Commencement 2010

The 29th Annual Commencement Exercises for Western University of Health Sciences will be held on May 20-21, 2010 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, Calif.

Here are some important reminders to graduates regarding commencement. Please forward to friends and family as appropriate.

Click here to read about the 2010 Commencement speakers.

Graduate Reminders

Regalia: Remember your cap, gown and tassel. A bag/coat check will be provided. Also, if you purchased your own hood, remember to give it to your family hooders. Remember that your family hooders need to bring their Family Hooder Passes to be admitted to the Loge Family Hooder Seating area.

Commencement Web site: The commencement Web site at has all kinds of useful information including parking maps, directions, and instructions. Please pull all necessary information from the site before heading to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium!

Live Webcast: We are pleased to announce that the commencement ceremonies will be Webcast live at Please let those who are not attending know, so they can watch you online! Click here for more information on the live Webcast.

Guest Reminders

Doors Close Early: The front doors will close at 9:20 for AM ceremonies and 2:50 for PM ceremonies and will re-open after the processional, invocation and national anthem. It’s essential that all of your guests are seated in the auditorium prior to the doors closing. If your friends/relatives tend to be late… you might tell them it starts 30 minutes earlier.

Tickets Required (for CAHP/CGN and COMP ceremonies): Remember your tickets, as all attendees must have a ticket to enter the auditorium! All tickets have been distributed to graduates so we unfortunately do not have any more to give. For ticket questions, contact Cathy Davis (

College of Allied Health Professions

College of Graduate Nursing

Thursday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Joseph Dunn, Esq.

California Medical Association Chief Executive Officer

College of Pharmacy

Thursday, May 20, 3 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Alan T. Kiyohara, PharmD, FCSHP

Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Operations Leader for Southern California

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Friday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Larry A. Wickless, DO

American Osteopathic Association President

College of Veterinary Medicine

Friday, May 21, 3 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Veterinarian featured on Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets”


Patient Care Center Opens

The Patient Care Center is now treating patients in the Eye Care Center, Medical Center – both Primary Care and Medical Specialty Care, Foot & Ankle Center and Pharmacy. The Dental Center will be opening in late summer.

Click here to visit the PCC website.

Click here to read more about PCC and to view a slideshow.

Research Fellowships

Congratulations to the student applicants and their mentors who were selected for WesternU Summer Research Fellowships, and to College of Veterinary Medicine students and their mentors for obtaining extramural support for projects. Click here to view the full list.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Health Sciences News

Wednesday, May 19 is National Employee Health and Fitness Day. According to organizers, research has shown that worksite health promotion programs can enhance the overall health and productivity of organizations. Please view the following websites for more information: or

May 17–21, 2010 is Bike to Work Week, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 21, 2010. The league offers suggestions for organizations who wish to have successful National Bike Month events at

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, will be performing with the La Mirada Symphony on Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m., at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Dr. Konecne, an established expert in physical therapy for performing artists, plays principal bassoon with the orchestra. More information is available at

Several members of the DPT Class of 2010 recently passed a national examination with the National Strength and Conditioning Association to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS): Jace Allbright, Ashley Elgas, Kory Langwell, Mary Pongetti and Candice Schmutzler. Persons who have achieved the designation of CSCS include professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Professor Dr. Ellen Collisson and her research team have published their findings regarding the immune response of the chicken to components of the Avian Influenza virus. The complete citation is: Singh S, Briles WE, Lupiani B, Collisson EW.

Avian influenza viral nucleocapsid and hemagglutinin proteins induce chicken CD8+ memory T lymphocytes. Virology. 2010 Apr 10;399(2):231-8. Epub 2010 Feb 8.

Veterinary microbiologist Dr. Miguel Saggese was invited to give a four-day international course on raptor medicine, biology and conservation and a wet-lab on raptor handling, anesthesia, laparoscopy and clinical procedures in Lima, Peru.

The event was held at Universidad Ricardo Palma and the labs were conducted at the Neotropical Raptors Breeding & Rehabilitation Center “El Huayco,” both located in Lima. The course was attended by more than 100 veterinarians, rehabilitators, biologists, falconers and veterinary students from Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. It provided a continuing education activity in the field of raptor biomedicine for professionals and students in Peru. Click here to view the program flier.

From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments

A team of authors from GCBS and CVM wrote a paper that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of NeuroVirology: “Methamphetamine and Lentivirus Interactions: Reciprocal Enhancement of Central Nervous System Disease.”

Authors: Salvador Huitron-Resendiz (Scripps Research Institute), Steven J. Henriksen (GCBS Dean/COMP), Margaret C. Barr (GCBS/CVM), Maria P. Testa (GCBS/CVM), Elena Crawford (Scripps), Loren H. Parsons (Scripps), Manuel Sanchez-Alavez (Scripps) and corresponding author Tom R. Phillips (GCBS/CVM).

From Academic Affairs:

Kudos on accomplishments

Jordan Orzoff, PhD, Director, Outcomes Assessment and Interprofessional Education Research and Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences Education, College of Allied Health Professions, co-presented with Karen Longman and Deana Porterfield of Azusa Pacific University at the WASC Academic Resource Conference on April 23 in Long Beach. The topic was “Effective Leadership and Organizational Change: A Case Study of Developing a Sustainable, Distributed, Self-Correcting Assessment System.”