Student Devin Brossard was master of ceremonies at the
November 2010 Spizz Night at the Davenport Campus.
Speakers at the event included Interim Vice President
for Academic Affairs Dan Weinert, D.C., Davenport ’96,
M.S., George Curry, D.C., Davenport ’82, and Christopher
Passalacqua, D.C., Davenport ’85.
Since it was founded in the early 1980s, the Palmer
Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF) has acted as a
liaison between Palmer students and the alumni they
will soon join in the chiropractic profession. Today,
PSAF continues to interact with alumni from the
Davenport, West and Florida campuses, who are
willing to give students a first-hand view of what it
takes to be successful chiropractors.
While PSAF is a student-governed and student-centered
organization, it is supported by the College’s
Alumni Office and has a staff or faculty advisor from
the Alumni Office on each campus. Just as all Palmer
graduates are automatically members of the Palmer
College of Chiropractic Alumni Association, students
are automatically part of PSAF and free to take
advantage of all of the benefits the program offers.
“I love working with the students,” says Assistant
Alumni Director Lisa Walden, who is the PSAF advisor
at the Davenport Campus, noting that students involved
in PSAF are often the future leaders of the profession.
“I love their eagerness and passion for the profession,”
she says. “They are not yet entrenched in certain ways
of doing things and are so open to ideas, and so excited
about the hope of helping their future patients.”
One of the most popular activities that PSAF holds
are Spizz Night events where motivational speakers
come on campus to energize students about the science,
philosophy and art of chiropractic—just as B.J. Palmer
did through his Spizzerinctum gatherings. Students also
have the chance to meet with vendors, talk to other
student organizations and enjoy dinner—all for free.
PSAF gives students a real-world taste of what it
is like to work in a successful practice through clinic
tours held by alumni. During these visits, students
are able to interact with practicing chiropractors, ask
questions, observe hands-on demonstrations and get
a feel for how to organize a practice.
For long-term guidance, PSAF has a variety of mentorship
programs, such as the long-standing Adopt-A-Class
program, in which an alumnus becomes a mentor
to a trimester or quarter of their choice. Students can
also be part of groups that are supported by sponsors.
“It is important to continually remind students of
the goal of their studies,” says Ms. Walden. “PSAF
provides periodic reminders of the big picture through
their Spizz Nights, Clinic Tours and opportunities to
interact with alumni. PSAF also provides students
venues to broaden their exposure to the profession,
as well as programs that allow alumni to give back to
the College in a meaningful way.”