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This Week@WesternU, Feb. 18-21, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

February 18, 2014

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Completion of solar array celebrated at WesternU

Western University of Health Sciences and Washington Gas Energy Systems Inc. unveiled the completion of a solar array system that will generate renewable energy for the University.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at a campus carport system with solar panels erected on a parking lot near Third and Palomares streets on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

The 672-kilowatt, campus-based project consists of a roof-mounted system of 2,688 solar panels affixed to three buildings: the Health Sciences Center (HSC), Health Professions Center (HPC) and the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center (BVCC). Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

WesternU to hold Trends in Autism Conference April 12, 2014

The 13th annual Trends in Autism Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.

The keynote speakers will be Chantal Sicile-Kira and Jeremy Sicile-Kira. Chantal Sicile-Kira is a leading author on autism and is the founder of She will sign books after the talk.

This event is open to health professionals, therapists, teachers, parents and adults with autism. Click here to view a flier. For more information, email Visit WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE) at

Patient Care Center offers Affordable Care Act enrollment counseling

The Eye Care Center at Western University of Health Sciences has an enrollment counselor to help you and your family members obtain needed health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

“GEM: Get Enrollment Moving” provides counselors through collaboration with Citrus Valley Health Partners.

Your visit with an enrollment counselor will take place at the Eye Care Center, which is housed in the Patient Care Center located at 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

Please call (909) 706-3953 to schedule an appointment for this free service.

WesternU learns the healing power of forgiveness

Patrick Chamusso battled apartheid in South Africa, survived imprisonment and torture, befriended Nelson Mandela, and learned to forgive his tormentors.

He shared his extraordinary story while visiting Western University of Health Sciences’ Pomona, Calif. campus Feb. 13, 2014. He took a tour and had lunch with WesternU Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, at the invitation of College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) graduate Habib Sadeghi, DO ’00.

Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Karl Hess was interviewed and included in an article for the CA Health Report on pharmacist involvement in primary care and SB 493, titled “A Quiet Revolution in Primary Care.” Click here to view the story.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, is an invited speaker for the Allied Health JumpStart Series being held today, Feb. 18 at UCLA. Professor Vlad will be part of an admissions panel and a professional panel on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice” for this event sponsored by the UCLA Career Center, which targets specific professions throughout the year.

From the Pumerantz Library

Harry Potter’s World Exhibit

Beginning March 10 and running until April 19, the Pumerantz Library is showcasing Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. Read the blog for more details.

Dr. Wedel talk and book signing

The Pumerantz library is sponsoring a talk and book signing of Dr. Vicki Wedel’s new book “Broken Bones: Anthropological analysis of blunt force trauma,” to be held 4-6 p.m. March 13 in HEC Classroom A. For details please read the blog.

AccessMedicine and AccessPharmacy Case Files

Check out the collection of case files and self-assessment tools that are at your disposal in AccessMedicine & AccessPharmacy.

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, March 1, 2014, 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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Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766


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