March/April Newsletter

   March/April News 
January Program:  Samford University Planetarium

It was a gray day in mid-January that brought 20 or more of our members together on the Samford University campus. Quite a few of us showed up early for lunch in the dining hall. We then joined additional friends at the Planetarium for a fascinating presentation by Samford professor, George Atchley. He first shared a film entitled Ringworld documenting the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. After the film, we were enlightened and entertained with facts and stories of the Birmingham night sky. An animated question and answer session followed before it was time to trade the stars within the beautiful Planetarium facility for daylight.

February meeting Cancelled Due to Weather

The Friday evening event at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery had to be cancelled because of storms in the area. Unfortunately, current exhibit will close after Friday, March 9th. It is entitled "i have a secret wish" and features female artists. For those interested, the gallery (located on the ground floor of the Humanities Bldg at 900 13th St S) is open M-F from 9am-6pm.

A Message from the President
Spring is around the corner and for the UAB Women’s Club that means that we have a number of exciting opportunities to enjoy before the close of this 2011-2012 season. We are having quite a year. By personal invitation and through our website, we have been graced with new members. I encourage each of you to welcome women within the UAB community who would benefit from all that the UABWC has to offer. Our Membership Committee is always ready to reach out and help to get them connected. Our programs this year have been entertaining, informative, fascinating, delicious and thoroughly enjoyable. Our Program Committee has done an outstanding job of providing opportunities of interest to our members and attendance has demonstrated just that. Stay tuned for even more to come! Our Fundraising Committee did a wonderful job of getting the word out to all regarding our scholarship fund drive and the response has been beautiful. Sixty percent of our active members along with a number of non-active individuals have generously contributed over $5200 in scholarship funds. Our Scholarship Committee is about to get very busy with the important task of screening scholarship applications and recommending awardees. They have also made all of the arrangements for our annual Scholarship Luncheon and Installation of Officers to be held in April. Our Nominating Committee worked efficiently in the early part of 2012 to assemble our slate of officers for the 2012-2013 UABWC season. Additionally, our Finance, Public Relations and By-laws Committees have served to keep our finances streamlined, our members informed through the yearbook and newsletters and our board meetings orderly. Sincere thanks from the Board to our committee members for making this a successful year for all.  For the UABWC to continue to have a positive impact within the UAB community and to provide a valuable experience for our membership, we are dependent on the active involvement of our members. Consider serving on one of committees for next year and help to guarantee an even more successful 2012-2013 year!

March General Meeting and Terrarium-Building Class at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Our March general meeting for the purpose of electing our 2012-2013 officers will be held on March 15th at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens at 10am. We will gather, present the slate of officers, take any nominations from the floor and follow with a vote.
Following the election, Hope Long will guide us in building our very own terrariums.  Supplies are included and lunch is available for a small additional fee. The cost is $25 for the class and $30 for the class with a boxed lunch. The class is limited to 20 individuals, so make your reservations online (from the invitation or through our website) or by mailing your check to UABWC at P.O. Box 661341, B’ham, AL 35266 by March 12.

2012-2013 UAB Women’s Club
Slate of Officers
President-Fran Nagy
Vice-President/Program Chair-Valerie Thomas
Treasurer-Claudine Ali
Recording Secretary-Alicia Koester
Corresponding Secretary- Beena Thannickal
Parliamentarian-Kyle Wick

Presented by  UABWC Nominating Committee
Additional nominations will be accepted and can be submitted to Anne Hane, Chair  (410-0692) between now and the March 15th election.

Save the Date:  Tuesday April 17th
The annual UABWC scholarship luncheon and installation of officers will be held on Tuesday, April 17th from 11:00-2:00 at The Club. The menu follows:
Fruit Salad w/ Poppy Seed Dressing
Individual Quiche Florentine w/ Steamed Asparagus and Broiled Tomato
Orange Rolls, Yeast Rolls and Butter
Tea, Coffee, and Water
Crème Brulee Tartlet

Follow up on Scholarship Recipient
Dr. Betinna Riley

The UAB Women’s Club scholarship recipients have varied backgrounds and educational goals.  Each story is truly noteworthy.  One of our past recipients, Dr. Bettina Riley, is a wonderful example of how our financial support has helped an individual achieve success.
In 2003, after the loss of her husband, Bettina returned to school and enrolled in the UAB nursing program. She stated that she had received the calling to become a nurse while providing palliative care to her husband.  She was soon awarded the UABWC scholarship for the 2004-2005 academic year which helped her achieve her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2005.  Motivated to learn more, Bettina decided to continue her nursing studies and went on to complete her doctorate in 2011. She was recently hooded during the December Doctoral Commencement Ceremony and now serves as adjunct faculty at UAB.
Bettina has an outstanding list of awards and honors including:
·        UAB School of Nursing Dean’s Award (Graduate Scholar of the Year)
·        UAB School of Nursing Outstanding Graduate Student (Doctoral) Award
·        Tenet Healthcare Corporation/Brookwood Medical Center Clinical Innovation Award
·        Sigma Theta Tau, Nu chapter, Dissertation Research Award
In addition, Bettina has also held positions in professional societies including the Alabama Academy of Science, Association of Psychiatric Nurses, Southern Nursing Research Society, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the UAB Health Corps.
Bettina is very thankful for the UABWC scholarship.  This scholarship enabled her to return to school after the loss of her husband and to realize her goal of making a difference in other peoples’ lives.
Best wishes for continued success, Dr. Riley!

Memorial and Honor Gifts to the
UABWC Scholarship

Memorial and honor gifts to the UABWC Scholarship Fund provide an opportunity to invest in the future of women as they pursue their educational goals. The UABWC provides support for full or part-time undergraduate students over the age of 25. Your tax-free donation can be life-changing for a deserving student and her family and is a meaningful way to memorialize or honor someone. When making a memorial gift, please include the name of the person you are remembering as well as the name and address of the person to notify of your gift. Checks can be made payable to UAB and mailed to the address below:
P.O. Box 661341, Birmingham, AL 35266. Please write, “UABWC Scholarship” on the “for” line. 

Memorial Gift
A donation to the UABWC Scholarship has been made in memory of Ernest Woodson, brother of retired UAB Professor Geraldine Woodson, by Annie Cornwell.


In This Issue
  • Kyle's Comments
  • Next meeting 
  • New Officers
  • Scholarships Luncheon
  • Memorial gifts 

Upcoming Program  
March 15th,
10 am
Election of Officers and
Terrarium-Building Class at the BBG
See details below. Please respond ASAP!


Save the Date:
April 17th
Installation of officers and Scholarship Luncheon, The Club

  Officers 2011-2012

President Kyle Wick    
Vice Pres. Fran Nagy
Recording Secretary
Karen Littlefield
Treasurer Claudine Ali
Correspond. Secretary
Beena Thannickal
Anne Hane

Pam  Thompson, Editor
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