About CDU

May 2013

Message from the President

Dear CDU Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff:
May is a particularly special month. Not only does it usher out Spring and welcome in Summer, it also has the unique distinction of being the second busiest time of year for floral shops and See’s candy, as we all looked to honor our Mothers on Mother’s Day. Many of you are mothers and I commend you for performing the most important job there is. May has also been a busy month for us here at CDU. We celebrated National Nurses Week the first week of the month, and Dr. Lisa Jones from the School of Nursing held a lively appreciation event for our  faculty instructors and nurses in the Life Sciences building,  where beautiful plaques were presented to show our appreciation. We are expected to graduate 221 nursing students next month which is especially poignant for us as our School of Nursing has excelled beyond all expectations in its infancy stage. I express the poignancy of this figure but am not surprised. Excelling beyond expectation is what we do here at Drew, it is what we have always done and what will continue to do.
We had a very informative and riveting presentation by Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Director for the Center of Latino Health and Culture, about Cinco de Mayo celebrated in America. This event was a reminder that what we are labeled as, does not necessarily speak to who we are. We will continue to have monthly dialogues that speak to our cultural diversity, and highlight how we share so many commonalities as opposed to perceived differences. These commonalties are the ties that continue to bind us, and in turn keep us strong.
I look forward to congratulating the class of 2013 at next month’s commencement, and an outstanding Summer!
 Have a great week
 Dr. David M. Carlisle 

CDSG Updates

Elections: 82 students voted, and all COSH programs were well-represented in the voting. This year was extremely competitive, we had a number of highly-qualified candidates running for President and Vice-President this year, and any one of them would have a great choice.

Newly elected 2013-2014 CDSG officers are:

President: Clement Aroh
Vice President: Naomi Choi
Secretary: Benedict Garma
Treasurer: Veronica Aguilar
Judicial Affairs Representative 1: Sharon Torres Judicial Affairs Representative 2: Jaime Contreras Student Affairs Representative 1: Aunsha Williamson Student Affairs Representative 2:TBD

  LA Regional Food Bank: Saturday, April 27 For the Spring semester, our largest community service event was volunteering at the LA Regional Food Bank. The food bank collects food donations and packages them for delivery to needy families all around the city. We met at their packing facility in the City of Vernon on a Saturday at 8 AM. Our work began soon after and continued for the next four hours. We were each given a section in which to work, some of us packed food, others picked up empty boxes and stacked the food crates while some packaged the crates for delivery. We worked diligently and made friends with volunteers from other organizations including insurance companies, religious organizations and university fraternities. When we finished our packaging we were a bit sore and tired, but we were glad to know that as a team we managed to pack over 3,000 packages! It was a great event, and all made possible thanks to a co mbined effort of CDSG, our volunteers and the good people of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.



Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All-- Since the beginning of the semester CDSG has been reading Great by Choice by Jim Collins. As a pair, officers were assigned a chapter to read, summarize it and report back at the next meeting.

This book is not a how to book, it provides assistance with productive action in order to . It relies on the reader understanding Collins' points and then tailoring them to their own situation. This ultimately places the burden of value on the reader, which is where it should be as greatness is less a recipe and more of a commitment to hard work.




Nurse's Week Appreciation Day Event

Certificates of appreciation were given to Nurses and Nurse Faculty in honor of National Nurses Week. The appreciation  event was held in the new Life Sciences building with food and beverages served.


Upcoming Dates and CDU Events

6/01/2013:  Commencement Ceremony

6/03/2013:  Dr. Charles R. Drew's Birthday

6/05/2013:  Dr. Charles R. Drew Birthday Celebration

6/08/2013:  7th Annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive & Free Health Fair

6/14/2013: MIDARP's 8th Annual Drug Addiction Research Symposium

6/14/2013 : HIV Continuing Education Series for Nurse

6/26/2013 : University Open Forum

6/27/2013 : National HIV Testing Day

Click Here for Detail & More Events


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Congratulations Sara Estrada

Congratulations to Sara Estrada on her promotion to Senior Admissions Counselor! Sara joined the Admissions team February 2011 and her contributions to the department and service to students deserve the recognition of the promotion and the responsibility of her new position. Best wishes for her continued success in her new role!

