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Alumni get on board Palmer Destination Success CE Cruise

In addition to attending up to 12 hours of continuing education, alumni ventured out to various ports of call. On their way to Georgetown, Grand Cayman, are, from left to right, Dr. Mickey Burt and his wife, Karla; Sharon and Tom Rexroth, D.C., Davenport ’70; and Vicki and Tim Swank, D.C., Davenport ’89.
three alumni couples on cruise ship

Sixty-two Palmer alumni along with their guests plus several College faculty and staff embarked on the first Palmer Destination Success Cruise, Feb. 23, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Over the next five days, the cruise gave D.C.s a chance to earn up to 12 hours of continuing education and take in all of the fun of Royal Caribbean’s 11-story ship Enchantment of the Seas.

The cruise was created by the Continuing Education Department to allow alumni the chance to acquire CE credit while spending time with their families and other alumni. Palmer alumni from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Norway were joined by graduates of other chiropractic colleges, including Southern California University of Health Sciences, Life University and Cleveland Chiropractic College.

“During the course of the trip, we also discovered that a 3rd Trimester student from the Davenport Campus was on board, as well as an additional alumnus, neither of whom realized that this was the cruise with the Palmer event,” said Senior Director of Continuing Education Laurie Mueller, D.C., Davenport ’97.

Palmer graduates Drs. Lora Tanis and Bill Moreau, Davenport ’81, taught the CE program, “A Healthy Tomorrow” with a variety of hands-on information that doctors could put into place once they got back to their practices.

The cruise also proved to be an ideal environment for alumni to interact with each other. “I believe that each alumnus who attended left the ship feeling more connected to Palmer and was proud to be a graduate,” said Executive Director for Alumni Mickey Burt, D.C., who was one of several College employees on board.

When not taking classes, D.C.s found plenty of other activities on board, from cooking classes to a rock-climbing wall. On land, ports of call in Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, provided opportunities for sightseeing, horseback riding, hiking, sailing and snorkeling.

“Our intention is that the 2008 event will serve as the first of what will become a long-standing Palmer travel tradition,” said Dr. Mueller.

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