West Campus Fall ’10 Class Graduates 17 New Doctors
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Seventeen graduates received their Doctor of
Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus Fall
Quarter 2010 commencement on Dec. 3 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention
(Spokane, Wash.) and Zach Brantner (Phillips, Wisc.) graduated as class
valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, with Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.99)
honors. Jessi Alexander (Mesa, Ariz.) and J. Zachary Stockton (San Francisco,
Calif.) graduated with Cum Laude (3.50-3.69) academic honors. All four were also
recognized for their selection as members to Palmer’s West Campus chapter of the
Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society, the oldest and most
distinguished honor society in the chiropractic profession.
Holder also earned the
Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
Selected by a faculty
panel, the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award recognizes a deserving graduate for
his or her “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical
principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West Campus.”
The Clinical Excellence
Award is presented to the graduate who has uniquely distinguished him- or
herself during the internship portion of their educational experience at
Palmer’s West Campus, and who has performed the tasks of the student doctor with
exceptional proficiency in the following categories: patient diagnosis;
chiropractic technique; radiography; and case management.
Brad Miller (Kaysville,
Utah) received the Student Fellow Award. The recipient of this award is selected
by members of the graduating class, and is presented to the individual whom the
class feels has uniquely distinguished him or herself by their “unselfish
service and dedication to the betterment of the Palmer experience.”
Alexander, Nicole Kilgo
(Maple Lake, Minn.) and Scott Larson (Tokyo, Japan) received awards for serving
as West Campus Guides. An all-volunteer organization, the Campus Guides at each
campus serve as ambassadors of Palmer Chiropractic. They are frequently the
first contact that many prospective students and campus visitors have with
Palmer Chiropractic and the chiropractic profession.
Brantner and Garrett
Neff (Belle Fourche, South Dakota) received special awards for their service as
officers on the West Campus Sports Council.
Dr. Makani Lew, ’91, West Campus associate professor,
presented the innovation. Dr. Randy Waters, West Campus associate clinical
professor, read the names of the graduates, and Dr. Richard DeSarbo, associate
professor, turned the hoods.
Dr. Richard Robinson, a ’96 West Campus alumnus,
presented the commencement address. Dr. Robinson, who was instrumental in
establishing the West Campus Sports Council as a student in 1994, is clinic
director at Calgary Sports Therapy. He as a chiropractor on the Canadian Olympic
Medical Teams of the 2006 Summer Games in Torino, Italy; the 2008 Summer Games
in Beijing, China; and the 2010 Winter Games, which took place in Dr. Robinson’s
hometown of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.