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WesternU Alumni Connection – August 2013

WNew COMP-NW students in their white coatselcome Week

WesternU hosted Welcome Week for more than 100 new students in Lebanon, OR, July 31 – August 7, and for more than 1,100 new students in Pomona, CA, August 5-10. Throughout each week, the students were introduced to key people and offices on campus, as well as the many services available to help them succeed in their studies. Highlights of Welcome Week each year are the President’s Ice Cream Social and Welcome Lunch, and the Convocation and White Coat ceremonies.

WesternU physiologist plays major role in giant panda birth at Zoo Atlanta

Lun LunZoo Atlanta announced that its 15-year-old giant panda Lun Lun gave birth to twins on Monday, July 15, 2013. The cubs are the first giant pandas to be born in the U.S. in 2013 and the first twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987. Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor of Physiology David Kersey, PhD, played a key role in the artificial insemination (AI) of Lun Lun. In February 2013, Kersey, a giant panda reproduction expert since 2001 who has been consulting with Zoo Atlanta, began receiving Lun Lun’s urine sample to track hormonal changes that would indicate fertility. In March, Kersey detected the hormonal changes he was looking for and traveled to Atlanta to provide on-site analysis and perform the AI procedure.

State tabs WesternU disability center to develop new material on Affordable Care Act

The Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (HFCDHP) at Western University of Health Sciences has been awarded the sole contract statewide to analyze, revise and develop new materials and outreach efforts to help individuals with disabilities successfully navigate the California health care system under the Affordable Care Act. HFCDHP will help California consumers with disabilities, seniors under Medi-Cal and duals projects like the Cal MediConnect Program and those using the Covered California exchange to have the necessary information to support their move to mandatory managed care and qualify for these three programs.

WesternU honors board Chairman Emeritus Warren Lawless

For more than 30 years, Warren Lawless has served as a vital link between Western University of Health Sciences and the Pacific Northwest. WesternU honored Lawless at a special family reunion held after COMP-Northwest’s Convocation and white coat ceremony Aug. 3, 2013 in Lebanon, Ore. Lawless served 30 years as the WesternU Board of Trustees chairman. He retired from that role earlier this year and took on the title of Chairman Emeritus. He was succeeded by Richard Bond, DO ’82, DrPH, the first graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. The Board and WesternU Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, presented Lawless with a proclamation honoring him as a “friend for life.”

WesternU named Great College to Work For

For the second consecutive year, Western University of Health Sciences has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. WesternU received recognition in two areas: Benefits & Compensation and Respect & Appreciation. WesternU demonstrates its respect and appreciation for employees in a variety of ways, including a holiday luncheon hosted by the president prior to the Christmas/Hanukkah break; signed thank-you notes from the president on each employee’s work anniversary; and commemorative WesternU lapel pins and gifts of increasing value on every fifth work anniversary. More broadly, the University’s bedrock philosophy is one of humanistic caring for one’s fellows, which is evident in work relationships across campus, regardless of job position. WesternU was one of 97 colleges and universities deemed a Great College to Work For, drawing from 300 participating institutions in 2013, including 227 four-year institutions and 73 two-year institutions.

Humanism in the Health Sciences

The 2013 edition of  Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine has arrived, and the theme is “Beneath the White Coat.” The magazine is written by students, alumni, faculty and staff, and edited by WesternU students. This year’s issue features contributions by Stephanie Baron, MSPA ’03, and seven members of the just-graduated Class of 2013. The magazine is published annually and distributed free of charge. An electronic copy of Humanism is available online at http://www.westernu.edu/communications-media, or you can email alumni@westernu.edu to request a copy be mailed to you.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

August 28: Alumni Summer Mixer. Celebrate summer and reminisce with fellow WesternU Alumni. Join us for an evening of complimentary appetizers, drinks and lively conversation as you meet up with former classmates at Buster’s Lounge at Dave and Busters, Ontario Mills Mall, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Susan Terrazas at sterrazas@westernu.edu or 909.706.3476 or Austin Braunwalder at abraunwalder@westernu.edu or 909.469.8495 by August 26.