Youth Seeking Opportunities in Health Careers Education

On April 12th, a group of youth from Free LA High School in South Los Angeles came to Charles R. Drew University for a tour of the campus and to hear about careers in health.  Free LA High School was founded in 2007 by the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), an organization addressing issues for youth who may have been suspended, expelled, arrested and/or incarcerated.  The high school operates under the supervision of the statewide John Muir Charter School and meets all California state requirements for graduation, including completion of State standards and passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

Participating in a variety of workshops on health disparities, the high school students attended workshops about race, inequality, history, science, and health. The day included a lecture presentation by Samuel Shacks, MD, PhD, on the history of African Americans in Los Angeles and the struggles for access to care. Reviewing health disparity statistics comparing vital key indicators for SPA-6 and other service planning areas in LA, the high school students discussed reasons why these disparities persist. The second workshop, conducted by Ms. Carmen Sanders, MAOM, MBA, was an inspiring exploration into what our bodies look like through x-ray technology. Getting to see scans of violent injuries, the youth discussed the physical impact of violence on the body. YJC has many local, statewide, and national campaigns addressing the impact of violence on youth lives such as “You Can’t Build Peace with a Piece,” so getting to connect their organizing work to physi cal health outcomes was an important extension of their education.

The rest of the day included a dissection lab with Thomas Magee, PhD, in the College of Science and Health, and a tour of Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing facilities by Ms. Angela Williams, RN, MSN.   Dr. Magee animated biology by setting up pig dissections that allowed the youth to get up close and personal with tissue and organs; Ms. Williams, using the life-like mannequins available in the simulation labs, exposed the students to the cutting-edge nursing education available to CDU students. The day ended with a lunch panel connecting careers in health to the organizing work that many of the youth are already involved in. The panelists, Ms. Cynthia Gonzales, MPH, Ms. Jamie Garcia, RN and Ms. Carmen Saunders, MAOM, MBA, shared their personal connection to their health work and the unique contribution that a career in health provides those committed to transforming their communities.

At the end of the day, walking out of the Keck building, a few students proclaimed their desire to attend CDU in the future. The promise in this proclamation is a heartfelt reminder to us at CDU to stay committed to creating opportunities in health education and to connect South LA youth to these opportunities. The day’s events were coordinated by Bita Amani, PhD, MhS; Linda Sharp, MD; Ms. Whitney Richard-Calathes, and Ms. Claudia Corleto, and were made possible by a CDU Mission Makers grant awarded to Dr. Amani.  Dr. Amani is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Public Health Program in the College of Science and Health

Office of Admissions

Attention prospective transfer students! The Office of Admissions will be hosting a CDU Health Sciences Transfer Day on Friday, June 7th from 10 AM to 12 Noon and from 2 to 4 PM. Students looking to transfer to the Life Sciences Bachelor of Science program are encouraged to attend to learn about the transfer application process, financial aid & scholarships, community service and leadership opportunities, as well as undergraduate research opportunities.

Interested in promoting social justice, cultural diversity and the elimination of health disparities? Join us for an Information Session on Friday, June 7th, from 2 to 4 PM, to learn about CDU’s Urban Public Health graduate program. RSVP to InfoSession@cdrewu.edu.



COSH Radiologic Technology Program Visits CA Dept. of Health

COSH Radiologic Technology Program Visits Spring Meeting of the California State Department of Public Health Radiologic Technology Certification Committee

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The CDU Radiologic Technology Program at the Spring 2013 RTTC Meeting.
On April 17th, the College of Science and Health Radiologic Technology Program (Eugene Hasson, Program Director; Carmen Saunders, Clinical Coordinator; and Louis Armstead, Instructor) took both classes (Class of 2013 and Class of 2014) to attend the Spring 2013 Meeting of the Radiologic Technology Certification Committee (RTCC).  The meeting was held at the Double Tree by Hilton, in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, CA).  The purpose of the excursion was to enlighten the students  about the processes and procedures relating to the State governing body for their field.   
The RTCC assists, advises, and makes recommendations for the establishment of regulations necessary to insure the proper administration and enforcement of the Radiologic Technology Act in the State of California.  RTCC members are appointed by the California Department of Public Health Director, and the Committee is composed of:

