Mickey Burt, D.C.
This August we’ll all be drawn to our televisions and electronic devices
to watch the Summer Olympics and cheer our athletes to victory. In
this issue you’ll have a chance to read about a number of our alumni
who help care for U.S. Summer Olympians and Paralympians, starting
with Dr. Bill Moreau, who heads the U.S. Olympic Committee’s sports
medicine team and will serve as the chief medical officer for Team USA
at the Rio Games. The list of Palmer grads who’ve helped our Olympic
athletes—past and present—is impressive.
As you read through the alumni section you’ll see what some of our
alumni have been up to, and in particular the important roles women
alumni are filling. In College News you’ll see a tribute to Vickie Anne
Palmer, “The Refiner” of chiropractic, whose statue was dedicated at
the Port Orange Homecoming, and find out how we’re “going green”
in San Jose with rooftop solar panels.
We’re making progress with the structuring of our new alumni
association, too. By the Davenport Homecoming in August we should
have the state representatives in place for our top 25 states and many
district representatives recruited. You’ll see the list of representatives
inside, and read about volunteers like Dr. Art Durham, state
representative for North Carolina, who’s an excellent example of the
work our state reps are doing. If you’d like to learn more about the
program, or be part of it, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer the College started phase one of a multi-million dollar,
multi-year renovation of the Davenport campus. This endeavor will help
us meet our commitment to our students, faculty, staff and alumni on
many levels. We’ll reinvigorate the campus and redefine its look for
many years to come, while preserving its rich heritage. Work is starting
on a complete renovation of the Alumni Auditorium into the new
R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center (which includes the Paul
and Donna VanDuyne Jogging Track) as well as a facelift for the Clinic
Garden and north section of campus. We’re also planning to renovate
Vickie Anne Palmer Hall; see page 27 for more on these exciting plans.
I invite all of you to come to this year’s Davenport Homecoming to see
the progress for yourself. We look forward to sharing with you what
the future holds for the Davenport campus, College and profession.
As always, thank you for all you do!