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December 2013

Message from the President

Season's Greetings CDU Family,

The end of the year is a time for expressing thanks, sharing and giving. It is also a time of reflection. I want, again, to express my deepest appreciation for the honor of being President of this noble institution and for the opportunity to work with a group of dedicated, creative and committed people. In each newsletter, I’ve commented on the progress we’ve made as we seek to implement the CDU mission. Because of our collective efforts, we have strong programs, a proud history and a powerful story to tell and more people are listening to it. As you spend time with your own families, remember that you are also an important member of the CDU family. Take pride in knowing that you are a part of a health network that provides care, that reduces health care disparities and contributes to the public health and quality of life for people not just in South Los Angeles, but people all over the world.

We’ve worked hard this year. Enjoy your time off.

President Carlisle

King Drew Magnet H.S. Students Visit CDU

This month, 240 juniors from King Drew Magnet High School joined students, faculty and staff of CDU for 4 days of exploring medical careers, college experiences and touring. Drew, the Mighty Lion handed out gift bags to each student. Coming soon: a video featuring James Reed, Brittney Miller and Sara Estrada, all from Admissions.Click the pic above more photos.

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.

2013 University Holiday Closure

CDU will observe a University Winter Closure during the 2013-2014 holiday season for 12 days between Saturday, December 21, 2013, and Wednesday, January 1, 2014. We reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

This period includes four University paid holidays: December 24, 25, 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014. However, December 23, 26, 27, and 30 are not paid holidays. Staff members may contact the Department of Human Resources with any questions or concerns.

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.

Lunch with the President

President Carlisle invites anyone in the CDU family to join him for informal lunch on Wednesdays, as his schedule permits. Specific lunch dates are sent via broadcast email and are held from 12 pm to 1 pm in Conference Room #281 unless otherwise noted. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! To see who had lunch with President Carlisle this month click here.

New: The CDU Photo Gallery!

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, you will have a lot of words to say about our new CDU Photo Gallery.  Scroll through pages of photos from events just for the month of December by clicking here:

To submit photos/stories for next month's CDU Newsletter and Photo Gallery, send items to Isidra Person-Lynn, Communications Specialist at

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.

Upcoming Events

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Fridays: Visit our Farmers’ Market at Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 S Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044, Fridays from 10 am - 2 pm. Also held the 2nd Sunday of each month adjacent to the Faithdome from 10 am - 2 pm

Wednesdays: Be sure to tune in to the Good News  - Radio Magazine.  The show airs weekly at 1:00 pm on KTYM radio 1460 AM. Radio hosts are Dr. Nell Forge and Mr. Charles McWells

December 21 – January 1: University Holiday Closure

January 18: 14th Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony - King/Drew Magnet High School, 10:00 am

January 20: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (campus closed)

Save the Date – April 24, 2014: CDU Legacy Leaders Spring Gala. Details to follow

Watch For: The CDU 2013 Annual Report


The New CDU Marketing Kits are here!
For information, contact the Office of Strategic Advancement: (323) 357-3669.

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.

CDU Earns Full ACCME Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that the University has earned full, four-year Accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
“The reaccreditation process was a collaborative effort on behalf of our dedicated CME Advisory Committee, our staff within the Office of CME and Charles R. Drew University’s leadership,” said Interim Dean of College of Medicine Daphne Calmes, MD.  “We have refined a best practices CME program focused on quality improvement and collaboration with community partners who share our commitment to addressing healthcare disparities in the Los Angeles community and beyond.  Continuing medical education at CDU places particular emphasis on high impact problems in underserved and minority communities, addressing physician practices that serve to improve patient care within underserved populations.”
The ACCME found CDU compliant with all 15 of the standard accreditation criteria, including those addressing identification of measured gaps in practice, independence from commercial interests, appropriate management of commercial support, and development of educational interventions designed to change competence, performance and/or or patient outcomes as part of CDU’s CME mission.  CDU’s renewed ACCME accreditation period runs through November 30, 2017.
For additional information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at (323) 563-4991.

Safety First: Wear Your Badges!

The Department of Human Resources would like to remind all CDU employees that, as stated in the University’s Employee Handbook, they are required to wear their employee badges at all times in all University facilities. Employees may request a replacement badge from the Human Resources Department if they lose the original badge, change their name, or need to replace a worn or illegible badge.

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.Moncler Outlet
  • 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 jasonmcculler@cdrewu.edu

New Online Recruitment & Application Process Goes Live!

We're excited to be launching a new system that simplifies the recruitment process while enhancing customer service. All vacancies will be posted to jobs.cdrewu.edu, where applicants are able to search all CDU job postings based on location, job type or title, and check their application status online.  The Department of Human Resources will provide individual training to hiring managers on an ongoing basis.

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