WesternU to confer degrees on 1,000 graduates
About 1,000 graduates will earn degrees from Western University of Health Sciences at Commencement ceremonies May 18-20, 2016 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Click here to read the full story. Click here to visit WesternU’s Commencement website.

We encourage all WesternU faculty, staff, students and family members attending Commencement to join us on social media by using the hashtag #WesternU2016. Follow, tag and mention us on Twitter and Instagram, and find us on Facebook. Click here to read more.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU COMP-Northwest celebrates student scholarship recipients
Student-doctors from Western University of Health Sciences were honored with scholarship awards at the school’s Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 3 at the Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.

FamilyCare Health Plans awarded $100,000 in funding to students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest through the J. Scott Heatherington, DO Scholarship and the Arthur O. Rott, DO Scholarship.

Jeff Heatherington, LHD (Hon.), president and CEO of FamilyCare Health Plans, presented the scholarships alongside Robin Richardson, DO, chairman of FamilyCare’s Board of Directors.

“These are two giants in the profession,” Dr. Heatherington said of his father, J. Scott Heatherington, DO, and Arthur O. Rott, DO. “We hope we have some more giants sitting here in the crowd.”

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2016 Koreatown Community Health Fair
The Asian American Health Professions Student Association (AAHPSA) from Western University of Health Sciences participated at the Koreatown Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Berendo Street Baptist Church. AAHPSA collaborated with the Asian Pacific Health Corps (APHC) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Community Medicine in Koreatown (CMK). Twenty-five COMP students provided glucose, cholesterol, and osteopathic screenings under the supervision of Dr. Steven Lam and Dr. David Redding. AAHPSA works toward future collaborations with APHC and CMK to advocate health awareness in the Asian-American population.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi was informed that his abstract titled “Acupuncture Treatment in Horses with Chronic Laminitis: Comparing the Effect Over Time” has been accepted at the international TVCM conference in Beijing, China for podium presentations. This study was supported by a research grant from American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Foundation (AHVMF). Coauthors include Dr. Faramarzi’s Post-Doctoral fellow Dr. Dongbin Lee, and Dr. Kevin May, former president of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
At this year’s California Dental Association (CDA) convention, CDM student Jessica Vergel de Dios, DMD ’17, was awarded first place in the Dental Student Community poster session for her poster “Cavitation Reduction Using Quality Improvement Drivers and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Underserved Communities” under the guidance of Dr. Watanabe. She was awarded $1,200 as well as an abstract publication in the CDA Journal. This is the second year in a row a College of Dental Medicine student won first place in the Community section. Karen Lee, DMD ’15, won it last year.

Fourth-year College of Dental Medicine student Ngoc Bui received a 2016 Student Leadership Award from Delta Dental of California on April 21, 2016.

Bui has volunteered locally and abroad throughout her life. She traveled to Indonesia and Timor-Leste in 2010 as a civilian volunteer for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Partnership. She traveled to Ensenada, Mexico in October 2010 and April 2015 to help provide dental care to underserved patients. She volunteers at the Riverside Student Run Free Clinic Project in Riverside, California, joining medical, pharmacy and nursing students in providing comprehensive care for patients. She has provided free dental care as part of CDA Cares, the Special Olympics and the Meet Each Need with Dignity clinic in Pacoima, California.


From the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy:

Proctors wanted
The Accommodations and Resource Center (AARC) is looking for proctors to administer student exams. Exams are administered weekly throughout the semester and the exam time varies between two to eight hours. If someone you know is interested in working as a proctor, please contact AARC Assistant Director Sandra Rainwater-Lawler at 909-469-5297 or Slawler@westernu.edu.


From the Office of Environmental Health and Safety:

Fire Safety
Each year in the U.S. about 80,000 workplaces experience a serious fire. About 200 employees per year die in these fires and another 5,000 are injured. Property losses exceed $2 billion annually. The good news is that only about 15 percent of workplace fires result from a failure of equipment, and 85 percent are caused by factors related to human behavior. This means that by being proactive, with a simple fire prevention plan, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of a fire in your workplace. Fire safety becomes everyone’s job.

Let’s not forget our homes, last year there were 367,500 fires. We need to be just as vigilant, if not more so, since we may have children or elderly that will need our assistance to get out. It is paramount that we have working smoke detectors that are interconnected, meaning one sounds, they all sound. Get everyone together, make a plan, and practice the plan, two ways out of every room, designate a meeting place and no one goes back in for any reason. Place several “ABC” rated fire extinguishers around the house where fires are more likely, for instance in your kitchen and garage. Here are a few of the most common items that start home fires: cooking, heating equip, smoking, electrical appliances and candles. Below is a three-minute link that will show you how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Please take the time to view it.



From the Pumerantz Library:

Click here to view the latest issue of Stacked!, the Pumerantz Library Newsletter.


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
On Saturday, May 14, the Alumni Office hosted a reception in Anaheim for more than 70 CDM alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests at the California Dental Association’s CDA Presents conference. Attendees enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks on an outdoor patio of the Anaheim Marriott during a pleasant, sunny afternoon. Pictures from the event can be viewed at http://westernu.smugmug.com/WesternU-Alumni/CDA2016.