Distinguished Lectureship

Kimberly Belshé, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the state of California, will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the Health Education Center. Click here for more information.

Toastmasters International – Toast of the Towne

Louise Clark represented our WesternU club, “Toast of the Towne,” and won first place at the division level in the second round of Toastmasters International annual humorous speech contest at WesternU on Oct. 9. Louise will compete for the third and final time at the district level on Oct. 30 at Cal Baptist University in Riverside.

“Toast of the Towne” chapter meets at the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library on the first and third Tuesdays every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. If you are interested in improving your public speaking skills, please visit “Toast of the Towne.” Contact Louise Clark for more information at

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Health Sciences Education News

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has designed Oct. 17-23 as National Health Education Week. This year’s focus will be “A Tobacco Free Nation through Health Education.” On Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 21, please visit the Health Sciences booth in Centennial Park, adjacent to the basketball court. The booth will be open from noon to 1 p.m. both days.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, and Jace Allbright, PT, DPT ’10, had a poster presentation on “Physical Therapists’ Role in Management and Prevention of Cycling Related Injuries” at the recent California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Annual Conference held in Oakland. This two-day event was attended by more than 900 professionals from throughout the state.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Doreen Pon published an article in collaboration with Dr. Moses Chow and others: D Pon, Z Wang, KN Bao Le and MSS Chow. Harnessing traditional Chinese medicine to improve cancer therapy: issues for future development. Therapeutic Delivery 2010;1:335-344.

Dr. Gollapudi Shankar visited China recently along with his resident, Dr. Carol Yuan (WesternU PharmD 2008). Following were some of their activities during the trip: Presentation on “Substance Abuse focusing on the treatment of heroin addiction” given by Dr. G.S Shankar, and “Clinical Pharmacist scope of practice in the United States,” given by Dr. Carol Yuan at the Beijing Anding psychiatric hospital, a reputable state psychiatric hospital affiliated with Beijing Capital Medical University for training of Psychiatrists and psychiatry researchers.

Dr. Shankar gave two lectures on the topic of “drug therapy considerations in the elderly” at the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences.

Presentation on “Clinical Pharmacist: The Scope of Clinical Practice” and “Medical Career Paths in the United States” at the Hainan Medical University School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing in Haikou.

Keynote lecture to 800 students and faculty at the convocation in Hainan Foreign Language Colleges of Professional Education in Wenchang on “Preparing the students to cope up with employment searching and dealing with challenges and anxieties in new working environment.”

Congratulations to Drs. Jeffrey Wang and Guru Betageri for their sub-contract from Strategic Drug Solutions Inc. as part of NIH’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant-supported project. PIs: Jeffrey Wang and Guru Betageri. Project Title: New Technology for Enhancing Oral Absorption of Water Soluble Drugs – Application to Streptomycin, Part A: Pharmacokinetic Study. Duration of Study: 9/15/2010 – 9/14/2011

Total Cost: $48,799.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

CGN Accomplishments

Two MSN-E students, Alison DesJardins and Julie Smith, received special recognition on Saturday, Oct. 9 for demonstrating a capacity for caring and advocacy for the relief of pain. Julie and Alison were presented with the award of Excellence in Cancer Pain Management by the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative.

The Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (also known as SCCPI) is one of several pain initiative groups across the country. This Alliance of Pain Initiatives has been instrumental in changing laws that have hindered the management of pain. Additionally, the Alliance has brought the awareness of the consequences of unrelieved pain to the forefront.

Several individual and group awards and one lifetime achievement award are presented at a special gala every other year. This year is the first year that students have been nominated and received this prestigious award. We extend our heartiest congratulations and encourage these awardees to continue this great work long into their careers.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Guest Presentation

“Effective communication with people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs,” by Toni Eames, MS, at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 20 in HEC Lecture Hall 2001. Internationally acclaimed author, lecturer and advocate Toni Eames, accompanied by her Golden Retriever guide dog Keebler, will be presenting a program focusing on the veterinarian’s role in maintaining the health and well being of guide, hearing and service dogs. In addition, Toni will discuss preferred patterns of interacting with disabled clients.

Spay-ghetti Dinner

The Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians is hosting a Halloween themed “Spay-ghetti” dinner to raise money for the San Gabriel Humane Society and the Upland Animal Shelter to buy supplies (vaccines, snap tests, meds, etc.) and funds for spay/neutering programs. The dinner will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29 in the HPC Student Commons. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and will be on sale in the Vet Med Atrium during lunch, noon to 1 p.m., through Oct. 29. The club is asking for donations of food items, table decorations and silent auction items. For more information, including a list of donation requests, e-mail or

Kudos on accomplishments

CVM student Ana Hodgson completed a month-long externship at the San Antonio Humane Society’s on-site clinic and operating room. Her experience was chronicled in an article on the Humane Society’s website, available here.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS, will receive the 2011 American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) Award of Excellence for members. Click here to read the story.

From University Advancement:

Alumni Reception

The Alumni Office hosted a reception in Palm Springs on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the California Academy of Physician Assistants’ Annual Conference. The reception was attended by 70 WesternU alumni, students, faculty and friends.