Convocation 2011

More than 1,100 new students attended the WesternU Convocation and white coat ceremonies on Aug. 6, 2011 in Ontario, Calif. Click here to read more and to view a slideshow.

Blood drive

A blood drive in honor of Dr. Maria Pia Phillips will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in BVCC Commons. All participants will receive a coupon for a box of chocolate-covered fruit from Edible Arrangements, two complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory and a voucher for two tickets for a Chivas soccer game ($10 processing fee) and will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gas card. Identification is required. To schedule your appointment or for more information, log onto enter the sponsor code Westun. Click here to view a flier.

Toastmasters Contest

Twenty-seven Inland Empire Toastmasters clubs will be competing at 8 a.m. Aug. 27, 2011 at WesternU. The contest theme, “Capture Your Opportunity,” will feature humorous speeches by experienced toastmasters. The $20 admission fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. The event is open to the public and is being held in the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center, 611 E. Second St., Pomona.

For further information contact Vicki Oberhofer, 909-263-1179.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Glen Kisby, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, COMP-Northwest, published an article, “Does the cycad genotoxin MAM implicated in Guam ALS-PDC induce disease-relevant changes in mouse brain that includes olfaction?” Communicative and Integrative Biology, Volume 4, Issue 6.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, DPT, MS, and Professor Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, College of Allied Health Professions, for having their research, “Effectiveness of Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Index (PEDI) in Measuring Differences in Capability and Performance Between Children with Sensori-Motor Disorders, Physical Disability and Typically Developing Children,” accepted for a poster presentation at the upcoming California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, which takes place Sept. 22-23 in Long Beach. Alumna Mary Wardell, PT, DPT ’08, is the third author on this study.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

This past weekend, the PA Class of 2001 had a reunion dinner which was attended by approximately 30 alumni. It was exciting to see the alumni catch up on news from the past 10 years. The Dean of the College of Allied Health Professions briefly spoke with the alumni to update their knowledge about the campus, the new colleges, and the patient care center. The Director of Alumni Relations provided PA pins to the class and WesternU pens to the PA alumni organizers of the event. The Department of PA Education Chair was also there to greet and talk with the alumni. Everyone shared a wonderful dinner followed by dessert. Everyone had a great time at the reunion.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. James Scott had an article published from his time at Jeffrey Goodman Clinic in LA: Christine Vaughan, Glenn Wagner, Lisa Miyashiro, Gery Ryan, and James D. Scott. The Role of the Home Environment and Routinization in ART Adherence. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic). 2011 ; 10(3): 176–182. doi:10.1177/1545109711399365.

Dr. Eric K. Gupta was elected to the position of Grand Vice Regent (National Vice President) for the 2011-13 term, and received the GCD Certificate of Excellence for being one of the top ten Grand Council Deputies (Chapter Advisor) in the nation at the 55th Grand Council Convention (Kappa Psi National Meeting which occurs biennially) in San Francisco Aug. 2-6, 2011.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Professor Tracey McNamara, CVM, DACVP, gave the keynote address at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine commencement on June 12. Click here to read a story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Veterinary Assistant Professor Dr. Hrvoje Smodlaka presented his work to the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists at their annual meeting at Cornell University, Aug 6-8, 2011. This work describing the dermal circulatory system histology and physiology of pinnipeds (Pacific ocean seals and sea lions) is the result of collaboration between Dr. Smodlaka and CVM Professor Dr. Wael Khamas, with WesternU alumna Dr. Jessica Leach-Robinson and our colleague at Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, Calif., Dr. Lauren Palmer. The complete citation is: Histology and infrared thermography of the skin, skin appendages and their role in heat dissipation in three pinniped species. Wael Khamas, BVM&S, MS, PhD; Hrvoje Smodlaka, DVM, PhD; Jessica Leach-Robinson, DVM; Lauren Palmer, DVM.

From the College of Optometry

Radio interview

Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman was interviewed on radio station KKZZ-AM 1400 this morning, Aug. 15, 2011 about “Back To School Children’s Vision.” WesternU and its graduate programs were mentioned, and the importance of yearly comprehensive visual examinations for children was emphasized in the interview. Dr. Remick-Waltman is a spokeswoman for the California Optometric Association and serves as the Director of Community Outreach for the College of Optometry.

From the Pumerantz Library:

World Veterinary Year 2011 Reception

This year is World Veterinary Year, which recognizes 250 years of formal veterinary medical education. The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library has been assisting the College of Veterinary Medicine in the celebration by hosting exhibits on various aspects of veterinary medicine.

The library will be holding a reception on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor in honor of this occasion. The reception will include guest speakers and an opportunity to view the exhibits and interact with College of Veterinary faculty and library staff. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. For more information please contact the library at 909-469-5323.