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Palmer Homecoming 2008, West Campus

A time to celebrate
Catching up between sessions are, from left, Robert Martines, D.C., West ’89; Sherry McAllister, West ’96; Instructor Gary de Wet, D.C., Davenport ’66; and Bahar Nehawandian, D.C., West ’95.
Dr. Robert Martines, Sherry McAllister, Dr. Gary de Wet, Dr. Bahar Nehawandian

“Our Time is Now” was a fitting theme for the 2008 Homecoming on Palmer’s West Campus, Oct. 10-11. The gathering celebrated a surge in enrollment with a jam-packed Prospective Student Event (PSE) and the expansion of the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF) to the West Campus.

“This year’s Homecoming was quite a successful event,” said West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., West ’82. “The continuing education programs were excellent, the 25-year reunion dinner was a lot of fun, and the new Palmer Center for Business Development programs were very well received.”

The event marking the inauguration of PSAF on the West Campus provided information on how this student-governed organization helps students transition to alumni. Presenters included Dr. Meeker; West Campus Clinician and Alumni Representative Thomas Milus, D.C.; Bill Moreau, D.C., Davenport ’81; Executive Director for Alumni Mickey Burt, D.C., Davenport ’73; Davenport Campus student and PSAF President Tom Bench; and West Campus alumni Jack Bourla, D.C., ’97; and Robert Chatfield, D.C., ’83. The PSE included the Interactive Classroom Experience and presentations and demonstrations by West Campus faculty and administrators. It also provided guests the opportunity to tour the campus and enjoy the fun of Ultimate Casual Friday.

“Every participant told us that this was the most organized and informative visit they have ever attended,” said West Campus Enrollment Director Julie Behn of this year’s PSE.

Career Center Coordinator Tom Minkalis, of the Palmer Center for Business Development, addressed students on “Filling Your Entrepreneurial Tool Belt” during the Destination Success Student Symposium.
Tim Minkalis speaking in front of room filled with students at tables

Also new to the West Campus was the two-day Destination Success Student Symposium, an event organized by the Palmer Center for Business Development. The student-centered track featured a lineup of speakers who focused on business-related themes aimed at helping future doctors establish and maintain successful practices.

For the second year in a row, Homecoming featured a special program to recognize the doctors who have opened their offices and enhanced the student experience through participation in the Field Training Program (FTP). This component of the Practice Development Quarter provides students in their final quarter of study with “real world” experience prior to graduation.

West Campus President Dr. Bill Meeker, center, gathers with students during Homecoming’s final event, the Gala Dinner/ Dance Celebration.
Students with Dr. Meeker at Gala Dinner
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