Twenty-one graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus Summer Quarter 2011 commencement on Sept. 9 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Christopher Krueger (East Wenatchee, Wash.) and Kathryn Schwabe (Burlington, Wisc.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, with Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00) honors.
Brandon Boothe (Merced, Calif.), Nathan Dean (White Rock, B.C., Canada), Danielle Harris-Sartin (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and Levi James Irwin (Calgary, Alberta Canada) graduated with Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) academic honors.
Sartin, Krueger and Schwabe also received Presidential Scholar Awards, which are presented to members of the graduating class who have displayed the highest level of academic achievement, by making the Deans List (with a GPA of 3.5 or above), for each of the 13 quarters they attended Palmer’s West Campus.
Adam Meisenhelder (San Jose, Calif.) graduated with Cum Laude (3.50-3.69) academic honors, and also received a special award from the West Campus Sports Council for his two terms of serving as an executive officer (president and vice president).
All of the honors graduates were also recognized for their selection as members to Palmer’s West Campus chapter of the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society, the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the chiropractic profession.
In addition to graduating with academic honors and receiving a Presidential Scholar award, Danielle Harris Sartin also earned the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award. Selected by a faculty panel, the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award recognizes a deserving graduate for his or her “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West Campus.”
Other honors graduates who earned additional awards included:
Brandon Boothe received the Clinical Excellence Award, which is presented to the graduate who has uniquely distinguished him- or herself during the internship portion of their educational experience at Palmer’s West Campus, and who has performed the tasks of the student doctor with exceptional proficiency in the following categories: patient diagnosis; chiropractic technique; radiography; and case management.
Kati Schwabe received the Student Fellow Award, which is selected by members of the graduating class, and is presented to the individual whom the class feels has uniquely distinguished him or herself by their “unselfish service and dedication to the betterment of the Palmer West experience.”
Schwabe was also recognized for serving as a member of the West Campus Guides, as well as for her service as an executive officer of the West Campus Sports Council.
In addition to Schwabe, other members of the Summer ’11 graduating class who received special awards for serving as officers of the West Campus Sports Council included: Kira Leigh-Hall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Levi Irwin, and Nathanial Williams (Iron Mountain, Mich.).
Dr. Makani Lew, West Campus associate professor, presented the innovation. Dr. Dominick Scuderi, West Campus professor, read the names of the graduates, and Dr. Richard DeSarbo, associate professor, turned the hoods.
Dr. Donald Kern, past president of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and Dr. Randy Waters, West Campus associate clinical professor, were the commencement speakers.
Dr. Kern recently retired from Palmer after 50 years of service to the College on The Fountainhead campus in Davenport, Iowa. A 1958 Palmer Davenport alumnus, Dr. Kern joined the Palmer Clinic faculty in 1960. His career culminated with an unprecedented two terms as president.
Dr. Waters has served the chiropractic profession in a variety of ways during a distinguished 35-year career. He’s maintained private practices in Colorado and California; has served as executive director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; and for the past six years has mentored hundreds of future doctors as a full-time clinician at the West Campus-based Palmer Chiropractic Clinic in San Jose.