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Una, Rep. Tammy Irons Announce Two Grants For University

May. 26, 2010

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, Ala. - State Rep. Tammy Irons (D-Florence) recently presented the University of North Alabama with two state grants from the Education Trust Fund and General Trust Fund. Collectively, the grants equal more than $51,000. "We are deeply grateful to Rep. Irons for her dedication and support to UNA and this region," said Dr. John Thornell, UNA's vice president for academic affairs and provost. "Funding opportunities like this are vital to the university's success." One of the grants, in the amount of $45,760, is being distributed to various academic departments and colleges for general educational purposes. The second grant, for $5,500, is being used to complete renovations for a pediatric simulation lab in the College of Nursing and Allied Health. The university hopes to have the renovations complete by fall semester. "Education is critical to good-paying jobs in the Shoals and in our state," Irons said. "I am always looking for opportunities to secure funds for our schools and universities and will continue to do so." The UNA College of Nursing recently acquired its new pediatric simulator, a computerized manikin designed to mimic an actual infant patient. The college obtained a similar adult simulator about two years ago. "The clinical components of the UNA nursing program are greatly enhanced through the use of human simulators," said Dr. Birdie Bailey, dean of the College of Nursing. "To add a pediatric simulation lab to the program is valuable. We are greatly appreciative to Rep. Irons for her efforts to make that happen."

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The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/