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Palmer vision comes alive at Florida Homecoming

The exhibit hall featured a variety of products from top vendors. From left are Standard Process representatives Isham Mercure and Alan Barrier, and current student Brandon Bond.
three representatives stand at Standard Process expo booth

During the first three days of March, the Florida Campus was alive with the Homecoming theme of Vision 2020: Planning for the Future. This year, Homecoming included the dedication of a third building, named the Standard Process Student Center, made possible largely due to the generosity of donors Charles DuBois (president of Standard Process Inc.), Dr. Michael Chance and his family, and the Dharma Foundation (in honor of grateful patient Michael Singer).

“The Standard Process Student Center is a welcomed addition to both the students and the employees at Palmer. The new building features a larger bookstore and café, patio seating overlooking the lake, and walls of glass with a view of our beautiful campus. It has given the Palmer community a renewed sense of pride,” says Melissa Lingo, director of Student Services for the Florida Campus.

The first general session of Homecoming featured Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., who shared his vision for Palmer College in the new student center’s convocation hall.

Dr. Morgan
Dr. Morgan

Many in the audience beamed with pride as they looked out over the campus, which served as the perfect backdrop for “looking toward the future.” The inspiration continued into the next day’s general session when Palmer Board of Trustees Member William Morgan, D.C., West ’85, delivered powerful messages and shared personal life experiences in his presentation titled “The Value of Living an Inspired Life.”

Students choosing sessions to attend at Florida Homecoming.
three students looking at program

Breakout sessions focused on rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise, orthopedic and concussion testing and evaluation for D.C.s, clinical imaging, Medicare compliance, health and wellness tools, sports chiropractic and practice building. The exhibit hall featured products from event sponsors, such as NCMIC; Standard Process; Performance Health, Inc.; Myo-Vision; and Anabolic Labs.

Prospective students and their guests, like these two, learned about Palmer at the Prospective Student Event.
Prospective student with baby

Friday’s special events included the Five-Year Reunion, the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Standard Process Student Center, the kick-off for the Florida Capital Campaign (which included remarks from Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C., Davenport ’68, Dr. Marchiori, Mr. Charles DuBois and Florida Campus Student-Centered Campaign Co-Chairs Drs. Michael Chance, Frank Gingras, Jr., and Susan Welsh) and the President’s Reception, featuring scholarship awards and the induction of Dr. William Morgan as a Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. Dr. Morgan has served as a Board member since 2006, and is the clinical department head of the Chiropractic Clinic at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. The weekend culminated with the Saturday Night Finale, which was held on both floors of the new student center, complete with hors d’oeuvres, wine pairings, flaming deserts and a Las Vegas illusionist.

Building Dedication Highlights 2012 Florida Campus Homecoming
Ribbon-cutters, from left: Dr. Trevor Ireland; Myron McCall, Perry-McCall Construction, Inc.; Ms. Vickie Palmer; Dr. Dennis Marchiori; Mayor Allen Green; Dr. Troy Tatum; Mr. Charles DuBois; Jesse Hodges; Robert Lee, Palmer Vice Chancellor for Advancement; Greg Gowey, Scholtz Gowey Gere Marolf Architects & Interior Design; Andy Sexton, Hunton Brady Architects; Dr. Peter Martin; and George Bertish, Florida Campus Director of Institutional Support.
participants cutting ribbon

Addressing those gathered for the dedication of the new student center, Florida Campus President Dr. Peter Martin proclaimed, “Good evening. Isn’t this a beautiful building? This building was built for the students. It is a place for gathering, for dining, for teaching and learning, and a place to just sit and think.” Community leaders, students, faculty and staff joined Palmer’s Board of Trustees and distinguished guests in the Dr. Royal Lee Courtyard as the ribbon was cut opening the brand new Standard Process Student Center.

Participants in the building dedication and ribbon-cutting included, from left, Dr. Dennis Marchiori, Dr. Peter Martin, Ms. Vickie Palmer, Mr. Charles DuBois and Dr. Trevor Ireland.
five participants stand in front of Standard Process Student Center sign

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony featured Dr. Martin, Dr. Marchiori, Palmer Board of Trustees Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C., Palmer Board of Trustees Officer and great-granddaughter of D.D. Palmer Ms. Vickie Palmer, City of Port Orange Mayor Mr. Allen Green, Standard Process President Mr. Charles DuBois, Florida Campus Faculty Member Troy Tatum, D.C., and Jesse Hodges, president of the Campus Guides.

“We are committed to enhancing the campus environment for our current and future students, which will support their overall educational experiences at Palmer College,” says Dr. Marchiori. “This investment is all about ensuring continued success in our academic and student programs.”

The new Standard Process Student Center.
outside view of building

The Standard Process Student Center will provide flexible room formats suitable for student assemblies, large group seating, final examination testing, annual Homecoming activities and other campus events. It also will accommodate a relocated and expanded food service area and the Campus Bookstore.

Dr. Martin expressed his appreciation on behalf of the entire Palmer College family in thanking Mr. Charles DuBois and Standard Process for their leadership gift in naming the new building as well as the Dr. Royal Lee Courtyard.

Standard Process President Charles DuBois, who was named the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association, says, “Student centers are often the heart of life on campus and they enhance the spirit of collegiality. Being in a position to support this project is rewarding because it’s a meaningful way we can help the healthcare professionals of tomorrow.”

Michael Chance, D.C., Davenport ’78, and a third generation Palmer chiropractor, was recognized for the Chance Family donation in funding the new Campus Bookstore. Dr. Chance is a long-standing member of Palmer’s Presidents Club and a Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. He is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association Board of Directors and is actively involved in the Mid-Florida Chiropractic Society, which provides annual scholarships to Florida Campus students.

Alumni and friends enjoying Homecoming are, from left: Dr. Frank Gingras, Jr.; Ms. Marion Staples, donor; Dr. Michelle Gingras, Florida Campus faculty clinician and daughter of Dr. Frank Gingras; and Dr. Melissa Ferranti, Florida Campus faculty clinician.
Alumni mingling during homecoming

Following the ceremony, the evening’s guests were invited to a tour and reception in the new Standard Process Student Center, which officially opened on March 5.

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