WesternU joins Pomona leaders in helping homeless students

The Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) has nearly 200 students who are homeless and on their own. This most vulnerable population’s situation is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the services PUSD provides these students, members of the Pomona Leadership Network (PLN) put together backpacks filled with food, clothing and other essentials to help them during this crisis. The PLN group, dubbed the P-Town Leaders, have collected donations and also bought supplies using their own money to fill the backpacks, which will be delivered to homeless students through the district beginning Monday, April 13.

The P-Town Leaders’ core focus is youth empowerment and development within the Pomona community. The group asked PUSD Superintendent Richard Martinez and Patti Azevedo, LMFT, Program Administrator for PUSD’s Student and Family Support Services, to identify students in need.

“After speaking to Richard and Patti as a team, we immediately decided to work on gathering supplies to fill backpacks for the unsheltered youth,” said P-Town Leaders member Patricia Lozano, WesternU executive assistant to the Chief of Community and Governmental Relations. “These backpacks are made with love, and we want the youth to know that we care and we are there for them.”

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From the College of Health Sciences:

Master of Science in Health Sciences Information Session
The Master of Science in Health Sciences program is holding an online Information Session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Please RSVP by Monday, May 4 to Shea Heagle at sheagle@westernu.edu. When you RSVP, you will be provided additional information on how to participate online.

Click here to view a flier: https://news.westernu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020MSHSInvite.pdf

Click here to read a story on the MSHS program from October 2019: https://news.westernu.edu/westernu-master-of-science-in-health-sciences-program-helps-grow-healthier-communities-and-develop-better-teachers/



From the College of Pharmacy:

Message from Dean Daniel Robinson on Honors Day
Although we weren’t able to gather this year for the College of Pharmacy’s annual Honors Day program, I hope you will join me in recognizing all the honorees and recipients in the attached program.

Each year we recognize the countless hours that our students volunteer and give back to the community and the college. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered for the Pomona Health Career Ladder Committee, the Medical Spanish Consultation Committee, the Academic Peer Mentors, and the Dean’s Letter for Community Service.

Congratulations to those of you on the Dean’s List, all scholarship recipients, and those who received the Dean’s Award. Your success shows a commitment and dedication to your academic studies. Thank you to the staff, faculty and preceptors who are recognized this year for your service to the college and students.

Lastly, I want to thank all the members of the Recognition and Awards Committee for their work in reading and tabulating the results for all the scholarships and awards and Mark Iannuzzo for his oversight and coordination of our Honors Day program.

Click here to view the Honors Day program.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Anna Chlebowski, COMP-Northwest Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Glen Kisby, was awarded Runner-Up for the Toshio Narahashi Postdoc Poster Competition Award in the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting in March 2020. Her presentation was titled “Role of Cycad Toxins in Parkinson-Dementia Complex (PDC) using Induced Pluripotent Cell (iPSC) from Guam patients.”



From Public Affairs and Marketing:

New WesternU PowerPoint template
A newly-designed WesternU PowerPoint template is available on the Public Affairs and Marketing webpage, in the left column under Helpful Links.

The template include multiple types of slides. Click on “new slide” to see the templates.

Public Affairs and Marketing is continuing to build new resources for the WesternU community. Click here to download WesternU Zoom backgrounds, including two recently-added backgrounds featuring the WesternU logo.