The Office of the President is responsible for the dissemination of Samuel Merritt University news and information. We are responsible for interactions with local, state and national media on topics that range from health sciences education to the University's role in the greater community. Faculty researchers in the key medical fields are available to provide opinion and information for the media. Institutional publications that inform and/or support SMU events or activities are also produced in our office, such as brochures, newsletters, press releases and web-based publications.
Members of the media who would like information about Samuel Merritt University, or would like to interview one of our faculty/staff experts please contact us at:
Justin Berton, Associate Director of Media Relations
450 30th St, Suite 2840
Oakland, CA 94609
Office: 510.869.6511 ext. 3250
Online Press Kit
- SMU Fact Sheet
- 2012-2013 Report to the Community
- High-Res Photo of SMU President Sharon Diaz
- Photos Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding use of photos
- Video Library
- Press Release archive
- SMU in the News archive
Recent press releases:
Recent Media Mentions:
Barb Puder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medical Neuroscience, at Samuel Merritt University, and a member of the AAA Public Affairs Committee, has set her sights beyond the walls of her university and has developed neuroscience community outreach programs designed for grades K-12 and the community.
"I became involved in starting an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter at my school and began to use the IHI online modules to solidify ideas about patient safety and healthcare improvement."
A health fair organized by SMU's nursing students serves a dual purpose: Serve the East Oakland community and recruit people of color to SMU’s nursing programs to help the broader goal of eliminating health disparities.
Members of the media who would like to receive press releases and other news announcements from Samuel Merritt University should send a request to the Office of the President.
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