Brenna Newbold of Boone received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Allen College. The College awarded 89 degrees at its commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls.

Allen College conferred 14 Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degrees, 56 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees and 19 Master of Science of Nursing degrees.

The speaker for Allen College’s fall commencement was Dr. Michael Iwama. Dr. Iwama has a PhD in Sociology from Kibi International University, Tokyo, Japan; PhD in Health Anthropology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands; MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia; BSc in Human Performance from the University of Victoria; and a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Iwama is professor and chair of the department of occupational therapy at Augusta University. During his tenure as chair he has been wholly committed to institute community service as an important facet of their program. Service is good for the soul and demonstrates the humanity and commitment to serve and help one another; a good pre-requisite for becoming an occupational therapist/health professional. He has also been a long-standing member of the Salvation Army, dating back to his teens while growing up in Canada. Activities included disaster relief (fires, floods, etc.), serving at soup kitchens and prison visitation.

Allen College offers degrees in both health sciences and nursing. Approximately 630 students enrolled at the College this fall. Information on Allen College is available at