Board Member Signs Autographs for Scholarships

Vince Naimoli, founder and chairman emeritus of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, will sign copies of his autobiography, “Business, Baseball & Beyond,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 in the WesternU Bookstore.

Naimoli, who serves on WesternU’s Board of Trustees, will donate all proceeds to WesternU’s General Scholarship Fund. The book is on sale in the Bookstore for $19.99. Click here for more information.

WesternU Preview Days

The Office of University Recruitment is pleased to announce our upcoming WesternU Preview Days scheduled for Saturday, May 1 and Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Please click on this Web site for more details:

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student Web site for more information or to register for our Preview Days:

We appreciate your assistance with helping us spread the word about WesternU.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Chamber Honors COMP-Northwest

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce honored Western University of Health Sciences and COMP-Northwest with a Cornerstone Award at its annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on March 9, 2010. Click here to read the full story.

Haiti Deployment

Dr. Vicki Wedel, Assistant Professor of Anatomy for COMP and CDM, is among 27 professionals from around the country deploying in response to the earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti. Click here for more information.

AAO Journal

The recent issue of AAO Journal includes articles by faculty and past and current Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellows (PDT Fellows):

Pages 7-9: (PDT Fellows Jose Dalprat and Carolyn Thompson, and Professor Ray Hruby, DO

Pages 23-31: Previous PDT Fellows (Now Alumni) Mike Mesisca, DO, and Keasha Hoffman, DO, and Dr. Hruby.

Click here to view the Journal.

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Vaibhav Tiwari and Dr. Gerald Thrush are co-authors of an abstract (number 10-GM-A-1294-ASM) that has been accepted for poster presentation during the 110th American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting on May 23-27, 2010 in San Diego, Calif.

Burnham LA, Thrush GR, Chan J, Thompson JF, Tiwari V. (2010). Enhanced infection of Herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1) into target resistant cells via cationic liposomes.

Click here for more information.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, published an article in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Selkowitz DM, Rossman EG, Fitzpatrick S: Effect of burst-modulated alternating current carrier frequency on current amplitude required to produce maximally tolerated electrically stimulated quadriceps femoris knee extension torque. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2009;88:973–978.

The DPT program was selected to participate in a qualitative study regarding utilization and implementation of case-based learning in the classroom. The primary investigator, a faculty member from the Department of Physical Therapy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, recently conducted a one-day visit to WesternU which consisted of interviews with the program Chair, one faculty member, and focus group of seven DPT 2012 students. In addition, the investigator observed students while they were engaged in the WesternU IPE curriculum.

From the College of Pharmacy:

COP News

Join the College of Pharmacy at the fourth annual Ray Symposium to be held in the new Health Education Center auditorium on April 15, featuring Dr. Michael Cohen speaking on medication safety. For more information please visit

Please consider supporting this year’s eighth annual GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic on June 9, 2010 at Robinson Ranch in Santa Clarita. This prestigious tournament supports scholarship funds for those students who have an interest in pursuing an independent pharmacy career. For more information contact Paul A. Stover at

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Open House

CVM will hold an open house, “All Creatures Great & Small,” on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Activities include Student Club booths, tips on pet care, games and giveaways, campus tours, learn about becoming a veterinarian, Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels, pet microchipping, L.A. County K-9 Unit demonstrations, shelter pet adoptions, rabies vaccinations for pets, In-N-Out Burger, snacks and drinks.

Click here for more information.

Claremont Chorale

Dr. Maisie Dawes, Assistant Professor, Immunology, Large Animal Internal Medicine, will perform as a member of the Claremont Chorale on Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, 150 East Fourth St., Claremont, Calif. The concert, “Dreams and Visions,” will feature joint performances with the Claremont Chorale and the UC Berkeley Alumni Choir, as well as individual performances by each.

Tickets: $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors.

Call Dr. Dawes at Ext. 3475 for more information or for tickets, or visit The Claremont Chorale’s Web site.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Optometrist and Assistant Professor Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman has been appointed to the National Board of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. This association is a multi-disciplinary organization that is dedicated to the visual rehabilitation of patients that have suffered brain injury or stroke.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CPM Dean Lawrence Harkless, DPM, will receive the Annual John Boswick Memorial Award and Lectureship at the 23rd Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society Meeting in Orlando, Fla. on April 17-20, 2010. Click here to read more.

From University Advancement:

COP Gifts

The College of Pharmacy has received a $2,000 scholarship from Dr. Brian Garner, owner of Hendricks Pharmacy in Claremont.

Dr. Brian Garner has also signed a $25,000 endowed scholarship agreement, establishing The Dr. Brian Garner Endowed Scholarship. A preceptor since 2004, Dr. Garner has a real passion for assisting student pharmacists at WesternU. His experience with the students has been so meaningful to him, it inspired him to want to give back to the College of Pharmacy.

From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

Citrus Exhibit

The “Citrus and Health” exhibit hosted by The Pumerantz Library has been extended through April 30. The collection is being presented by Richard Barker, retired banker and founder and president of the Citrus Roots – Preserving Citrus Heritage Foundation. Among the items on display are citrus crate labels, photographs of the citrus industry, magazine advertisements, reamers, home remedies, and more. The collection is open to the public Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. Invite your family and friends. The exhibit, in the library’s lobby and museum room, is sponsored by Citrus Motors of Ontario. Please visit for more information.

Calling all Toastmasters

Do you worry for days about that important school/business presentation? Learn to overcome your fears and reduce stress by building confidence in your public speaking abilities. Toastmasters International provides a safe, friendly environment to hone your communication and leadership skills. The organization has been helping people learn how to communicate since 1924.

We have a club on campus, “Speech Therapy Toastmasters Club,” that meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room 4th Floor. New members are always welcome. We invite you to learn more about our club and the public speaking arena. We are also thinking of having a lunchtime meeting. If you are interested in either one please call 909-469-5588 or e-mail: