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West Campus Homecoming 2010: A Great Way to Celebrate 30 Years!

10/28/2010 (Archived)

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:
Class 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.

Returning to 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.

Other 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.

Each 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.

Relicensure seminars:
This 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:
Extremity 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:
Now 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 gala.

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:
Once 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.

Student Scholarships:
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