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This Week@WesternU, Nov. 8-12, 2010

by Rodney Tanaka

November 8, 2010

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A Tribute to Caring

President Philip Pumerantz and the Board of Trustees invite you to WesternU’s annual gala A Tribute to Caring, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at the Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, Calif.

5:30 p.m.: Registration and Casino Entertainment

7:30 p.m.: Dinner and Program

The Harold W. Harris Foundation will receive the Access to Caring Award, recognizing its support of WesternU’s Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (CDHP). Click here to read more.

Proceeds from the annual “A Tribute to Caring” gala fund The Academic Excellence Scholarships, which are awarded to students based on their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.

For tickets and more information, please visit the ATC website.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Richard Sugerman, Professor of Anatomy, has written a chapter titled “Psychobiological bases of behavior” in the recently-published 2010 edition (6th) of Psychiatric Nursing by the editors Keltner, Schwecke, and Bostrom (Elsevier).

Second-year COMP student Ashlynn Gordon won one of three first prizes at the 115th Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in San Francisco, held on Oct. 24-28, for her poster titled, “Objective Measure of Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Balance.”

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP and CDM was one of 50 forensic anthropologists invited back to Syracuse University by the National Institute of Justice for the continuing series “Looking to the Future of Forensic Anthropology.” The conference focused on detecting sharp, blunt force, and projectile trauma in human skeletal remains.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Leadership Symposium

Master of Science in Health Sciences students have organized the second annual “Leadership Symposium: The Art of Leadership” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Health Sciences Center, Lecture Hall West. The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and participate in an interactive and open discussion on leadership. Guest speakers include Rosa Mendieta, Craig Stammler, Charlie Ng and Leslie Nazaroff, RDH, DrPH. The keynote speaker will be College of Dental Medicine Dean James Koelbl, DDS, MS, MJ.

The Leadership Symposium will highlight important aspects of leadership that are relevant and applicable to all fields and professions. Among the topics that will be addressed include the skills necessary for effective leadership, the challenges of leadership, and the role of failure in the development of an effective leader. To RSVP, call Jacque Mosco at 909-469-5397.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

The PA Class of 2010 board scores are coming in. So far, 88 alumni have taken the exam and five more need to take it. Currently, the passing rate is 97.7 percent. Kudos to the PA Class of 2010.

The PA Class of 2012 students continue to provide vision screenings for Claremont Unified School District. This week they screened more than 150 students from Vista Del Valle Elementary School.

This week you will be seeing candidates interviewed for the PA Class of 2013. So if you see someone dressed very nice that needs help, see what we can do for them.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, attended the 2010 Education Leadership Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association held last month in San Antonio. The annual three-day meeting is attended by both academic administrators and clinical educators from physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs across the country.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Professor Dr. Beth Boynton and Assistant Professor Suzie Kovacs presented a poster at the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine held in Calistoga (Napa Valley), Calif. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2010. The poster received a very good review and was accompanied by an enthusiastic response to their presentation titled, “A Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Investigation of Veterinary Students’ Empathy and Attitudes Toward Indigent Clients.” The discussion of this work with veterinary educators will likely generate collaborations among those studying other aspects of empathy.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Bennett McAllister, OD, FAAO, gave the presentation, “Issues in the Vision Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired Diabetic Patient” at the first ever Euro Vision Rehab Congress in Valladolid, Spain Oct. 22-24. The Congress theme of Vision Rehabilitation fit well with the Vision, Mission and Core Values of the College of Optometry here at WesternU. Six Low Vision Diplomates of the American Academy of Optometry, including Dr. McAllister, were present at the Euro Vision Congress. European enthusiasm for Vision Rehabilitation was clearly evident and connections were made and strengthened for future Trans-Atlantic collaboration.

From University Advancement:

New Alumni Connection

The October 2010 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, ( is now available. The latest edition features the latest news on the University’s annual A Tribute to Caring gala, recent campus visits by author Ray Bradbury and California Secretary of Health and Human Services Kimberly Belshé, new campus landmarks, and more. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at

Student Announcements:

Food Drive

The Student Government Association is holding a food drive for the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. Donation boxes for nonperishable food items will be placed in the lobbies of HEC, HPC, HSC and VMC through Nov. 19. The items most needed are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits and peanut butter. Click here for more information.

Toy Drive

The National Optometric Student Association will be collecting toy donations to give out to Pomona children through our local YMCA while promoting the importance of “Healthy Sight, Eyes & Lives.” Toys will be collected from Nov. 5 through Dec. 3. Please donate new, unwrapped toys valued at more than $5. Monetary donations would also be appreciated. There will be donation boxes wrapped in red Christmas gift paper in the lobbies of the first floors at HEC, HPC, VMC, HSC and the Pumerantz Library. Monetary donations can be dropped into a wrapped check/money box at Optometry’s Administration Office located in the first floor of HEC. Click here to view a flier.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorena at: or

House of Ruth Donations

RNc is teaming up with the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) on a donation drive for the House of Ruth, which assists families victimized by domestic violence through intensive family intervention and education. Please donate clothes, shoes, bags, throws, etc. Collection boxes will be set up through Dec. 10 throughout campus.

SGA Newsletter

The first SGA Newsletter of the year is now available online. Click here to view the newsletter.

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