|The CDU 30th Commencement to be Held May 31|
Carla Haywood, Mother of Mattison Haywood, to Receive Daughter’s Post Baccalaureate Certificate
On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Charles R. Drew University of Science and Medicine (CDU) will confer degrees and certificates to over 300 graduates at the University’s 30th Commencement ceremony. This year’s commencement theme celebrates the idea that “Education is our Passport to the Future.” Congresswoman Janice Hahn of California’s 44th District will deliver the commencement speech. Graduates from every CDU program will be honored in one ceremony, including the College of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Medicine and Science. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
Also, at the ceremonies:
· President’s Medal Recipient – Mr. Timothy Watkins, CEO, Watts Labor Community Action Council. The President’s Medal recognizes extraordinary and unique service to the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science by a member of the University community who has performed with excellence in his or her chosen profession.
· Honorary Doctorate Sylvia Drew Ivie, Esq. daughter of our namesake, Dr. Charles R. Drew. Recipients of the Honorary Doctoral degree (Humane Letters) have demonstrated intellectual and humane values that are consistent with the aims of the University’s mission and higher education, and with the highest ideals of the person’s chosen field.
· Honorary Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medicine- Mattison Haywood. This promising student in CDU’s post-baccalaureate program lost her life on the bus that was headed to Humboldt State University and crashed in the small city of Orland on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The parents of Ms. Haywood will be in attendance, and Mrs. Carla Haywood will wear Mattison's cap and gown to accept in her honor.
· Board of Trustees Medal of Honor will be presented posthumously to Former L.A. County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. His daughter, Congresswoman Janice Hahn will accept on behalf of her family.
Graduation schedule: Seating- 9:15 a.m, Procession- 9:45 a.m., Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow. Location: Outside grounds on the 120th Street side of the campus.
|The Dedication of Dr. Gus Gill Way|
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Dr. Gus Gill grew up in an area of Detroit where one could graduate high school not even being able to read the newspaper. As a high school graduate, he knew his schooling wasn’t up to par, and that resources for higher education were limited. He could have done menial work for the rest of his life. Instead, he and his brother chose to go back to night school, shore up their core courses, then continue to college. He wanted to be a doctor and his brother wanted to be an engineer. Today Dr. Gus Gill is a doctor having graduated medical school from the University of Michigan. And his brother is one, too. He, Dr. Tepper Gill, holds a PhD in physics.
That path led Dr. Gill to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in the Watts Willowbrook area of Los Angeles, CA where he spent 35 years of his career. The remarkable feat he achieved was not just leaping through hoops to get his own degree. During many of his world travels to bring state of the art healthcare to impoverished communities in foreign countries, he would connect with young people with the same drive and determination, and invite them to the United States to pursue their medical careers. He also mentored young scientists, researchers and doctors in their careers, and attracted many to CDU.
These are just some of the reasons why so many revere this man and mentor and came to honor him both at the University’s Spring Gala and at a dedication of the sign installed on campus in his honor.
In this audio presentation, you will hear CDU V.P. Angela Minniefield deliver the welcome, then introduce CDU President Dr. David M. Carlisle who shares Dr. Gill’s background and the fact that he was the front man for the Detroit singing group “The Enchanters.” Next up is Roland Betts, founder of Jazz at Drew, who recounted how the two met Nelson Mandela unexpectedly in South Africa. And finally, Dr. Gus Gill himself delivers a heartfelt thank you Listen here. https://soundcloud.com/user3364893/cdu-dedication-dr-gus-gill-way
|CDU Annual Report Now Available on CDrewu.edu|
Did you know you can now access the CDU Annual Report online? Our website is a valued resource with information about every facet of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
|A Facebook Post About CDU from Congresswoman Janice Hahn|
Department of Health and Human Services to benefit their Outpatient Early Intervention Services Program!
"Congratulations to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Watts! The upstanding school has just been awarded a $370,500 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to benefit their Outpatient Early Intervention Services Program! This university means so much to our students and our community and is near and dear to my heart. My father actually worked with the late great (Cong.) Merv Dymally in establishing the Charles R. Drew Post Graduate Medical Education Program, which later became the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in the aftermath of the Watts Riots. I look forward to seeing how they can empower their students and promote health and wellness in our neighborhoods with this funding."
Note: Congresswoman Hahn will speak at the CDU Commencement. Read more here.
|Nurses Week: Learning from the Experiences of Revered Nurses|
In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-May 12, 2014), the Charles R. Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing hosted a week of activities devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, (MMDSON) selected the theme, “Leading the Way… Advocating, Leading, Caring” and activities will honor the past, celebrate the present and encourage future nurses. Event discussions ranged from bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, to the depth and breadth of how the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of our global society.
