumna” award from the UAB National Alumni Society. She received the award during the Eleventh Annual Alumni Leadership Recognition and Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 23.

D’Auguste received her master’s degree in Health Administration in 2002 from the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions. She is a director of clinical operations at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY.

September 5, 2011 reporter Our Cytology program was the top story in the UAB Reporter. Read about how it transitioned from an undergraduate to a graduate program.

EmmettParkerUAB Physical Therapy alumni Emmett Parker, PT, MS, ATC, was recently honored with the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2011 Chapter Leadership Award. Parker’s activities as chair of the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) were cited in the nomination submitted for the Award. In this position, Parker has reorganized the chapter’s advocacy structure resulting in numerous legislative successes and a new level of political influence for the physical therapy profession in Montgomery. He will also receive the 2011 APTA State Legislative Leadership Award at the APTA State Policy and Payment Forum in Austin, TX later this month.

Parker is the president of Accelerated Physical Therapy, Inc. in Birmingham.  He received his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from UAB in 1994.