March 1, 2017 - The Record

20/20 Series - The Big Game

Several years ago, TUC students began organizing a basketball tournament that pitted various teams of students against each other to see who was the best. But the students grew to want more. Dr. Donald Haight, the previous Dean of Student Services and Director of Admissions, spoke with Dr. Ed Dagang, who was the Director of Admissions at the UC Davis School of Medicine, to arrange a friendly game between the two schools. The competition ended after two consecutive years with each team winning one game.

Still revved to continue the annual tradition, Touro University California invited Touro University Nevada to play the following year, and thus the Big Game was created.

Working with then Provost Deborah Blackwell, Dr. Haight coordinated with Roger Corbman, the previous TUN Director of Admissions, to make the arrangements for an annual Big Game contest, which would be held in 2010 on the California campus. The trophy, nicknamed “The Hammer” because of the Reflex hammer mounted on the plaque that was donated by Dr. Sarah Towne, would be the prize, and the game would alternate each year between the TUC and TUN campuses.

From 2010-2012, the TUN Matadors claimed The Hammer against the TUC Bulls. However, tables turned in 2013, when the TUC Bulls beat TUN at their home court and brought The Hammer home to California!

This annual contest serves to bring students closer together, as each college holds its own tournaments to send players to the intra-college “Tournament of Champions.” Though leaders have changed and students have graduated, one thing remains: Only one team at the end of the game will hold The Hammer trophy and will gain another year of bragging rights!

Visit to learn more about this year's game and to watch the livestream on March 2nd!

The Other Side of the Screen: IT at TUC

Stephen Johnson (Left) Jose Noriega (Right)As the world of technology constantly evolves, TUC's IT department is always working to bring the latest improvements to our Mare Island campus. Technology makes so many great things that happen at TUC possible, but most of us don't get to see the work that goes on to put these pieces at our fingertips. As explained by Jose Noriega, Chief Information Officer of Tour Western Division, and Stephen Johnson, Associate Director of IT, they are currently working on 26 main projects. Here are a few that you might not yet know about:

Quality of life

Wireless on campus is being upgraded. The new hardware is currently 80% installed, and the whole system is projected to be finished this March. Look for wifi symbols throughout campus to see where the changes have already been made.

New student printers are here. Students will be able to print from their badge where they can add cash as needed. But to start out, each student will be given a print allowance of $150 each to get them printing right away.

There will also be a new point of sale system for the café that will run on a high speed connection. These transactions will be chip enabled to provide for more secure transactions and also work with your Touro card.


All over students have access to the latest technology for medical training. The anatomy lab was upgraded this year with new high resolution imaging software. Now each step of the dissection process is displayed on ultra-high-definition monitors and recorded for student review.

The Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine lab (OMM) is scheduled to be upgraded this fiscal year. These delicate and precise physical manipulations will be recorded by three separate cameras to show every angle. This upgrade also allows for students to playback demonstrations for careful review.

The Objective Structured Clinical Encounters lab (OSCE) is another key component for students who are learning how to conduct themselves in clinical encounters. Each student's faux examination of a patient is recorded on new software where the audio and video is rendered clearly for faculty review.


Taking the time to train and educate faculty and staff how to use each kind of new technology is another tenant of IT's approach. One recent achievement was with the School of Nursing, which use blended classes that enable students to join the class at home as well.

"Someone from IT had to be there each and every time they had class to make sure the Zoom sessions went properly. And now because of the empowerment and training that we have, we don't have to have someone there anymore," explains Mr. Noriega. "They've really become self-sufficient now." And each new technology learned equips our faculty, staff, and students to go out and do more on their own. But

Why they do it

Jose Noriega, Chief Information Officer of Touro University Western Division:

"It's about making sure that the students have access to the technology they need. Just about everything we do focuses on that end goal. It can be a very rewarding experience, and there's never a dull moment. Our many programs are always asking questions about using new or existing technologies. So we have a constant flow of replacing outdated equipment with new, training faculty on the new product."

Stephen Johnson, Associate Director of IT:
"Students, faculty, and staff are my customers. That's the cornerstone of IT where we're working for them. It's not about doing just cool technology. It's to bring the latest and greatest solutions to their problems and needs."