“Each moment, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, solving emerging concerns, and agreeing to ever-changing roles in their profession. Nurses lead the way for their patients, colleagues, students, and community, locally, nationally and abroad, as well as for the health care industry as a whole,” said Interim Dean Shirley Evers-Manly.
National Nurses Week began on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ended on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s over 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health care of millions of men, women and children across the country and throughout the world.
See photos from the Nurses Week.
|Mission Maker Awardees Announced|
Erika Boles and Kersti Bellardi, COSH Students won for their Ceal Project” which stands for “Critical Exploration of Academic Literature”. Their project is one of 12 that was funded.
The Office of Strategic Advancement is pleased to announce awards totaling $27,000 for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program Spring 2014 cycle.
Grantees of the awards are as follows:
1. HEALTH ME: National Public Health Week – submitted by Ashanti Fisher, Urban Public Health Program
2. The Birthing Project Resource Room – submitted by Geneva Boyce, College of Science and Health
3. Project Cardens/Gardening Community Mobilization Project – submitted by Marqui Barber, College of Science and Health
4. CDU Jobs Preparedness and Loan Forgiveness Programs – submitted by Karla Simmonds, College of Science and Health
5. Charles R. Drew University Student Government Journal of Diversity– submitted by Clement Aroh, College of Science and Health
6. The Role of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase in Tumor Progression– submitted by Meron Meshesha, Renada Nash and Brandis Moore, Student Research Assistants
7. CEAL: Critical Exploration of Academic Literature– submitted by, Erika Boles, College of Science and Health
8. Making Strides at CDU– submitted by Adaku Ume and Meron Meshesha, Post-Bacc Students
9. Charles R. Drew University Elementary Science Enrichment Program – submitted by Lucia Vides, Revecca Milan and Raman Sidhu, College of Science and Health
10. All About Drew – submitted by Belinda Addo, School of Nursing
11. Global Health Initiative I – submitted by Belinda Addo, School of Nursing
12. Laboratory Workshop for Incoming Students – submitted by, Dr. Silvana Constantinescu, Health and Life Sciences
Thank you to all that applied during the Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program Spring 2014 cycle.
Grantees are required to participate in a brief orientation in order to access funds. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for your orientation, please contact Jasmine Hill, Development Associate in the Office of Strategic Advancement at (323) 563-4992 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Community Partner: A Second Chance at Life Through Organ Donation|
At the age of 45, Terri Long, a healthy and active woman, woke up one morning feeling something was not right. She drove to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she received a devastating diagnosis: acute liver failure. She needed a transplant as soon as possible to survive. Just two days later, the medical staff, working with OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization in the greater Los Angeles area, found a donor who was compatible with her, and Terri received a second chance at life.
However, the wait for a transplant can be long and many times deadly. Approximately 18 people die every day on the waiting list. Terri received her liver quickly because she had a very high MELD score — an assessment of the severity of chronic liver disease — which vaulted her to the top of the list. Today she has fully recovered and is back to work helping homeless people find a place to live, and promoting her new passion, organ and tissue donation. At present, more than 21,000 California residents are waiting to receive life-saving organs. However, there are not enough donors, that is why everyone is encouraged to register at the DMV or online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.
|CDU Nursing Students Voluntarily Treat Over 500 Patients in Mexico|
View brief video interview with photos here
Belinda Addo is a graduating nursing student who is also the Student Body President of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In May, she and fellow nursing students Daphne Opoku,Damilola Okunubi, Ijeoma Ogbonnia, and Melat Haile traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to volunteer to provide medical services. When she submitted these photos of her and her classmates' volunteer work in Mexico, we decided to interview her to showcase the photos. Congratulations to Ms. Addo: she graduates from CDU Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Thursday, May 29, 2014:
Just 2 Away - BEATING OBESITY SYMPOSIUM
Oath and Honors Ceremonies. Check with schools for locations
Saturday, May 31, 2014:
CDU 30th Annual Commencement Ceremony - May 31, 2014
Thursday, June 05, 2014:
CDU Birthday Celebration for Dr. Charles R. Drew
Friday, June 20, 2014:
The KISS Conference - KEEPING IT SIMPLE AND SAFE CONFERENCE
Friday, June 20, 2014:
CME Education Opportunities
Tuesday, June 24, 2014:
CDU Monthly Birthday Party
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|CDU Newsletter and Social Media|
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