From the College of Optometry:

College of Optometry receives accreditation

The College of Optometry was granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), retroactive to Feb. 6, 2013.
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Kudos on accomplishments

Monique Nadine Kenien, OD ’13, was recognized in the June 2013 edition of Women in Optometry magazine for graduating with the highest academic ranking in the College of Optometry. Click here to view the story.

From University Advancement:

Hot Fun in the Summer Time

The Office of University Advancement presents the Faculty and Staff Luncheon and Silent Auction, benefiting the University Scholarship Fund, from

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013 in Ethan Allen Park. Activities include Chili Cook-off, Cupcake decorating contest, summer games, Dr. Ben Cohen Nok Hockey Tournament, silent auction and lunch. Cost is $3, including lunch and games. For more information or to buy lunch tickets, contact Shana Coffer at

Click here to view a flier and for the cupcake contest rules.

Click here for the chili cook-off rules and guidelines.

Click here for a list of silent auction items.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Student-led fundraising efforts by the DPT classes of 2015, 2014, and 2013 resulted in Western University of Health Sciences being placed on “The List” of 80 Physical Therapy (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) schools that contributed to the Foundation for Physical Therapy by participating in the 2012-13 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. Each year for the past 24 years, students at PT and PTA schools nationwide have made an impact on physical therapy education and research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the “Challenge.” To date, students have raised more than $2.3 million to support the Foundation’s doctoral and research grants. WesternU was also recognized at the Foundation’s Gala on June 27 held in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in Salt Lake City. To view “The List” and to see our school’s name on the Foundation website, click here.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Please join the Department of Physician Assistant Education at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 for a guest lecture by Andrew Pleasant, PhD, Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research, Canyon Ranch Institute. His talk, “Health literacy, integrative health, and prevention: Illuminating the path from sick care to health care,” will be held in HEC Lecture Hall I. All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to the PA Class of 2013 as they have completed their Applied Clinical Project Presentations this past week. The presentations were very informative and provided very up-to- date health care information. The students concluded their week on campus with a Commencement Award Dinner held off campus. In addition to the graduates, other honored guests included College of Allied Health Professions Dean Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA, Department Chair Roy Guizado, MS, PA-C, and the PA faculty.

Kudos to Stephanie Baron, MS, PA-C, Clinical Education Director, for her article in the Humanism Magazine. It talks about her volunteer experience in the Philippines and how it influenced her medical career.

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