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This Week@WesternU, Sept. 26-30, 2016

by Rodney Tanaka

September 26, 2016

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Pumerantz Lecture
Western University of Health Sciences’ eighth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship will feature geriatrician and oncologist Arti Hurria, MD, who leads national and international efforts to improve care for older adults with cancer.

The lectureship is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Please RSVP to Special Events Coordinator Rocki Crisostomo at or by phone at 909-469-5439.

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Pomona’s Health Promoters Program celebrates new location
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona Unified School District, local dignitaries and Pomona’s Health Promoters held a launch party and ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new location for Pomona’s Health Promoters Program at Palomares Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

OMED 2016 awards
COMP Dean Paula M. Crone, DO, received the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Mentor of the Year award, honoring DOs who help shape the future of the profession by sharing their knowledge, skills and distinct philosophy. Dr. Crone was selected among three finalists for the Mentor of the Year award from 119 nominated mentors. She received the award at AOA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (OMED 2016) Sept. 17 in Anaheim, California.

At the same event, COMP Professor Clinton Adams, DO, received the AOA Distinguished Service Certificate for more than 40 years of advocacy on behalf of the osteopathic medical profession.

Click here to read more from The DO.


From the College of Optometry:

WesternU Eye Care Institute ready to change lives
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Optometry celebrated a new beginning in providing eye care to the community.

The Eye Care Institute at WesternU, part of the Patient Care Center at 795 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766, officially opened on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

“I’d like to thank everyone for taking time out of their busy schedules to help us celebrate where we’ve been, where we are today and the future of eye care,” said College of Optometry Founding Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH. “As you mix, mingle and greet us today, please note we love to take care of members of the community in a comprehensive and interprofessional manner. We hope to amaze you with our technology but we hope that you remember us for our humanistic touch.”

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From the College of Pharmacy:

20th anniversary dinner
More than 150 guests, 66 of them alumni, attended the College of Pharmacy’s 20th Anniversary dinner on the WesternU Esplanade Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

Luis Aguilar, PharmD ’00, received the Special Recognition Award for being the first graduate. Tim Chen, PharmD ‘04, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Mark Bounthavong, PharmD ’04, received the Alumni Achievement Award. Preceptor Catherine Hirokawa, PharmD, received the Distinctive Service Award.

Check out a gallery on WesternU College of Pharmacy’s Facebook page.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley gave a talk at the annual meeting of the International Association of Food Protection in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Oakley’s presentation was titled “Associations of GI microbiota with Campylobacter status in commercial broiler chickens” and described results of an ongoing collaboration with USDA researchers to better understand variations in the chicken gastrointestinal microbiome associated with the presence and abundance of the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter.


From Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE):

FACE-ing Adult Transition
WesternU will host the 15th Annual Trends in Autism Education & Resource Forum: FACE-ing Adult Transition, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Featuring the documentary “Autism: Behind the Camera” by Lillian Vasquez from the KVCR Autism Initiative and a panel discussion. Click here to visit WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE) website for more information.

Click here to sign up for the forum.


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
September 17-19 was full of alumni events. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the College of Pharmacy celebrated their 20th Anniversary with more than 50 alumni returning to campus to join students, faculty, staff, and others in the celebration. That same night in Las Vegas, two events took place during the Vision Expo West conference, with 12 College of Optometry alumni joining faculty and staff at either Cañonita for an intimate dinner and/or later that night at Grimaldi’s for drinks. On Monday, Sept. 19, about 260 COMP alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests were joined by President Wilson for a reception at the Anaheim Marriott during the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention. The WesternU Chamber Singers, Chamber Singer alumni, and the Musicians in Medicine band were there, too, to provide entertainment. Pictures from the OMED reception (and the exhibit booth) can be found online at


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!

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