Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2010 (Aug. 2-7, 2010) is a wonderful opportunity for incoming students to learn about the university and to meet their classmates. For questions regarding any of these events, call the Office of University Student Affairs at (909) 469-5340 or e-mail studentaffairs@westernu.edu. Additional information on college-specific orientation schedules, Ice Cream Social group breakdowns and other events is available here:


Click here to read more about Convocation keynote speaker Jeffrey Saal, MD.

President’s Ice Cream Social (Optional)

Please note the change of location.

Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 in the Health Professions Center Student Commons. Click here for more information.

Convocation (Mandatory. Professional attire. White coats not required.)

8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, Ontario Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Way East, Ontario, CA 91764.

White Coat ceremonies (Mandatory. Professional attire. Bring white coats but do not wear them)

Saturday, Aug. 7

For a complete list of White Coat ceremonies, click here.

President’s Welcome Lunch and campus tours immediately follow Convocation and White Coat ceremonies on the WesternU campus from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to this event by sending an e-mail to Special Events or by calling Rocki at (909) 469-5439.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP Associate Professor of Physiology Dr. Edward J. Wagner and his 2009 summer student research fellow Benjamin Lee recently had their manuscript, titled “Contribution of a Membrane Estrogen Receptor to the Estrogenic Regulation of Body Temperature and Energy Homeostasis,” published in the journal Endocrinology. This project involved the collective efforts of collaborators at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., as well as at Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany. Click here to view a proof of the article.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Virologist and CVM Assistant Professor Dr. Yvonne Drechsler received notice of an award in the amount of $108,000 for a two-year study comparing two feline viruses for genetic differences affecting virulence. The Morris Animal Foundation award is highly competitive and represents a significant acknowledgement of our WesternU scientists.

The study, titled “Identifying Genetic Determinants Differentiating Feline Coronavirus and Peritonitis Virus Pathoypes,” was highly scored for merit and relevance to the Morris Animal Foundation. Dr. Yvonne Drechsler is Principle Investigator and she is joined in this effort by Co-investigators Dr. Pedro Diniz, Dr. Frank Bossong, and Dr. Ellen Collisson.

Morris Animal Foundation recently announced awards for 73 students from 36 schools in nine countries to participate in this year’s Veterinary Student Scholars (VSS) program, including four students from the College of Veterinary Medicine. The students selected were awarded funding for research projects in the areas of small and large companion animal and wildlife health. This hands-on research experience will expose these students to research early in their careers, hopefully affecting their lives and the lives of the animals they study.

WesternU student recipients are: Bradley Ahrens, Eric Fish, Lindsey Porterfield and Kursten Roderick.

For more information, visit the Morris Animal Foundation website at www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.

From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Third Annual Summer Student Technology and Research Symposium (STARS)

WesternU students who spent their summer in research labs showcased their hard work at the third annual Student Technology and Research Symposium (STARS) on July 27, 2010.

Click here to read more about STARS and to view a slideshow.