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National Alumni Society Member

miltonName: Damien J. Milton

Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Nuclear Medicine 2012

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current town: Montgomery, AL

Current employer and job: Mergence Healthcare/Nuclear Medicine Team Leader

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has opened many doors during my career and serves as a beacon of light for the healthcare arena. UAB has taught me that hard work and dedication will always pay off and set me aside from all others.

What made you choose your current profession? I chose my current profession because heart disease is the #1 killer among Americans and I want to be in the fight against it.

What would you do if you were given more time in each day? I would set aside some time to do more community outreach and volunteer.

What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? Siri has been a great help in my lifetime, without her I’d be lost.

If you could have three wishes, what would they be? 1. Cure cancer 2. Eradicate heart disease 3. Make the world safer for our children and future generations.

If you could go back to any age, which age would it be and why? I’d pick 15...lots of PlayStation and field trips.

Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Christopher Columbus because I love to investigate. Curiosity is my biggest temptation. I have to know everything and if I don’t I explore until I do.

If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? If I could solve one problem it would have to be cancer. Cancer has touched and taken so many lives that an end is indeed greatly needed. The pain and suffering it causes patients and families is unreal.

What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Honesty, loyalty and intelligence.

Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life and why? I’d like Jim Carrey to portray me. He knows when to be serious and when to be hilarious. Perfect blend of “Damien.”

What is your motto? Always take the opportunity in front of you.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Be the best until the best comes along.

If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? I’d start a charity for single mothers. Single mothers really have it hard and I think if we can help them out the children will also have a greater chance for success.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I’d choose Scotland. I’d love to listen to bagpipes and sample Scotches.

What is something you are proud of and why? UAB has done so much for me that I could spend my entire life trying to even the score and I’d still fall short. UAB is the reason for all of my success and the lives I’ve touched. THANK YOU UAB!

What is the last book you read? The Art of War by Sun Tzu

What things do you not like to do? Going shopping with aunts, sweeping with a broom, hand-washing dishes.

Where would you go in a time machine and why? I’d go back to the 60's to attend Woodstock. Jimi Hendrix was amazing.

What 3 items would you take to a deserted island other than food and water? I’d take my iPhone, gummy worms, and the latest issue of the Nuclear Cardiology Exam Review.  Board Exams are coming up. LOL

Student Alumni Society Member

Rosa Lee Aderhold preferredName: Rosa Lee Aderhold

Graduation Year: 2016

Major: Health Care Management Pre- Professional Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Hayden, AL

Why did you choose to attend UAB? I chose UAB because I wanted a school that was medically innovative and offered research for undergraduate students. I wanted somewhere I could feel at home while receiving a world class education. I felt like UAB offered exactly that.

Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? My best professor would have to be Dr. Paustian because she is honest enough to tell you how it really is. Her criticism is tough, but I know it will only benefit my future. She really cares about her students and wants to see them succeed.

What is your favorite UAB memory? My favorite UAB memory would have to be my involvement in UAB Trail Blazers (student tour guide). This student organization has given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful students and faculty, and most importantly share my love of UAB.

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has brought me some wonderful friends and these relationships have truly impacted my life. These friendships have exposed me to different cultures and opinions, which I feel has made a more rounded person.

What is your current state of mind? Optimistic. I am really excited about my future, especially as my senior year comes to a close. I am very thankful for the opportunities I have had in my undergraduate career and I hope to continue my education in Occupational Therapy school. 

What do you do for fun? I really like to read and craft, especially paint. In fact, I hand paint most of my Christmas and birthday cards.

Who are your heroes in real life? Our nation’s military, I feel we take them for granted every day, those who are protecting our country. I feel they deserve a lot of credit for all they do, especially all they sacrifice, it is extremely selfless and heroic. 

If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? Slow down, I feel like I am constantly going in my attempt to be more productive. I would like to slow down and truly enjoy the little things in life more.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I would be able tell the future. I tend to worry about things and while I am getting better it would be nice to be able to look into the future and know for certain I had nothing to worry about. 

What are your future goals? I plan to graduate in August with my Bachelor’s in Health Care Management and hopefully begin graduate school to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.

What would be your ultimate dream job? My ultimate dream job would to be an Occupational Therapist in a position where I could use my Health Care Management background to help operate a rehab unit or facility.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fiction, with whom would it be? If I could trade places with anyone, I would trade places with a man from the Bible named Solomon. He was the wisest man who ever lived. I feel wisdom is acquired over time and since I am only 22 I feel like I have a lot to learn. Wisdom is a trait not a lot of people really desire to have, but I feel it is just their lack of wisdom for not wanting it. 

What three items would you take to a deserted island other than food and water?

  1. A cell phone, to call for help  - hopefully I would have service.
  2. A volleyball, so I could make my own Wilson if the whole cell phone thing didn’t work.
  3. A lighter. I honestly know I am not coordinated enough to rub two sticks together to make fire. 

If you had a theme song, what would it be? I really struggled with this one because I couldn’t really think of just one song. If I had to choose I would go with "Don’t Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. I feel too many people, myself included, sometimes get caught up in a smallest mishaps and forget that life honestly is too short to be upset. 

If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world…what would it be and why? Terrorism, this issue seems to affect how everyone live their everyday lives. People are afraid to go about their day to day routine, not knowing if there is a terrorist. I feel life can already be hard enough, we shouldn’t have to worry about a group of people trying to kill us.   

What’s the best advice you ever received? I know it was a while back, but when I was in high school, my basketball coach, Coach Simmons, told me, “Pursue excellence in every aspect of your life”. It has always been a reminder that despite the situation I needed to always give my very best. If I have a 98 in a class, I need to push myself to have a 99. When I think about only giving partial effort I don’t because while it may not be important to me, it is to someone else. I feel work ethic is a direct reflection of a person’s character and I want others to know, despite the circumstances, I will always give my full effort.