Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, will make a public
appearance in downtown Pomona on Friday, March 5, to judge the finalists
of a student anti-smoking poster contest on the campus of Western
University of Health Sciences (WesternU).
Dr. Koop will then present savings bonds to the top five participants. The
contest is a joint project of WesternU, the Pomona Unified School District
and the WesternU student chapter of California Doctors Ought to Care (Cal-
DOC). Following the distribution of the awards, Dr. Koop will hold a brief
question and answer session with the audience.
The 3:30 p.m. event is open to the public and the community is invited to
attend. Guided tours of the WesternU campus will be available to
“”One of Cal-DOC’s main missions is the education of young people about the
dangers of smoking,”” said D.J. Powell, a first-year medical student at
WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and president of
the University’s Cal-DOC student chapter. “”We thought a poster contest
with Dr. Koop as the final judge would be a great way for Pomona’s young
people to learn of smoking’s hazards.””
More than 130 fifth and sixth grade PUSD students submitted entries in
the “”No Butts About It, Smoking is Bad for Your Health”” poster creating
contest. Two posters from each fifth and/or sixth grade class will be
forwarded to WesternU in late February where University students will
select the top five.
Dr. Koop will chose two honorable mentions, as well as the third, second
and first place winners. He will award a savings bond of $250 to the first-
place winner, $150 to the creator of the poster that comes in second, and
$50 to the third-place winner. Winners of the honorable mention
designation will each receive a savings bond of $25.
In addition, the winning posters will go on display Saturday, March 13, at
the Second Street Artwalk in downtown Pomona.
Dr. Koop is visiting WesternU to receive the Elie Wiesel Humanism in
Healing Award, the University’s highest honor. WesternU will present the
award to Dr. Koop during a gala dinner dance at the Hotel Inter-
Continental in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 6. The Pomona-based
University is honoring Dr. Koop for his contributions to science and
public health, specifically in regard to how his contributions have
benefited people with disabilities.
The Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award, named for the internationally
renowned Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, is presented annually to
an individual who best represents the philosophy and values of the
University, and who has actively incorporated them toward the betterment
of the human condition.
The March 6 gala is a fundraiser to benefit WesternU’s Center for
Disability Issues and the Health Professions (CDIHP). Filmmaker and
community activist Rob Reiner is honorary chair; television news anchor
and disabled rights activist Bree Walker will act as master of ceremonies.
The event is open to the public; tickets are $150 per person.
WesternU founded the CDIHP to prepare health care professionals to better
meet the primary care needs of people with disabilities. Under the
direction of nationally renowned disabled rights activist Brenda Premo,
the CDIHP will emphasize both immediate reforms in educational curriculum
as well as long-term research on policies and related issues.
For more information regarding Dr. Koop’s March 5 visit to the WesternU
campus, contact the University’s Events and Programs Department at (909)
For reservations or more information regarding the March 6 gala, contact
WesternU’s Campaign Development Department at (909) 469-5362.