Opening Session draws on the past and the future
The induction of Drs. D.D., B.J.,
Mabel and David D. Palmer
into the Palmer Academy of
Chiropractic is recognized with
the placement of medallions on
the busts in Heritage Courtyard
on the Davenport campus.
Homecoming’s Opening Session
began with the posthumous induction
of D.D., B.J., Mabel and David
D. Palmer as Fellows in the Palmer
Academy of Chiropractic. The
Fellowships were presented by
Davenport Campus President
Donald Kern, D.C., to the daughters
of Drs. David and Agnes
Palmer—Vickie Palmer, Bonnie
(Palmer) McCloskey and Jenny
(Palmer) Sutton, as well as Ms.
Sutton’s children Matt and Sara.
A video tribute to the Palmers, produced
by the College’s Marketing &
shared the many accomplishments
of chiropractic’s founding family.
The Palmer Academy of Chiropractic
was established in 1963 by
Dr. David D. Palmer to honor
individuals who have exhibited
outstanding service to the chiropractic
profession, Palmer College
of Chiropractic and their communities.
Vickie Palmer and her mother
Dr. Agnes High Palmer have also
been awarded Fellowships.
“Chalk Man” Sam Glenn stirring up a storm of chalk as
he creates a drawing during his motivational presentation to
the crowd attending the Davenport campus Homecoming’s
After the Fellowship ceremony,
motivational speaker and artist
Sam Glenn gave an inspirational
presentation. Known as “The Chalk
Man,” Glenn started his program by
making a large, chalk drawing of a
lighthouse and the sea. His spoken
presentation focused on the power
and value of attitude through
humor and real-life stories.
Everyday 'Miracles' take center stage
Dr. John Watson shared the
story of a 6-week-old baby
diagnosed with “failure to
thrive,” who was sent home
to die. He performed one
chiropractic adjustment on
the infant and her health
This year’s “Miracles of Chiropractic”
session was held
Saturday, Aug. 12, in Lyceum
Hall Auditorium. It featured six
chiropractors and their stories
of amazing patient recoveries.
The underlying theme of this
year’s event was that the routine,
everyday work of chiropractors
has often had, and continues to
have, a profound impact on the
patients who receive it. Of the
six chiropractors who presented,
five are Palmer graduates.
Luncheons and other events update alumni
Chief of Alumni Development Mickey Burt, D.C., addresses a crowd at the
Alumni Luncheon during this year’s Davenport campus Homecoming.
Whether they attended luncheons or receptions,
alumni at this year’s Davenport campus Homecoming
were presented with the latest information on
the Alumni Program, the Chiropractic Learning
Resource Center, Palmer’s new brand and the
College’s latest recruiting efforts.
At the Alumni Luncheon, Aug. 10, host Mickey
Burt, D.C., chief of Alumni Development, reviewed
the first year of the program and outlined how it is
actively seeking the input of alumni. At the end of
the luncheon, employees received response cards,
offering them the opportunity to volunteer to join a
focus group, be part of an advisory committee or
help the College in other ways.
During the event, Davenport Campus President
Donald Kern, D.C., noted that each new Palmer
student generates more than $78,000 per year in
revenue. He then challenged each alumni to recruit
one new student by the following year.
During the President’s Club Reception, Vickie Palmer,
left, and Donald Kern, D.C., present Viola Gilthvedt
with a clock given to all 15-year members of the club.
Dr. Kern also introduced Palmer’s new brand,
including the new tagline: Because Palmer is
The next day, during the Capital Campaign
Luncheon, current contributors to the campaign
were formally thanked and honored. Speakers included Dr. Kern, Palmer Board
of Trustees Chairman Vickie A. Palmer, Foot Levelers CEO Kent Greenawalt,
Chief Development Officer Drew Boster and 9th Trimester Davenport campus
student Janel Frey-Voelker.
A highlight of the annual President’s Club Reception, held Aug. 12, according
to Development Office staffers, were the remarks of Vice President for Academic
Affairs Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. Said Boster, “He spoke about how the
President’s Club members are ‘the faithful who protect the heart of this institution.’”
Other speakers included Dr. Kern, Vickie Palmer, Boster and 9th Trimester
Davenport student Marc Fritz.
Hundreds give sign of approval to CLRC beam
The final four people to sign the CLRC beam
were, from right to left, Davenport graduates,
James Husband, D.C., ’81, Janelle Bottorff, D.C.,
’92, her father, John Bottorff, D.C., ’56, and
Michael Husband, son of Dr. Husband.
During Homecoming 2006 on
the Davenport campus, alumni,
students and employees signed
their names on a steel beam that
will be placed in the covered walkway
of the Chiropractic Learning
Resource Center (CLRC). The ceremonial
beam was painted silver in
honor of David D. Palmer’s quote,
“Palmer is to chiropractic as sterling
is to silver,” and signed with
Alumni celebrate 25- and 50-year reunions
Dr. Calvin Wenger, Davenport ’56, talks with Davenport Campus
President Donald Kern, D.C., during the 50-year Reunion Brunch.
The 50-year Reunion Brunch was held Aug. 11 in the Fellows
Room at Lyceum Hall. Davenport Campus President Donald
Kern, D.C., was emcee of the event and 50-year graduates James
Loftus, D.C., and Vern Hagen, D.C., of the Technique
Department, shared their memories and reflections.
“This year’s theme—‘Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow’—came
to life in that room,” said Chief Development Officer Drew
Boster. “It was moving to see the members of Palmer’s class of
1956 sharing memories and honoring tradition as well as looking
to the future of Palmer and chiropractic.”
Lyceum Hall was also host to the 25-year Reunion Luncheon on
Aug. 12. The event was emceed by 1981 Palmer graduates Chris
Frogley, D.C., and Mikky Barnett, D.C. Speakers included Vickie
Palmer, Dr. Kern, Drew Boster, David Nielsen, J.D., and Chief of
Alumni Development Mickey Burt, D.C.
“With about 40 classmates and their guests in attendance we
had a good representation from the class,” said Senior
Development Officer Lois Kundel, C.T., who helped coordinate
the event and is herself a 25-year graduate of the Chiropractic
Along with the 25- and 50-year classes, many other classes
donated gifts to the College during Homecoming, including the
5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 30-, 35-, 40- and 45-year classes.
Mansion reopens at Homecoming
Tours were conducted by Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic
History staff as well as Campus Guides, some of whom had
assisted with the Mansion’s upgrade. Here visitors are shown the
More than 400 alumni and their families toured the Palmer
Mansion during Homecoming, marking the first time the building
had been open to the public in nearly two years. Since
September 2005, contractors have been working on the building’s
electricity, heat, air conditioning and plumbing.
Before the Mansion reopened, Alana Callender, director of the
Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History, along with Drs.
Roger Hynes and Sandy Wild, were at work returning thousands
of stored artifacts to their original places.
Callender noted that she and Dr. Hynes, who is also with the
Technique Department, have been assisted over the years by a
number of dedicated volunteers. “I’d like to thank the many
alumni and students who have enthusiastically given their time
and energy to helping with the Mansion,” she said.