August 30-September 1: Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California’s Annual Fall Conference in Monterey, CA. WesternU/COMP exhibit table on August 30 and 31 in the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey (750 Cannery Row)

September 20-21: California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA. WesternU exhibit booth (#200) September 20-21 in the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green Street). WesternU reception, Saturday, September 21, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Sheraton Pasadena Hotel, Piazza Room (303 Cordova St)

September 20-22: Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon’s Fall CME Conference in Portland, OR. WesternU/COMP-Northwest exhibit table on September 20 and 21 in the Embassy Suites, Downtown Portland (319 SW Pine Street). WesternU/COMP reception, Saturday, September 21, 5:45-8:00 p.m., Embassy Suites

September 30-October 4: American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention in Las Vegas, NV. WesternU/COMP exhibit booth (#708) on September 30-October 2 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Shorlines A. WesternU/COMP reception, Wednesday, October 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Border Grill Las Vegas (inside Mandalay Bay)

October 3-6: California Academy of Physician Assistants’ Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA. WesternU exhibit booth on October 4 and 5 in the Palm Springs Convention Center, Oasis 4  (277 N Avenida Caballeros). WesternU reception, Friday, October 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Andreas Room (888 Tahquitz Canyon Way)

October 24: WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture in the evening on campus. Details to follow.

November 9: WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Save the date!

December 8-12: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists’ Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, FL. WesternU reception TBA

See a full list of upcoming events on the Online Alumni Events page.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please contact the Alumni Office at (909) 469-ALUM or alumni@westernu.edu.

Pumerantz Library

Did you know that if alumni come into the Library on campus, they maintain nearly all the same resources they had available to them as students? Additionally, a limited number of resources are available to alumni remotely. A complete list of Library resources for alumni can be found at http://westernu.libguides.com/alumni or by contacting the Library directly at (909) 469-5323 or reference@westernu.edu.

FDale Carrison, DO '87rom the Archives:

August 8, 1997 – Dale Carrison, DO ’87, gave the keynote address at WesternU’s 1997 Convocation Ceremony.

University Archives
The University Archives serves as the official memory of the University, identifying and preserving documentation of continuing significant and historical value of the University. The Archives are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please contact University Archivist Olivia Solis for more information at (909) 469-5304 or osolis@westernu.edu

WesternU Advi$or – Impact of the New Capital Gain Tax Rates

The increase in the long-term capital gain tax coupled with 3.8% Medicare surtax makes charitable giving extremely attractive to upper-income earners.  These taxes can be significant for people when selling highly appreciated assets.  One alternative might be placing such an assets in a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) before selling the asset thereby avoiding these taxes.  Another alternative might be using appreciated assets for charitable gifts instead of cash.  Through thoughtful estate planning high-income earners are able to avoid paying the capital gain tax and Medicare surtax while still making gifts to their favorite charities such as WesternU or one of its colleges or programs. If you would like to discuss estate planning options further, or charitable gift annuities, please contact the Office of Planned giving.

Olive B. Stephens, Planned Giving Administrator ~ (909) 469-5211 ~ ostephen@westernu.edu

Tim Bamrick, CSPG, Director of Development ~ (909) 706-3455 ~ tbamrick@westernu.edu

Patient Care Center News

Erika Vitalez, of the Foot & Ankle Center at WesternU, recently completed advanced training and extensive testing to become certified as a Podiatric Medical Assistant. She adds this to her Orthopedic Technician certification. The training and testing is conducted by the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants. This is a method of enhancing credibility in caring for patients and is recognized as the top credential for the podiatric medical assistant. The purpose of the ASPMA is to promote, foster, improve, sustain and advance the profession of Podiatric Medical Assistants. The ASPMA also plays a role in the advancement of the podiatric medical profession and to the improvement of public health. The ASPMA desires to promote honorable and friendly relations among its members; and to enlighten the public concerning all matters pertaining to the profession of the podiatric medical assistant. The ASPMA works cooperatively with all segments of the podiatric medical profession on achieving these purposes.

