|Prof. Cynthia Davis Recognized|
On December 7, the Kansas Avenue Resource Center (KARC) in Riverside held its 3rd Annual Awards & Fellowship Banquet to celebrate World AIDS Day. KARC recognized our own Cynthia Davis, MPH, (pictured above, far left) for her dedicated, nurturing, and educational services to HIV/AIDS care and prevention worldwide. For more photos click here.
|College of Science and Health Rad Tech Students Delivered Poster Presentations|
On December 12, CDU Radiologic Technology students gave their group poster presentations for the semester. The presentations were made as part of their final semester grade.
|#GivingTuesdayTM Successfully Launches Mission Maker Campaign|
As a result of a successful phone-a-thon, online donation drive, and employee giving, CDU staff and volunteers raised $16,520 on #GivingTuesdayTM, the national day of charitable giving after Thanksgiving.
CDU's #GivingTuesdayTM kicked off with a pep rally, remarks by President Carlisle, and an energetic staff flash mob dance routine led by vice president Angela Minniefield, members of the Strategic Advancement team, COO James Main, and many other enthusiastic CDU employees.
#GivingTuesdayTM was also the official launch of CDU’s Annual Fund - Mission Maker Campaign. Mission Makers are friends and supporters of CDU who believe in our mission and commitment to educating health professionals who provide quality care with excellence and compassion to under-resourced and underrepresented communities. Funds provided by the Annual Mission Maker Campaign are given to projects that directly support students as well as encourage participation in serving the community.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the #GivingTuesdayTM activities. We also want to thank everyone who has donated to the Mission Maker Campaign. Because of you, we are on our way to reaching our goal of 100% participation.
It is not too late to give! The Mission Maker Campaign runs through April 30, 2014. To view the complete video of this event, click here.
|Lynwood Candy Cane Parade|
Oh what fun it was to ride in the Lynwood Candy Cane Lane Parade!
CDU parade participants included President Carlisle, Angela Minniefield, April Miller, Carrie Irving, Damon Blue, Dr. Rita Sawyer, Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly and Drew, the CDU Mighty Lion. Special thanks to Damon Blue, driver and owner of the vintage 1986 Mercedes. Click for more photos here.
|Marianna Sarkissyan: Staff Member of the Month|
Marianna Sarkissyan, Program Administrator in Cancer Research, was acknowledged as staff member of the month for October. Marianna was commended for her outstanding performance, teamwork and positive attitude. She is a highly effective team player who excels in any role. She provides insightful input and, though quiet and reserved, always contributes to the advancement of the University’s goals and mission. Marianna has a positive attitude and is always focused on how to resolve an issue instead of placing blame. Great work, Marianna – congratulations!
November and December Staff members of the month will be announced at a later date. If you would like to nominate someone for Staff Member of the Month, contact Human Resources at (323) 563-5827 for information. For more photos, click here.
|Welcoming the New General Counsel|
CDU welcomed its newest arrival, John Patton, University General Counsel. Mr. Patton, also known as Elder Patton because of his longstanding affiliation with West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Los Angeles), joined CDU in November. Guests included Mr. Patton’s wife, entrepreneur Dawn Harris-Patton; famed civil rights attorney Connie Rice; attorney Uleses C. Henderson, General Counsel of the Churches of God in Christ Worldwide; Judge Mablean Ephraim; and other members of the CDU community. Mr. Patton accepted his warm welcome with brief thanks and remarks.
Read Mr. Patton's bio here. For photos of the reception, click here.
|Groundbreaking CDU Research Publications|
Healthy African American Families Founder (HAAFii) and CDU Faculty member Loretta Jones, M.A., submitted a list of publications that have appeared in prestigious medical journals. The publications reflect the work of CDU faculty and staff such as Drs. Jaydutt Vadgama, Mohsen Bazargan, Roberto Vargas; Ms. Marianna Sarkissyan and Ms. Jones:
- Correlates of Perceived Risk of Developing Cancer Among African-Americans in South Los Angeles
- The development and evaluation of a compassion scale.
- Community-partnered evaluation of depression services for clients of community-based agencies in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.
- Community-partnered cluster-randomized comparative effectiveness trial of community engagement and planning or resources for services to address depression disparities.
- Comparing perceived and test-based knowledge of cancer risk and prevention among Hispanic and African Americans: an example of community participatory research.
- Effectiveness of simulation-based orientation of baccalaureate nursing students preparing for their first clinical experience.
- Relationships of race and socioeconomic status to postpartum depressive symptoms in rural African American and non-Hispanic white women.
- The Partnered Research Center for Quality Care: developing infrastructure to support community-partnered participatory research in mental health.
To read these articles please visit PubDrew here.
|World AIDS Day: A Legacy of HIV Service and Research at CDU|
In honor of World AIDS Day 2013, CDU's Center for HIV Research, Education, and Services (CARES) hosted a luncheon presentation titled, “A Legacy of HIV Service and Research at CDU.” Information on the University’s extensive HIV services and research, including its full-spectrum HIV clinic, OASIS, were among the topics discussed. Presentations were made by several members of the CDU faculty, including Dr. Curley Bonds (pictured above), CDU associate professor and Chair of Psychiatry who discussed this work in the context of CDU’s strategic plan. The CDU CARES is a leading institute for HIV-related services, training and research in both South Los Angeles and the world. The work performed and services provided are directly aligned with the University’s mission as it seeks to eliminate health disparities particularly those related to HIV in underserved and under-resourced communities. For more information, please contact Jason McCuller at 323-357-3484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org