Homecoming week at the University of Alabama at Birmingham saw the School of Health Professions walk away with at least 12 awards from various competitions held across campus.

HC Blaze RTBlaze visits RT labMonday, October 28, 2013: Homecoming week began with the Homecoming Kick-Off Breakfast sponsored by the Office of Student Success. More than 300 students, faculty and staff attended the event. This set the tone for the week around SHP and around UAB. At the event, free food and free coffee were only topped by the appearance of the UAB mascot Blaze. He spent an hour entertaining attendees and posing for pictures. Blaze also spent some time checking out all SHP has to offer. From the Physical Therapy labs to the Dean's Office - Blaze did it all. To see Blaze's entire journey click here.

HC Building CompetitionDean's Knights Defend SHPB CastleTuesday, October 29, 2013: The annual Homecoming Building Competition was a huge team effort. The Homecoming Committee, chaired by Amanda Sherman, designed SHPB as a castle being attacked by Blue Raiders only to be saved by the King (aka Dean Harold P. Jones) who "Unleashed the Dragon" and rode Blaze to victory. A crowd of more than 100 SHPers cheered on the King and his men as they fought the Blue Raiders in front of the UAB Building Decoration judges. In addition to the performance, SHPB was decorated with a Blaze/Castle mural that covered the entire 1st floor. All departments and each of our more than 22 programs created banners that covered every inch of railing around the front of the building. And each night, the top of SHPB glowed a Blazer green. To see all the pictures from this big day click here. And yes - we did win first place!

HC Gurney DerbyGurney Derby Champs - Physician Assistant 2nd YearWednesday, October 30, 2013: This was the day of the annual UAB Gurney Derby. The SHP had three teams enter the race - Repiratory Therapy, Physician Assistant - First Year and Physician Assistant - Second Year. Less than one second separated 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Courtney Smith, Clint Cochran, Michael Cilimberg and Lauren Voss led the PA - Second Year team to the championship trophy by 25-hundredths of a second! The PA First Year team finished third - less than a second behind, and a little behind them was our Respiratory Therapy team. To see those pictures click here. Also on Wednesday was the Faculty/Staff Cookout and the SHP Fall Festival. Highlights of the festival included a rocking DJ, great food, musical chairs and mulitple inflatables including a bounce Twister!

HC Fox SayAdmin & Fiscal Services asks: What does the fox say?Thursday, October 31, 2013: What better day to host the SHP Costume Competition than Halloween? Every costume you can imagine from Pikachu to Freddy Krueger showed up. Dean Jones, Jennifer Christy and the Queen of Hearts served as judges with comments as scary as some of the costumes. Winners were determined by judges' scores and Facebook likes. To see the contestants, their scores and their likes click here. The overall winners were: Best Individual: Deviled Egg (Whitney Snipes); Scariest: Freddy Krueger (John Hurt); Best Group: Duck Dynasty (Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences). The only question at the end of the day: What does the fox say?

HC ParadeAward-Winning HCM Parade FloatFriday, November 1, 2013: This was parade day. SHP had ten floats in the parade - that was 20 percent of the entire parade! There were floats from Respiratory Therapy, Biomedical Sciences, Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Healthcare Management, Office of Student Success, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physician Assistant (who brought two firetrucks!) and Dean Jones who road Blaze the entire way. And by the way, SHP swept the co-ed division awards! A shout out to Respiratory Therapy Seniors who took first, Respiratory Therapy Juniors in second and Healthcare Management Student Association who placed third. To see all the parade day festivities click here.

HC GamedaySHP fans out in force on game daySaturday, November 2, 2013: Game day. The Office of Student Success kicked-off this day with an award-winning tent in Blazer Village to bookend the week nicely. There was free food and tons of activities for everyone that arrived early. This also happened to be SHP's game to compete in the UAB Fans in the Stands competition. This is a challenge extended by UAB President Ray Watts to all schools in order to find out who has the most UAB fans. Without a doubt the SHP fans came out in full force. Nearly 200 faculty, staff, students and family attended the homecoming game. That is the most so far this season by any UAB school. With matching shirts, the SHP team stood out and practically filled Section 35 at Legion Field. To see pictures from game day click here.

Homecoming Awards: Building Decoration Competition - 1st place, School of Health Professions; Overall School Spirit, Co-Ed Division - 1st place, Healthcare Management Student Association, 2nd place, Respiratory Therapy - Seniors, 3rd place, Respiratory Therapy - Juniors; Parade, Co-Ed Division - 1st place, Respiratory Therapy - Seniors, 2nd place, Respiratory Therapy - Juniors, 3rd place, Healthcare Management Student Association; Parade Creativity, Co-Ed Division - 1st place, Healthcare Management Student Association; Green & Gold Games, Co-Ed Division - 1st place, Healthcare Management Student Association; Blazer Hustle, Co-Ed Division - 2nd place, Healthcare Management Student Association; Blazer Village Tent - 2nd place, Office of Student Success; Gurney Derby - 1st place, Physician Assistant - Second Year.

Looking Back: School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones had this to say to faculty, staff and students, "Homecoming for SHP is not the most important thing we do each year but it is a very special week when we get the opportunity to celebrate our school and to showcase our enthusiasm to the rest of the UAB and Birmingham community. It is an opportunity for us to laugh and work together, to grow closer as a community and to remember that we are all in this together," said Dean Jones. "As we return to our award-winning programs, to our highly-successful research efforts, to our recognized global outreach and to serving the world around us, let us carry forward with the lessons of collaboration, mutual support and the pursuit of excellence that are hallmarks of homecoming in SHP and remember that if we do it right, this can really be fun."