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Florence Helen Nethery Duncan Bachelor of Science in Nursing Named in Friday Ceremony

May. 05, 2023

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – In an event that took place Friday afternoon in Harrison Hall on the University of North Alabama campus, the Florence Helen Nethery Duncan Bachelor of Science in Nursing was officially named. The program, a foundational major within the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions, celebrates 50 years this year. 

“My sisters and I are very proud of our Nethery family history in nursing that started with our grandmother, Thelma, who began her college education on the UNA campus over 100 years ago,” said Jenny Duncan McKinney, the family spokesperson. “Our mother is connected to Florence and this University, having spent most of her nursing career working in Florence, particularly in geriatric nursing. The people she served and cared for were right here in this community, and that’s what makes this gift so special.” 

The gift is equally significant to the Anderson College, and its growing numbers of students, faculty, and staff. 

“It is an honor to name the College’s oldest program after Ms. Florence Helen Nethery Duncan,” said Dr. Tera Kirkman, Dean of the ACONHP. “Ms. Duncan exemplifies the qualities of a caring nurse and leader. She is a role model to current and future nurses and has served the profession faithfully. This generous gift will make a meaningful impact on the lives of our students for many years to come.”

About The University of North Alabama

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/