President Philip Pumerantz to retire Sept. 8

Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, on Friday announced he would retire on Sept. 8. He sent a letter to WesternU Board of Trustees Chair Richard Bond, DO, outlining his decision while reflecting on his nearly 38 years of leading this University and seeing it prosper and grow. Click here to read the letter, and click here to read a press release sent to local and national media. Click here to read the full story in the Daily Bulletin newspaper.

WesternU, University of La Verne team up for early admissions programs

University of La Verne students pursuing health care careers can now gain early admission to graduate programs at WesternU under an agreement signed by the presidents of both universities. Click here to read the full story in the Daily Bulletin newspaper.

14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference set for April 18

At the 14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference at Western University of Health Sciences, parents and adults with autism, health professionals, therapists and teachers will come together with the common goal of "Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together." The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at WesternU, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The keynote speaker will be Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, MSBus, author of "Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention." Her topic will be "Thinking Beyond Labels: Why So Many Developmental Problems, and What We Can Do About It?" Click here to read the full story.

WesternU’s Austin Lecture focuses on ‘The Vulnerable Child’

The fourth annual Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Care Policy will feature a groundbreaking leader in developing critically needed medical, legal and social services for families affected by violence. The lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Lecture Hall I of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. "The Vulnerable Child: A Challenge to Multi-disciplinary Pediatric Care" will be presented by keynote speaker Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD, Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Project at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, and a professor of clinical pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

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WesternU to hold annual Ray Symposium April 30

The Ninth Annual Ray Symposium, sponsored by the College of Pharmacy, will focus on the importance of numbers in health care. The symposium will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Lecture Hall I of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766. The topic, presented by keynote speaker Ellen Peters, PhD, will be "Numeracy and Health: A Tyranny of Numbers." Click here to read the full story

From the College of Veterinary Medicine

Vet Med Open House is April 11

The College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its 10th annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 along the campus Esplanade. Click here to read the full story. Click here to view the flier.

From the College of Pharmacy

Kudos on Accomplishments

Dr. Cynthia Jackeviciuspresented an abstract at the American Colleges of Cardiology meeting in San Diego: Mathew J, Glorioso TJ, Bradley S, Turakhia M, Jackevicius C, Ho PM, Varosy P. Significant variation in atrial fibrillation treatment strategies: insights from the Veteran’s Health Administration; JACC 2015;65(10_S): doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60378-3.

Dr. Jackevicius also is a continuing grant reviewer for the American Heart Association for the national-level Population Health Study Section.

Dr. Hyma Gogineni has been accepted to the ASHP Research Boot camp, which makes her eligible to apply for their Foundation grant.

Drs. Anne Kugler and David Pham co-authored a publication: Inhaled Technosphere Insulin: A Novel Delivery System and Formulation for the Treatment of Types 1 and 2 Diabetes Mellitus (pages 298-314) Anne J. Kugler, Kristin L. Fabbio, David Q. Pham and Daniel A. Nadeau Pharmacotherapy. Article was first published online: 24 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/phar.1555

Dr. Mark Nguyen was awarded "Pharmacist of the Year" from the Orange County Society of Health System Pharmacists.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

NYT best-selling authors to speak at WesternU

Best-selling authors Daniel G. Amen, MD, and his wife, Tana Amen, BSN, RN, will speak on the importance of brain health from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766. The Amens’ speech, "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life," is open to the public and is being hosted by Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Click here to read more.

From the College of Allied Health Professions

PTAC Yard Sale Fundraiser

The Physical Therapy Advocacy Club (PTAC) is seeking donations for a Yard Sale Fundraiser the club is hosting on Saturday, April 11 to raise money for the Marquette Challenge in Rancho Cucamonga. The Marquette Challenge is an annual grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students across the country to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s mission. The Challenge is the Foundation’s signature annual fundraising initiative, raising more funds each year than any other Foundation activity. Since its inception, 192 schools have participated in the Challenge, raising more than $2.7 million for physical therapy research. If you would like to support the Marquette Challenge, please drop off your items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6-10 at the Department of Physical Therapy Education, on the second floor of the Health Sciences Center. For more information please contact Tiffany Witherspoon at or 909-469-5545 or Dr. Steven Snyder at

From the University Archives

Celebrating Library Preservation Week

The University Archives will celebrate Library Preservation Week April 27 to May 1 with three noontime workshops on "Preserving Your Family Memories":

    • April 27, Workshop I, "Preserving Family Papers."

    • April 28, Workshop II, "Preserving Family Photographs."

    • May 1, Workshop III, "Preserving Home Movies."

The workshops will discuss causes of deterioration and proper care and handling of materials, and will provide storage guidelines and other helpful tips. All workshops will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Library Conference Room. Seating is limited to 20 people. Click here to go to the library workshops calendar. From there, click forward to the month of April or May and click on the respective workshop to register.

From University Advancement

The Alumni Office is accepting RSVPs for three events next month. Click on the links below for details or to register to attend.

    • Saturday, May 2, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.: COMP’s 8th Annual CME Conference on campus

    • Saturday, May 2, 3-5 p.m.: WesternU Reception at the California Dental Association Presents conference in Anaheim

    • Sunday, May 24, 6-8 p.m.: WesternU Reception at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference

      in San Francisco

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