WesternU Students to Host Annual Santa's Workshop

Pomona, CA - 12/10/1998 -- More than 60 children from Los Angeles County's Children's Services Department will have enjoy a festive holiday celebration this year as students at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) host the ninth annual Santa's Workshop December 18.

WesternU students and their young guests will celebrate the season from 4:30-8:00 p.m., in the University's Student Commons. After enjoying arts and crafts, decorating a Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols, each child will receive several gifts from Santa and Mrs. Claus before sitting down to a traditional holiday meal.

Santa's Workshop is sponsored by WesternU's student clubs, with support from faculty, administration and local businesses and organizations which join together to fund the event. Santa's Workshop traditionally takes place following final exams on the last day of class before the University's winter break.

"Many of the children who attend Santa's Workshop are orphaned or abused," says Judy Tan, a second-year osteopathic medical student at WesternU who is co-chairing this year's event. "This is a great opportunity for students from all of our programs to share the holiday spirit with those most in need," Tan adds. "It is also a wonderful opportunity to develop ourselves as compassionate, caring health care professionals."

Western U, which was originally founded as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), places a strong emphasis throughout its curricula on instilling humanistic values in its students.

"Skilled hands and compassionate hearts will continue to be the signature of all of our graduates -- exactly what is needed in health care today," says WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. "Santa's Workshop is an excellent example of how we are meeting this goal in concrete, tangible ways."


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