Chiropractic Identity

Chiropractic Identity

Defining who we are for health care
Fall 2012

Davenport Campus

Homecoming 2012 enlightens, motivates and reconnects

From thought-provoking general sessions and continuing education workshops to reunions and other special events, there was something for everyone at this year’s Davenport Campus Homecoming Aug. 9-11. Special events included celebrations of the renovated B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence Courtyard and retired professor Gilbert Schmiedel, D.C.’s 48 years of teaching at Palmer, plus the first-ever PSAF Student/ Alumni Bowling Night fundraiser.
Increasing cultural authority through Palmer’s identity

attendee holding homecoming program

During Thursday’s Opening Session, Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. (Davenport ’90), presented on the purpose for the development of Palmer’s new identity statement and supporting documents.

“First, Palmer is not in an identity crisis or mission drift,” says Dr. Marchiori. “We know who we are and what we do— it’s chiropractic. However, we sense there is confusion about chiropractic in the marketplace. What’s needed is a strong message grounded in reality that will increase a person’s intrinsic motivation to act. This generation’s challenge is to increase the market for chiropractic from eight percent of the population that currently sees a chiropractor annually.”

Developed over the past three years and approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2012, Palmer’s Identity Statement positions a chiropractor as: The primary care professional for spinal health and well-being. This statement is supported by the Chiropractic Pillars and other documents developed during the three-year identity process: Mission, Vision, Values, Philosophy Statement and Practice Paradigm. All are available on the Palmer website at (Read more in our "cover story" section)

Dr. Dan Weinert: Macronutrients in health and disease

Palmer’s Davenport Campus Provost Dan Weinert, D.C., M.S., DACRB (Davenport ’96) discussed the role of macronutrients in health and disease. Macronutrients—carbohydrate, fat and protein—can be agents that facilitate health or promote disease. What role they take largely depends upon the state of the body they enter.

Dr. Weinert contrasted carbohydrate intake after exercise versus carbohydrate intake during a fed, non-exercise state. The same macronutrient, carbohydrate, will enter muscle during the post-exercise state and be stored as glycogen, literally burning fat in the process. In stark contrast, carbohydrate intake when the non-exercised muscle is full results in the liver converting the carbohydrate into fat. Dr. Weinert stressed that skeletal muscle is responsible for 90% of glucose clearance. Muscle does this when we lower glycogen (stored glucose) concentrations through exercise. He went on to discuss how and why cells become insulin resistant. He explained that this is the cell’s best attempt to deal with less than ideal circumstances.

Throughout the presentation, Dr. Weinert stressed that the body is innately intelligent, yet we sometimes choose to expose the body to harsh circumstances. He explained that the simple answer is to eat and exercise in moderation, therefore allowing macronutrients to be agents of health.

Dr. Frank Sovinsky: Reclaiming the chiropractic dream

Noted chiropractic author and speaker Frank Sovinsky, D.C. (Davenport ’81), presented during Saturday’s General Session. “I want chiropractic to be more relevant in today’s health care … to be front and center in today’s talk of health care reform,” says Dr. Sovinsky. “What we are lacking (as chiropractors) is a call to action. It’s not a call to battle (against the medical community). It’s a call to learning—how to act differently and more productively.”

“The Palmers are reformers, and you are reformers,” he adds. “Remember why you went to school. Remember, patient-centered care is not getting the patient centered on chiropractic, but us getting centered on them.”

Alumni Luncheon features Standard Process President Charles DuBois and induction of four new Fellows

Emceed by Executive Director for Alumni Mickey Burt, D.C. (Davenport ’73), the Alumni Luncheon featured a keynote address from Standard Process Inc. President Charles DuBois, as well as the induction of four new Fellows into the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.

Mr. DuBois spoke about his company’s corporate wellness program and how it has benefited Standard Process employees since its inception in 1997. “We’ve established a corporate wellness program that has chiropractic as the absolute center,” he says. “Chiropractors are the primary care providers of our wellness program.”

Following the keynote presentation, four individuals were inducted as Fellows in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. They were Mr. Charles Dubois; Leigh Elceser, D.C. (Davenport ’94), Pontiac, Mich.; J Edward Hartley, D.C. (Davenport ’92), St. Augustine, Fla.; and William Heath Quigley, D.C. (receiving a posthumous award), who passed away in 2006.

Career Fair held during Homecoming

The Palmer Center for Business Development (PCBD) hosted its annual Career Fair during Homecoming. The purpose of the Career Fair was to connect employers with current students looking for associateships after graduation. Of the 44 participating job seekers, some were alumni, too.

Twelve potential employers from seven states (Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky) had booths during the fair and gave the job seekers an opportunity to learn about their chiropractic job offerings as well as hone their interviewing skills.

“It was interesting and educational to hear about the qualities, qualifications and endorsements that each business is looking for from each candidate,” says PCBD Student Ambassador David Adamson.

Heritage Wall anniversary celebration at HES luncheon

Decades have passed, but the vision still continues. During this year’s Heritage Endowment Society luncheon, members, guests and student scholarship recipients celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the dedication of the Heritage Endowment Wall.

Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., welcomed and thanked four of the 15 new members inducted into the Society. In attendance were: Cheryl Crawford, D.C. (Davenport ’91); Kevin Cunningham, D.C., Ph.C. (Davenport ’88 and vice chancellor for Student Services); Matthew Walker, D.C. (Davenport ’08), accepting on behalf of the Dr. David D. Palmer Athletic Trust; and Mr. Perry Hintze accepting on behalf of Ryan & Associates, Inc.

Kirk Steketee, D.C. (Davenport ’75), one of the original Heritage Endowment Wall donors, reminisced about that day 30 years ago, thanked the members in attendance and encouraged them to talk about their investment in Palmer College with colleagues and friends.

