UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Homecoming 2014

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Homecoming week is near and we are kicking it off one day early! As usual, SHP is ready to show our Blazer spirit the week of October 5-11, 2014, and that begins with a special inaugural event:

Homecoming PosterSHP Jr. Advisory Board Dodgeball Tournament
Sunday, October 5th, 4:00 PM, UAB Campus Rec Center
The Jr. Board is hosting the 1st Annual Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament. Additional information can be found at

SHP Homecoming Official Kick-Off
Monday, October 6th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, SHPB lobby
Departments and programs will hang their banners for the building decoration competition.  This event will include a variety of desserts. All SHP faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to attend.

Building Decoration Competition
Tuesday, October 7th, time is TBD
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni  will gather on the lawn beside the building to show their Blazer spirit during the competition.  After the judges visit, we will enjoy a light lunch.  Don’t wear to wear green.  

20th annual National Alumni Society Gurney Derby
Wednesday, October 8th, at Noon
Come out and cheer on the runners!  The racecourse will be on 13th Street between University Blvd and 10th Avenue. 

SHP Faculty and Staff Community Service Day
Thursday, October 9th, time/location TBD
Habitat for Humanity House
Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 10th, Noon
Gather in front of the SHP building at 1705 University Blvd. to watch. We will have multiple entries in the parade again this year.

Blazer Village
Saturday, October 11th, Noon
Legion Field

Homecoming Game vs. University of North Texas
Saturday, October 11th, 2:30 PM
Legion Field
*Bus rides for students available from Blazer Hall/Camp Hall Circle to Legion Field and back 3 hours prior to kickoff and after the game.

For more information about SHP Homecoming activities, please contact Amanda Sherman at

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Tera Webb wins national award from ASCLS

Tera Webb, ASCLS National Key to the FutureTera Webb, ASCLS National Key to the FutureTera Webb, MS, MLS(ASCP)cm, a teacher in the UAB Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, has been named a National Key to the Future by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. The ASCLS rewards those with less than three years’ of membership “who have demonstrated their leadership potential to the organization.”

“My focus from day one has always been solely on making sure UAB students receive the best clinical laboratory education possible – not on awards – so this honor is a huge surprise,” said Webb. “I also want to thank ASCLS because being recognized this early in my career is both humbling and inspiring. I look forward to the challenges and expectations that come with such a prestigious honor.”

Webb, who has taught at the UAB School of Health Professions since 2013, provides lectures and laboratories in clinical microbiology for multiple programs in SHP. She also assists with microbiology laboratories for the School of Medicine. In addition, she teaches infectious diseases and clinical chemistry laboratories for the CLS program. She is admired by her colleagues for bringing educational creativity to the classroom and laboratory.

“It is truly a great honor to have Tera recognized by our professional society for her potential as a future leader,” said Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., program director, CLS and chair, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “We hired Tera because we saw this potential in her and to have our national organization agree signifies how much of an asset she is to our program, our school and to UAB.”

Webb will be recognized at the next ASCLS Annual Meeting and Exposition which is scheduled for July 28 – August 1, 2015, in Atlanta. The honor also includes structured mentoring by senior ASCLS members.

Alumni Awards Ceremony Tickets Available

AwardsEveryone is cordially invited to the inaugural UAB School of Health Professions Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the UAB National Alumni Society House located at 1301 10th Avenue South. The event is open to the public and tickets are only $20 per person. However, seating is limited and tickets will be awarded on a first come first served basis.

Please join us in honoring the following SHP alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

Distinguished Alumni Award:

Kim C. Bush
, Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, ‘76 
John B. McWhorter, III, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ’85 and Doctor of Science in Administration-Health Services ‘13
Thomas D. Miller, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘84
Michael D. Williams, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘81
Dale M. Yake, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, ‘92

Young Alumni Achievement Award:

Sarah S. Dudley
, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘10

Alumni Service Award:

Leslie Simms
, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, ‘06 and Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, ‘07
Jennifer Taylor, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, ‘06 and Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, ‘07

Tickets may be paid for with cash or a check made payable to: The UAB Educational Foundation

Please contact Amanda Sherman at or 975-8415 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Lein earns ALAPTA most prestigious honor

Don Lein 2014 ALAPTA Gossman Award winnerDonald Lein, PT, PhD
2014 ALAPTA Gossman Award winner
Donald Lein, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earned the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association's Marilyn Gossman Professionalism in Physical Therapy Award for 2014. The award is considered the ALAPTA's most prestigious honor and was given to Lein at the ALAPTA annual conference on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Lein, academic coordinator of clinical education in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, is also an alumnus earning his Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Master of Science in Physical Therapy at UAB.

