From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU nursing student earns National Hispanic Health Foundation scholarship

College of Graduate Nursing student Angelica Millan earned a scholarship from the National Hispanic Health Foundation that recognizes her commitment to community service and mentorship.

She was one of 10 Western region students to receive a scholarship from the foundation.

Millan is completing her first semester as a Doctor of Nursing Practice student, marking a return to academia after more than 20 years in nursing. She is the nursing director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Children’s Medical Services. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, was recognized last month in an annual celebration at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine. Along with other members of the nonprofit “Hope Reads,” Dr. Konecne was acknowledged for her efforts in the group collecting more than 5,000 used books over the last three years for a mobile library to patients and staff at the UCI Cancer Center.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to the members of the Center for Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CADRE), College of Pharmacy, on their recent accomplishments and activities. Click here to view a full list of accomplishments.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP/CDM’s Dr. Vicki Wedel has published her first book, “Broken Bones: Anthropological Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma,” through the renowned forensic science publishing house Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd. The book details the training and responsibilities of forensic anthropologists examining human remains in medicolegal investigations of death. It also describes how difficult it is to conduct actualistic studies of human trauma using non-human bone, then details bone by bone, fracture by fracture what to call each break, what force it took to cause the bone to fail, and the epidemiology of known victims. The book concludes with nine case studies of individuals who either died of blunt force trauma or were identified from healed fractures. The book is available at the Pumerantz Library and is available for purchase on

Dr. Wedel also kept busy during the month of December giving guest lectures to students at Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State University, Santa Monica University, and Cal State Los Angeles. Her “Bones, Balistics, and Blunt Force Trauma” talk is popular with pre-health professions and anatomy students because of its applied perspective on human osteology, trauma, and medicolegal investigations of death.

From the Patient Care Center:

Kudos on accomplishments

Maria Rivera passed her licensing exam and is now a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She is a Registered Dental Assistant in the WesternU Dental Center.

WesternU News

WesternU commemorates World AIDS Day

WesternU’s APhA/IPSF and Lambda & Friends organized a special photo on Dec. 5 to commemorate World AIDS Day. Students, faculty and staff were invited to wear red and form the shape of the AIDS ribbon, the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. Click here and here to view the photos. Click here for more information about World AIDS Day. Photos courtesy of Stephen Chou, PharmD ’16.

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