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Davenport Campus: In service to campus and community

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.
Dr. Kern with Tom Harkin

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.

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