American Colleges of Nursing

UTHSC College of Nursing Names 2014 Most Supportive Alumna and Outstanding Alumnus

Madge Saba, 2014 Most Supportive AlumnaOn Friday, May 2, more than 70 Nursing alumni of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will visit the Memphis campus to celebrate Madge Saba, 45-year veteran of the nursing profession, as the 2014 Most Supportive Alumna and Michael J. A. Service, Commander, United States Navy, as the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus. UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab and Laura A. Talbot, PhD, EdD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing will present the awards during a luncheon in the UTHSC Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison Avenue. The gathering is one in a series of Nursing Alumni Weekend events that include a scholarship ceremony and reception for nursing students and alumni, class reunion dinners, and a tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Most Supportive Alumna: Madge Saba

As a child and teen, watching TV shows like “Dr. Kildare” and “Ben Casey, ” nursing seemed very exciting to Madge Saba. She recently retired after an incredible 45-year career in the field of nursing. Madge received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from UTHSC College of Nursing in June 1966. She completed graduate courses in Secondary Education at then Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) in 1973. Madge also earned her Master of Science in Nursing in 1990 from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Cdr. Michael Service, 2014 Outstanding AlumnusBeginning her career at Methodist Hospital, she notes, “After two years as a staff nurse, I was recruited by the faculty at the school of nursing. I loved the teaching role and my career took a totally different direction. I have been a faculty member in three different programs in Tennessee and Arkansas.”

In addition to working and teaching, Madge has served on the UTHSC College of Nursing Alumni Board of Directors since 1996, serving as president from 2007-2010. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International.

The mother of two says her proudest accomplishment is raising children who lead productive and very successful lives. Her daughter is a veterinary oncologist and on the faculty at the University of Georgia. Her son is a network engineer, a gifted photographer and a wonderful father to Madge’s granddaughter, Grace.

“I am very proud of the people they have become, both in their personal and professional lives, and I hope the values my husband and I instilled in them helped mold them into the adults they have become.”

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