Dental Center Open

The Dental Center is open for care of the public, including faculty, staff and students of WesternU. To make an appointment call: 909-706-3910.

Dental patient care hours are: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wed: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. WesternU’s “Towne & Gown Golf Classic” on Monday, March 21, 2011 is a scramble-format tournament with on-course contests to make for an enjoyable day on the links, regardless of your skill as a golfer. One par-3 hole will include a $25,000 Hole in One competition.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif., followed by a noon shotgun start. Reception will follow.

Cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11, 2011.

“We hope to raise money for student scholarships,” Dr. Chen said. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m pleased to give back by helping WesternU students.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Terrazas, 909-706-3476,;

or AlessaGalvan, 909-469-5436,; or visit

WesternU Day at the Races

The WesternU Alumni Association invites all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their guests to a Day at the Races on Saturday, April 2, at Santa Anita Park. For just $20 per person (less for kids), you’ll get valet parking, racetrack and clubhouse admission, a trackside lunch buffet, and a racing program. For more information or to register by March 11, go to

Preview Day

Registration is open for the fourth WesternU Preview Day on Saturday, March 5, 2011, highlighting health education opportunities offered at WesternU. Click here to read more.

Click here to register for Preview Day:

Student Government Association News:

Congratulations to the newly elected SGA Executive Officers for the 2011-2012 school year; they will officially take office starting April 1.

Katherine Gillett, CO ’13, SGA Executive President; Cherish Hirano, CDM ’14, SGA Executive Vice President; Stephen Kang, COP ’14, SGA Executive Treasurer; Amy Trieu, COP ’14, SGA Executive Secretary; Hang Chau, COMP ’14, SGA Executive

Club Coordinator

From University Advancement:

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The Publications department recently won its first CASE Award of Excellence: A Silver Award in Visual Identity System category for the College signboard collages. These are the signboards located on the east and north sides of the Western University Bookstore.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education

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Congratulations and thanks to Tracy Dang, MS, PA-C ’05 who recently completed an intensive Emergency Residency at Johns Hopkins. She has returned to California to become preceptor to PA students at a local emergency room. Last week Tracy provided a lecture and demonstration on lumbar punctures to the first-year physician assistant students. The students were very impressed, and the PA Department is grateful for her time and expertise.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Several faculty and students participated in the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), which was recently held in New Orleans. The four-day CSM focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections. The conference is held annually and more than 8,000 physical therapy professionals attended this year from across the country. Faculty members Drs. Casey Chaney, Vicky Graham, Mary Hudson-McKinney, Dee Schilling, DavidSelkowitz, and Professor Georgeanne Vlad, along with DPT 2011 studentsElizabeth Alexander, Kelsey Granley, Karla Hill, Erin Huddock, Nicole Jones, Layla Rabbani, Deanna Senko, and Claudia Yanez, and DPT 2013 members Alexandra Bottorff, Lindsey Liggan, Ashleigh Miller, and Raquel Ochoa represented WesternU.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

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Fourth-year veterinary students scored a college record on their national licensure test this year, topping the national average score for first-time test takers from the 28 veterinary medicine colleges in the United States. Click here to read more.

CVM News

On Monday, February 21, CVM Dean Phil Nelson hosted an evening reception during the Western Veterinary Conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. About two-dozen alumni joined current students, faculty, staff, and friends to reconnect with one another and enjoy good food, drinks, and networking. A delegation of Japanese veterinarians, including the president of the Japanese Veterinary Medical Association, also stopped by for the festivities. During the reception, Dean Nelson made some brief remarks to update the attendees on news from the University and plans for future alumni reunions.

From the College of Pharmacy:

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Dr. Sheryl Chow published an article in collaboration with Dr. Steve O’Barr, Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dr. Ryan Quist (previously faculty at WesternU).

Chow SL, O’Barr SA, Peng JT, Chew EE, Pak F, Patel P, Quist R, Patterson JH, Heywood JT. Renal function and neurohormonal changes following intravenous infusions of nitroglycerin vs. nesiritide in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ABC-HFT study). J Card Fail. 2010 Dec 02. [Epub ahead of print]

Dr. Olivia Phung published 2 articles; the first is based on work with collaborators on the Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Guideline Panel:

Phung OJ, Kahn SR, Cook DJ, Murad MH. Dosing frequency of unfractionated heparin thromboprophylaxis: a meta-analysis. Chest. Prepublished online February 24, 2011; doi 10.1378/chest.10-3084. Available online:

The second is a cross-sectional survey, which queries systematic review authors on their intent to update previously published systematic reviews, completed with colleagues at the University of Connecticut.

Phung OJ, Baker WL, Baker EL, Coleman CI. Intent to update systematic reviews: results of an Internet survey. J Investig Med. 2011;59: published online ahead of print; doi 10.231/JIM.0b013e3182124c75

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific/College of Podiatric Medicine:

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Dr. Wedel, an Assistant Professor of Anatomy for COMP/CPM, is co-author of a new paper describing the discovery of “thunder-thighs,” so named for its enormously powerful thigh muscles. The dinosaur was discovered in Utah; the paper was recently published in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. Primary author Mike Taylor is a researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London. Co-authors are Dr. Wedel and Richard L. Cifelli, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma. Click here to read more.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

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Marek Malecki, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Gene Therapy, was an invitedspeaker at the 18th Annual International Conference on Molecular Medicine in San Francisco 23-25 Feb 2011 This is the most prestigious professional meeting in molecular medicine in the world. He gave two presentations: "High Yield Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTC) and Protocols for Molecular Diagnosis" and "Nuclear Routing Network Guides Intranuclear Delivery of Transgenes in Gene Therapy Trials."