Leah Hetebrueg, a 5th trimester student and recipient of the Drs. Lulu McLeod Stevenson Memorial Scholarship, the Dr. George E.O. and Tabea Moellendorf Endowed Scholarship, along with the Vogt Leadership Society scholarship, thanked Society members for their leadership, vision and support of Palmer College, especially the students. Ms. Hetebrueg spoke on behalf of the many other student scholarship recipients in the room.

To view a full list of the new Heritage Endowment Society members or to learn more about the Society, go to

‘Tip Your Hat to Dr. Schmiedel’

A reception honoring recently retired professor Gilbert Schmiedel, D.C. (Davenport ’59), was held Friday night. Dr. Schmiedel was a faculty member for 48 years, serving Palmer College and its students from 1963 to 2011. He also served as the faculty advisor to the Student Council for many years. The reception was hosted by the Development Office, and Chancellor Dr. Dennis Marchiori thanked and acknowledged Dr. Schmiedel for his many years of service.

A silent auction was held featuring the hats Student Council members made over the years for Dr. Schmiedel to wear during the annual Courtyard Party and Talent Show. More than $2,100 was raised and will go toward the Student Council Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Alumni and students bowl for PSAF scholarships

The new Palmer Student Alumni Foundation (PSAF) Student/ Alumni Bowling Night during Homecoming was a “huge success,” according to Lisa Walden, assistant director for Alumni. More than 300 people participated, and several alumni sponsored teams. The PSAF Bowling Night was held Friday at the Blackhawk Bowl and Martini Lounge, located in downtown Davenport’s newly remodeled Blackhawk Hotel.

“Everyone had a fantastic time,” says Ms. Walden. “It was a fun way to bring our students and alumni together, and we’re now well on our way to building a $50,000 endowed PSAF scholarship!”

The corporate sponsors of the event were DC Mentors (whose CEO is Frank Sovinsky, D.C.), Integrative Therapeutics and Schofield Management Services (CEO Fred Schofield, D.C., Davenport ’81). The event also had more than 25 donors.

Homecoming 2012 PSE

Palmer’s Davenport Campus hosted 176 prospective students and their guests on Friday, Aug. 10, during the annual Homecoming Prospective Student Event (PSE). The Admissions Department hosted the event, which provided guests with a full day of interactive experiences across the campus.

Guests visited the Radiology and Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury departments, the anatomy labs, and the technique and diagnosis classrooms. They had the chance to see digital X-rays, inspect specimens, and palpate one another in search of cervical vertebrae.

Students also enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria and spent the afternoon participating in a variety of activities, including meeting with Admissions and Financial Aid representatives; taking a bus tour of the Quad Cities; touring the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence; and learning about the Clinic Abroad Program and the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. The day ended with a reception in the AHC Atrium.

Little Bit O’ Philosophy

Kirk Steketee, D.C. (Davenport ’75), and Rob Sinnott, D.C., LCP, DPHCS (Davenport ’89), brought a Little Bit O’ Philosophy to the Residence Courtyard on Thursday night of Homecoming. Master of Ceremonies Roger Hynes, D.C. (Davenport ’98), Technique, introduced the speakers and acted as auctioneer for donated items. There were approximately 60 people at the event, and a number of alumni who weren’t able to attend sponsored the admission for current students. Funds raised will be used to build the new fountain in the Courtyard.

Presidents Club Reception

Approximately 150 guests attended the Presidents Club Reception. Vice Chancellor for Advancement Robert E. Lee, Executive Director for Alumni Mickey Burt, D.C., Development Officer Jessica Malcheff and special guest Todd Curzie, D.C. (Davenport ’95), hosted the event.

“The Presidents Club Reception and all of Homecoming weekend was an exciting and wonderful time,” Ms. Malcheff says. “We were so pleased with how our current Presidents Club members really jumped on board with us to recruit more members. Our Presidents Club donors are our premier annual donors, and we are so grateful for their support.”

Since Homecoming, many Presidents Club members have contacted the Development Office for recruitment materials.

Reunions provide opportunities to reconnect

Dr. Dennis Marchiori enjoyed catching up with Dr. Nancy Elwartowski-Cooper (Davenport ’87) whom he knew as a student and who came to Homecoming for her 25-year reunion along with her father and several other family members. From left are: Dr. Nancy Elwartowski, Dr. Walter Elwartowski (Davenport ’62), Dr. Marchiori, and Dr. Cynthia Elwart Shaft-Toll (Davenport ’81).
Drs. Nancy Elwartowski, Walter Elwartowski, Marchiori, and Shaft-Toll

Graduates from 2002, 1987 and 1962 celebrated their 10-year, 25-year and 50-year reunions, respectively.

This year’s Homecoming was the first time the Alumni Office hosted a 10-year reunion—a barbecue in West Hall Courtyard attended by 40 guests. “It was fun for families to join one another in a casual setting for a barbecue-type meal,” says Assistant Director for Alumni Lisa Walden.

At the 25-year reunion dinner, 80 guests enjoyed the camaraderie and remarks from guest speaker Daniel Fuzer, D.C. “I haven’t been back to Palmer in several years and was amazed by all the changes,” says one of the guests, Kathleen Therkelsen, D.C. “The new additions are beautiful! The 25-year reunion and the other Homecoming events surpassed my expectations. I applaud and thank all the volunteers, staff, event planners and vendors for their exceptional job making this Homecoming truly memorable.”

President Emeritus Dr. Donald Kern was the guest speaker at the 50-year reunion brunch. One of the 60 attendees was a 1962 class valedictorian, Sheila Laws, D.C. A number of 1962 graduates brought family members to the reunion, including Walter Elwartowski, D.C., who brought six members of his family to meet his Palmer classmates.

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