  • Six physicians and surgeons licensed to practice medicine in this state, three of whom shall be certified in radiology by the American Board of Radiology.  At least one of the radiologists shall be representative of the hospital practice of radiology.
  • Two persons with at least five years' experience in the practice of radiologic technology.  At least one of these persons shall be representative of the hospital practice of radiologic technology. 
  • One radiological physicist, qualified in the use of physics in the practice of medicine.
  • One podiatrist licensed to practice podiatry in this state.
  • One chiropractic practitioner licensed to practice chiropractic in this state.

During this year’s meeting, students were exposed to topics and concerns regarding the newly revised fluoroscopy permit exam and how to prepare for it.  In addition there was discussion of the documents that Radiologic Technology programs are required to submit to the State of California Radiologic Health Branch for clinical site approval and programmatic changes.  The main topic of the meeting was a proposal put forward on behalf of Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialists which demonstrated how various occupations and professions submit proposals for legislative change requests and changes in scope of practice that can have an important impact on the future of Radiologic Technology and the job market.

Elder John Patton comes to CDU

When one hears the word, “Elder”, a mental picture may develop of someone with gray hair and tired eyes that have seen it all. Someone with more years behind them than in front of them.  Someone whose back has been hunched from years of leaning in to hear and share stories over time.
Elder John Patton, Jr. of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, has Black hair, soulful eyes, and stands straight and tall. Physicality aside, the wisdom that Elder Patton possesses, and the passion and conviction with which he delivers his messages, would erase one’s initial mental picture of what they thought an Elder was permanently.

“Feels like I’m back home.” Patton said when asked about how he felt being on Drew’s campus. Patton paid a visit to Drew because he wants to get more involved with the University and our International programs, specifically our efforts in Africa. Patton performed invocations at Dr. Carlisle’s Inaugural ceremony and at the Legacy Leaders Spring Gala. The positive momentum of CDU has inspired Elder Patton to get more involved.

Patton shared many anecdotes during his visit, and spoke of the Universality of God. When asked about what he feels about God and spirituality when it comes to the workplace, Patton said, "Material things are a product of work, but the real work is within one's self."

Patton looks forward to continuing to support CDU in our endeavors here and abroad.

“An education is an experience. You don’t have to like it, it may not necessarily be fun, but you will learn a lesson from the experience.” Elder John Patton

End of Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Expenditures

The Office of Finance needs to close the current fiscal year (June 30, 2013) and start the new fiscal year. In order to complete this process smoothly, we need to receive all Purchasing and AP documents in a timely manner within the due dates listed below.


Monday, June 3, 2013Purchase Requisitions over $25,000 due to Procurement
Friday, June 14, 2013Purchase Requisitions less than $25,000 due to Procurement
Friday, June 28, 2013ALL Purchases and/or Services MUST BE RECEIVED by this date
Monday, July 15, 2013 ALL CR for payments are due to Accounts Payable

  ALL signed delivery receipts and/or PO copies are due to Accounts Payable Please contact Ms. Jesfer Nicdao at (323) 563-5866 should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter. Thank you very much you for your assistance.

Traffic on 118th Street

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Traffic Enforcement

on 118th Street

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the LA County Sheriff’s Office, at the request of CDU, have begun to strictly enforce the speed limit (25 MPH) on 118th Street, especially near the CDU Campus.  In addition, the Sheriff is rigorously enforcing the parking regulations (check/read the posted signage) on the street.


Still accepting applications for Fall 2013

The Office of Admissions is still accepting applications for fall 2013 for programs in the College of Science and Health. Those programs include the Life Sciences bachelor program, Radiologic Technology associate degree program, Urban Public Health graduate program and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medicine.

 Prospective students may download the Application for Admission or apply online at http://www.cdrewu.edu/admissions/apply-now.
Staff Appreciation Day

Staff Appreciation Day


The service award is a valuable component of an organization's recognition of an employee’s effort in an organization. For Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, it’s an opportunity to recognize its staff and faculty for their effort, longevity and tenure with the university. On April 19th, over 120 staff members from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science attended the 2012 Staff Member of the Year and Annual Service Awards Ceremony. Our own Julia Webb kicked off the event with a poem entitled, "20 minute chair." HR's Kim Mebane introduced Dr. Toni ElBoushi and Dr. ElBoushi spoke about the some of the values of CDU staff being; Compassion, Integrity, Service, Leadership, and Accommodation.

