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ABAC Celebrates 50 Years of Nursing Excellence on May 4

April 5, 2016

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Nursing Excellence on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at ABAC. The event celebrates 50 years of nursing at ABAC and will feature entertainment by David Glickman, a popular health care humorist.

Tickets for the golden anniversary event are $40 per person and can be purchased through the ABAC website at

Graduates of the very first nursing class in 1967 will be the guests of honor.  The original five students, Suzette Helen Cofer, Warren Marilyn Jackson, Thresia Wayne Matthews, Emily Bernice Shivers, and Georgia Bledsoe Simmons, transferred from the Nursing Training Program housed at Norman Park College in January of 1966.  In addition to members of the first class, guests of honor will also include retired nursing faculty from across the decades.

The event is open to students, former students, families and friends as well as anyone who wishes to celebrate this historic milestone with a group which gives so much back to the community.  For more information on the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Nursing Excellence, interested persons can contact Yvonne Smith in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at or go to

Glickman has been presenting programs to health care professionals for over 20 years. He began his career as Director of Public Relations for the American Heart Association of Greater Miami in Florida.   He has presented over 2,000 programs since that time, specializing in finding humor in the hectic health care environment.

Selected as the winner of the Entenmann’s National “Funniest Person in America” Contest from over 500 contestants, Glickman was personally selected by Steve Martin from over 100 comics for an appearance on a CBS comedy program.

Glickman has also appeared on “Evening at the Improv” and has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine and scores of other publications. He has been the opening act for stars such as The Beach Boys, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ray Romano.  Glickman resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife and two sons.
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