The exhibit hall featured a variety of products from top vendors.
From left are Standard Process representatives Isham Mercure
and Alan Barrier, and current student Brandon Bond.
During the first three days of March, the Florida Campus was
alive with the Homecoming theme of Vision 2020: Planning for
the Future. This year, Homecoming included the dedication of
a third building, named the Standard Process Student Center,
made possible largely due to the generosity of donors Charles
DuBois (president of Standard Process Inc.), Dr. Michael
Chance and his family, and the Dharma Foundation (in honor
of grateful patient Michael Singer).
“The Standard Process Student Center is a welcomed
addition to both the students and the employees at Palmer.
The new building features a larger bookstore and café,
patio seating overlooking the lake, and walls of glass with
a view of our beautiful campus. It has given the Palmer
community a renewed sense of pride,” says Melissa Lingo,
director of Student Services for the Florida Campus.
The first general session of Homecoming featured Chancellor
Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., who shared his vision for Palmer
College in the new student center’s convocation hall.
Many in the audience beamed with pride as they looked
out over the campus, which served as the perfect backdrop
for “looking toward the future.” The inspiration continued into
the next day’s general session when Palmer Board of Trustees
Member William Morgan, D.C., West ’85, delivered powerful
messages and shared personal life experiences in his presentation
titled “The Value of Living an Inspired Life.”
Students choosing sessions to attend at Florida Homecoming.
Breakout sessions focused on rehabilitation and therapeutic
exercise, orthopedic and concussion testing and evaluation
for D.C.s, clinical imaging, Medicare compliance, health
and wellness tools, sports chiropractic and practice building.
The exhibit hall featured products from event sponsors, such
as NCMIC; Standard Process; Performance Health, Inc.;
Myo-Vision; and Anabolic Labs.
Prospective students and their guests, like
these two, learned about Palmer at the
Prospective Student Event.
Friday’s special events included the Five-Year Reunion, the
ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Standard Process Student
Center, the kick-off for the Florida Capital Campaign (which
included remarks from Florida Campus President Peter Martin,
D.C., Davenport ’68, Dr. Marchiori, Mr. Charles DuBois and
Florida Campus Student-Centered Campaign Co-Chairs Drs.
Michael Chance, Frank Gingras, Jr., and Susan Welsh) and the
President’s Reception, featuring scholarship awards and the induction
of Dr. William Morgan as a Fellow of the Palmer Academy
of Chiropractic. Dr. Morgan has served as a Board member since
2006, and is the clinical department head of the Chiropractic
Clinic at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. The weekend culminated
with the Saturday Night Finale, which was held on both floors of the new student center,
complete with hors d’oeuvres, wine pairings, flaming deserts and a Las Vegas illusionist.
Building Dedication Highlights
2012 Florida Campus Homecoming
Ribbon-cutters, from left: Dr. Trevor Ireland; Myron McCall, Perry-McCall Construction,
Inc.; Ms. Vickie Palmer; Dr. Dennis Marchiori; Mayor Allen Green; Dr. Troy Tatum; Mr.
Charles DuBois; Jesse Hodges; Robert Lee, Palmer Vice Chancellor for Advancement;
Greg Gowey, Scholtz Gowey Gere Marolf Architects & Interior Design; Andy Sexton,
Hunton Brady Architects; Dr. Peter Martin; and George Bertish, Florida Campus
Director of Institutional Support.
Addressing those gathered for the dedication of the new student center, Florida
Campus President Dr. Peter Martin proclaimed, “Good evening. Isn’t this a beautiful
building? This building was built for the students. It is a place for gathering, for
dining, for teaching and learning, and a place to just sit and think.” Community
leaders, students, faculty and staff joined Palmer’s Board of Trustees and distinguished
guests in the Dr. Royal Lee Courtyard as the ribbon was cut opening the brand new
Standard Process Student Center.
Participants in the building dedication and ribbon-cutting
included, from left, Dr. Dennis Marchiori, Dr. Peter Martin, Ms.
Vickie Palmer, Mr. Charles DuBois and Dr. Trevor Ireland.
The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony featured Dr. Martin,
Dr. Marchiori, Palmer Board of Trustees Chairman Trevor Ireland,
D.C., Palmer Board of Trustees Officer and great-granddaughter
of D.D. Palmer Ms. Vickie Palmer, City of Port Orange Mayor
Mr. Allen Green, Standard Process President Mr. Charles DuBois,
Florida Campus Faculty Member Troy Tatum, D.C., and Jesse
Hodges, president of the Campus Guides.
“We are committed to enhancing the campus environment for our
current and future students, which will support their overall educational
experiences at Palmer College,” says Dr. Marchiori. “This
investment is all about ensuring continued success in our academic
and student programs.”
The new Standard Process Student Center.
The Standard Process Student Center will provide flexible room
formats suitable for student assemblies, large group seating, final
examination testing, annual Homecoming activities and other
campus events. It also will accommodate a relocated and expanded
food service area and the Campus Bookstore.
Dr. Martin expressed his appreciation on behalf of the entire
Palmer College family in thanking Mr. Charles DuBois and
Standard Process for their leadership gift in naming the new building
as well as the Dr. Royal Lee Courtyard.
Standard Process President Charles DuBois, who was named the
2011 Humanitarian of the Year by the American Chiropractic
Association, says, “Student centers are often the heart of life on
campus and they enhance the spirit of collegiality. Being in a position
to support this project is rewarding because it’s a meaningful
way we can help the healthcare professionals of tomorrow.”
Michael Chance, D.C., Davenport ’78, and a third generation
Palmer chiropractor, was recognized for the Chance Family
donation in funding the new Campus Bookstore. Dr. Chance
is a long-standing member of Palmer’s Presidents Club and a
Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. He is a member
of the Florida Chiropractic Association Board of Directors and is
actively involved in the Mid-Florida Chiropractic Society, which
provides annual scholarships to Florida Campus students.
Alumni and friends enjoying Homecoming
are, from left: Dr. Frank Gingras, Jr.; Ms.
Marion Staples, donor; Dr. Michelle Gingras,
Florida Campus faculty clinician and daughter
of Dr. Frank Gingras; and Dr. Melissa
Ferranti, Florida Campus faculty clinician.
Following the ceremony, the evening’s guests were invited to a
tour and reception in the new Standard Process Student Center,
which officially opened on March 5.