Awards and Honors
College of Nursing Awards and Recognition
Dr. Margaret Moore-Nadler
Dr. Nadler has been awarded the ASNA Citation of Excellence Award for 2018.
Dr. Leigh Minchew
Dr. Leigh Minchew has been accepted as a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program Fellow for the 2018-2019 program year.
Dr. Sharon Fruh Podcast
Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Fruh! Sharon presented her work by Podcast published by Consultant360. The title of the podcast is Obesity: Small Changes Make a Big Difference.
STT Chapter Awards Recognition Event
South’s Zeta Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was well represented at the 44th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis October 27-November 1, 2017.
Zeta Gamma was presented with our 4th Chapter Key Award at the Chapter Awards Recognition Event. The Chapter Key Award is the highest level of recognition awarded to STTI chapters. 2017 was the fourth year that Zeta Gamma received this award. The Chapter Key Award, established in 1991, honors STTI chapters that excel in chapter-related activities such as:
- Membership recruitment and retention
- Publicity and programming
- Professional and leadership development
- Local, national, and international collaboration
ASNA Faculty Awards - 2017
Mr. Tyler Sturdivant is a 2017 Alabama State Nurses Association Outstanding New Member Award recipient. This state-level award is awarded to an ASNA member who has been active for less than two years and has contributed significantly to ASNA and the profession on the local, state, and national level.
Dr. Bridget Moore is a 2017 Alabama State Nurses Association Cindajo Overton Outstanding
Nurse Educator Award recipient. This state-level award is awarded to an outstanding
nurse educator, defined as a person who demonstrates excellence in the academic setting
by expanding the knowledge of students and the profession through teaching, scholarship,
Ms. Brenda Woodmansee is the 2017 Alabama State Nurses Association Louise Barksdale Outstanding Nursing Practice Award recipient. This state-level award is awarded to an outstanding member who demonstrates or has demonstrated exemplary nursing practice and is active in professional organizations on the local, state, and national level.
Dr. Chondra Butler
Dr. Chondra Butler has been awarded the College of Nursing Excellence in Teaching award for 2017. The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize outstanding educators in the College of Nursing. Outstanding Educators are those who consistently capture the attention of the learners and challenge them to value knowledge and to expand their intellectual ideas.
Dr. Loretta Jones, Dr. Casey Elkins, Dr. Kathy Bydalek
Congratulations to Dr. Loretta Jones, Dr. Casey Elkins, and Dr. Kathy Bydalek for
being selected to participate as scholars in the 2017 Health Disparities Research
Training Certificate Program (HDRTP) at UAB. The application process is very competitive
and we are so proud of our three faculty who have been accepted into this rigorous
The objectives of the Health Disparities Research Training Award Program are to:
- Develop independent researchers in the area of health disparities research through individualized mentored training.
- Provide instruction in scientific research methodology and design.
- Provide training in health disparities and innovative approaches to reduce them.
- Teach scientific writing and grant preparation skills to produce a grant submission to an external agency.
Dr. Heather Hall
Dr. Heather Hall has been selected to participate in the 2017-2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Wharton Executive Leadership Program. This competitive fellowship is designed to further develop and enhance leadership skills in senior academics in colleges and schools of nursing.
Dr. Margaret Moore-Nadler
The College of Nursing is proud to announce that Dr. Margaret Moore-Nadler is the 2017 recipient of the Semoon and Youngshin Chang Humanitarian Award. Margaret has been instrumental in organizing Project Homeless Connect for several years. The award is named for Dr. Semoon Chang, retired professor of economics and finance in the Mitchell College of Business, and his wife.
Dr. Sherry Lawrence
Dr. Sherry Lawrence has been awarded the College of Nursing Excellence in Teaching award for 2016. The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize outstanding educators in the College of Nursing. Outstanding Educators are those who consistently capture the attention of the learners and challenge them to value knowledge and to expand their intellectual ideas.
Dr. Heather Hall
Dr. Heather Hall has been selected to the Provost Faculty Fellows Program for the 2016-17 academic year. The Provost Faculty Fellows Program is a new professional development opportunity for faculty members interested in developing leadership and administrative skills at the University level. As a part of the program, Fellows will increase their understanding of university-wide academic initiatives, strategic planning, budget issues, and challenges in higher education. In addition, Fellows will also make direct contributions to the Provost's Office by taking on special projects and assisting in other operational activities.
Dr. Heather Hall has been selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to participate as a fellow in the 2015 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.
Dr. Sherry Lawrence has been selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to participate as a fellow in the 2016 Faculty Policy Intensive held in Washington, D.C. in March.
Dr. Sarah Roberts and Dr. Theresa Wright
The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize outstanding educators in the College of Nursing. Outstanding Educators are those who consistently capture the attention of the learners and challenge them to value knowledge and to expand their intellectual ideas.
Dr. Varner’s passion is teaching advance practice nurses how to properly care for elderly individuals and teaching caregivers how to take care of themselves so they can deliver better care. “Throughout my entire career, I’ve focused on what the elderly’s needs are and the needs of their caregivers,” Dr. Varner said. “Because their care is only as good as the emotional, mental and physical health of the people who care for them.” Dr. Varner has served two terms as vice-chair of the Alabama Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. She is a regular speaker at Alabama Nursing Home Association seminars.
According to AGS, the Professional Award is presented to an individual employed in the field of aging in recognition of exceptional efforts above and beyond the scope of their job description and duties in enhancing the lives of older Alabamians.
Dr. Debra Swanzy emulates all things positive in a professional teacher. She works tirelessly to ensure or verify every aspect of her courses are correct within the electronic platform of the course and within the classroom. You will not find an error, typo or otherwise, in her courses. Students are never confused about what is due when or what is expected of them in her classes. Although Dr. Swanzy has been the coordinator of multiple undergraduate courses for several years now, she always studies the content and searches the literature to stay abreast of what is correct and pertinent to give her students the best education possible. On the graduate level, Dr. Swanzy creates the same level of perfection in her courses. She has worked closely with other graduate faculty to ensure the necessary content for the DNP is covered in the curriculum and has revamped several course to make the course meet the needs of the students and the DNP program.
Dr. Swanzy has a sincere love of teaching and the nursing profession which shines through in every situation. She shoots for the stars and usually obtains what she is reaching for. For a few examples, Dr. Swanzy made it possible for students (all 160 of them) who declared nursing as their major to be transported via buses to the university hospital and actually arranged for the helicopter crew to fly the helicopter for the students. Recently she made arrangements for 18 senior citizens (age 80-96) to come participate in a learning experience with nursing students. The task was quite impressive considering the majority of the senior citizens could not drive.
Dr. Swanzy teaches difficult courses well. She strives to protect and maintain the quality of the nursing program at USA. Students have great respect for Dr. Swanzy because she is an expert in her courses and because she treats all students with dignity and respect. Because of her expertise and kind nature, students migrate to her for help and advice on a daily basis. She always greets students with a smile and students leave her with a smile even when things do not go the students' way. Students recognize Dr. Swanzy's excellence in and love of teaching. She has received several awards through student nominations. She is the quality instructor she is because of her love for the students and nursing. She is not boastful or self-serving. Dr. Swanzy is very deserving of the Excellence in Teaching award from ALN.