CDU celebrated staff and faculty members for dedicating over 3,760 years of combined service to the university and honored David Ramos as the 2012 Staff Member of the Year.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

 An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that whoever got there first won... the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ''UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?''

'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are"



Radiologic Technology Program Students - Providing Students With an Opportunity to Further Their Education

What began last year as a request for donations to an alumni scholarship fund, has now become an annual tradition.  Members of the CDU College of Science and Health (COSH) graduating class are asked to make a donation towards the Albert J. Saunders, Sr. College of Science and Health Alumni Scholarship Fund.  A scholarship fund created to give CDU students an opportunity to further their education in the allied health professions. 

The request is made by Carmen Saunders, MBA, MAOM, CRA, RT (R) (M), Clinical Coordinator, for CDU’s Radiologic Technology Program, daughter of the fund’s namesake and an alumnus of CDU (2000). “As a COSH Alumna,Moncler Outlet it is important to demonstrate and give back to the University.  This scholarship is an opportunity for COSH alumni, both new and old, to assist other students with receiving a quality education," said Ms. Saunders. This year, members of the Medical Imaging Technology Program – Class of 2013, took heed to Ms. Saunders' clarion call by making a donation. 

Established in 2011, by the COSH Alumni Network Organizing Committee, the scholarship is awarded to CDU students, who demonstrate the potential of becoming committed allied health professionals.  In 1997, at the age of 66, Albert Saunders first enrolled into the certificate program for substance abuse counseling at (CDU).  He later enrolled in the associate of science program - for health and human services, with the belief that he would mentor young persons and have the opportunity to ‘give back’ to his community.  

Albert Saunders was a nontraditional student who returned to school and proved that anyone could receive a quality education regardless of age or college costs.  Jackie Brown, Director, Communication and Alumni Relations stated, "The CDU Alumni Association is extremely grateful for our students' support of this scholarship fund.  The phrase, "Your support is an investment in our future" is often used by CDU administration.  It is wonderful to know that we have students who believe the same to be true.” 

For more information on the Albert J. Saunders, Sr. College of Science and Health Alumni Scholarship Fund and to make your own donation, visit us at  https://donate.cdrewu.edu/scholarships_2.asp.

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A Voyage To Health


The CDU Health Sciences Library will host the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibit entitled, " A Voyage to Health" from May 17, 2013 - June 29, 2013. This exhibit tells the story of how Native Hawaiians are reviving the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging. It is through the restoring of their traditions that a new generation of voyagers seek to heal the people. The exhibit will be located in the Cobb Foyer, please stop by the exhibit to learn more about the Native Hawaiian culture, their determination and their health.


2013 CDU/Kaiser Permanente Scholarship

The University Scholarship Committee recently awarded a CDU/Kaiser Scholarship.

Recipients of $10,000 Awards: Life Sciences, Urban Public Health, Post-Baccalaureate, Nursing

Recipients of $7,500 Awards: Nursing, Urban Public Health, Medical Education, Post-Baccalaureate

Recipients of $5,000 Awards: Radiologic Technology, Post-Baccalaureate, Life Sciences, Nursing

Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition

Cinco de Mayo is an American tradition with a Spanish name. Dr. David Hayes- Bautista of UCLA gave a highly educational lecture about Cinco de Mayo being an American tradition, and not as so many have believed, a Mexican one. Mexicans in Mexico scarcely celebrate the holiday, and after Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s lecture, the reason is clear. The Cinco de Mayo celebration came post civil war when the Spanish won democracy after the Battle of Puebla. Latinos in America began to celebrate this victory annually and it gave more identity to a culture that at times is undefined. Copies of Dr. Hayes Bautista's book were raffled off after the discussion, and the two lucky winners; James Reed a nd Sara Estrada, had their books autographed by Dr. Hayes-Bautista.



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