WesternU View Summer 2013

Click here to read the latest edition of WesternU View magazine, featuring comprehensive Commencement coverage, features on two retiring faculty members and much more

WesternU Seeks Subjects for Clinical Study

Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD): The purpose of this study is to further evaluate the QuantifEye device and correlation of MPOD with age. All participants will undergo baseline noninvasive eye exams, brief medical history, visual acuity testing, slit lamp examination, refraction and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The whole process should only take half an hour, and participants will receive a $10 dollar gift card to Walmart. We are recruiting in four ethnic groups: Caucasian (White), African American, Asian Indian, and Hispanic. Please send your name and phone number to Dr. Pinakin Davey at pdavey@westernu.edu if you are interested and would like to know more about the study.

ARTHRITIS: Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis? Drs. Yumori, Finley, Gordon, and Trinh are conducting a study to investigate how rheumatoid arthritis affects your eyes. We will do an extensive evaluation of the front part of your eye, evaluate your joints, and pay for blood samples to measure the levels of inflammation in your body. We will explain all of your results and share recommendations on how to keep your eyes healthy. Participation takes about 2 hours and you will be compensated $25 at the end of the study. Please contact the study coordinator at 909-706-3899 or eyecarecenter@westernu.edu to schedule an appointment.

DIZZINESS: Are you suffering from dizziness? WesternU is conducting a clinical research study to investigate the effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) in treating patients suffering from dizziness. You may qualify for the study if you have suffered from dizziness for more than three months. For more information, please contact vertigoresearch@westernu.edu or (909) 469-8463.

ASTHMA: We are recruiting volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 to participate in a clinical research study in the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department to investigate the efficacy of osteopathic manipulation techniques on patients with Asthma. You may be eligible to participate if 1. You have episodic symptoms of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and airway obstruction or airway sensitivity that is reversible; 2. You are able to provide consent and perform pulmonary function tests; 3. You do not have any other medical conditions that can contribute to shortness of breath (for example: COPD, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, or pulmonary fibrosis); 4. You do not have any known heart conditions and/or osteoporosis. Participation will require a one-month period of weekly visits to an experienced, licensed osteopathic physician at WesternU. If you are interested and/or would like more information, please email AsthmaStudy@westernu.edu.

GAIT ANALYSIS: Women, 18-49, who are 5’2″-5’7″, are invited to be volunteers in a study of how walking dogs of various sizes affects exercise efficiency. Volunteers will first walk on their own across an electronic diagnostic mat to record their natural gait. They will then walk three healthy and well socialized dogs (small and large) across two parallel mats to simultaneously analyze the walk of the handler and the dog. Each session includes at least three trials at two different speeds. Between walks, the handler’s heart rate and oxygen saturation will be measured using non-invasive and simple tools. Please contact Amal Gaada at amalgaada@gmail.com with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy

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WesternU’s Willed Body Programs Need Donors

The willed body programs at WesternU serve a vital role in educating health professions students, and the University is always in need of more human and animal volunteer donors. For human donors for the Pomona campus, please contact Willed Body Program Director Nina McCoy at (909) 469-5431 or nmccoy@westernu.edu; or for the Oregon campus, contact Steven Carmichael at (541) 259-0256 or scarmichael@westernu.edu. For animal donors for the Pomona campus, please contact Willed deceased Animals for Veterinary Education (W.A.V.E.) Director Tamara Miller at (909) 469-5597 or cvm.wave@westernu.edu.

Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, highlighting health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences. Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet students and faculty. If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for Preview Day.

Jobs for Alumni:

Interested in finding a new job or looking to hire a WesternU graduate? Check out WesternU’s new online job board and register as an Employer or Job Seeker, as appropriate. New jobs are posted almost every day!

Share Your News and Revise Personal Information:

Have you recently married, started a new job, had a baby, or received a fantastic promotion? Update WesternU on your achievements so that we can share them with your fellow classmates. Please send any news to alumni@westernu.edu.

Suggestion Box:

The Office of Alumni Relations would like to hear your views about alumni services at WesternU. If you have any thoughts about alumni events, participation, or would like to propose ideas, please contact us at (909) 469-5274 or alumni@westernu.edu

 News from the Colleges

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Pharmacy (COP)
Graduate Nursing (CGN)
Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
Dental Medicine (CDM)
Optometry (CO)
Podiatric Medicine (CPM)
Biomedical Sciences (GCBS)

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