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, June 20, 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. If you are interested, please register ASAP. We look forward to seeing you on the green!

“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 Alessa Galvan, 909-469-5436,; or visit

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM is participating in the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigations Strike Team Forensic Fire Death Investigation Course June 13-17, which combines classroom and fire scene exercises to develop teams of fire investigators, medicolegal death investigators, and forensic anthropologists best trained to respond to these sensitive scenes.

Marek Malecki, MD, PhD, COMP Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Gene Therapy and GCBS Director of Biotechnology Program, and his collaborators from University of Wisconsin, University of Arizona, and Jagiellonian University Medical School will present their work on the next generation genome sequencing based upon high accuracy, long reads of human genes as the means of personalized medicine at the Next Generation Sequencing Summit, July 7-8, 2011 in San Francisco. The titles of their presentations: Malecki et al. (2011). Sequencing of the selected, intact chromosomes from brain cancer stem cells. Malecki et al. (2011). Targeted next generation sequencing of genes coding integrins and adherins in metastasizing, single ovarian cancer cells.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Good news for PA students, alumni, and faculty. The master’s degree in physician assistant education studies has tied for first place as the best master’s degree for jobs by Forbes. Click here to read the full article.

The article indicates that the demand for medical professions is strong and that PAs have a role in meeting that demand. Employment opportunities are very optimistic with a 39 percent increase envisioned by 2018.

The American Academy of Physician Assistant’s (AAPA) Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference drew more than 9,000 PAs to Las Vegas May 30 to June 4, 2011. AAPA’s house of delegates was represented by the College of Allied Health Professions Dean Stephanie Bowlin and PA faculty member Miguel Medina. Roy Guizado, PA Department Chair, presented a poster on the early IPE experience. A special thanks to Russel Heskin, Director of Alumni Relations, for hosting the “spa-ception” that gathered alumni and students. It was a very nice event.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, participated in the American Physical Therapy Association’s House of Delegates meeting held June 8-11 in National Harbor, Maryland. Dr. Chaney was one of 35 delegates representing California. The three-day House of Delegates, held annually each spring, is the highest policy-making body of the APTA and is comprised of voting delegates elected from each state chapter.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

First-year student Ryan Nicholas, OD ’14, won a highly competitive 2011 Students of Vision Scholarship for his submission on improving eye care for underserved populations. Click here for more information.

Assistant Professor Paul Dobies, OD, FAAO, will present his “EyeClues” Workshop at the national American Optometric Association’s Optometric Educators Exchange session in Salt Lake City on June 17. He has also presented this workshop on campus and at the University Student Affairs Department’s annual retreat.