University Student Affairs - California

Welcome Week Event Information

There are many exciting events during Welcome Week in which attendance is mandatory unless noted. For questions regarding any of these events, please contact the appropriate department below.
Ticket Information: College White Coat Coordinator, listed below
President’s Ice Cream Social and Welcome Lunch Information:  Office of Special Events (e-mail) or (909) 469-5365
General Event Information:  Office of University Student Affairs (e-mail) or (909) 469-5340
We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome Week Participation Form | Required for all Students

Tickets: You do not need a ticket for the President’s Ice Cream Social on Thursday, but you must RSVP on the participation form.You will receive four (4) tickets for each of the Saturday Welcome Week Events (Convocation, White Coat Ceremony and President’s Welcome Lunch) for  you and three (3) guests. If you do not need your three (3) guest tickets, please check with your college as each determines the method of redistribution. Tickets are complimentary, not available for purchase and may not be sold to other students.  Please read about the events below and complete the Welcome Week Participation Form.  You will need your WesternU e-mail address and your Student ID number (begins with an @) to complete the form.
Student ID: You received your Student ID number in an e-mail from Kim DeKruif, Vice President of Enrollment Management/University Registrar and can also be found at you.westernu.edu
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Students enjoying ice creamThursday, August 4, 2016 | President’s Ice Cream Social 

You and one guest are invited to attend the President’s Ice Cream Social. This is a fun and casual evening to mingle with your fellow classmates, deans, faculty, administration, the Student Government Association (SGA) and members of the Board of Trustees. An e-mail with more details will be sent to your WesternU e-mail account. 

What You Should Know:
Tickets are not required but you must RSVP on the Welcome Week Participation form
Questions: Office of Special Events (e-mail) or (909) 469-5365   

Saturday, August 6, 2016 | University Convocation Ceremony | Attendance is Mandatory for Students

This ceremony marks the official opening to the academic year at WesternU, where you will be formally welcomed as a student by the President, Board of Trustees, University Administration, the Deans and faculty of all nine colleges, the Student Government Association, and staff.   Learn more about our Convocation keynote speaker, Dr. Bruce Chernof.
Time and Location: 
Sheraton Fairplex, Building #4 | 1101 W. McKinley Ave. | Pomona, CA  91768 |
7:30 a.m. – Doors Open for Guests
8:20 a.m. – Doors Close for Processional – doors will reopen after the National Anthem and Invocation
8:30 a.m. – Ceremony Starts

What You Should Know:
Tickets are required for entry 
Attire is professional: Dress slacks, shirt & tie for men; dress slacks, dress, skirt & blouse for women
Bring your White Coat to Convocation: You will not need it for Convocation, but you will need it for the White Coat Ceremony immediately following. If your White Coat Ceremony is at Little Bridges or Purpose Church then you may leave it in your car.
Please be on time: Plan to be seated by 8:00 a.m. (30 minutes prior to the ceremony).
Doors close at exactly 8:20 and will reopen after the invocation – no one will be permitted to enter during this time.

Guest Entranace - Gate 17Parking: Gate 17 will be open for guests starting at 7:00 a.m. It is a long walk from the parking lot to the Convocation Ceremony in Building #4, and trams will be available for you if you need them.  There are various tram stops throughout the parking lot.
Parking Fee – $10.00 (Cash or credit cards accepted). Please allow yourself ample time (at least 30 minutes) for parking, the tram ride and finding a seat in the auditorium

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From the 10 Freeway: East Bound: East on San Bernardino Freeway (10) to the city of Pomona and exit at Fairplex Drive. Turn left on Fairplex Drive and proceed to Gate 17 of the Fairplex grounds.
From the 10 Freeway: West Bound: West on San Bernardino Freeway (10) to city of Pomona. Exit at Fairplex Drive. Turn right on Fairplex Drive and to Gate 17 of the Fairplex grounds.
Please Note: GPS units and online maps may direct you to Gate 19, please proceed to Gate 17.  

Saturday, August 6, 2016 | College White Coat Ceremony | Attendance is Mandatory for Students 

This annual ceremony has become a valued tradition at WesternU and is a “rite of passage” for our new health professions students. You will be cloaked with your first white lab coat in the presence of faculty, administration and family members. The ceremony encourages you to accept the obligations inherent in your scope of practice: to be excellent in science; to be compassionate; and to lead a life of uprightness and honor.

What You Should Know:
Tickets are required for students and guests (tickets not available for purchase) 
Order your white coat through your you.westernu.edu (distributed during Welcome Week).
White Coat REQUIRED: Remember to BRING, but not wear, your ironed and unbuttoned white coat. Place your name badge on your right shoulder below the lapel of your white coat.
Attire is professional (same as Convocation Ceremony)
Gold Foundation Pin (COMP Students Only): This pin should be placed on the left lapel of your white coat
Times and Locations: All White Coat Ceremonies (except CAHP and CVM) are within walking distance of the Convocation Ceremony/Fairplex, Building #4. 
Students Receiving their White CoatsCollege of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) – 10:30 a.m.
Fairplex, Building #4
Questions: Pam Nunn, Administrative Associate (909) 469-5536 |  compstudentaffairs.westernu.edu
College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) – 11:00 a.m.
Purpose Church, 586 N. Main Street, Pomona | Directions
Questions: Lorraine Halverson, Executive Assistant (909) 469-5390 | lahalverson@westernu.edu 
College of Pharmacy (COP) – 10:30 a.m.
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, Vineyard Ballroom #1-4
Questions: Mark Iannuzzo, Assistant Dean of Student Services (909) 469-5507 | miannuzzo@westernu.edu
College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) – 10:30 a.m.
Fairplex, Avalon Ballroom 
Questions: Mitzi McKay, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (909) 469-5255 | mmckay@westernu.edu
  Students Receiving their White Coats
College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) – 11:00 a.m.
Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. 4th Street, Claremont | Directions
Stephanie Butler, Administrative Assistant (909) 706-3768 | sbutler@westernu.edu
College of Dental Medicine (CDM) – 10:30 a.m.
Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, California Ballroom #1
Sean Rowan, Director of Student Services (909) 706-3912 | srowan@westernu.edu
College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) – 10:30 a.m.
Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, California Ballroom #2
Kyung Brown, Director of Student Affairs (909) 706-3889 | brownk@westernu.edu
College of Optometry (CO) – 10:30 a.m.
Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, California Ballroom #3
Tiffany Witherspoon, Director of Continuing Education (909) 706-3493 |  tlewis@westernu.edu
Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences (GCBS) – 10:30 a.m.
        Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, Sonoma Ballroom #2-3
Tanisha Hampton, Executive Assistant (909) 469-8439 | thampton@westernu.edu

Saturday, August 6, 2016 | President’s Welcome Lunch 

After your White Coat Ceremony, please plan to join us on the WesternU Esplanade for the President’s Welcome Lunch. If you have any questions, e-mail the Office of Special Events or call (909) 469-5365.
What You Should Know:Campus Tour and Information Booth at the Vendor Faire
Lunch tickets are required and please indicate the number of tickets you need on the Welcome Week Participation form.
Time and Location – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Western University of Health Sciences Esplanade
309 E 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766
Directions from Fairplex to WesternU Campus
Directions from Little Bridges Hall of Music to WesternU
Directions from Purpose Church to WesternU
Questions:  Office of Special Events (e-mail) or (909) 469-5365 

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