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This Week@WesternU, Aug. 12-16, 2013

by Rodney Tanaka

August 12, 2013

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WesternU students presented their summer research projects at the annual Student Technology and Research Symposium Aug. 1, 2013. Click here for a list of students, their projects and their advisers.

WesternU honors board Chairman Emeritus Warren Lawless

For more than 30 years, Warren Lawless has served as a vital link between Western University of Health Sciences and the Pacific Northwest. WesternU honored Lawless at a special family reunion held after COMP-Northwest’s Convocation and white coat ceremony Aug. 3, 2013 in Lebanon, Ore. Click here to view the full story.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP-Northwest welcomes 105 new students

New osteopathic medical students were urged to find balance in work and life at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest’s third annual Convocation and white coat ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Lebanon, Ore. The ceremony, at Lebanon First Assembly of God Church, welcomed 105 new students to Western University of Health Sciences’ Oregon campus. Click here to view the full story and multiple slideshows.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM has been invited by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to review and comment on the training modules its National Disaster Medical Services uses to train anthropologists who are going to be deployed in disaster responses.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

The DPT Class of 2013 held their Awards Ceremony Aug. 1 at the Pomona Valley Mining Company. While students participated in the annual WesternU commencement ceremony in May, this Awards Ceremony marks the completion of the three-year curriculum for the doctoral degree and recognizes the outstanding achievements of this graduating class.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Click here for a list of recent College of Pharmacy presentations, publications and accomplishments.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

DNP Perspectives

Click here to view the Summer 2013 issue of DNP Perspectives.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

CDM graduation featured

The CDA Update, a biweekly newsletter for the California Dental Association, ran an article on the inaugural graduating class of the College of Dental Medicine. Click here to read the story.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

College of Veterinary Medicine student Brittany Ann Lancellotti was awarded a $5,000 veterinary scholarship by the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Optometry:

College of Optometry receives grant for student wellness

First-year Western University of Health Sciences students deal with a lot of change: starting a rigorous academic program and often moving from far away. WesternU’s College of Optometry received a $10,000 Tri-City Mental Health Services: Community Wellbeing Grant to address these challenges. Click here to read the full story.

From University Advancement:

2013 Faculty and Staff Luncheon & Silent Auction

The sixth annual Faculty & Staff Luncheon & Silent Auction raised more than $5,400 for Western University of Health Sciences’ University Scholarship Fund.

WesternU’s Office of University Advancement presented the "Hot Fun in the Summertime" event July 26, 2013 with activities that included a chili cook-off, cupcake contest, casino games, Dr. Ben Cohen Nok Hockey Tournament, silent auction, and $3 hot dog lunches. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Optometry gifts

HOYA, a leading manufacturer of optical lenses, renewed its commitment to WesternU College of Optometry with a nearly $20,000 gift supporting various College activities for the 2013-14 academic year. In addition to this and the previous year’s programmatic support, HOYA is funding two student scholarship funds and will soon complete their $25,000 pledge supporting the building of the Patient Care Center.

Dr. Vanessa D. Hsu of Private Eyes Optometry in Orange, CA recently donated a MARCO RTA5 to the Eye Care Center. This equipment nicely complements our already highly sophisticated Center and will assist our doctors and students in diagnosing of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration, and many other retinal pathologies with speed and accuracy. The gift is values at $12,000. Thank you Dr. Hsu!

The College of Optometry would like to thank our Welcome Week sponsors: Walmart, Pioneer Instruments, HOYA, Keeler, Ophthalmic Instruments, Vistakon, VAP, MARCO, Optometric Extension Foundation and Alcon. As in years past, Alcon is once again the sponsor of the very special White Coat Ceremony.

The College of Optometry would like to say a very special thank you to Linda Kit, OD. Dr. Kit is a member of the College of Optometry’s 2013 inaugural graduating class and the first to make a gift to the College.

VSP has agreed to provide the Eye Care Center a gift-in-kind in the equivalent of $100,000. The gift-in-kind comes in the form of vouchers for low income, non/underinsured populations for eye exams and glasses.

Podiatric Medicine support

The College of Podiatric Medicine would like to thank the Tetra Corporation for their continued support of the White Coat Ceremony.

The College of Podiatric Medicine will again co-sponsor with ProLab Orthotics the 3rd Annual Learning in the Vineyards Education Conference in Napa, Calif., Nov. 1-3 2013. The Conference has gained worldwide recognition for its excellence in education. The internationally-renowned faculty includes leaders in sports medicine, surgery, biomechanics, vascular, diabetic foot care, pediatrics and more. An exciting element of the Conference includes the $500-per-plate donor dinner held in the Meritage Resort’s Wine Cave. The dinner is completely underwritten by ProLab, allowing all money raised from the dinner to go to the Dean’s Scholarship Fund. The dinner is on track to exceed the number of donors from the two previous years.

New Alumni Connection

The August 2013 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. This edition features the latest news from WesternU, including information on Welcome Week activities, the University’s connection to Zoo Atlanta’s recent twin panda birth, and the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy’s involvement in the Affordable Care Act, as well as upcoming events and college-specific information. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at

From the Office of University Recruitment/Strategic Enrollment Management

Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, highlighting health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences.

Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet students and faculty.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for Preview Day.

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