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Alumni come home to the Florida Campus

Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, Ph.D., discussing chiropractic philosophy during her Homecoming session.
Dr. Yvonne Villanueva-Russell at podium

More than 400 alumni, current students and prospective students spent Jan. 18-20 celebrating Palmer’s 2007 Florida Campus Homecoming activities in Port Orange. This year’s event marked the first time the event was held entirely on the Florida Campus.

Sessions held Thursday, Friday and Saturday included some new speakers to the campus, including Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, D.C.; Casey Crisp, D.C., Davenport Campus Main Clinic; Will Evans, D.C.; Joan Fallon, D.C., Deed E. Harrison, D.C.; Brian Porteous, D.C.; Bill Moreau, D.C.; and Dennis Woggon, D.C. The schedule also featured return visits by Tom Souza, D.C., from the West Campus, Ian McLean, D.C., from the Davenport Campus, and Dan Murphy, D.C., who spoke during the opening session on Thursday.

Members of the Student Council take part in the Finale Celebration.
Florida student council

Guests at the Friday evening lawn party took part in drawings for door prizes provided by vendors who were present at the EXPO, before being entertained by the spellbinding talents of hypnotist Erik Kand. Other activities included an alumni reception on Friday and a President’s Club reception held on Saturday evening.

During the President’s Club Reception, speakers included Executive Director for Development Drew Boster; Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C.; Executive Director for Alumni Mickey Burt, D.C.; Florida Campus instructor Michael Shreeve, D.C., Davenport ’74; and Florida Campus student Jenny Mejia. Ms. Mejia spoke about her experience at Palmer and her appreciation of alumni support.

Mr. Boster announced that the College had surpassed its goal for the Building the Future Fountainhead Capital Campaign, and Dr. Burt thanked alumni for their role in supporting the College and the profession. Dr. Shreeve provided a personal testimonial as a Davenport Campus alumnus and now a Florida Campus faculty member. The reception inspired four new individuals to join the President’s Club.

At the Estate Planning Luncheon, Senior Development Officer Lois Kundel presented information on the benefits of estate planning, one of the services her department provides alumni. She also explained how participants can avoid probate, save taxes and provide for charitable gifts.

Said Dean of Academic Affairs Donald Gran, D.C., M.S.Ed., “The speakers were exceptional and offered information and ideas that could be applied to practice. I also thought holding the event on Palmer’s Florida Campus gave many doctors and prospective students the chance to truly experience the newest Palmer campus.”

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