The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosted its third annual Thank-a-Thon on Nov. 16.
Held annually the week before Thanksgiving, the event is the only one of its kind across the UAB campus. Ten Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students eagerly volunteered their time to call and personally thank donors who gave to the School’s Annual Fund during fiscal year 2016.
More than 550 calls were placed to graduates from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and many alumni who received those calls thanking them for their generous support expressed their appreciation for the gesture and their continued dedication to the School.
“I loved the faculty and experience at UAB, and I love to give back to nursing,” said Ruth Craddock, who earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) from the School in 1982.
Jennifer Davis, a 1992 Nurse Anesthesia graduate, said she wanted to help others follow the path to the nursing profession she had been able to take.
“I received scholarships as a student and decided to give back to the School of Nursing so students can have more opportunities like I was once given,” Davis said.
The students also enjoyed their time talking to the alumni and donors who have paved the way before them.
“This is my second year participating in the Thank-a-Thon, and I have enjoyed it so much,” fourth-semester BSN student Susan Darby said. “Thanking donors for their support is a privilege to me. I want them to know that their gifts have really made a difference.”
The UAB School of Nursing is grateful for all alumni support and the vital gifts that ultimately allow our students to impact health care locally and globally.
To give to the UAB School of Nursing, please visit www.uab.edu/give.