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November 2013

Message from the President


As we join our family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we acknowledge that we have much to be thankful for. We are thankful to belong to the South Los Angeles community as we work together to ensure access to quality health care for all. We are thankful that our University community is growing -- enrollments grew by 5% for the incoming class of 2013. We are also thankful for the generosity of our ambassadors and supporters, who continue to champion our mission to educate and train our students to deliver health care with excellence and compassion.

I am incredibly thankful for the passion that individuals contribute to CDU. Without the dedication and determination brought by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, Charles R. Drew University would be a very different place. Thank you for all that you do daily! 

 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

President Carlisle

The California Endowment Dr. Robert K. Ross Visited CDU

On October 28, president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment Dr. Robert K. Ross (pictured above with Dr. Carlisle) visited CDU to deliver a presentation entitled "Covered California: A Preview for Californians". Dr. Ross detailed the impact of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare eligibility, and the benefits available to Californians. Understanding healthcare policy is critical for effective healthcare implementation, and we thank Dr. Ross for his contribution.

Recognizing Diabetes Awareness Month

The rate of diabetes among people in Los Angeles living below the poverty line has skyrocketed from 9.0% ten years ago to 14.7% today, and Charles Drew is committed to helping the community live with diabetes. Our Center For Clinical Research Excellence in Diabetes and Metabolism works to increase the body of knowledge and research activity, and to increase the number of diabetes and metabolic-related clinical researchers.

Additionally, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health sponsors the STEP-UP Program, which provides an opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to conduct summer biomedical research in labs throughout the country. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of ethnic minorities who are involved in biomedical research with an emphasis on the areas of diabetes.

Giving Tuesday Mission Maker Campaign

Join us on December 3rd for #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving. It will serve as the official launch of the CDU Annual Campaign we're calling “Mission Maker”.

Mission Makers are friends and supporters of CDU who believe in our mission and have made a contribution to ensure our success. As a Mission Maker, you can help CDU to continue to produce well-trained healthcare providers who will serve those in need. CDU is dedicated to offering excellence in health professional education, research, and in training physicians and health care providers to meet the needs of the underserved and under-resourced communities.
Donations from the annual campaign support the Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program which provide project support for programs like: the Greater Los Angeles Lactation Outreach Project, the Farmer’s Market, the SAT Prep Outreach and Mentorship Program, and the Public Health Skills Workshop Series.

Every donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference and helps us to continue to train tomorrow’s health care leaders today.  With your help, we can reach our goal of 100% participation! Click here to donate to CDU.

Calendar of Events

11/28/13: Thanksgiving Day - University closed

11/29/13: Day After Thanksgiving - University closed

12/1/13: World AIDS Day

12/3/13: #Giving Tuesday: Launch of CDU "Mission Makers" Annual Campaign

12/7/13: Project Santa Claus

12/23/13 - 1/1/14: Winter Break - University closed


Save the Date:


CDU Legacy Leaders Spring Gala
“Honoring Legends - Championing Our Mission”
April 24, 2014

Welcome New Legal Counsel

On November 12, Mr. John W. Patton, Jr. joined CDU as University Legal Counsel. Mr. Patton comes to CDU from the law firm Pasternak, Pasternak & Patton. John has nearly thirty-five years of experience in all aspects of civil litigation, with jury and court trials and appellate work in both state and federal courts throughout California. He has represented and counseled Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized and small businesses and individuals. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, and a graduate of Howard University School of Law, where he graduated first in his class.
John is the past Chair and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), a powerful voice of the lawyers of California. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Patton to the CDU family. 

Care Harbor Free Clinic

We all had a great time triaging patients and shadowing physicians. Some students even had a chance to interview and perform a physical exam on our patients!

A Memorable Sendoff

Lillie Celestine retired from last month after serving the University faithfully in the Accounts Payable Department for 24 years.  On November 15, her colleagues recognized Lillie’s career in a jovial and reflective celebration.

John Geraghty presented Lillie a gold gift card donated by her colleagues, and James Main presented Lillie with an award of recognition on behalf of Charles Drew University.  Colleagues from several departments throughout the University stood to share experiences working with Lillie, express their appreciation for her service, send her the best wishes for the future. We thank Lillie for her dedicated service.

