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Palmer Homecoming 2009 Davenport Campus

Dr. Sportelli makes case for chiropractic’s cultural authority
Dr. Sportelli

Opening Day of Palmer Homecoming on the Davenport Campus was launched by Louis Sportelli, D.C., president of NCMIC Group, Inc., who gave an inspiring and thought-provoking keynote presentation. He made an impassioned plea for chiropractors to develop higher standards of professional behavior in order to establish chiropractic’s cultural authority, once and for all.

“Cultural authority is given to the profession by society,” he told the audience. “It’s a privilege and an individual responsibility. Thus far, chiropractic has begun to gain cultural authority through patient support and political lobbying. We need to do more in scholarship and research to truly establish cultural authority.”

After taking the audience on a journey through the cultural and chiropractic highlights of each decade from the 1960s through now, Dr. Sportelli observed that, for the first time, chiropractic is establishing cultural authority. But, he cautioned, there is a great deal of work still to do. Quoting James Carville, he said, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Chiropractic can get to the table,” he added, “through more research, colleges taking up leadership roles and political unity. Also, those chiropractors who violate ethical procedures need to be exposed.”

“Cultural authority has many advantages for the profession,” Dr. Sportelli concluded. “It gives us autonomy, self-regulation, primary contact, the title ‘Doctor,’ the right to diagnose, and respect from patients and the public we serve.”

Jeffrey Zaslow speaks from the heart
Jeffrey Zaslow

Alumni and other attendees were treated to a presentation by Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow on the second day of Homecoming. In his opening remarks he noted that he writes about the business of the heart for a publication known for writing about the business of business.

Mr. Zaslow is also the co-author of the current international bestseller, “The Last Lecture,” which is based on Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch’s final class lecture.

When Mr. Zaslow began writing the book, Mr. Pausch was dying of pancreatic cancer and only had months to live. But he did not waste them feeling sorry for himself; he lived them to the fullest with his wife and three children. Even when he gave his famous last lecture at Carnegie Mellon, it was videotaped with the main purpose of it being played for his children when they grew older.

After learning about Mr. Pausch’s story, Mr. Zaslow spoke to him and knew he had to go see this lecture in person and cover his story for the newspaper. Not long after, he and Paush decided to write the book together—with the caveat that the process not interfere with the precious time he had to spend with his family. Mr. Zaslow honored the request,and they spoke only on the phone while Mr. Pausch (using a headset) did his daily one-hour bike ride. Fifty-two biking hours later, they had a book.

“I’m always looking for a good story,” said Mr. Zaslow. He recalled being at Disney World, standing by Walt Disney’s statue and asking children who they thought the statue depicted. Answers ranged from “he lives with Mickey Mouse” to a child who said Mr. Disney died of a heart attack on Space Mountain.

To see Mr. Pausch’s final lecture, go to YouTube and type “Randy Pausch Last Lecture” in the “Search” field.

‘Biggest Loser’ trainer: ‘Be the Best You Can Be’
Bob Harper

Bob Harper, a fitness trainer on NBC-TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” hit the Lyceum Auditorium stage in Vickie Anne Palmer Hall with contagious enthusiasm during Homecoming’s closing session. He shared a little about the show, his thoughts on living a healthy lifestyle, the benefits he has received from chiropractic care, and the difference between training everyday people who are overweight and already-fit celebrities.

“One thing I’ve learned from doing the show is that there is much more of an emotional connection to their weight,” said Harper of the contestants he works with. “I had to learn why it is that they do what they do and what their relationship to food was.”

The idea of instant gratification had to be removed as well as that of fad diets. There is so much information out there that is misleading, he noted.

“The focus needs to be on being the best you can be rather than focusing on the ideal of what they should be. Work with what you’ve got,” he said. “It is my job to help you decide that you are worth enough.”

During the Q&A portion, the big advocate of starting and maintaining an ongoing exercise regime was asked if he still sees a chiropractor regularly. Mr. Harper responded that once he felt better after seeing his chiropractor, he didn’t feel the need to go back. This led to a lot of good-natured ribbing from the audience, to which he laughed and said, “Touché! Okay, okay, I’ll go get adjusted!”

Ceremony honors nine new Fellows

This year’s Alumni Luncheon recognized alumni who had shown great devotion to chiropractic by inducting them into the Fellows of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.

The induction ceremony was a moving and inspiring part of the Alumni Luncheon. Davenport Campus President Donald Kern, D.C., presided, with then Vice Chancellor for Academics Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., and Palmer Board of Trustees Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C., also participating.

Dr. Kern at podium with nine new fellows on stage

Above, Dr. Kern acknowledges seven of the nine new Fellows recognized that day. From left, Rolf Peters, D.C., Davenport ’58, M.C.Sc., FICC, FACC; Jerry Gerrard, D.C., Davenport ’72; Craig Gilbaugh, D.C., Davenport ’83, CCSP, DABCI; Randy McCall, D.C., Davenport ’77; Kirk Steketee, DC., ’86, LCP (Hon.) and Kari Swain, D.C., Davenport ’95, D.C., Ms. Mary Ann Zogg, Beth Zogg, D.C., and Lance Vanderloo, D.C., Davenport.

Dr. Rolf accepted the Fellow award for his wife, Mary Ann Chance, D.C., Davenport ’59, FICC, FACC, while Ms. Zogg and Dr. Zogg accepted the honor for their father and grandfather, respectively, J. Clay Thompson, D.C., Davenport ’44.

“Membership as a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic is a distinct privilege and honor, and the men and women being inducted today are leaders in the profession and their communities, as well as supporters of Palmer College,” Dr. Kern said. “Their duty as Fellows is to promote the future of chiropractic, to engage in discussions of chiropractic’s role in society and to support Palmer College of Chiropractic in every way that they are able.”

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