Commencement 2011

WesternU held its 30th Commencement ceremonies on May 19-20, 2011. Click here to read more and to view a slideshow.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. WesternU’s “Towne & Gown Golf Classic” on Monday, June 20, 2011 is a scramble-format tournament with on-course contests to make for an enjoyable day on the links, regardless of your skill as a golfer. One par-3 hole will include a $25,000 Hole in One competition.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif., followed by a noon shotgun start. Reception will follow.

Cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is Thursday, June 9, 2011.

“We hope to raise money for student scholarships,” Dr. Chen said. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m pleased to give back by helping WesternU students.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Terrazas, 909-706-3476,; or Alessa Galvan, 909-469-5436,; or visit

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

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An abstract by Rucha J. Mehta, MD, FACP, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Western Diabetes Institute, titled “Mechanism of action of inhaled insulin Exubera® to normalise the fasting plasma glucose concentration in type 2 diabetic patients,” has been accepted as a Poster Presentation for the 47th European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting, which will be held Sept. 12-16, 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal.

A study by Dr. Matt Wedel and his co-authors, “The long necks of sauropods did not evolve primarily through sexual selection,” is featured on the BBC website: The paper itself is available for download here:

The April 2011 JAOA published contributions from COMP and WesternU faculty.

Scientific Literature Reviews- Abstracts: Seffinger MA. Audible pop from thoracic spinal thrust not related to neck pain relief or papillary autonomic changes [abstract of Sillevis R, Cleland J. Immediate effects of the audible pop from a thoracic spine thrust manipulation on the autonomic nervous system and pain: a secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011;34(1):37-45]. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2011;111(4):198.

Seffinger MA. Lymphatic pump with activation may worsen air trapping in patients with COPD [abstract of Noll DR, Johnson JC, Baer RW, Snider EJ. The immediate effect of individual manipulation techniques on pulmonary function measures in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Osteopath Med Prim Care. 2009;3:9]. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2011;111(4):199-200.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, recently spoke about the human musculoskeletal system to 50 first-grade students at Heritage Oak Private School in Yorba Linda. Dr. Konecne gave the students an opportunity to see a variety of types of bones and learn how the muscles make the bones move our bodies. After her presentation, the students used a schematic puzzle to “Build a Foot.”

From the College of Pharmacy:

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WesternU was well represented in the Spring Issue of the California Pharmacist Journal. The theme of the issue is, “Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes,” and Dr. Anandi V. Law, chair and associate professor of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, served as guest editor. Dr. Law wrote an editorial titled, “Understanding HOPE in Today’s World.”

Dr. Law also contributed a CE article co-authored with Drs. Olivia Phung, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, and Prashant Sakharkar, Outcomes Research Fellow working under the auspices of Dr. Law. The title of the CE article is: “How Do Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics Impact “Real-World” Pharmacy Practice?”

Three other articles were selected by Dr. Law on the topic of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes. One of those selected is co-authored by COP alumnus Mark Bounthavong, PharmD ’04, titled “Biologics: What Solutions Do We Have for Their High Costs?”

The issue also features an on-going section titled, “The Clinical Practice Capsule.” This issue’s Clinical Practice Capsule was co-authored by Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, and two Cardiology residents directed by Dr. Jackevicius: Drs. Tina Liu (previous resident) and Noelle de Leon (current resident). The Capsule is titled, “Prasugrel (Effient®) – The New Antiplatelet on the Block.”

The Spring issue has an article by Cathi Lord that features Dr. Eric Gupta, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration and Immediate Past President of the CPhA. The title of the article is: “A Conversation with Martin Kim, BS and Eric Gupta, PharmD, FCPhA.”

Congratulations to Drs. Jeffrey Wang and Olivia Phung on being selected to attend the Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum to be held at the National Institutes of Health June 6-9, 2011. (

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

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On May 6, 2011, Associate Professor Dawn Stone, MN, RN, gave a podium presentation on “Cancer Survivorship Care Plans: A Map to Navigate Quality Health Care” at the International Council of Nurses in Valletta, Malta.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

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Associate Dean Rosemary Monehen gave a presentation titled “Accreditation – What’s New & Assessment – Best Practices” at the May 19 Indiana University School of Dentistry Faculty Enrichment Seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

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Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, is serving as the chair of the Western Foot and Ankle Conference in Anaheim on June 9-12, 2011, organized by the California Podiatric Medical Association. Lecturing at the conference will be WesternU faculty Dr. Labovitz, Dr. Kathleen Satterfield, Dr. Aksone Nouvong, and Dr. Andrew Pumerantz. Click here for more information about the conference.