College of Nursing Celebrates Graduates at Nursing Alumni Awards Luncheon

The Georgia Baptist College of Nursing honored its graduates during its annual Nursing Alumni Day Awards Luncheon on Oct. 16. More than 175 graduates attended the luncheon, where the College inducted 12 alumni into its Hall of Honor and presented two graduates with its highest alumni awards.

Linda Panter Hughes, a 1976 and 2009 graduate of the College, received The Edna Earle Teal Award, which is presented annually to a graduate who has distinguished himself or herself in service to God and humanity.  Debra J. Kittrell, a 1979 graduate, received The Distinguished Alumna Award, which is presented annually to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the nursing profession. It also recognizes excellence in nursing practice, humanitarian contributions and support of the College.

The luncheon was held in conjunction with the College’s Annual Alumni Day, which marked the 100th anniversary of the Nursing Alumni Association. Nearly 200 graduates attended the morning program, which included two presentations, a tour of the Learning Resource Center and Nursing Building, and the unveiling of a statue of Dr. Len Broughton, the College’s founder, and Miss Bertha Blair, the College’s second superintendent. 

Frank H. Upchurch, president and CEO of the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation, presented the life-size, bronze sculpture to the College, which is now displayed in the College of Nursing. The statue was created by artist Gregory Johnson and commissioned by the Georgia Baptist Health Care System. 

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