WesternU students, faculty and staff celebrated the dedication of a Recital Hall and grand piano on Monday, February 22 during a reception on the second floor of the University’s new Health Education Center.

The dedication ceremony included a "passing of the key" between Dr. Benjamin Cohen, Provost and Chief Operating Officer for WesternU, and Dr. Beverly Guidry, Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Guidry, herself a pianist and vocalist, will administer use of the piano by students and staff.

The piano was donated to the University by Dr. Cohen and his wife, Regan. At Monday’s dedication, Mrs. Cohen introduced the students and staff who performed that evening — Jonathan Bulos, DPT ’11, Christine Le, DO ’12, Joohee Seo, DVM ’13, Craig Thom, DO ’12, Connie Tsai, OD ’13, Lara Pickle, DO ’12, Dr. Paul Dobies, Assistant Professor for the College of Optometry,  and Dr. Guidry.

During his opening remarks, Dr. Philip Pumerantz, president of WesternU, noted that the relationship between the health sciences and the music that will created and shared in the Recital Hall is a logical and appropriate one.

"Healing is an art. Caring for others is an art, just as music is an art," he said.

Watch a video of the piano dedication ceremony >>