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Alumni reconnect at Homecoming

A highlight of the Alumni Luncheon was the induction of five new Fellows in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic. They were: Kevin Cunningham, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Student Affairs; Glenda Foy, D.C., Aledo, Ill.; Thomas Souza, D.C., DACBSP, dean of Academic Affairs, West Campus; Paul VanDuyne, D.C., president of KJWW Engineering, Quad Cities, and Palmer Board of Trustees member; and Wayne Wolfson, D.C., Orlando, Fla.
5 new fellows standing on stage

About 1,200 alumni, guests, faculty, staff and current students, including 104 prospective students, gathered for three days of continuing education from the best minds in chiropractic, plus fun, food and networking at Palmer’s Davenport Campus Homecoming 2013 Aug. 8-10.

Keynote sessions included Palmer Chancellor Dr. Dennis Marchiori, talking about the importance of connecting with your “Palmer tribe” and ways of reconnecting with Palmer that will benefit you, your practice and the profession. Keynote presenter and former Navy SEAL turned chiropractor Howard Wasdin, D.C., inspired the audience through his stories of being a Navy SEAL and member of the elite SEAL Team Six, and how those experiences led him to his current way of life as a chiropractor.

William Moreau, D.C., CCSP, discussed the difference chiropractic makes for Olympic athletes in his keynote presentation. Dr. Moreau is the managing director of sports medicine for the United States Olympic Committee, where he leads the team of health professionals caring for our Olympic athletes. The athletes demand chiropractic care, Dr. Moreau says. “The U.S. is the only country in the world that has a chiropractor at the head of its Olympic medical team,” he adds. “It’s because it’s athlete-driven.”

At the alumni luncheon, a capacity crowd filled the Vickie Anne Palmer Hall ballroom and heard speeches from Palmer Student Alumni Foundation President Kristina Bemis and Palmer Board of Trustees member Michael Chance, D.C., Davenport ’78. “All of us should be carrying a torch for chiropractic,” Dr. Chance says. “We need to take the torch from Davenport, where it all started, to our homes and practices everywhere.”

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