This coming Sunday, October 12, WesternU’s Health Education Center will play host to “A Tribute to Ray Bradbury,” a fundraising event to benefit the Pomona Public Library Foundation. The program will include a screening of “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” the film version of one of Mr. Bradbury’s short stories, as well as in-person appearances by some of the stars of the film, including Joe Mantegna and Edward James Olmos. (Mr. Olmos, you’ll recall, was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Commencement ceremonies for the colleges of Podiatric Medicine, Optometry and Dental Medicine.)
There’s a certain symmetry to this event being held on campus, since Mr. Bradbury himself – in one of his final public appearances before his death in 2012 – appeared at a Pomona “Big Read” event in our HEC on October 8, 2010. The community book for Pomona that year was Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” among the best-known books of all time.
I mention these events not because I want you to read more Ray Bradbury – although that’s not a bad idea – but because they have once again reminded me of the important role WesternU plays not only in the health of our community, but in community life itself.
Our campuses are focal points for compelling events, thoughtful discourse, celebration and commemoration. We have been, and always will be, home to concerts, conferences, parties, plays, socials, and speakers. We are repositories of art, of literature, of music, and of theater.
In that vein, in a couple of weeks – on October 21, to be exact – I will be honored to welcome the sixth Pumerantz Lecture speaker to campus. Tammie McMann Brailsford, RN, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MemorialCare Health System, will appear in the HEC to talk about “Wellness Leadership.”
I’m going to guess that one of Ms. McMann Brailsford’s topics during the wellness presentation will be the importance of living a broad and rich life, one full of diverse experiences, creative pursuits, and participation in community activities. I suspect she will note a big part of wellness is social in nature, and demands that we become and remain active as members of our communities and of the world.
She could not have found a better venue for that message than WesternU, where the community comes together time and again for education, cultivation, and celebration.
As always, I welcome your feedback on this topic and any others as we discuss WesternU’s Benchmarks of Value, and our plans. Please e-mail me with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to share this message with your family and friends.
All the best,