By Anita Smith
Sue Ellen and Mike Lucas have made a significant dual-purpose donation to the UAB School of Nursing, investing in the future of nursing. One portion of their gift will create the Sue Ellen and Mike Lucas Endowed Nursing Scholarship.
Another portion will name the Sue Ellen and Mike Lucas Pediatric Nursing Competency Lab Suite in the School's expanded building. This includes a lab and adjoining control room providing students with simulated pediatric-nursing learning experiences.
“I wanted to give this gift because I know the School educates high-quality nurses, I’m excited about the School’s new state-of-the art building for the future, and I know Dean Doreen Harper will be a good custodian of our money,” said Sue Ellen Lucas. “Mike and I realize this School’s value to our community.”
Sue Ellen Lucas is a master’s graduate of the School and had a pediatric nursing career in pioneering UAB-based programs in medical genetics and adolescent/teen care. She volunteers service to the School as a longtime member of and former chair of the Board of Visitors and as one of the School’s alumni comprising a National Advisory Council that advises Dean Harper in
moving the School forward. Her attorney husband Mike, has also in times past joined with her in support of the School, as has Burr & Forman, the law firm where he practices.