Nursing Alumni

Alumni Advisory Council

The Alumni Advisory Council primarily serves the School of Nursing to support its vision:

To be nationally recognized as leaders in health, addressing the needs of diverse populations.


  • Educate others about and actively advocate for the school and its academic programs, community service and outreach, and research.
  • Increase public relations and visibility of Auburn Nursing.
  • Build a communication network among alumni about events including alumni activities, alumni-student initiatives, and school events where volunteers are needed.
  • Attend two yearly meetings (spring semester and fall semester)
  • Serve as a link between the school and alumni.
  • Nominate alumni for school as well as university awards, among them the School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumna/us Award and the Auburn Alumni Association Black Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Offer recommendations and/or make introductions for the lecture series, continuing education, and lifelong learning.
  • Actively support alumni engagement
  • Help build philanthropic gifts to the School of Nursing.

Distinguished Alumni

2020 Distinguished Alumna Award 

Dr. Terri Allison '85

Dean Gregg Newschwander presented the School of Nursing’s 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award to Dr. Terri Allison, a graduate from the Class of 1985, at the Virtual Pinning Ceremony held on August 7.

“As dean for 11 years, I have looked forward to presenting the Distinguished Alumni Award to one of our graduates. For me, it is a moment to reflect on the real extent a nursing education at Auburn can have in one’s life and the graduate’s impact in our world,” Newschwander said.

Terri Allison is, for the most part, an “SEC” nurse colleague. She holds the titles of associate professor of nursing, assistant dean for academics, and director of the Doctoral Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is also an acute care nurse practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Auburn, Allison earned a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University, an acute care nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate from Vanderbilt University, and a DNP degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. In 2014, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Three years later, she was named a Fellow, Leadership in Academic Nursing Program (LANP) by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Among her myriad of scholarly efforts and accomplishments, Allison has published or co-published chapters in books and articles in professional journals. In addition to organizing continuing education programs, she has made presentations locally and nationally. She participates in university service activities at Vanderbilt, as well as in the School of Nursing and with various organizations in her community of Hendersonville.

A nominator states, “Under Terri’s direction and leadership, Vanderbilt’s DNP program has become a top 5 Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Despite her status at Vanderbilt, Terri is an unapologetically proud Auburn University School of Nursing graduate! She was the most personable professor I have encountered in my academic journey. She has served our profession through her time with the Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She comes “home” as often as she can to attend Auburn University and School of Nursing events. She is a fierce advocate for high quality education. She is an excellent role model and an Auburn School of Nursing alumna.”

Congratulations to Terri Allison for her distinguished service to the nursing field through her scholarship, promotion of health care, professional service, and remarkable impact on nursing education and nursing practice.

Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award are accepted throughout the year, and we invite you to submit a nomination. The annual recipient is selected by members of the alumni from the School of Nursing.


2019 Dr. Caralise Hunt '91

2018 Amy F. Brandon '05

2017 Annie Vosel '81

2016 Dr. Jan McAlister '91

2015 Dr. Susan Holmes '81

2014 Joel Shumaker '05

2013 Claudia Henderson '83

2012 Candace Mangum '99

2011 Dr. Angela Green '86

2010 Laura Moore '83

2009 Nancy Meisler '81 

Black Alumni Achievement Award

       Col. Simona Settles Black '94                           

The School of Nursing held a virtual luncheon on Sept. 30 that brought faculty, staff and alumni together to celebrate Black Alumni Week in Auburn. “While we cannot be together in the same room on campus, we are together in spirit that binds the Auburn Family no matter where each of us may be physically,” Dean Gregg Newschwander said, welcoming the group.

Dean Newschwander recognized the past winners of the Auburn Alumni Association’s Black Alumni Achievement Award who were present at the event, George Sneed (2016), Chris Martin (2017), and Keith Mathews (2019). He announced that Colonel Simona Black, DNP, RN, was the 2020 recipient of the Black Alumni Achievement Award.

Col. Black, a 1994 graduate of Auburn’s School of Nursing, received a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas and a doctoral degree in nursing practice from Vanderbilt University. With more than 25 years of military nursing and healthcare experience, she has served in Army nursing roles both domestic and overseas. Her most recent appointment was as the Command Inspector General at Regional Health Command in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Responsible for many nursing education and leadership presentations, Col. Black has a long history of advocating for positive work environments and investment in tomorrow's leaders. During her career, she has been recognized as the Fort Hood Nurse of the Quarter, two-time Meritorious Service Medal honoree, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. She is a member of the Army Nurse Corps Association, Girl Scouts of America, the American Nurses Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

Col. Black, thanking the people who nominated her for the award, remarked on her journey from California to Auburn Nursing to her present role, “I came to Auburn in 1994 because Auburn was the school of choice for my family. I was fortunate to meet mentors like Professors Constance Hendricks and Katie Jackson. It was Prof. Jackson who planted the seed in me about joining the Army Nursing Corps, and I spent 26 years there and made remarkable friends in the corps.”

The School of Nursing congratulates Colonel Simona Black on her accomplishments!

War Eagle!

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