Lein is the 10th PT with UAB connections to win the honor. That list includes Beth Whitehead, PT; Cara Adams, PT; Donald Hiltz, PT; Janet Nesin, PT; Patty Perez, PT; Patrice Murphy, PT; Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH; David Morris PT, PhD; and Barbara Bradford, PT, MPH.

The award is given to those demonstrating outstanding professionalism in any of the areas of physical therapy service, practice, education and/or research. It is named after Marilyn R. Gossman, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, who is known as "the mother" of the UAB PT program.

UAB alumna Cindy LaPorte also took home honors from the conference. The UAB Master of Science in Physical Therapy graduate earned the 2014 ALAPTA Leadership Award.

3 UAB PT students up for APTA student board positions

Three students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy are candidates for the American Physical Therapy Association Student Assembly Board of Directors.

Fred Gilbert, SPT, is a candidate for president. In his statement to the assembly, Gilbert says he will “transform the student assembly by optimizing involvement to improve the student experience.”

Dominique Forte, SPT, recently honored as the Student Spotlight for the UAB School of Health Professions, is a candidate for Secretary. In her statement to the assembly, she compares herself to the slinky dog toy – something that “eagerly assisted in each mission you envisioned, regardless of the challenge.”

Dhara Shah, SPT, is a candidate for SPT Delegate. Her statement to the assembly says she will conduct webinars and more in her efforts to make sure “ALL students can be involved in legislative decisions.”

The APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors are elected at the National Student Conclave which is October 30 – November 1, 2014, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Those elected serve the 2014-2015 term.

SHP hosts Inaugural Dodgeball Tournament

Dodge Ball logoWant to throw a ball as hard as you can at someone? Of course, we all do. And now you can at the first ever Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament.

The Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament, a fund raiser for the UAB School of Health Professions Jr. Board Scholarship Fund, is set for Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the UAB Recreation Center located at 1501 University Blvd.

Ronald Hamner, SHP Junior Advisory Board member, says too often students “enter into workforces where they may not necessarily have the financial wherewithal to do what needs to be done to prepare to go to work.” He says that is just one of many areas where the Board’s scholarship fund will step in and help.


Twist of fate reunites "Lion" with the "Camel" it nursed two years ago

Leonard Williams 02Keldrick Leonard and Carolyn WilliamsClass orientation is normally when students meet for the first time. However, when Carolyn Williams introduced herself at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Master of Science in Health Informatics program orientation, Keldrick Leonard had one question.

“I texted my wife ‘was the nurse we dealt with back in 2012 named Carolyn?’” said Leonard.

“When he asked me if I worked at UAB Highlands I initially thought ‘Oh God, what did I do wrong?’” said Williams.

Two years ago, Leonard, a systems programmer at UAB Hospital, was rushed to the hospital emergency room.  As it turns out, he was diabetic but had never been diagnosed. Williams, who is a former diabetic, was his attending nurse.


Norman Bolus, Taylor Swift – separated at birth

Norman Bolus with his 1989 UAB IDNorman Bolus with his 1989 UAB badgeIn 1989, there were two notable births – Taylor Swift, and the UAB career of Norman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS. And yes, Bolus almost has more titles (4) than Swift has albums (5).

On Thursday, September 4, 2014, the Nuclear Medicine Technology program celebrated their program director and his 25 years of service to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Where Swift is known for Red – Bolus is known for Green. And whereas Swift sings “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Bolus will always be the guy who never ever left in the first place.


New year, new program, new digs – BMD program debuts

New BMD Area DebutsNew BMD Area, 4th floor SHPBThe University of Alabama at Birmingham fall semester kicks off at the School of Health Professions with the debut of the new Biomedical Sciences program (BMD) and its new state-of-the-art home.

The BMD program, housed in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, features 170 students; including an inaugural freshman class of 97 with an average ACT score over 27. Nearly half of the incoming freshman class - 46 percent - have an ACT score of 28 or higher which makes them Honors College eligible. It is a diverse group with 45 percent of the students non-white and 15 percent from out of state.