May 16, 2016 Edition

A Note from Dean of Student Affairs

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress – Charles Kettering

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963, 35th President of the United States 

Change is good for organizations and it is hard.  I am Dr. Lisa Waits, Dean of Student Affairs.

Student Affairs is undergoing several changes not only in how we approach our work with and for students.  These include our name, our physical campus locations and the way we work with student data.

We are changing our name to Student Affairs.  This may seem a slight change, but this name change from Student Services to Student Affairs is a tangible reflection of how we approach our work.  While students are customers who need service, our relationship with students is more than a service transaction of widgets, it is a long term educational relationship.  Student Affairs staff are focused on the “good” of the student learning experience.  Whether it be advice on loan borrowing, mental health counseling, a flu shot, registration for an elective, degree conferral,  help in paying a student account, the support students need from academic support, or the support students and our community need in crisis, the service function is the outcome of the focus on student learning and success.  We are always striving for the ideal services for students that are easy to use and straightforward with clear transparent messages that will support forward and positive growth and learning for students.  The staff will be using the move to our new location as a re-start button to strengthen how work is completed in a more integrated manner in order to improve the student experience.    We want students to be able to complete normal, logistical work online and problem-solve and receive support in person.

The Student Affairs new location will be 690 Walnut Avenue, Suite 200 (this is on the north end of Mare Island near the Blue Bridge)

The move out of Wilderman Hall and Farragut Inn opens up space so that the three Colleges can spread out into much needed additional space.  Last year, TUC documented a need for 100 new faculty and office spaces; several of the academic programs had program accreditations and as a university we need to make progress on addressing this need.  The expansion to Walnut begins to solve the many space challenges we have as  a growing university. 

The Walnut Avenue space expands the campus to the north end of Mare Island, and locates several university services in new space.   Human Resources and Compliance (Suite 210) and Fiscal Services (Suite 220) have already moved into the new space.  During the week of June 14, Admissions, Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Campus Activities, as well as the Dean & Associate Dean of Student Affairs will be re-located to the second floor in Suite 200.  Academic Support Services will be re-located just down the hall from Suite 200 to Suite 220 later in the summer.  In August, we will be hosting a Grand opening for students, faculty and staff and invite you now to come by to see the new space.  We hope you will take the time to visit us in person and we hope that our third change may make it easier than ever for students to receive information and do their work with us electronically via the new TouroOne portal.

Our third momentous change is the move from an antiquated student information system to a modern integrated system that will allow modern transactions from the web.  This is literally an upgrade from dropping a class with paper and pencil to being able to drop a class online.  Students will have already noticed some of the changes with their new T- ID numbers, the portal and new registration pathways.  The move to the TouroOne portal means that the student account data will be improving as well as the student’s ability to view and accept financial aid awards.  As our experience with the portal grows you will find additional resources that will create one place for students to review their electronic student records.

Student Affairs is changing to better support students and, while we know there are challenges to change, we are optimistically embracing this time of growth to provide students with a more personal approach so they can spend their time preparing to be active, focused and engaged professionals.

Message from Dr. Michael Clearfield

May 10, 2016

Dear TUC,

It is with a heavy heart that I notify you of the death of truly one of our own; Dr. Greg Strebel, D.O. Dr. Strebel passed away apparently peacefully in his sleep Saturday 5/7/16. Dr. Strebel was a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine graduate of the class of 1990 from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona (now Western University of Health Sciences). Dr. Strebel’s career at Touro spanned from 2002-2013 and he contributed greatly to the growth, success, and culture of what TUCOM is today. His contributions to our college included fulfilling the capacities of; Associate Professor in the Primary Care Department (PCD), Course Coordinator for the PCD, Vice Chair of the PCD, Director of early Clinical Experience, Director of Postgraduate Education, and Assistant Dean of Clinical Education. Dr. Strebel moved to Oregon in August of 2013 where he opened a private practice and continued to work with TUCOM and WUHS Osteopathic students at the WUHS Lebanon campus and in his office as a Clinical Preceptor.

Dr. Strebel was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor, beloved by his students, and respected by his peers. He was always available for students to offer his time, guidance, compassion, or just an empathetic ear.  His caring and competent nature as a faculty member earned him student awards such as  “Most Admired Professor”, “Best Professional Role Model”, “Best Lab Instructor”, “Most Approachable Professor”, and in 2005 he was inducted into the AOA Mentor Hall of Fame. His peers and patients knew him as a passionate and superb Osteopathic Physician, caring for those most in need through Primary Care, HIV care and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Greg Strebel’s passing marks the loss of a cherished teacher, talented Osteopathic physician, and friend to most who knew him. Although he is now gone his legacy survives in all the students, patients and peers on whom he had made such a profound impact.  He is survived by his husband Heath Britt. Arrangements concerning memorial services are still pending.

Michael B. Clearfield, DO, FACOI, FACP
Dean & Professor
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Touro University California