Congratulations to the nearly 1,000 graduates who earned their WesternU diplomas at Commencement ceremonies held in Pasadena, California May 17-19, 2017.

Click here to read about the first Commencement ceremony, and visit WesternU on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see more photos and coverage of Commencement. Check WesternU’s home page later in the week for full coverage and photo galleries from all five ceremonies.

COMP-Northwest will hold its Commencement ceremony June 2 in Lebanon, Oregon. We encourage all WesternU faculty, staff, students and family members attending Commencement to join us on social media by tagging and mentioning us on Twitter and Instagram, and finding us on Facebook. Please use the hashtag #COMPNW2017. Click here for more information about the Lebanon Commencement ceremony:


From University Advancement:

WesternU’s 7th Annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic set for June 12
Western University of Health Sciences invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. The annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic will be played Monday, June 12, 2017 at Glendora Country Club, 2400 Country Club Drive, Glendora, Calif. 91741. Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow.

Click here to visit the Towne & Gown website to register for the tournament.


Helicopter Drop
Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop. Whether you’re at the golf course or not, you will be able to be a part of this fun activity.  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 prize. The pricing to participate is as follows: $10 for one ball, $25 for three balls and $75 for 10 balls. This is another exciting way to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contact Courtney Schultz at 909-469-8495 or for more information.


WesternU View
The Spring 2017 edition of WesternU View magazine is now available in magazine racks throughout campus and online. Read about some of WesternU’s outstanding Class of 2017 graduates, new horizons for the College of Graduate Nursing, and COMP students winning a national poster competition. The cover story features CVM alumna Jaimie Siegel, DVM ’07, who started a concierge veterinary practice. Click here to read “A doctor in the house” on the WesternU news site. Click here to read the latest View magazine as well as past editions, along with other WesternU publications.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi was informed that his manuscript titled “Objective evaluation of acupuncture treatment in horses with chronic laminitis” has been reviewed and accepted for publication by the Canadian Veterinary Journal. This study was supported by an extramural grant from American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Foundation. Two different abstracts have been already accepted/presented at the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists and Society for Veterinary Acupuncture conferences. The co-authors include Dr. Dongbin Lee (Dr. Faramarzi’s Post-Doctoral Fellow) and Dr. Kevin May (a private practitioner).

CVM Professor Malika Kachani has had a paper accepted for publication. The title of the paper is, “The natural history of cystic echinococcosis in untreated and albendazole-treated patients” Solomon N, Kachani M, Macpherson, CNL.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

WesternU hosts workshop for underrepresented middle schoolers
Western University of Health Sciences served as the medical school stop for a group of Los Angeles middle school students participating in Kaiser Permanente’s Hippocrates Circle Program.

The mission of the Hippocrates Circle Program is to provide youth from underrepresented communities and diverse backgrounds with awareness that a career as a physician is possible, according to the program website. About 50 Gage Middle School students visited WesternU on April 22, 2017, learning about anatomy, osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), and wilderness medicine.

Click here to read the full story.


Kudos on accomplishments
Thierra K. Nalley, PhD, of COMP was invited as a guest lecturer at the Western Science Center in Hemet, California on May 18 for the final week of their human evolution exhibit. The talk was titled, “The Spinal frontier: exploring the evolution of the human vertebral column,” and discussed her research investigating the functional morphology of living and fossil primate vertebrae.

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP Anatomy gave a forensics lecture titled “What bones and teeth reveal” at the Indian Health Service’s Continuing Education Conference in Sacramento.

An interprofessional WesternU team collaborated on a research study that was conducted at the Loma Linda Veterans Association to compare and contrast the safety and efficacy of use among the target specific anticoagulants (dabigatran, apixaban and rivaroxaban) for the indication of atrial fibrillation among a veteran population. This was a retrospective chart review. The study concluded that safety and efficacy outcomes among the veteran population sampled did not differ substantially from those outcomes previously published in the literature. The poster was presented at the anticoagulation forum in Los Angeles, California on April 20, 2017.

The authors included third-year COMP student Michael Bowie and third-year College of Pharmacy student Violet Valencia. Fourth-year University of the Pacific College of Pharmacy student Marco Molina assisted with data collection. The principal investigators included Loma Linda VA clinical pharmacists Walter Crumpler, PharmD, and Linh Chan, PharmD, and Loma Linda University cardiologist Alan Jacobson, MD.


From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

Relieve Stress @ the Library
Finals (and/or life) stressing you out? From April 24-May 31, the library’s 2nd floor computer lab will transform into a stress reduction room! Come pop bubble wrap, color, knead play-dough, “operate” on Library Larry, or just take a breather. The room will be open every day during the library’s regular hours. For more information or questions please contact the Reference and Outreach office at 909-469-5323 or at