Palmer Homecomings always feature an
impressive array of educational programs and entertaining events. The
West Campus Homecoming 2010 added one more element to the excitement: a
30-year anniversary celebration.
More than 200 registrants
attended West Homecoming 2010. All events took place on the West Campus
in San Jose (which was founded on Sept. 18, 1980, on a former junior
school campus in Sunnyvale).
To see a photo gallery from Palmer West Campus Homecoming 2010, visit: http://www.palmer.edu/gallery/westc_hcgallery2010/index.html
Homecoming 2010 highlights included:
of ’85 Reunion Dinner: Sixteen members of the Class of ’85 joined
various Palmer administrators, faculty and staff for a reunion dinner on
Friday evening hosted by Dr. Thomas Milus, West Campus clinical
professor and West Campus alumni representative.
reminisce about their days on the founding West Campus in Sunnyvale, and
to reflect on the past 25 years, included: Dr. Karl Aamot; Dr. Paula
Barro; Dr. Brian Brown; Dr. Vincent Casey; Dr. Christine Dillon; Dr.
Nicholas Farella; Dr. Mark Hippert; Dr. Rae Hunt Sharp; Dr. Jeffrey
Levine; Dr. Jim Madigan; Dr. Deb Sell; Dr. Daniel Tintor; Dr. Adrienne
Volpert; Dr. Pamela Wells; Dr. Dave Wittwer; and Dr. Cynthia Wright.
guests included: Dr. Dennis Marchiori, Palmer College chancellor;
Robert Lee, vice chancellor for Advancement; (Ret.) Brig. Gen. Becky
Halstead, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress spokesperson; Gary Cuneo,
chief operating officer, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress; Dr.
Thomas Souza, West Campus dean of Academic Affairs; Dr. Arlene Luckock,
West Campus professor; Lisa Walden, assistant Alumni director, Palmer
College; and Shelley Hammill, Development officer, Palmer College.
Class of ’85 graduate stood and reflected on their life experiences of
the past 25 years, including Dr. Karl Aamot: “I’m very thankful for the
education that I received at Palmer. It turned these hands of a
carpenter into the hands of a ‘healer.’ I’m exceptionally grateful for
what Palmer taught me.”
“As each alumnus shared their
perspectives and practice experiences, it was very clear that they were
more passionate than ever about the profession they had chosen over 25
years ago,” said Dr. Milus.
year’s West Campus Homecoming featured a multi-track relicensure seminar
series that enabled doctors to earn technique and X-ray credits, as
well as CPR certification, in the same weekend.
Seminars and speakers included:
Adjusting with Dr. Makani Lew; The Nutritional Exam with Dr. Jay
Robbins; Blair Upper Cervical Technique with Dr. Tom Forest; Whiplash:
Biomechanics, Injuries, Diagnosis and Record-Keeping with Dr. Lawrence
Nordhoff; Patient Education to Improve the Clinical Outcome with Dr.
Brian Porteous; Radiology of Trauma, Tumors and Arthritides with Dr.
Tracey Littrell; Investigating Functional Evaluation into Treatment
Protocols with Dr. Ted Forcum; When the Foot Hits the Ground Everything
Changes with Dr. Kirk Lee; Coding and Documentation: What Your Insurance
Claims Say About Your Practice, and Red Flags and Record Keeping with
Dr. John Davila; Chiropractic Technique with Dr. Robert Cooperstein; and
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR) with Dr. Tammi Clark.
Prospective Special presentation by Brigadier General (Ret.) Becky Halstead:
one of the spokespersons for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress,
General (Ret.) Halstead delivered an inspiring and energetic
presentation, “Advancing Chiropractic in the Military: Leading the
Charge!”, which elicited many “hooah!” responses from the capacity crowd
in the West Campus library, and set the tone for an exciting Saturday
Saturday Evening Gala:
Following (Ret.) General
Halstead’s presentation, guests convened for Saturday evening
festivities in a special tent constructed on the West Campus. Following
an elegant dinner, guests enjoyed dancing to the swingin’ sounds of Ben
Marcato and his Mondo Combo, and also vied for prizes while playing
various Casino Night games.
Prospective Student Event:
again, the West Campus Homecoming included a concurrent prospective
student event, attended by more than 50 guests. While the majority had
ventured from within California to attend the PSE, some guests traveled
from as far as Idaho, Texas/Puerto Rico, Wisconsin … and China! Of the
22 prospective students in attendance, five had already applied prior to
the event. Of the remaining 17 prospective students, 11 submitted
applications at the event.
Several West Campus students were recognized at the President’s Reception for recent scholarship achievements, including:
• Meghan Austin, ACA Scholarship
• Justin Brame, Priscilla Benham Memorial Scholarship
• David Cohodes, Miracles for Military Scholarship
• Ty Dennis, George J. Goodheart Memorial Scholarship
• Maykel Jimenez, National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company Scholarship
• Stephanie Johnson, Standard Process Scholarship
• Wendy Reed, Priscilla Benham Memorial Scholarship
• Darci Robertson, Standard Process Scholarship
• Cherity Smythe, Dr. Flavia Van Dyke Endowed Scholarship