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Palmer College

PSAF helps students transition from college to a career

Student Devin Brossard was master of ceremonies at the November 2010 Spizz Night at the Davenport Campus. Speakers at the event included Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Weinert, D.C., Davenport ’96, M.S., George Curry, D.C., Davenport ’82, and Christopher Passalacqua, D.C., Davenport ’85.
Devin Bossard on stage with projector screen behind him

Since it was founded in the early 1980s, the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF) has acted as a liaison between Palmer students and the alumni they will soon join in the chiropractic profession. Today, PSAF continues to interact with alumni from the Davenport, West and Florida campuses, who are willing to give students a first-hand view of what it takes to be successful chiropractors.

While PSAF is a student-governed and student-centered organization, it is supported by the College’s Alumni Office and has a staff or faculty advisor from the Alumni Office on each campus. Just as all Palmer graduates are automatically members of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Alumni Association, students are automatically part of PSAF and free to take advantage of all of the benefits the program offers.

“I love working with the students,” says Assistant Alumni Director Lisa Walden, who is the PSAF advisor at the Davenport Campus, noting that students involved in PSAF are often the future leaders of the profession.

“I love their eagerness and passion for the profession,” she says. “They are not yet entrenched in certain ways of doing things and are so open to ideas, and so excited about the hope of helping their future patients.”

One of the most popular activities that PSAF holds are Spizz Night events where motivational speakers come on campus to energize students about the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic—just as B.J. Palmer did through his Spizzerinctum gatherings. Students also have the chance to meet with vendors, talk to other student organizations and enjoy dinner—all for free.

PSAF gives students a real-world taste of what it is like to work in a successful practice through clinic tours held by alumni. During these visits, students are able to interact with practicing chiropractors, ask questions, observe hands-on demonstrations and get a feel for how to organize a practice.

For long-term guidance, PSAF has a variety of mentorship programs, such as the long-standing Adopt-A-Class program, in which an alumnus becomes a mentor to a trimester or quarter of their choice. Students can also be part of groups that are supported by sponsors.

“It is important to continually remind students of the goal of their studies,” says Ms. Walden. “PSAF provides periodic reminders of the big picture through their Spizz Nights, Clinic Tours and opportunities to interact with alumni. PSAF also provides students venues to broaden their exposure to the profession, as well as programs that allow alumni to give back to the College in a meaningful way.”

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