Memorial for Dr. Ben Cohen
More than 100 WesternU faculty, staff, administrators and students, along with family and friends, were on hand Friday, October 9 for an on-campus memorial for Dr. Benjamin Cohen, the University’s former Provost and Chief Executive Officer.  Click here to read more and to view a slideshow.


Pumerantz Lecture to focus on virtual reality
W. Paul Brown, DDS, FICD, FACD, a pioneer in virtual reality, will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Western University of Health Sciences.

His topic will be “The Impact of Virtual Reality on Health Science Education.” The lectureship will begin at 7 p.m. in WesternU’s Health Education Center Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

Click here to read the full story.


A Tribute to Caring
WesternU will hold its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring” Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Molina Healthcare, Inc. will receive WesternU’s Access to Caring Award for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to underserved people. “A Tribute to Caring” raises money for student scholarships. Click here to visit the ATC website for more information.


Casino Night postponed
It is with great disappointment that we have to inform you that WesternU’s upcoming Casino Night event has been postponed until further notice due to revised State of California legislation.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and will be issuing a full refund to those who registered as quickly as possible. The response to this new event has been incredible and we look forward to rescheduling as rapidly as we are able. We greatly appreciate your continued support, and will reach out to you as soon as we have a revised event date. For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Austin Braunwalder at 909-469-8495 or


VRLC featured in Fortune
WesternU’s J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center (VRLC) is featured in Fortune Magazine. Click here to read the story:


SNMA fundraiser
The Student National Medical Association will hold a Rounds Burger fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Allied Health Professions:

CAPA Conference
WesternU PA faculty and students attended the 39th Annual California Academy of PAs (CAPA) Conference October 8-10 in Palm Springs, California where the College of Allied Health Professions sponsored an inaugural reception for new CAPA President Roy Guizado. At the Conference’s Annual Student Challenge Bowl there were five California PA Programs represented including WesternU. This year the WesternU team finished in first place! The team was comprised of second-year PA students Eric Lyon, Ryan Nguyen and Amy Scarano, all of whom did a great job! Their trophy will be on display in the Health Sciences Center foyer display case.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Beth Boynton, CVM Assistant Professor Suzie Kovacs, CAHP Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad and COMP Professor Emeritus Richard Sugerman had their presentation abstract published in the June 2015 issue of Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Vol 1, Issue 2. The abstract title is “Comparison of Student Attitudes Toward Underserved in 3 Graduate Health Profession Programs.”

Darlene Sanchez, DVM 2009, has recently opened her own practice in Chino. Called Loving Hands Animal Hospital, it will be cat friendly, with a separate door for cats and dogs.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Tooth Fairy Convention
WesternU’s Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) participated in the L.A. Trust for Children’s Health Tooth Fairy Convention at Exposition Park in Los Angeles Oct. 11.

The all-day event featured oral health symposiums and education for adults and their children.

HSDA had 10 volunteers and two tables and gave group discussions on systemic disease and advances in dentistry that enable dentists to fix a broken smile in one appointment.

The activity directed at children was oral hygiene and how to fill teeth. The kids were given pre-drilled plastic teeth and instruments and taught how to fill them with Play-doh. Participants received tooth-box necklaces.

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Jerry Minsky was selected for inclusion in the Trademark Who’s Who Honors Edition for demonstrating dedication, leadership and professional excellence. Click here to read the full story.


From University Advancement:

Ethicon gift
Advancement/CVM is pleased to announce a Gift in Kind donation of suture material valued at more than $16,000 from Ethicon. The suture will be used in various portions of the curriculum including classes, labs and exams. This donation continues a fine tradition of Gift in Kind support from Ethicon that the college and students deeply appreciate.


Alumni news
Three alumni receptions were held on the evening of Friday, Oct. 9:

More than 100 College of Optometry alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests gathered in New Orleans for a reception during the American Academy of Optometry’s Academy 2015 Conference. View pictures of the event at

About 65 PA alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests joined Interim President Gary Gugelchuk in Palm Springs for a reception during the California Academy for Physician Assistants’ Annual Conference. View pictures of the event at

Approximately 75 College of Pharmacy alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests enjoyed a dessert reception in San Diego during the California Society for Health-Systems Pharmacist 2015 Seminar. View pictures of the event at


From the Pumerantz Library:

National Medical Librarians Month
October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM). To celebrate NMLM the librarians of the Pumerantz Library want you to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. To help you get prepared we have the following displays and events planned:

Zombie Survival Prep improvised defense weapons display – all month long, Museum.

10 C’s of Survival display – all month long – second floor stairwell.

On campus interlibrary loan office delivery – all month long.

Screening of Zombieland, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the library’s fourth floor conference room. Please register.


We will also offer the following training sessions in the library’s J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center for faculty, staff and students. Each class has a limit of 20 participants.

Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Please register


Our perennial favorite events will make a comeback:

Halloween photo contest, take a picture in your Halloween costume with the library in the background and submit with the following #PumerantzHalloween on Oct. 30-31 @pumerantzlib or Facebook.

Halloween “trick or trick” at the library first and second floor desks – Oct. 30-31.

If you have any questions please contact 909-469-5323 ask for Reference or email for more information.