Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), right, with Davenport Campus President
Donald P. Kern, D.C., ’58, was one of the government, healthcare, faithbased
and non-profit agency leaders at the Activate Quad Cities initiative.
Community involvement has always been an important part of Palmer. On
the Davenport Campus, that effort begins with its athletes, who are required
to help out the community as well as departments on campus.
During the past year, the men’s rugby team cooked and cleaned at the
Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, while the women’s rugby team
assisted the staff of the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History at the
Palmer Residence and the Museum.
In soccer, the women’s team volunteered at the
Humane Society, and the men’s team along with the
men’s softball team helped Student Services stuff
finals week goodie bags for students and put together
new student orientation packets.
The men’s hockey team did its civic duty at
Davenport’s Madison Elementary School’s field day
and was assisted by the Davenport Campus hockey
team. The men’s golf club helped Habitat for
Humanity build a house for an area family.
The College has lent a hand to the community
through health talks and as a participant in “Activate
Quad Cities.” Led by Quad Cities YMCA organizations,
this initiative aims to create healthier workplaces
in the Quad Cities.
Palmer also sponsored a public symposium presented
by Activate Quad Cities. The event featured Mark
Fenton, a nationally-known advocate for community,
environmental and public-policy initiatives that
encourage more walking and bicycling.