Lab named for supporter

2012-10-25T06:32:00Z 2012-10-25T08:18:47Z Lab named for supporterDemocrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
October 25, 2012 6:32 am  • 

COMP-Northwest honors family involved in Lebanon community

LEBANON — The anatomy lab at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest has been named in honor of Lebanon residents Jim and Heather McDaniel.

The signage for the McDaniel Lab for Medical Anatomical Research was revealed to the family during a presentation in front of the student body, faculty and staff Monday morning.

“Jim McDaniel has been a dominant, driving force in education in Lebanon for nearly 40 years,” said Brion Benninger, M.D., vice chair of the anatomy department. “He has continued to have a major influence on education by supporting many high school students with scholarships to attend higher education. It has always been his dream to support and help people obtain a university degree and one day have a university associated with Lebanon.

“Since the arrival of the medical school, Jim McDaniel has played an important role in supporting the institution by providing opportunities for first-year medical students to present their research work at international conferences. We continue his educational legacy by naming in his honor the research lab that conducts educational, basic science and clinical science research projects.”

McDaniel was one of the first members of the Lebanon community to sign up for COMP-Northwest’s Body Donation Program. During the presentation, he challenged students to also donate their body to science, adding that he always carries information cards about the program with him.

“We continue to be amazed and grateful for the support of Lebanon community leaders, in particular, Jim McDaniel,” said Paula Crone, COMP-Northwest executive associate dean. “We are thankful to be included in Jim’s lifelong commitment to education.”

COMP-Northwest is part of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Calif.

The Lebanon campus opened in August 2011 at 200 Mullins Drive and has 214 students. The 54,000-square-foot building features two large lecture halls, student study areas, state-of-the-art lab space and research space.

Enrollment climbing

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific has total enrollment of 1,110 students at its Pomona, Calif., campus and at its COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, according to the 2012-13 enrollment summary report issued by the WesternU Office of the Registrar.

COMP-Northwest’s inaugural class enrolled 107 students in the 2011-12 academic year and enrolled 108 students this year.

Total enrollment at WesternU’s COMP during the 2010-11 academic year, before COMP-Northwest started, was 875 students. With the addition of COMP-Northwest, the enrollment for the 2011-12 academic year was 989; the 2012-13 academic year increased to 1,110 students, a 12.2 percent increase.

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