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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 11-14, 2016

by Rodney Tanaka

October 13, 2016

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WesternU’s Trends in Autism forum to focus on adult transition

Autism services cost U.S. citizens more than $230 billion annually, with the majority spent on adult services – $175 billion to $262 billion, compared to $61 billion to $66 billion for children, according to the Autism Society. Yet much of the attention on autism focuses on childhood diagnosis and intervention.

The 15th annual Trends in Autism Education and Resource Forum: FACE-ing Adult Transition will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E. Second Street, Pomona, Calif. 91766. The forum is organized by WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE). Click here for more information.

The forum will feature a screening of the documentary “Autism: Behind the Camera” by Lillian Vasquez from the KVCR Autism Initiative. The documentary focuses on Normal Films, a program that teaches video production skills to people with autism to give them employable skills.

Following the screening, Vasquez and others will participate in a panel discussion on adult transition. Among the panelists: Meristem, a community engagement and work transition program; Brilliant Learning Center, which offers GED opportunities; Autism Spectrum Therapies; and Vocational Steps Customized Employment.

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A Tribute to Caring

WesternU will hold its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring” (ATC) Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Registration and entertainment begin at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner and program begin at 7:30 p.m. VCA Inc., represented by President and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Antin, will receive the Corporate Award for Excellence in Health Care. Proceeds from ATC benefit student scholarships. Click here to visit the ATC website for more information and to purchase tickets.


Pomona election forums

WesternU will host public forums for Pomona City Council and Pomona mayoral candidates later this week. The City Council forum will be on Thursday, October 13. The mayoral forum will be on Friday, October 14. Both forums will begin at 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall I of the Health Education Center. The events are free and open to the public. Anyone eligible to vote in the city of Pomona is encouraged to attend.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Rural Health Fair
WesternU COMP-Northwest’s Rural Health Club has organized the Second Annual Rural Health Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Lebanon Wal-Mart Supercenter, 3290 S. Santiam Highway, Lebanon, Oregon 97355. The event is free and open to the public. Several booths and partners will return for the health fair. The fair will feature free vision screening, blood glucose and blood pressure screening, free dental exams, smoothie samples and recipes, and much more. Click here to view a flier. Click here to read more.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professors Txema Peralta and Ana Alcaraz have both received the 2016 AVMA Veterinary Educator Professional Development Grant Award. The title of their project was “Workshop for Facilitator Training.” They are planning to provide material to support the Facilitator Support Group (FSG) with the ultimate goal of improving student education and problem-based learning (PBL) facilitator training. They have received this grant award for the last three years. Last year, with this award, Dr. Kathy Edmondson, Assistant Dean of Veterinary Education at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, was invited to WesternU. During her three-day visit, Dr. Edmondson met with the different interested faculty members and presented a workshop on “How to Integrate Basic Science and Clinical Sciences.” The workshop was well received by the faculty and directly supported the FSG goals.

CVM Associate Professor Linda Kidd presented two lectures at the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association’s Sedona Adventure Meeting in Sedona Arizona on Oct. 1-2. The lectures were: “Diagnosing Canine Vector Borne Disease: What’s New?” and “Emerging Rickettsioses: An Arizona Perspective.” Dr. Kidd also presented a lecture titled “Vector-borne disease in Southern California Dogs: More common than you think” to the Southern California Veterinary Association in Pomona recently.


From the Pumerantz Library:

October is Archives Month
Help us document campus life at WesternU by submitting a picture from your day using #westernuarchives to your preferred platform. We’ll aggregate the images in Facebook to tell the story of WesternU.

It’s easy, just take a selfie on campus, a picture in a study room or at lunch, or even just walking to class. Then post it using #westernuarchives and you’re done!

Remember, history happens here!


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
The Alumni Office hosted two events this past weekend at Allied Health conferences.

Friday, Oct. 7: More than 70 WesternU alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests enjoyed a light, reception-style dinner during the California Academy of Physician Assistants’ Annual Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Pictures from the reception are available online at

Sunday, Oct. 9: Nearly three dozen WesternU alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests enjoyed a delicious South of the Border buffet lunch during the California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Pictures from the lunch are available online at

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