Allen College Summer Commencement Features International Scholar

August 7, 2012

altWATERLOO, Iowa — Allen College will conduct its summer 2012 commencement ceremony at 3 PM on Friday, August 10, at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Allen College will award  diplomas to sixty-two  graduates, including  three  Master of Science in Nursing degrees, fifty-one Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, and eight Bachelor of Health Sciences degrees.  The ceremony will also include the awarding of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Larry Pugh,  former chief executive officer and president of the Allen Health System who played an instrumental role in establishing Allen College.

The commencement speaker will be Dr. Lin Zhan.  Dr. Zhan received master’s and  Ph.D. degrees from Boston College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from West China University of Medical Sciences. Currently, Dr. Zhan is a Dean and Professor of nursing at the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University in  Memphis, TN. Previously she held academic positions in several Massachusetts universities, including Dean and Professor in the School of Nursing and Chair of the Leadership Council of School of Health Sciences at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Boston, MA; Professor and Director of PhD Program in Nursing and Health Promotion at University of Massachusetts Lowell; and  Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston .

Dr. Zhan is a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), the highest honor in the nursing profession. Her program of research focuses on quality of life of older adults and ethnic minorities. Her scholarly work is evident by funded research projects such as health promotion for ethnic elderly women; family care giving for Alzheimer’s Disease; medication practices among Chinese American elders; and senior health service needs in Boston’s Chinatown. Dr. Zhan is  a reviewer for several scholarly journals, including Nursing Education, Nursing Research, Advanced Nursing Science, Geriatric Nursing, and she serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Dr. Zhan has published almost 100 articles and edited six  books. In 2000, her  book “Asian Voices: Asian and Asian American Health Educators Speak out” received “The Book of the Year” award from the American Journal of Nursing for outstanding professional development. Another book “Asian Americans: Vulnerable Populations, Model Interventions, and Clarifying Agendas” was hailed as s an extraordinary journey into Asian American history.  Dr. Zhan’s third book on Asian American Voices: Engaging, Empowering, Enabling was published in 2009. In 2011 she published an edited book entitled Accelerated Education in Nursing: Challenges, Strategies, and Future Direction. Dr. Zhan has been sought to deliver keynotes and speeches related to health care and leadership issues nationally and internationally. 

Internationally, Dr. Zhan is a visiting/honorary professor in ten Chinese universities. In 2007 Dr. Zhan was invited by the US People to People Ambassador Program and led the US Health Care Education and Leadership Delegation to P.R. China. Currently Dr. Zhan serves as a consultant in an effort to establish a College of Nursing and Midwifery and Institute of Health Sciences in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Dr. Zhan has received numerous regional, national, and international awards for her excellence in education, service, and scholarship including the Outstanding Leadership in Nursing and Education award from the National League for Nursing in 2010.

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