 A moment with Monica Donnelley, COP '10

Dr. Monica Donnelley is board certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in infectious diseases. She is a Senior Pharmacist at UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC). At UCDMC, she focuses on infectious diseases and medication safety. She also teaches at TUC's College of Pharmacy in the Clinical Sciences track and obtained a volunteer faculty position as an Assistant Professor with the University of San Francisco, College of Pharmacy. In 2013 she was awarded Professor of the Year in Clinical Sciences at TUC.

Dr. Donnelley is now Senior Pharmacist and has assumed directorship of the long standing PGY2 infectious diseases residency program upon the retirement of her PGY2 residency director Cinda Christensen. Dr. Donnelley has been involved in the hospital setting since she was 13 years old when she started volunteering at Enloe Hospital in Chico, California.

What stuck with you the most coming from TUC's pharmacy program?

Monica DonnelleyThe two years clinical rotations prepared me for practice and residency. The implementation of what I learned in the classroom cemented my understanding and translated to helping patients directly.

What inspired you to come back to TUC to teach?

The professors that inspired me most while a doctorate student at Touro were those in active clinical practice. I wanted to share the same passion and knowledge with future students.

Could you describe the work that you're doing in infectious diseases?

My clinical practice focuses on the transition of inpatients to outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) and the optimizations of their therapy plans. Other areas of research include reduction of C. difficile infection rates through refinement of antimicrobial stewardship interventions. The residency program strives to prepare PGY2 graduates for careers as infectious diseases pharmacy specialists and/or a career in academia.

Could you explain AACP's Pharmacy is Right for Me program?

The Right for Me program is about getting into the community and sharing your experience with the up and coming generation. I enjoy speaking to groups on college campuses or meeting one-on-one with high school and undergraduate students considering a career in pharmacy. Explaining the route I took to get to where I am and what I do for patients that makes me excited to be able to serve patients at work every day.

Our Staff: Dr. Meiling Tang

Dr. Meiling Tang is a numbers person. As the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, it’s her job to turn data into what can be understood and responded to.  She makes sense from the noise of things, and it’s that clarity which allows the university to take actions for change, both big and small.

meling tang“When I see data, it talks to me,” says Dr. Tang. “Collaboration with others across campus sometimes can be challenging, but it’s also the fun part.”

Her office manages a slew of various surveys, data collection, and analysis. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness also covers internal and external reporting, including student learning outcomes assessment.  The TUC program review process then weighs the practical aspects of each academic endeavor like job placement and student quality, holding each investment accountable so that change and growth can occur.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness coordinates and supports TUC’s regional and programmatic accreditation activities as well as university wide strategic planning and the monitoring of progress on strategic goals.

“It’s about setting up the vision and goals and finding ways to implement the plan,” she says.

Dr. Tang’s department runs both employee and student satisfaction surveys every three years to gauge what the TUC community sees as its strengths and areas of need. Those survey findings have helped the institution make actions like enhancing the HR department and improving campus safety.

 Dr. Tang received her masters and doctorate from Ohio State University, and she misses the seasons of Ohio the most.

“I miss the fall colors of Ohio. A drive on a country road is like a work of art, there,” she says with a full smile.

Dr. Tang’s children have their own passions. Her daughter, an 11-year-old artist who pays attention to detail, is content to wake up early in the morning on her own just to read. Meanwhile, her 8-year-old son is fun, goofy, sweet, but is better known for being a nationally ranked chess player. Together with her husband, who works in computer science, they make sure they always get where they need to go.

“I like them, so I’ll keep them,” she jokes.

 For more on Institutional Effectiveness, visit

Teen Life Conference 2017


AMCP P&T Competition Finalists

The Touro University California College of Pharmacy Team, comprised of Jinjing Cheng, Kevin Cheung, Jason Xie, and Tony Vu, will be competing in Denver against teams from the following schools: Mercer University, Ohio Northeastern University, UNC Eschelman, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of the Pacific, and University of Washington.

Congratulations to them for beating out some very tough competition. We'll all be cheering for them at Denver!

Mini Safety Week

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