2018 Alumni Stories

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Milton Lucas Jr., RN
12/27/2018

All his life, Milton Lucas Jr. wanted to be a nurse. Nine years ago fate led him to West Coast University-Ontario and he has never looked back. Today, Lucas serves... Read more

WCU Alumni Ends Successful 2018 By Honoring Graduates at Inaugural Awards Ceremony
12/08/2018

West Coast University graduates from across the country gathered this December to recognize all of the contributions WCU Alumni have made during the 2018 school... Read more

2018 Alumni Awards Highlight: International Service
12/08/2018

This award recognizes outstanding alumni who have participated in the Global Public Health and/or Oxford Honors programs and demonstrated a commitment to excellence... Read more

2018 Alumni Awards Highlight: Notable Alumni
12/08/2018

The Notable Alumni award was presented to Mr. William Gray. Mr. Gray has been a wonderful connection into WCU’s history. Before WCU transitioned to a healthcare... Read more

2018 Alumni Awards Highlight: Young Alumni
12/08/2018

The Young Alumni award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past 5 years, have shown outstanding career achievement and have made significant contributions... Read more

2018 Alumni Awards Highlight: Distinguished Alumni
12/08/2018

The Distinguished Alumni award recognizes alumni who have graduated within 10 years, shown outstanding career achievement and significant contributions to the community... Read more

2018 Alumni Awards Highlight: WCU Proud
12/08/2018

The WCU Proud Award honors alumni who support the Alumni Network’s principles of connecting, giving back, and celebrating WCU pride through extraordinary service... Read more

WCU Alumni Network Celebrates First Chapter Installation in Texas
11/21/2018

West Coast University’s Alumni Network held its first chapter installation on Nov. 2. Alumni, students, faculty and guests all gathered at the Venetian Terrace... Read more

WCU Student Spotlight: Brittney Ayers
10/22/2018

Being a human nurse was not always what Brittney Ayers had in mind when she started working in the medical field. “I didn’t always want to be a nurse.... Read more

Alumni Network Hosts Second Annual Networking Event
10/18/2018

West Coast University alumni gathered at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel for the second annual networking event hosted by WCU’s Alumni Network on October... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Yvette Preble
10/09/2018

Yvette Preble wanted to make a difference in the world. She also wanted to find a career she was passionate about — and that's when she found West Coast University's... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Maricelle Dingcong, BSN
10/08/2018

Maricelle Dingcong has always wanted to help people, you could say that the call runs in her blood. Growing up in a family of medical professionals, she saw no better... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Sally Villanueva
10/04/2018

When it came time for West Coast University graduate Sally Villanueva to pick a master’s program, she looked no further than her alma mater. "I wanted to continue... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Samantha McPeak, RN
08/31/2018

From the first time Samantha McPeak volunteered with her church group, she knew that she wanted to be a nurse. That love for the profession grew throughout her time... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: James Chakavarnmongkol, MHA
08/31/2018

For West Coast University alumni James Chakavarnmongkol, it’s been a long journey to reach his goal of owning his own business. As a Master of Health Administration... Read more

WCU Alumni Network Hosts 2nd Annual Summer Brunch
08/19/2018

West Coast University Alumni joined together at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach for the second annual Summer Brunch on Aug. 19. The WCU Alumni Network organized the... Read more

WCU-Dallas Alumni Come Together for Taco Tuesday
08/02/2018

West Coast University graduates took time from their busy schedules to meet — and eat — at the latest Alumni Network event in Dallas. The nine WCU-Dallas... Read more

WCU Alumni Network Hits a Home Run at Freeway Series Networking Event
07/08/2018

More than 20 West Coast University alumni enjoyed watching the Angels play the Dodgers this July at a mixer organized by the WCU Alumni Network. The alumni gathered... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Harry Yoo, RN
06/21/2018

Harry Yoo dreamt of becoming a nurse when his father was hospitalized after heart surgery. “My father had a coronary artery bypass surgery and the nurses there... Read more

WCU Alumni Hosts First Men in Nursing 'Dinner & Dialogue'
06/18/2018

West Coast University alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered this June to celebrate the official launch of a Men in Nursing chapter at the Ontario campus. Hosted... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Brittany Joachim, OTR/L
05/07/2018

Prior to attending West Coast University's career fair at the Center for Graduate Studies, Brittany Joachim met with Career Services to go over her resume and research... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Cindy Yoon, OTR/L
05/06/2018

While interviewing for a job, it's always important to remember you're also interviewing the company. At a recent West Coast University-Center for Graduate Studies... Read more

Victor Valley Medical Center Nurses Drop Into WCU-Ontario Nursing 492 Class
03/06/2018

West Coast University-Ontario nursing students in their final term got the opportunity to speak with registered nurses from Victor Valley Global Medical Center and... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Leyla Abbass Ali
03/01/2018

Leyla Abbass Ali always knew she wanted to do something in the medical field. She just didn't know what it was. Her first job was as an emergency medical technician,... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Amber LoPatriello, RN
02/28/2018

Before going to Belize with West Coast University’s Global Public Health program in 2015, the furthest Amber LoPatriello had been from home was Kansas. Less... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: William Gallegos, MHA, RN, BSN
02/16/2018

William Gallegos tries to be a leader, not just in his job, but in life as well. “I'm big on mentoring because I didn't have a mentor growing up. I didn't... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Shawn Palmer
02/16/2018

Shawn Palmer is driven to make an impact in the lives of everyone he meets. Whether serving homeless individuals on the street or at his job as a pediatric nurse,... Read more

WCU Alumni Sweethearts: Bliss and Jason Kersh
02/04/2018

Jason and Bliss Kersh met in the hall outside English class their first day at West Coast University-Ontario. “We were friends but we never hung out on a daily... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Josiah Jones
02/02/2018

West Coast University bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) graduate Josiah Jones is thankful to be alive. While serving in the military, Jones was in a situation... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Jenny Asuncion, BSN
01/29/2018

Jenny Asuncion wasn’t always sure she could earn her bachelor of science in nursing degree. Before Asuncion found West Coast University, she applied for an... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Tran, Flight Nurse
01/11/2018

Andrew Tran provides emergency medical care while 8,000 feet in the air, treating trauma patients during their helicopter ride to a hospital. Tran is a flight nurse. “Going... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Edmund Alfonso
01/01/2018

WCU-Ontario graduate Edmund Alfonso has a passion for people. Throughout his life, Alfonso always wanted to find a profession where he could help others. In high... Read more

WCU Alumni Spotlight: Sally Villanueva, RN
01/01/2018

West Coast University-Ontario graduate Sally Villanueva was born to help others. “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, because I felt in this career, I... Read more

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