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West Campus Homecoming 2013 radiates with energy, enthusiasm, excitement

West Campus Homecoming guests filled the grand ballroom of the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel for the Saturday evening gala dinner-dance.
Homecoming guests at dinner tables

It was another stellar turnout at the West Campus Homecoming 2013, with approximately 400 people attending events throughout the threeday program in May.

About the only thing hotter than the energy, excitement and enthusiasm that radiated among the doctors, students and other guests was the 90-degree weather. However, the news that the College had recently renewed the West Campus lease at 90 E. Tasman Dr. for at least another 10 years was warmly received.

Renowned pediatric specialist Dr. Peter Fysh discussed “Back Pain in Children: Identification of Causes and Protocols for Care” during one of the relicensure sessions.
Dr. Fysh presentation

West Homecoming 2013 featured some of the most renowned speakers in the profession, and provided doctors with the opportunity to earn up to 20 hours of CEUs. Among the highlights were the two general sessions, featuring presentations from Scott Haldeman, D.C., M.D., Ph.D., and former Navy SEAL Howard Wasdin, D.C.

“I look forward to, and enjoy attending, Homecoming each year,” says Stacey Shulenberger, West ’01, who has attended every West Campus Homecoming since 2000. “It’s not about the CE, it’s about the camaraderie of reconnecting with former classmates, and interacting with other Palmer West alumni.” Adds Jorn Jensen, D.C., West ’94: “To me, Homecoming is like a family reunion. Each year, you come back to see old friends and make new acquaintances.”

Dr. Lisa Stein (left) and Dr. Susan Marsters enjoyed looking at graduation class photos and other memorabilia at the 25-year reunion dinner for the Class of ’88.
Drs. Stein and Marsters looking at photos

Other Homecoming event highlights included the 25-year reunion dinner for the Class of ’88, held at the J. Lohr Winery. Thomas Schwaninger, D.C, was the ’88 alumnus who traveled the furthest to attend the reunion, venturing from Schaffhausen, Switzerland. “It was nice to see several of my old classmates and to see more of the campus,” he says. “Last time (2003) the seminars were in a hotel. I enjoyed being on the new campus; it’s very impressive. And it was nice to see some of my old teachers are still here and teaching with the same spirit.”

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