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This Week@WesternU, Feb. 13-17, 2012

by Rodney Tanaka

February 13, 2012

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Give Kids A Smile

WesternU will provide free dental care to children 18 and younger as part of the Give Kids A Smile initiative from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at the WesternU Dental Center, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Free dental exams, sealants, fluoride treatments and cleanings will be provided by College of Dental Medicine faculty and students. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. If the Dental Care Center reaches capacity, children will receive a voucher to return for free services before the end of March.

We encourage you to invite your family and friends to campus to participate in this event. To learn more, please contact Edith Jennison at (909) 469-8488 or

Click here to view a flier.

Reflections of a Front Line IDF Soldier

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 in HEC Lecture Hall 1 (second floor). Sgt. Benjamin Anthony from Israel, founder of the “Our Soldiers Speak” organization, will be giving a lecture and Q & A session. He is a well-known motivational speaker who travels around the globe and speaks in various prestigious universities and federations. This is a rare opportunity to hear an Israel Defense Forces soldier’s firsthand account of real events and personal insight into the dynamic on the ground. Free lunch provided. Click here for more information.

Community Health Fair

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at New Direction Community Church, 1100 E. Holt Ave., Pomona. Free health screenings and information, and fun health activities for kids. Click here to view a flier. Visit WesternU’s home page to watch a video on the Health Fair.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

AOA president visits WesternU

American Osteopathic Association (AOA) President Martin S. Levine, DO, has a message for WesternU College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific students: “Think osteopathically.” Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

With $63.94, you can change someone’s life. That is the premise of Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine, Calif.-based nonprofit that raises money to send low-cost, highly effective wheelchairs to people in developing countries with the greatest need. WesternU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students, part of the College of Allied Health Professions, raised enough money to buy more than 130 wheelchairs. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Tim Wood and Roy Guizado rode bicycles for charity this past weekend at the Tour De Palm Springs. They both rode 56 miles to raise money for various charities in the Palm Springs area. Congratulations on finishing the ride!

From the College of Pharmacy:


The latest edition of RxBOUND, the official magazine for WesternU’s College of Pharmacy is available. Inside you will find articles that capture the wonderful spirit of our faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Education Panel

The College of Graduate Nursing is co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Educational Panel Discussion series: “Shaping and Advancing Nursing Practice: The IOM Future of Nursing Report as a Catalyst for Change in Health Care,” organized by the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP), Greater Pasadena.

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at Pandora on Green, 33 West Green Street, Pasadena, Calif. 91105. RSVP Required. Please email any questions or to inquire about registration for this event at or

Click here for more information.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Research Faire fosters collaboration

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a network of more than 750 clinics for students’ third- and fourth-year rotations. As a way to stimulate interest in research collaboration among faculty and these clinical preceptors, CVM held the inaugural Collaborative Clinical Research Faire Feb. 4, 2012 on WesternU’s Pomona campus. Click here to read the full story.

From University Advancement:

Mark your calendar

University Advancement would like to remind everyone of the many exciting activities taking place in the coming months. Check back in future weeks for additional details of the individual events:

Feb. 20: CVM Alumni Reception at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Feb. 22: COMP’s Dinner with the Docs, Pomona campus

March 12-April 2: March Mania Class Scholarship Tournament

March 15: Austin Lecture

March 31: COP Alumni CE & Dinner in Pasadena, Calif.

April 12: The Ray Symposium

April 21: East-West Scholarship Dinner

April 29: WesternU Alumni Brunch at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Calif.

May 12: COMP Continuing Medical Education Conference, Pomona campus

May 16-18: Commencement Dinners & Ceremonies in Pasadena, Calif.

June 13: GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic at Robinson Ranch Golf Club, Santa Clarita, Calif.

June 18: Towne & Gown Golf Classic at Glendora Country Club, Glendora, Calif.

For more information, contact Monique Mast at 909-706-3865 or

Office of Alumni Relations News

On Saturday, Feb. 4, more than 20 alumni and their guests joined President Pumerantz and members of Advancement/Alumni Relations for an afternoon at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. More than fifty guests enjoyed an elegant lunch that included remarks made by the president and Dr. Thomas Fox, Senior Vice President. The group was then treated to a private tour of various parts of the museum. The spectacular clear views of Los Angeles and Pacific Palisades added to the breathtaking beauty of the Getty and to a most enjoyable afternoon for everyone who attended.

From the Pumerantz Library:

New exhibits

Two new exhibits are on display at the library for the month of February: “Black History Month” and “Chocolate, Food of the Gods.” The library continually updates its exhibits throughout the year, so be sure to visit the library often. Click here to visit the library’s news and events blog.

From Toastmasters:

Kudos on accomplishments

Louise Clark, founding member of WesternU’s Toast of the Towne Toastmasters Club, earned recognition as a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the greatest honor that can be earned by a member of Toastmasters International. The DTM award is given only to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and communication skills and who have used these skills to help others in their self-development efforts.

The Toast of the Towne chapter meets at the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library on the first and third Tuesdays every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. If you are interested in improving your public speaking skills, please visit “Toast of the Towne.” Contact Louise Clark for more information at

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