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‘Best ever’ Florida Campus Homecoming

Dr. Peter Martin presents the Dr. Robert Walper Memorial Scholarship to student Sandra Doman, during the Heritage Endowment Society Breakfast.
Dr. Peter Martin stands next to Sandra Doman

“As far as I’m concerned this was the best Homecoming we have ever hosted on this campus,” said Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C., during the 2009 Florida Campus Homecoming, Feb. 20-21. “It was the first one that felt like our graduates were truly coming home.”

Those sentiments were heard throughout Homecoming weekend, which drew more than 380 students, doctors and guests. This year’s presentations focused on best practices, specific treatment methodology, and health and wellness.

Homecoming Continuing Education (CE) sessions covered topics such as evidenced- based care, best practices, risk management, Florida laws, ethical issues, wellness, pediatric care and sports chiropractic.

Davenport Campus graduates Teri Payton, D.C., ’86, and Ronald Bouffard, D.C., ’95, were among the nearly 400 attendees who took part in Homecoming.
Dr. Teri Payton conversing with Dr. Ronald Bouffard

Speakers included Anna Allen, R.N.; Arlan Fuhr, D.C.; Laura Hanson, D.C.; Bharon Hoag, CPC; Lisa Killinger, D.C., Davenport ’83, Diagnosis and Radiology; Dana Lawrence, D.C., Center for Teaching and Learning; John Lockenour, D.C., Davenport ’77, Care and Structure, Florida Campus; Bill Moreau, D.C., Davenport ’81; Lia Nightingale, Ph.D., Life Sciences, Davenport Campus; Steve Savoie, D.C., Davenport ’78; and Jason Yusavage, D.C., Davenport ’99.

At the Destination Success student symposium, Palmer Center for Business Development (PCBD) Director Dwight Bailey, Psy.D., introduced students to the many resources and services that will soon be available to students through the Center.

Presentations at the symposium were made by Jeff Mackey, D.C., Davenport ’80; Dennis Kimbro, Ph.D.; and Lora Tanis, D.C., Davenport ’89; which focused on building bridges with other healthcare providers, striving for greatness, achieving personal excellence and entrepreneurship. The Saturday modules, guided by Dr. Bailey and Tom Minkalis, PCBD career center coordinator, emphasized the physician-entrepreneur relationship and developing tools for the professional journey.

Dr. Fred Schofield introduced students to the first ever Spizz Night on the Florida Campus with an energetic presentation.
Dr. Fred Schofield speaking

Homecoming also witnessed the inauguration of the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation to the Florida Campus and its first-ever Spizz Night. Fred Schofield, D.C., Davenport ’81, introduced the crowd to Spizzerinctum and delighted everyone with an energetic and motivational address.

The Palmer Heritage Endowment Society Breakfast honored those members who have supported the mission of Palmer College through a cash gift, a planned gift or an estate gift to the endowment. It also provided an opportunity for scholarship donors and scholarship recipients to meet.

Members of the Florida Campus President’s Club and guests attended a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. Dayne Deeds, D.C., Davenport ’04, was the speaker that evening, and Michael Chance, D.C., Davenport ’78, was presented with his five-year President’s Club jacket.

At the Finale Celebration, a prospective student remarked on the impression Homecoming left on him. “I know for sure after this visit that Palmer’s Florida Campus is where I want to be,” he said. “This weekend truly made me believe that I would fit well here.”

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