Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-05-24

Samford University nursing student John Derrick of Birmingham has received an Alabama League for Nursing's Lamplighter Award.

The annual award recognizes a person who has made outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and society.

Derrick was cited for his commitment to leadership and service, including activities beyond the classroom. As a member of Samford's advisory board for Perry County, he has been involved in the area's healthcare ministry opportunities and is part of a long-range rural county poverty initiative.

He is employed as training coordinator for global missions with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. In 2006, he coordinated a program, "Breaking the Silence, Compassion for an HIV Positive World," for CBF's HIV/AIDS Summit.

Derrick holds a bachelor's degree in communication from Carson-Newman College and a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He will receive a bachelor's degree in nursing from Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 2008.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.