Commencement 2010

The 29th Annual Commencement Exercises for Western University of Health Sciences will be held on May 20-21, 2010 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, Calif.

Here are some important reminders to graduates regarding commencement. Please forward to friends and family as appropriate.

Graduate Reminders

Regalia: Remember your cap, gown and tassel. A bag/coat check will be provided. Also, if you purchased your own hood, remember to give it to your family hooders. Remember that your family hooders need to bring their Family Hooder Passes to be admitted to the Loge Family Hooder Seating area.

Commencement Web site: The commencement Web site at has all kinds of useful information including parking maps, directions, and instructions. Please pull all necessary information from the site before heading to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium!

Live Webcast: We are pleased to announce that the commencement ceremonies will be Webcast live at Please let those who are not attending know, so they can watch you online!

Ordering Photos: Many professional photos will be taken at graduation – if you’re interested in purchasing any of these photos please pick up an orange photography contact info sheet in the Gold Room or at the outside information booth.

Guest Reminders

Doors Close Early: The front doors will close at 9:20 for AM ceremonies and 2:50 for PM ceremonies and will re-open after the processional, invocation and national anthem. It’s essential that all of your guests are seated in the auditorium prior to the doors closing. If your friends/relatives tend to be late… you might tell them it starts 30 minutes earlier.

Tickets Required (for CAHP/CGN and COMP ceremonies): Remember your tickets, as all attendees must have a ticket to enter the auditorium! All tickets have been distributed to graduates so we unfortunately do not have any more to give. For ticket questions, contact Cathy Davis (

College of Allied Health Professions

College of Graduate Nursing

Thursday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Joseph Dunn, Esq.

California Medical Association Chief Executive Officer

College of Pharmacy

Thursday, May 20, 3 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Alan T. Kiyohara, PharmD, FCSHP

Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Operations Leader for Southern California

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Friday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Larry A. Wickless, DO

American Osteopathic Association President

College of Veterinary Medicine

Friday, May 21, 3 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Veterinarian featured on Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets”


Toastmasters Open House

The Toast of the Towne Toastmasters Club at WesternU will hold an Open House at 6:05 p.m. April 20 in the Pumerantz Library. The public is encouraged to attend and learn more about Toastmasters. Light refreshments will be served.

Toastmasters is an international nonprofit organization offering an enjoyable way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills. The WesternU club is upbeat, positive and growing, and all are invited to join. For more information or to RSVP, call Louise at (909) 469-5588 or e-mail

IMC’s Annual Culture Showcase

You are invited to attend Western University’s International Medicine Club (IMC) Annual Culture Show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 22 in HPC, AMP II.

The event will raise money for the Amrit Davaa World Health Charity and the Spain Exchange Program student scholarships. The Amrit Davaa World Health Charity is currently working on building a clinic in Tawang, India – home to about 40,000 Tibetans.

Food and beverages will be available. Tickets: $10 available at the door.

Please contact if you have questions.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Vicky Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, was an invited speaker at the 6th International Congress of Behavioral Optometry (ICBO) which was recently held jointly at the Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, and at WesternU. Dr. Graham addressed the congress with her presentation on the “Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Balance Disorders: the Interaction of Visual, Vestibular and Somatosensory Systems.” Click here for more information.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Jacob on being featured in the latest Pharmacy Practice News for her work on optimizing medication therapy in patients undergoing bariatric surgery – this feature was based on her poster at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Midyear Clinical Meeting. The pilot study program has now become a permanent service at BWH, and pharmacists have conducted close to 90 consults to date. Click here to read more.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary student doctor Eric Fish together with four CVM faculty members have learned that their current study titled “Prevalence and Viral Load of Replicating Feline Coronavirus in Blood of Healthy Shelter Cats,” has received funding from the Morris Animal Foundation as part of the Veterinary Student Scholars program. This $2,000 grant directly involves Mr. Fish in this ongoing research experience. He will be presenting this work at the American Society for Virology (ASV) meeting in Bozeman, Mont. in July 2010. The full citation for the presentation of this work is: Quantitative mRNA detection and genomic analysis of feline coronavirus in monocytes of healthy shelter cats in Southern California. Eric J. Fish, Pedro P. Diniz, Frank Bossong, Ellen Collisson, Yvonne Drechsler.

From the College of Optometry:


The College of Optometry served as a host for the 6th Annual International Congress of Behavioral Optometry (ICBO) on Saturday, April 10. Click here to read more about the event and to view a slideshow.

From University Advancement:

Kudos on accomplishments

The WesternU Publications department won two awards at this year’s American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Excellence in Communications award ceremony on April 9. The student publication Humanism in the Health Sciences took second place in the “Best one of a kind or special publication” category. The magazine is staffed and written and most photography is provided by students. Graphic design is provided by the publications department. Also, the 2009 “A Tribute to Caring” collateral materials (“Western Expansion”) won first place in AACOM’s “best fundraising or annual fund campaign” category.

The Publications department received the AsStudy Award from Signet Research for a recruitment ad for CGN that ran in Nurseweek in September 2009. The award recognizes outstanding response as measured against all other ads appearing in the same issue.

From the Office of Human Resources:

Kudos on accomplishments

Vice President of Human Resources Howard Pardue, PhD, SPHR, contributed an article, “Building a Culture of Transparency,” to the April 2010 edition of the Inland Empire Society for Human Resource Management Newsletter.

Click here to view the article (scroll down to page 4).

Dr. Pardue also contributed to an article that appears in the Winter 2009 edition of The Higher Education Workplace, published by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Dr. Pardue responds to the question: “Many colleges and universities are beginning to implement or explore shared services models between internal departments and with other colleges and universities. What are some of the pros and cons of these types of arrangements?”

From Outtakes

Introducing “Five for $5” at Outtakes

Outtakes is now offering five economical solutions to stimulate your appetite:

Monday: Half chicken salad with bacon on a croissant, house-baked cookie, miss Vickie chips and 16 oz tazo iced tea or 16 oz bottled water

Tuesday: Soup of the day, fresh roll, salad of the day and 16 oz tazo iced tea or 16 oz bottle water

Wednesday: Hot dog, regular fries, house-baked cookie and 16 oz iced tea or 16 oz bottled water

Thursday: Half turkey club, fruit salad, miss Vickie chips and 16 oz iced tea or 16 oz bottled water

Friday: Chicken pasta salad, brownie, whole fruit and 16 oz iced tea or 16 oz bottled water

Look no further than Outtakes for a great meal at a great price – every day!

Located on the ground floor of the new Health Education Center.

Click here for more information.