SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

February 26, 2010 18:26 ET

WesternU Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2010) - Western University of Health Sciences has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

At WesternU, 1,600 of the University's 2,700 students engaged in some form of volunteer or service-learning activity in 2009, including 300 who engaged in more than 20 hours of community service per semester. Services to the community provided by WesternU students included Pomona Community Health Action Team health fairs; homeless shelter clinics; Santa's Workshop, providing holiday gifts and a meal to at-risk youth; and the Pomona Health Career Ladder, which brings middle-school students to campus for monthly workshops that help pave the way toward careers in the health sciences.

The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 -- including WesternU -- named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

"Community service is a cornerstone of our philosophy at WesternU, and has been since our inception a third of a century ago," said Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of Western University of Health Sciences. "As an institution, we are committed to improving the health and welfare of the communities we serve, and to creating opportunities for our students and staff to engage and educate the public.

"WesternU's inclusion on the President's Honor Roll is testament to that commitment, and to the University's deep-seated belief that everyone deserves compassionate, scientifically expert care."

About Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences (www.westernu.edu), located in Pomona, Calif., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in biomedical sciences, dental medicine, health sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.

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