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Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner Held October 1st


Nursing students who spoke at the dinner are shown with Brenda Scisson (center), College of Nursing Executive Director for Development. Students are (left to right) John Hinson, Sheena Smith, Vallon Williams, and Lana Brown.

The UAMS College of Nursing hosted its Scholarship Donor Appreciation Dinner October 1 at Chenal Country Club.  A total 129 students (all scholarship recipients) were saluted along with donors who provided 66 scholarships.  Nursing students from both the Little Rock and Hope campuses were in attendance.  UAMS Chaplain Susan McDougal provided a creative blessing which stressed the value of nursing, quoting from a movie starring Robin Williams.  Chancellor Rahn expressed appreciation to donors and commended students.

A very moving testimony on the reason for philanthropy to UAMS and the College of Nursing was given by Dr. Ralph Sundermann Jr. of Russellville, son of beloved College of Nursing faculty emeritus Connie Sundermann.   A video clip from the documentary:” Nursing: What Florence would think” was shown.

The highlight was hearing from four scholarship recipients:  Vallon Williams, BSN student;  John Hinson, BSN student from Hope;  Sheena Smith,  MNSc student; and Lana Brown, PhD student.  Their stories were powerful philanthropy selling points which made a positive impression on the many donors in the room.

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College of Nursing
Dean Lorraine Frazier
addresses the crowd.

UAMS nursing students, dressed in vintage
uniforms, pose with scholarship donors and
sisters Nancy Ann Griffy Jordan and Carla Marie
Griffey Hazlewood who own Griffey Uniforms.
The sisters established a scholarship in memory
of their mother, Flora Mae Griffey, to honor
her love and compassion for the
nursing profession.

Dr. Richard Sundermann, Jr. provided a
testimony about philanthropy and its
importance. His family has been a longtime
supporter of UAMS and the
College of Nursing.