(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Regina Bentley, Ed.D., R.N., associate dean for academic affairs in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing, recently received the 2009 Lamplighter Award from the Alabama League for Nursing (ALN).

The Lamplighter Award is part of a prestigious recognition program established in 1980 by the ALN to acknowledge individuals who have made substantial contributions to the cause of a better society.

Exemplifying leadership qualities, Dr. Bentley served as president-elect and president of the Alabama League for Nursing from 2005-2008. She also served on the ALN Board of Directors for five years from 2000-2004.

Active in outreach, Dr. Bentley focuses on service learning and the development of cultural competency, with extensive experience in international and local service learning projects. She has received grants for service learning projects related to minority pregnant adolescents as well as a grant to create an elective nursing course, Cultural Expeditions in Nursing, whereby students learn about different cultural aspects of health care and participate in an international service-learning trip to Quito, Ecuador.

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