The West Campus recently hosted two well-attended student
recruitment events that served as additional examples of positive
Prospective students from nearly a dozen U.S. states and three
Canadian provinces attended a special career information program
held in conjunction with the West Campus 2012 Homecoming in
May. More than half of them had already submitted applications
to attend the West Campus in advance of the event.
The campus’ biggest recruitment event, the two-day summertime
program aptly titled “Palmerpalooza,” brought prospective students
from 13 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces to San Jose in
July. They attended Palmerpalooza’s informative presentations,
interactive classroom sessions and various social activities, and had
an opportunity to meet with West Campus administrators, faculty,
staff, students and alumni. By the end of the day, more than twothirds
of all attending prospective students had formally applied.
One of the highlights of each prospective student event was the
panel session featuring West Campus alumni. David Paris, D.C.
(’01), Brant Pedersen, D.C. (’04), and Wayne Whalen, D.C. (’86),
provided practice perspectives as panel members for the Homecoming
PSE. Dr. Paris, one of Palmer’s many alumni providing care
in the VA system, joined fellow West graduates Kyle Knox, D.C.
(’10), and Sherry McAllister, D.C. (’96), to form the alumni panel
at this year’s Palmerpalooza.
“When we have participation by talented faculty who deliver
the academic and clinical components of our program, and also
include practice perspectives by our outstanding alumni, the net
outcome of the team effort demonstrates to prospective students
how Palmer has earned its rightful place as The Trusted Leader
in Chiropractic Education,” says Julie Behn, director of West
“The 2012 Palmerpalooza was a huge success on so many levels,”
says Dr. Bill Meeker, West Campus president. “Kudos to Julie Behn
and her Admissions staff for all their hard work, year-round, and, in
particular, with the planning and preparation required to organize a
big event like Palmerpalooza—all the while maintaining the day-today
duties. I’m also greatly appreciative of our alumni for giving up
weekend time to come in and speak to prospective students.”
The next major West Campus prospective student event will
take place during Homecoming 2013, the weekend of May 3-5
(www.palmer.edu/Homecoming/). Alumni who are interested in
speaking at prospective student events, or would like to take a more
active role in student recruitment on a local level, should contact
Ms. Behn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 303-7939.