More than 350 Students Received Degrees; Dr. J Taylor Harden Honored as a Leader on Aging and Public Health

On May 7, 2007, NYU College of Nursing conferred degrees to 216 baccalaureate graduates, 117 master’s graduates, 8 advanced-certificate graduates, and 10 doctoral graduates at The New Amsterdam Theatre in Manhattan. The graduation exercise was the second such ceremony for the College since it became and independent college within New York University in 2005.

J Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant to the director for special populations, National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, delivered the keynote speech, after which College of Nursing Dean Terry Fulmer presented her with the annual Helen Manzer Award in recognition of her exemplary leadership for the health of the nation. Prior to joining the NIA, Dr. Harden was a program officer at the National Institute of Nursing Research where she managed a portfolio of grants including women’s health, aging research, and behavioral and social research. Her research, publication, and public speaking have focused primarily on women’s and minority health and issues of aging.

Judith Haber, PhD ‘84, MA ‘67, APRN, BC, FAAN, received the College’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Dr. Haber, the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor of Nursing and associate dean of graduate programs for the College of Nursing, who known for her research in the area of physical and psychosocial adjustment to illness, was honored for her dedicated involvement and service to the NYU College of Nursing Community. In her remarks, Dr Haber, a “double alumna” of NYU Nursing encouraged the new graduates to, “Think about how you intend to be part of the solutions, not part of the problems….Think about your commitment to influence change, because urban health challenges are multifaceted, complex, and often longstanding.”

Dr. Fulmer next presented the Distinguished Colleague Award for Contribution to the Clinical Exercise to Dr. Kimberly Glassman, PhD, RN, for her outstanding contributions. A member of each graduating class received an award for distinguished service. Moshe Reiss received the baccalaureate award for serving as a volunteer tutor and as a volunteer at a camp for children with Cancer. Michele Morrison was recognized with the master’s student award for her leadership as president of the Advanced Nursing Student Organization and academic commitment to master’s studies. Marie Boltz, who received her doctoral degree, was rewarded for her scholarship and academic commitment to her doctoral studies and for her service to the Doctoral Student Organization.

The featured baccalaureate speaker was Laurel Hallock-Koppelman; the master’s speaker was Mary Christine Jared, and the doctoral speaker was Dr. Mary Rosedale.

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