WesternU acquires Chase Bank building in downtown Pomona

Western University of Health Sciences has closed a $4.2-million deal with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to buy the historic Chase Bank building in downtown Pomona, WesternU officials have announced.

“This acquisition is another important step in the continued development of WesternU, and underscores our commitment and investment in Pomona, and in all of the Southern California communities our University serves,” said Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of WesternU. “In addition to providing badly needed space for our operations, this purchase communicates how important we believe it is to be a growing part of Pomona’s thriving downtown.”

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From the Patient Care Center:

Backpack giveaway

As children head back to school after the summer break, the Eye Care Center (ECC) at Western University of Health Sciences reminds parents that good vision is critical to learning.

The ECC is giving away a limited number of backpacks filled with school supplies as an incentive to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye examination. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

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From the College of Optometry:

Hays-Haine Symposium

The College of Optometry presents “Total Rehab,” a continuing education symposium designed for clinicians and individuals interested in learning about sports-related concussions, sports vision therapy, rehabilitation of special populations/autism, body awareness and rehabilitation, management of fall risks, and multidisciplinary low vision.

The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 on the WesternU campus, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hays-Haine Family Scholarship.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Quannetta T. Edwards, Professor, College of Graduate Nursing, was one of 20 invited consultants/experts to the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, Md., to participate in the ‘Genomics Science Workshop’ August 20-21, 2013. The workshop was sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Office of Rare Diseases Research, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss, expand, refine and further prioritize research topics from a blueprint that was developed previously as an overall framework for furthering genomic nursing science. The workshop participants explored basic, clinical and behavioral research topics relevant to genomic nursing and for future research funding for the purpose of advancing the science in this rapidly developing field.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Matt Wedel, PhD, of COMP and CPM, traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, for the 61st Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy. He gave a talk, “A giant, skeletally immature individual of Apatosaurus from the Morrison Formation of Oklahoma,” and was second author on a talk by Mike Taylor, PhD, of the University of Bristol, titled, “Our concept of Barosuaurus is based on erroneously referred specimens.”

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Carlos Roel, DPT ’10, has become a member of the medical staff for USA Beach Volleyball and traveled with the team to Myslowice, Poland for the Federation Internationale De Volleyball (FIVB) World Championships in June. More recently he went with the U.S. team to Anapa, Russia in July and to Moscow, Russia in August.

From University Advancement:

Alumni News

On Aug. 30-31, the Alumni Office staffed an exhibit table at the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California’s Annual Fall Conference in Monterey, Calif. More than 100 COMP alumni, and other conference attendees, stopped by the table to find out the latest news and information from the University.

In the next few weeks, the Alumni Office will be helping staff exhibit booths and hosting receptions at the following four conferences:

Sept. 20-21 at the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon’s Fall CME Conference in Portland, Ore.

Sept. 20-21 at the California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Pasadena, Calif.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

Oc. 4-5 at the California Academy of Physician Assistants’ Annual Conference in Palm Springs, Calif.

For details on any of these conferences, please visit www.westernu.edu/alumni-events.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Fall Newsletter

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