Students at Western University of Health Sciences are organizing a multi-

faith prayer service and a color guard presentation of the nation’s,

state’s and university’s flags for a campus-wide 9/11 remembrance at 12:15

p.m., Wednesday, September 11.

Students from the university’s Islamic, Christian, Hillel and Latter Day

Saints student clubs first will lead the campus community in a moment of

silence at the campus’ Founders Park. Executive Vice President of Academic

Affairs George Charney, DO, will speak, followed by the color guard

presentation. The color guard will be made up of students in the

university’s Military Medical Student Association.

“”In the year since 9/11, I’ve noticed that students have forged an even

deeper commitment to becoming compassionate and skilled health care

providers,”” said Western University President Philip Pumerantz,

PhD. “”They’ve seen that their calling is much more than about money and

prestige – that their work as a health care professional MATTERS.””

More than 1,400 students study at Western University toward post-

baccalaureate degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician

assistant studies, physical therapy and nursing. Beginning in fall 2003,

the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine – Southern California’s

first and only college of veterinary medicine – will welcome its first

class of students.