Loewenberg College of Nursing Celebrates 50 Years

November 6, 2017 - The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing celebrated 50 years of preparing leaders and promoting health recently at its 50th Anniversary Gala in the University Center Ballroom with about 200 guests.

Mary Ellen Geist, award-winning broadcast journalist turned author and caregiver, gave the keynote address. She shared her journey of caring for her father after his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and the special nurses who provided support.

The College celebrated current and past leaders who played a significant role in its first 50 years. These "50 Leaders for 50 Years" have helped to meet the needs of academic nursing and health care in innovative ways, generated nursing knowledge to guide nursing practice, or reflected the importance of their educational training and showed pride and loyalty to Memphis nursing. A complete list of the 50 Leaders in 50 Years is available at www.memphis.edu/nursing/50.

"For 50 years, the Loewenberg College of Nursing has prepared caring, compassionate and capable graduates who are ready to meet the ever-changing needs of health care," said Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the College. "Our achievements come from collective efforts and wisdoms – our faculty, students, staff, academic nursing partners and community leaders and supporters; and our commitment to core values of caring, diversity, integrity and leadership. As we celebrate the past five decades and the momentum that has fueled our distinguished past, we know that the best is truly yet to come."

During the event, Zhan recognized event sponsors Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Baptist Memorial Health Care. Over the years, the Lichterman-Loewenberg family has continuously invested resources into nursing and has helped the Loewenberg College grow. "We are so grateful to the Lichterman-Loewenberg Foundation for its legacy of philanthropy and commitment to our students, faculty and staff," Zhan said.

The College's vision at 50 is to push even further. Nursing is at the critical time to continue providing patient-family centered care, improving the health care system, and promoting health for all.

Chuck Gallina