A Tribute to Caring

The 2010 A Tribute to Caring gala, a fundraiser for WesternU student scholarships, was held Nov. 13 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. About 500 guests enjoyed a night of casino entertainment, followed by dinner and awards. The Harold W. Harris Foundation received the Access to Caring Award, recognizing its support of WesternU’s Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy.

Thanks to tremendous participation on the part of sponsors, donor and ticket buyers, the evening raised more than $125,000 for the scholarship fund.

Thank you to all the donors and sponsors who contributed to student scholarships, and to all the staff members who helped make ATC a success. See you next year!

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Clock Dedication

WesternU held a dedication ceremony on Nov. 18 for a custom-designed clock placed on the Esplanade near the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center. The cost of the clock and its installation was a gift of Dr. and Mrs. Peter Chen.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP students Omid Hariri, OMS IV, Lori Prakash, OMS IV, and Jenny Amin, OMS II, published a paper, “Atypical Presentation of Herpes Simplex Encephalitis in an Infant,” in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association’s October edition. Co-authors are Tanya Minasian, DO, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, Faisal M. Qazi, DO, Inland Neurological Consultants Inc., and Cindy Holt, MD, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics. Click here to view the article. Scroll down to page 615.

COMP student Mark Loewen, OMS III, received student of the month at Downey Regional Medical Center for outstanding performance while on the Internal Medicine Service.

COMP student Samiksha Choudhary, OMS II, has won the Western Regional Meeting (WRM) 2011 Subspecialty Award. She will be giving a poster and an oral presentation at the Regional Meeting on Jan. 26-29, 2011 in Carmel, Calif.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

AOL compiles a list of the top 10 most secure jobs for 2011 using the U.S. Department of Labor as their guide. Physical Therapist ranks No. 2 noting the demand for physical therapy is on the rise and is expected to continue growing by as much as 30 percent by 2018.

Leadership Symposium

The second annual Leadership Symposium hosted by the College of Allied Health Professions on Nov. 11, 2010 was a great success. Keynote speaker James Koelbl, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, addressed the Art of Leadership and gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the real world applications of leadership. Among the panel members who participated in the interactive discussion of leadership included Rosa Mendieta, Principle of Barfield Elementary School in Pomona, Leslie Nazaroff, Co-Director of Dental Hygeine at San Joaquin Valley College, Charlie Ng, Interim Vice Chancellor, Fiscal Services of San Bernardino Community College District, and Craig Stammler, Branch Manager of Wells Fargo Bank Mortgage in Ontario.

Masters of Ceremonies Daniel Word of the Masters of Science in Health Sciences program led the interactive discussion which addressed the challenges of leadership such as time management, prioritizing tasks, balance and focus. In addition, the impact that appearances make in the effectiveness of leadership was also discussed. Finally, the qualities of leadership that the panel identified to be most essential included passion, ethics and integrity, communication and listening, courage and perseverance, and faith in yourself as a leader as well as the vision and mission of the organization. Dr. Tina Meyer, Department Chair of Health Sciences Education, concluded the evening with the adjournment.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Roy Guizado, PA-C, Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Education, was appointed to two committees this week. The PA licensure committee (PAC) appointed a subcommittee to propose changes to the regulatory language in California’s PA act. Roy was appointed along with two other PA Program representatives who will work with two members of the PAC.

The California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) has appointed Roy Guizado as the Chair of Student Affairs. His job will be to educate all PA students about how CAPA guides, expands, and protects the PA profession.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Sheryl Chow presented an abstract with co-authors at the American Heart Association- AHA Annual Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 15, 2010 in a special Best of AHA Specialty Conferences Poster Session that includes abstracts ranked in the top 10 percent of accepted abstracts. Wang Judy, Kovanecz I, Vernat D, Nolazco G, Kopchock G, Chow SL, White RA, Gonzalez-Cadavid N. Effects of long-term continuous treatment with sildenafil alone or combined with muscle derived stem cells (MDSC) on myocardial infarction in a rat model.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius presented a podium session at the ACCP in Austin, Texas on Oct. 19, 2010. Jackevicius CA, Warner A. Use and predictors of erythropoietin in heart failure patients with anemia of chronic kidney disease. Pharmacother 2010;30:372e.

She also was co-author on a poster abstract presentation at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Montreal, October 2010. Ionescu-Ittu R, Abrahamowicz M, Jackevicius CA, Essebag V, Pilote L. Rhythm control strategy is associated with improved survival during long-term follow-up of a large population-based cohort of patients with atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Jackevicius has had yet another publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, her third to date. She is senior author on this Perspective piece in the Health Policy and Reform section, which examines patterns of use of rosiglitazone following the FDA black box warning regarding its association with an increased risk of MI.

Nilay D. Shah, Ph.D., Victor M. Montori, M.D., Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., Karen Tu, M.D., G. Caleb Alexander, M.D., and Cynthia A. Jackevicius, PharmD. Responding to an FDA Warning — Geographic Variation in the Use of Rosiglitazone. NEJM; Nov. 17, 2010.

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Wang on becoming Chair of the Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Targeted Drug Delivery and Prodrug Focus Group (

This took place earlier this week at the FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (PSWC) and the American AAPS Joint Meeting earlier this week in New Orleans.

From University Advancement:


We are pleased to welcome the newest member of our Development team, Bill Burrows. Bill succeeds Paul Stover as Director of Development for the College of Pharmacy. Bill comes to us from Whittier College where he served as Associate Director of Leadership Gifts. Prior to that, he worked in administration and as a Development Officer at the California Institute of Technology. His extensive background in fund raising, administration, and entrepreneurship will be an asset to the College and the University.

From CDHP:

New publications

Kailes, J.I. (2010) Be Ready to Go: Evacuation Transportation Planning Tips for People with Access and Functional Needs.

Produced by Nusura, Inc. as part of the Cal EMA Evacuation/Transportation of People with Access and Functional Needs Planning Project.

Kailes, J.I. (2010) Be Ready To Go: Disability-Specific Supplies For Emergency Kits.

Produced by Nusura, Inc. as part of the Cal EMA Evacuation/Transportation of People with Access and Functional Needs Planning Project.

Story, M., Kailes, J., Mac Donald, C. (2010). The ADA in action at health care facilities Disability and Health Journal (3) 245-252.

Choir performance

Deborah Pace will be singing in Richard M. Riggs Memorial Choir’s presentation of the 43rd Annual Handel’s Messiah. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 15653 E. Newton St., Hacienda Heights, Calif. Free will offering to be taken. For free tickets or more information, please contact Deborah Pace at Ext. 5380.