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VCOM-Louisiana is honored to have been named Beautiful Business of the Month by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce

The campus grounds, which feature a variety of colorful trees, shrubs and flowers, are the result of many hours of upkeep each week. Micheal Colvin and his crew from All-Star Lawn Care spend upwards of 24 hours each week mowing, weed eating, weeding and maintaining the parking lot.

As expected, a large part of the work is keeping the grass mowed. Seventy-five to eighty percent of the grounds are push mowed, which takes nearly 12 hours. “There are a bunch of small places where a big mower turning around just wouldn’t look good,” said Colvin. Using a push mower allows his team to give VCOM-Louisiana the beautiful freshly mowed “lined” look that adds to its beauty.

Colvin gives credit for the lush lawn and beautiful foliage to Petey Griggs Irrigation, which maintains the College’s 24-hour sprinkler system. Of particular note is that the sprinkler system utilizes water from the bayou to irrigate the grounds.

Heather Davis receiving scholarship

Heather Davis Receives Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship

Heather Davis, a member of the inaugural class at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)’s Louisiana campus, was selected to receive the 2020 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship by the American Associate of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).  This recognition includes an award of $8,000 to be used toward her medical education expenses.

The Arnstein Scholarship is awarded each year to at least one new medical student and one continuing medical student. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize underrepresented minority students who are enrolled in a DO program at an AACOM member college, such as VCOM. 

Dr Bellar and Dr Aldret

Dr. Randy Aldret Submits Patent to Improve VO2 Capacity.

Dr. Randy Aldret had a patent (US Patent #10,675,320) that he submitted through UL Lafayette with his friend Dr. David Bellar from UNC Charlotte that was published on June 9, 2020. The patent is for a novel use for a botanical, nutritional supplement previously utilized to improve VO2 capacity. Drs. Aldret and Bellar discovered that a single dose of the same botanical could provide an enhanced mucosal immune capability for a short time post-exercise.

VCOM Alum Receives Service Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy White, ’07 on receiving the Service Award for VCOM International and Appalachian Outreach. The award is presented to all VCOM alumni who serve as a preceptor for 3 international outreach trips. Dr. White is the first alumni to receive this award and has completed 19 international outreach trips as a student, resident and preceptor.

VCOM's President Selected as ACOFP Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

VCOM’s President and Provost, Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, FACOFP, was selected as the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians’ (ACOFP) Lifetime Achievement Award winner. She will be honored at the ACOFP’s 55th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars March 22-25, 2018 in Austin, Texas.