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University of North Alabama recognizes top award among Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions graduates

May. 15, 2019

CONTACT: Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 

FLORENCE, AL – Nine University of North Alabama graduates from the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions received awards as part of their annual spring pinning ceremony that took place May 10. The recipients are: 

  • Brian Dunaway, of Harvest, and JaQualia Bunch, of Southaven, Miss., were recognized as Student Ambassadors as well as for their roles as officers in the Student Nurse Association. 
  • Michaela DeKilder, of Grand Junction, Mich., was the recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Award. 
  • Victoria Tigner, of Iuka, Miss., who graduated with a traditional BSN degree, received the award for the highest grade point average among those in her graduating class. 

Five students were awarded the Florence Nightingale Award, an honor is the voted on by the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty. Recipients are selected based upon academic excellence, professionalism, and possessing a caring demeanor. The 2019 recipients are: 

  • Chris Moore, of Sheffield, Accelerated BSN; 
  • Jonathan Crosby, of Enterprise, and Marissa Deal, of Collierville, Tenn., Traditional BSN; 
  • Matthew Johnson, of Florence, RN-BSN; 
  • Charman Harper, of Alabaster, MSN.  

About The University of North Alabama 

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professionals. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA 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 Big South 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: and