WesternU to hold Pumerantz Lecture Oct. 21

Tammie McMann Brailsford, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MemorialCare Health System, will serve as the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Western University of Health Sciences.

The lectureship will take place in WesternU’s Health Education Center Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

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WesternU gala to raise money for student scholarships

Western University of Health Sciences will raise money for student scholarships and honor pioneers in health care at its annual fundraising gala, “”A Tribute to Caring,”” Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Softball doubleheader raises more than $29,000 for Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

When second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student Gunnar Fillerup and his fellow DPT classmates finished playing the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in a doubleheader fundraising softball game on Oct. 4, 2014, they were overwhelmed with admiration about how the war heroes are able to overcome difficulties and challenges.

“”They have a great outlook on life, and they seize all opportunities that are available to them,”” said Fillerup, who was a player-coach for the first- and second-year DPT students. “”Their passion, determination, and resiliency are something that I strive to reach. It was apparent that they don’t see their amputations as an impairment, or as something that will hold them back.””

DPT students, local first responders, and donors played softball games against the WWAST at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California, helping raise more than $29,000 to benefit the team. Click here to read the full story.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Library Director Honored

Pat Vader, Executive Director of the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library, was presented with a plaque and certificate of appreciation by Pomona Mayor Elliott Rothman on Oct. 14, prior to a speaking event featuring Gustavo Arellano. Vader was honored for her hard work as the Chair of Pomona Pubic Library’s Together We Read Program, and for helping to re-invigorate the public’s interest in the local public library. Together We Read is Pomona Public Library’s local continuance of the NEA’s Big Read program but is locally funded and staffed by community volunteers. The staff of the Pumerantz Library is honored and proud of Pat Vader and her accomplishment.

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Come to the library and help your university librarians celebrate. This year we are bringing back a couple of favorite events.

Book Repair Day

On Oct. 21, drop a book in need of care for the library to repair. Please see the circulation desk for details and drop off.

Fine Free Friday

Oct. 24 is Fine Free Friday. Return an overdue book, on this day only, and we’ll waive your fine. Sorry, outstanding fines and lost fees do not apply.

Trick or Treat at the Pumerantz Library

This Halloween come to the Pumerantz Library to trick or treat. All of WesternU’s ghouls and ghosts can get candy from either the main desk on the first floor or from the reference desk on the second floor.

If you have any questions please contact reference@westernu.edu or 909-469-5323.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Ohad Levi presented his study, “”Ability of veterinary medical student to perform laparoscopy spay in comparison to open spay,”” at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) annual conference in San Diego. The investigators of the study are Dr. Ohad Levi, Dr. Phil Kass (UC Davis), Drs. Valerie Cantrell, Lyon Lee, David Clark and Dominique Griffon, from WesternU.

Dr. Brian Oakley had a paper accepted for publication. An invited mini-review titled “”The chicken gastrointestinal microbiome”” will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters. Dr. Oakley is the first author of the paper along with the following co-authors: Hyun S. Lillehoj, Michael H. Kogut, Woo K. Kim, John J. Maurer, Adriana Pedroso, Margie D. Lee, Stephen R. Collett, Timothy J. Johnson, & Nelson A. Cox.

A new book co-authored by Dr. Teresa Morishita has been released. The title of the book is “”Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery: A Guide for Veterinary Practitioners.”” Drs. Wael Khamas and Josep Rutllant, also CVM professors, are contributors to the book.

Kangaroos at WesternU

College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus Brad Ahrens, DVM ’12, brought two red kangaroos to the WesternU Pet Wellness Center Oct. 8, 2014 for surgery, providing an opportunity for collaboration now and in the future.

The male red kangaroos – Lenny, 2, and Captain, 3 – were neutered by CVM Professor Maria Fahie, DVM, MS, DACVS, with assistance from Ahrens and Associate Professor David Clark, DVM.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Hors d’oeuvres & Fundraiser

An evening of food and jazz hosted by the legendary Pat Prescott of 94.7 The Wave, featuring band DW3. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Spaghettini in Seal Beach. Tickets are $125 per person, and proceeds benefit the Dean’s Scholarship Fund at WesternU CPM. Click on the link for more information, to purchase your tickets and select your seating for this event. http://Spaghettini.tix.com/event.aspx?eventcode=675388

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Edward Barnes, MD, FACP, was awarded “”The 2014 Master Teacher”” award from the American College of Physicians (ACP), California Region-2, on Oct. 18.

The American College of Physicians is a national organization of internists – physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

Click here to read the latest accomplishments of Dr. Brion Benninger utilizing Google Glass and ultrasound.

Solar eclipse

On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 23, a partial eclipse of the sun will be visible from both the Lebanon and Pomona campuses. This will be the last solar eclipse visible from either campus until Aug. 21, 2017. In Lebanon the eclipse will begin at 1:39 p.m., max out at 3:05 p.m., and end at 4:24 p.m. In Pomona the start, maximum, and end will be at 2:11 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:41 p.m., respectively. Dr. Matt Wedel of COMP and CPM has compiled a list of safe ways to observe the eclipse, which you can find here:


COMP-Northwest News

COMP-Northwest hosted an inaugural Community Health Fair at the College Oct. 18. Approximately 100 people attended the event, which promoted healthy lifestyle choices. Booths focusing on osteoporosis prevention, vitamins and supplements, nutrition, and several others were featured at the event. The fair was organized by the ACOFP medical students.

COMP-Northwest students helped run a First Aid Booth at the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon in Lebanon Oct. 18. In addition to the booth, COMP-Northwest was a silver sponsor of the event which benefits

ABC House. Several students, faculty and staff ran in the half marathon.

Results can be found here.

Two COMP-Northwest students recently gave a presentation on nutrition to about 90 people at the Central Willamette Credit Union Administration Offices in Albany. OMS II Chris Parker and Kendall Shibuya gave the presentation titled, “”Eat food, mostly plants, not too much,”” to kick-off the credit union’s healthy lifestyle campaign on Columbus Day. The students presented the background research connecting diet and lifestyle to chronic conditions and dispelled some of the common myths about nutrition. OMS II Parker and Shibuya are both active in the Nutrition in Medicine Program at COMP-Northwest.

From University Advancement:

Alumni News

The WesternU Alumni Association is hosting two evening receptions in the coming week:

More than 50 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to attend the WesternU Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Oakland City Center Marriott in Oakland, Calif., during the California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference. RSVP for the Oakland reception online at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westernu-reception-at-cptaoakland-registration-12875993443 and be sure to stop by the WesternU booth (#121) in the Oakland Convention Center exhibit hall during the conference on that Friday and Saturday.

More than 300 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to attend the WesternU Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the Space Needle in Seattle, Wash., during the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention. RSVP for the Seattle reception online at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westernu-reception-at-omed-registration-12835626705 and come visit the WesternU booth (#835) in the Washington State Convention Center exhibit hall during the convention on that Saturday-Monday.

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