"Successful Aging: Successful for Whom?"

Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly and Dr. Ebere Ume and students William Chou, Cecille Basilio, Mberi Ndukwe, Augustine Kehinde and Adrienne Hollingsworth-Martinez attended the Gerontology Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 20 to 24.

They also participated in a symposium entitled "Successful Aging: Successful for Whom?" in collaboration with the UCLA School of Nursing faculty and students. CDU nursing alumnus Sharon Cobb gave a presentation entitled “Unsuccessful Aging in Minority Groups as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?” and CDU nursing faculty Dr. Ebere Ume presented “Successful Aging: African American Post-Caregivers Experiencing Post-Caregiving Transition”.

"A Shared Mission"

On November 7th, alumni returned to campus to attend the Charles R. Drew University and National Medical Fellowships Alumni & Friends Reception, “A Shared Mission”, an opportunity to acknowledge the partnership between CDU and NMF.  CDU is fortunate to have NMF as an academic partner. Both organizations seek to improve access to care by training professionals who are diverse in background, in perspective, and to eliminate the disparities that persists in the provision of care. CDU alumni who received an NMF scholarships were recognized, including Drs. Luis Ontiveros, ‘06, Dana Scott, Arnold Savage, ‘80 and Francisco Correa, ‘00.

“CDU is committed to a great cause. There is no better cause when it comes to healing mind and body of those seriously underserved”, said Dr. Correa.

Remembering Mitchell Spellman

We are saddened to inform the CDU community of the passing of Mitchell Spellman, MD, PhD. Dr. Spellman was the Founding Executive Dean at CDU who served at CDU from 1968 to 1976. Photos of Dr. Spellman are featured in the Cobb Building lobby as well as a painting in the Cobb Student Lounge. A funeral service was held on November 23rd in Bethesda, Maryland. Please keep the Spellman family in your thoughts and prayers.    

Project Santa Claus

Join the Student National Medical Association in participating in the 19th Annual Project Santa Claus on Saturday,Moncler Outlet December 7, 2013 from 11am to 3pm. In past years, the CDU community has donated hundreds of toys to needy families. Fore more information, contact Ashanti Fisher, Medical Student Affairs Coordinator, at (323) 563-4952 or e-mail ashantifisher@cdrewu.edu.

"Finding Our Theoretical Voice" Conference

The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) at Charles R. Drew University sponsored a nursing conference, “Finding Our Theoretical Voice” on November 6 at the Keck Auditorium. The conference was attended by over 140 participants including students, alumni, community and nursing leaders, nurse educators, and retired nurses from surrounding organizations, hospitals, and universities. 

Conference keynote speaker Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen presented a riveting discussion on minority faculty challenges in higher education, encouraging faculty and students to work together in an empowering manner. The conference featured several collaborative agencies including Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, Interim Dean, MMDSON, Dr. David Martins, and student video presenters from CDU; Dr. Harriet Aronow and Dr. Bernice Coleman from Cedar Sinai Hospital; and Dr. Linda Phillips from UCLA. One of the many highlights of the conference was the contribution of two world-acclaimed nurse theorists, Sister Callista Roy and Dr. Betty Neuman.

The conference culminated with the announcement of a $500,000 campaign to establish the Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen Cultural Diversity Endowed Chair by the Vice President of Strategic Advancement, Ms. Angela Minniefield. Once implemented, the Endowed Chair will provide funding for faculty development to advance the knowledge of cultural diversity as it affects nursing practice, education, research and administration.

Call for photos!

We want your photos! Please send any high quality photographs of CDU students or activities to jackiebrown@cdrewu.edu.

Campus Update

A valuable suggestion offered at one of the recent CDU Master Planning vetting sessions conducted by B.A.S.E., Inc. was to display a campus sign or flag/banner on the north-side of the parking structure for easy viewing from the 105 freeway. After multiple attempts at considering this option, it was determined that there is not adequate visibility from the freeway due to the CalTrans soundwall, which obstructs the view.

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