NUW Family 02In response to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, Nestlé, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions and Woodlawn Foundation have come together to create the NUW Early Childhood Nutrition Program.

This public-private partnership, which is an evidence-based, unbranded educational program, will kick off in the Woodlawn community of Birmingham on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Social Venture, 5529 First Avenue South. The objective is to educate parents, caregivers and students about early childhood nutrition as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

Ben Burgess BMDBen Burgess, BMD junior, Top 5 Mr. UAB candidateBen Burgess, a junior in the new UAB Biomedical Sciences program, is a Top 5 finalist for Mr. UAB. The winner of this competition receives a $2,500 scholarship and will serve as representatives of UAB and the National Alumni Society. First alternates receive a scholarship of $1,000.

Burgess is a member of the UAB Band, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Sci Tech Honors. He is also a UAB Resident Assistant and a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has a GPA of 3.64 and is expected to graduate in May 2016.

Burgess will be allowed to campaign for Mr. UAB from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.

EMSHA Class 1 graduationEMSHA Class 1 graduation, Dec. 2013The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s National Alumni Society has formally recognized the UAB Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Alumni Chapter. The first NAS chapter established in the Middle East includes 31 graduates of Saudi Arabia’s inaugural UAB Executive Master of Science in Health Administration. The chapter is open to any UAB graduate that lives in Saudi Arabia.

“I am proud to continue my connection to the UAB family as a member of the new UAB Alumni Chapter in Saudi Arabia,” said Raidah AlBaradie, MD, EMSHA, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy program, King Fahd Specialist Hospital-Dammam. “I look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities for continued learning and extending the strong professional relationships that the EMSHA program helped me establish with my fellow graduates.”

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Homecoming week is here 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, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
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 forget to wear green.  

20th Annual National Alumni Society Gurney Derby
Wednesday, October 8th, at 12:30 PM
Come out and cheer on the runners!  The racecourse will be on 13th Street between University Blvd and 10th Avenue. 

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.”

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 ‘12
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.
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.

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.

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.