|Message from the President|
Our first month back-to-school is in full swing. The Class of 2017 is a diverse and talented class. Our returning students are researching and studying with passion. The staff and faculty are as devoted as ever.
10/07/2013: State of the University
On August 8th, faculty in the Department of Health and Life Sciences held a new event, Summer Student Research Orientation Day, for incoming HLS students. The event was sponsored by the Mission Maker grant program. Scientific literacy and laboratory research are core competencies in the Department of Health and Life Sciences.The focus of the grant was to increase our student body proficiency in this area by introducing them early in their CDU career to laboratory science. During the event they were introduced to the fundamental concepts of the scientific method, hypothesis generation, experimental design, and analysis of results. Students actively participated in experiments in cell biology, molecular biology, organismal biology, and immunology. A follow up objective was to examine whether the event would have an impact on scientific method proficiency in General Biology laboratories and this assessment is ongoing. As expressed by our exit survey, the students enjoyed meeting with and interacting with their new professors and felt they gained knowledge from the workshop. We would like to acknowledge the successful training provided to the students by our faculty Dr. Silvana Constantinescu, PhD, Dr. Jorge Artaza. PhD, Dr. Monica Ferrini, PhD, and Dr. Thomas Magee, PhD.
On September 7th, Little Tokyo (LA) welcomed friends, neighbors and music lovers to experience local flavor with a touch of old school R&B, during the inaugural Legacy Harmony Music Series. The day-long festival, hosted by the Little Tokyo Business Association/Little Tokyo Business Improvement District (LTBA), Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), along with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California (JCCSC) was held at the JACCC and the historical Aratani Theatre.
President Carlisle invites the CDU family to join him for lunch. The series of lunches held on Wednesdays (his schedule permitting) are informal gatherings designed to give students, faculty and staff and opportunity to meet and chat with President Carlisle. The dates are sent via Broadcast email and are held from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. in Conference Room #281 unless otherwise noted.
On June 15, 2013, Lillie Hudson, MSPA, PA-C, MPH, (2008 Alumni of the Charles Drew University Master of Urban Public Health Program) traveled to La Romana, Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip with a team of 35 people from Los Angeles, California. During the 10-day medical mission trip they served over 1000 Haitian immigrants with medical care in several bateyes (sugarcane villages), one prison and aided in building an elementary school in Kilometer 6. Additionally, because of the generosity of Dolls of Hope, Lillie was able to go with a special gift in hand. Dolls of Hope provided over 30 beautiful, hand-crafted, one of a kind, unique dolls to the Haitian children. These special gifts will serve as a constant reminder that whether near or far there is love and care that extends borders to offer HOPE.
Lillie, Yolanda & Selta (Mom) with a Doll of Hope.
The Library has begun extended hours of operation for the month of September.
Please note this is a pilot project that we will continue if we have students using the Library.
Please see below the extended hours of operation:
On Monday, September 16, 2013, the University launched the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with a history lesson from former CDU Board Member and long-time community activist Mr. Jose Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez gave CDU students, staff and faculty an overview of the 16th of September of 1810, which marked the beginning of Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain. CDU post-baccalaureate student Maria Morales also provided remarks about the relevance of honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Mr. Gonzalez remarked that “sharing history gives us value and understanding of who we are, where we come from and increases our cultural awareness.” The full summary of Mr. Gonzalez remarks are provided below:
Beginning October, CDU departments will prepare and submit PDs via the web. Approvals and HR classification reviews will also be automated and PDs will be maintained in a secure web environment. Departments will be able to access their PDs online for revisions and to share them with employees. Handling and distribution costs of the current manual process will be reduced. Updating and classifying PDs will be easier and timely; and HR and hiring departments will have electronic access to PDs. Information from the PD database will be easily accessible for developing job postings and recruitment materials.
The “Working Through Trusted Community Partnerships to Promote Mental Wellness Conference” was held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Holman United Methodist Church. The Conference was presented by the National Library of Medicine in partnership with Healthy African American Families II, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, University of California, Los Angeles, the National Institute of Mental Health, California Community Foundation, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over 200 attendees learned about a research study that took place in two communities in Los Angeles and aimed to improved access and quality of care for depression. Attendees also received training in three components of collaborative care including depression care management, antidepressant medication management and cognitive behavioral therapy for depression. Attendees were also introduced to a new intervention called a resiliency class and learned about the plethora of resources and information available in the CDU Health Sciences library.
CDU will introduce a new system this Fall that will simplify the employment recruitment process while enhancing customer service. All CDU vacancies will be posted to a centralized web location and applicants will apply for job openings online. Job postings can be developed from online Position Descriptions (PD) (see below). Applicants will be able to search all CDU job postings based on location, job type or title, and check application status online. Applications and resumes will be maintained in a secure web environment, reducing data entry, photocopying and filing. Reporting will be simplified and additional reporting and information, not currently available, will be easy to produce. Preliminary screening, hiring committee review, approvals and applicant notification will be automated.
On August 28, 2013, CDU students, faculty, and staff gathered for a University Forum to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic “March on Washington.” The form began almost exactly at the time when the nation was tuned in to the airwaves to focus their attention on the commemorative celebration as President Barack Obama stood on the “narrowed marble steps” of the Lincoln Memorial where the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. half a century earlier delivered his clarion call for justice. Though the viewing of President’s Obama’s remarks was not a formal part of the forum agenda—CDU forum attendees viewed the webcast in complete silence, paying tribute to the historic march and Dr. King’s call for racial, social, and economic justice. Following President Obama’s remarks, CDU President David Carlisle remarked that the University is indeed a “linear descendant of Dr. King’s efforts and, the fact that President Obama 50 years later is the U.S. President shows tremendous progress. Further President Carlisle remarked that the March on Washington should “serve as a reminder that we are here for a purpose and a reason our mission speaks to what Dr. King was speaking about 50 years ago as well as what President Obama is speaking about today.
Dr. Jimmy Hara, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education was named to the City of Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners. The appointment, made by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, was confirmed by the LA City Council earlier this month. Dr. Hara will join three new members to this prestigious post. Dr. Hara is also a former physician to Mayor Garcetti. The Los Angeles Fire Department is overseen by a five-person civilian board appointed by the Mayor and affirmed by the City Council. Pursuant to the City Charter, this diverse and qualified group establishes goals and provides direction to the Department through its fire chief.
"I was actually called by my former patient, Mayor Eric Garcetti, who asked me to serve on the fire commission because he wanted someone who had medical knowledge," Hara said. Congratulations, Dr. Hara.