Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites everyone to an exciting day of golf to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship.

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 16, 2014 at Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The Hole-in-One prize is a 2014 Chevrolet, sponsored by Mark Christopher Auto Center. Reception dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event.

Cost is $200 per golfer or $800 per foursome. Dinner for a non-golfing guest is available for a fee of $50. Proceeds will benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 9, 2014.

For more information or to sign up for the Towne & Gown Golf Classic, please contact Austin Braunwalder at (909) 469-8495 or

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Helicopter Drop

Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop, whether you’re at the golf course or not. The helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls over a designated hole, and the owner of the ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 cash prize.
Contact Austin Braunwalder at (909) 469-8495 or for more information.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

YWCA will honor WesternU associate vice provost

Western University of Heath Sciences Associate Professor of Anatomy and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Development Elizabeth Rega, PhD, will be one of nine women to be honored by the YWCA San Gabriel Valley during its 30th annual Women of Achievement Awards.

The YWCA this year is honoring “”Women of Achievement in the Field of Health Care: Honoring Passion, Dedication, and Accomplishment”” during its awards event on June 12, 2014 at The Pavilion in the Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry. Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments

Robyn Dreibelbis, DO, Vice-Chair of Family Medicine in Lebanon, presented at the 38th Annual OSU Gerontology Conference on Thursday, April 23. The topic was “”Fend Off the Attackers: Exercise and Immune Function.”” Dr. Dreibelbis looked at the connection between exercise and the immune function, and how preventative medicine makes a difference in the health of our population, regardless of age.

Brion Benninger, MD, MS, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), had his novel research project “”Using ATP driven bioluminescence assay to monitor microbial safety in a contemporary human cadaver lab”” accepted for publication later this year (2014) in Clinical Anatomy.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Health Sciences News

The Department of Health Sciences and Barfield Elementary School will host the second annual Barfield Community Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014. Health information sessions, community organizations, and family fun will take place at Barfield Elementary School. 2181 N. San Antonio Ave., Pomona. Volunteers and the public are welcome. For more information, please visit

From the College of Pharmacy:

PTSD Treatment Cost-Effective When Patients Given Choice

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Quang A. Le, PharmD, PhD, is lead author on a study showing that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients who are allowed to choose their preferred treatment – either psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy – is a cost-effective strategy. When choice is not an option, prolonged exposure therapy, psychotherapy, is cost-effective relative to pharmacotherapy with sertraline.

The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, was co-authored by Lori Zoellner, PhD, professor and director of the University of Washington’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress; Norah Feeny, who leads the research project with Zoellner and is a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; and Jason Doctor, PhD, University of Southern California.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Victoria L. Voith, CVM Professor, is participating in the Animal Farm Foundation’s Summer Internship Program in Animal Sheltering. She is giving a class on her recent work and publications as well as being available throughout the Internship Program to discuss topics and answer questions. The internship attendees come from humane and animal care/control agencies all over the United States.

Dr. Diane McClure, CVM Associate Professor in Laboratory Animal Medicine, served as a judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles recently. There were 7 million pre-college competitors from 70 countries with 1,783 selected to participate. This is the largest science fair in the world. A 15-year-old student from Boston, Mass., was awarded the Best in Medicine and Health Science Category, which carried a $75,000 prize.

Dr. Malika Kachani, CVM Professor of Parasitology, was notified that a paper she was a lead author on was accepted for publication in the Journal Acta Tropica. The paper, “”Dog Population Management for the Control of Human Echinococcosis,”” was the result of a collaboration between Drs. Kachani and David Heath.

Dr. Frank Bossong, CVM Assistant Professor, was an invited guest lecturer at the Central Veterinary Conference held in Washington, D.C. His seven lecture titles were: “”Culture of Compliance: Managing Infectious Disease in Shelters,”” “”Vaccination Protocols for Shelter Dogs and Cats,”” “”Managing FIP and Feline Corona Virus in the Shelter Environment,”” “”Planning Ahead for Kitten Season: Foster Programs and Training,”” “”The Many Benefits of Mobile Spay-Neuter Services,”” “”Shelter Medicine: The new Frontier for Veterinary Education,”” and “”Rabbit (Oryctolagus Cunniculus) Trap-Neuter-Not Just for Cats Anymore.””

Dr. Peggy Schmidt, CVM Associate Professor, Production Medicine and Epidemiology, traveled to University of Minnesota School of Public Health for a presentation at their Summer Public Health Institute. The title of her presentation is “”Bloody Hell: Investigating an Outbreak of a Novel Hemorrhagic Disease.””

From University Advancement:

Alumni news

Charles Gabe, DO ’82, and John Landsberger, DO ’82, members of COMP’s charter class, visited the WesternU campus on May 30, 2014. The pair met with Senior Vice President Thomas Fox, PhD, and Executive Director of Public Affairs and Marketing Jeff Keating before touring the campus with Director of Alumni Relations Russel Heskin. Near the end of their tour, Dr. Gabe and Dr. Landsberger met with Professor of Family Medicine and former COMP Dean Clinton Adams, DO, MPA, FACHE. Dr. Gabe, who was in town from the east coast and hadn’t been back on campus in several years, commented on how much he was impressed with and amazed by the growth of both the campus and the University’s programs.

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