Published on October 17, 2012 by Katie Stripling  
Living Legacy award recipients 2012

Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing honored 50 alumni with Living Legacy Awards during its 90th Anniversary gala Oct. 13.

The honorees "were selected for the impact they have had on the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of others," said nursing Dean Nena F. Sanders.  "These individuals have perpetuated Mrs. Moffett's legacy of academic excellence, caring, compassion and service around the world in order to make a significant impact on humanity." 

The award recipients all hold degrees from the School of Nursing or its forerunner, Birmingham Baptist Hospital. They represent a variety of specialties within the nursing profession, entrepreneurship and missions.

More than 425 attended the program at The Club in Homewood, Ala.  Samford president Andrew Westmoreland said he was moved by the stories of the honorees and noted that the night was also about numbers-the School's 90 year history and the 50 outstanding alumni who represent the more than 6,000 Moffett Nurses around the world.

Teresa Stanford, a 2010 graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, was typical of the award recipients, saying, "I am deeply honored to have received such a prestigious honor and gratified to have been able to enjoy the event with family and friends.  I am so proud to be able to identify myself as a part of the Samford family."      

In addition to recognizing alumni, the Living Legacy Gala raised essential funds for student scholarships.  Presenting sponsor was Princeton Baptist Medical Center; gold sponsors included Pete Hanna Charitable Foundation and Money Family Trust.  Jo and Robert Kicker were benefactor sponsors.

Patrons included the Alexander, Sheffield and Warr families, Birmingham Baptist Hospital Class of 1959, Birmingham Baptist Hospital Class of 1967, Friends of LeeAnna Cunningham, Sallie and Greg Eagerton, Paula and Kerry Gossett, Frances Watts Johnston, Gretchen and Randall McDaniel, Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2005, Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Pope, Dean Nena F. and Dr. Tommy J. Sanders, Gloria and Carl Schaefer, Samford CRNAs 4 Kids, Sherlock, Smith and Adams, St. Vincent's East, Trinity Medical Center and UAB Hospital. 

Each Living Legacy honoree received an inscribed globe signifying the worldwide impact of Moffett Nurses. 


 Video: Dean Nena Sanders comments

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.