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West Campus SACA chapter receives multiple awards at Fall Business Meeting

10/26/2011 (Archived)

The student chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA) at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus received multiple awards and honors at the annual SACA Fall Business Meeting, Oct. 15-16, hosted by Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Much of the two-day meeting focused on proposals related to SACA’s participation in the annual National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC), which provides student and doctor ACA members the opportunity to meet with elected officials on Capitol Hill each February in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the election of a new National SACA executive board, the Fall Business Meeting concludes with a dinner banquet, which includes the presentation of individual as well as campus chapter awards and honors.

West students who received special awards included: Stephanie Johnson, Excellence in Leadership; and Baljinder Gill and Beth Wisniewski, Outstanding Service awards. The West Chapter was presented with the “Most Improved” award, for which past West SACA President Aimee Carroll received special recognition.

The Excellence in Leadership award is selected by the SACA Committee chair, co-chairs, and advisers each year to “recognize student leaders who demonstrate great leadership on a national level.” The Outstanding Service awards are selected by National SACA officers and presented to SACA members who demonstrate great service to SACA nationally and at their campus.

Gill was recognized for his work on the 2011 SACA Idol committee, the NCLC social event planning, and NCLC business meeting breakout sessions. Wisniewski was honored for her extensive work with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) and the chiropractic chapter of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Johnson, who served as National SACA chair for the 2010-2011 term, and is the past chair of the SACA American Public Health Association chapter, also received a $2,500 American Chiropractic Foundation (ACF) scholarship. The ACF program recognizes academic excellence, and presents two $2,500 and five $1,000 scholarships.

Gill also was appointed as the 2011-2012 National SACA Legislative vice chair, marking the third time in the past four years that a West student has served in a National SACA position. As a result of his appointment, Gill steps out of his role as the West Campus SACA president, which will be assumed by Amanda Dluzniewski, who previously served as vice president.

“It was a great weekend for our chapter, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a Palmer West student,” said Gill, who in addition to serving as the West Campus SACA president also is a member of the West Campus Guides student volunteer organization.

“There’s a tradition at the West Campus of student involvement in our professional associations at the state and national level. This speaks to the passion and dedication that West students have to get involved, to have an active voice in the discussion, and to ‘make a difference’ in the future of the profession.”

“Palmer’s West Campus has been a standout SACA chapter over the past year,” said Dr. Michele Maiers, D.C., MPH, one of two national SACA advisers, who serves as associate dean of research at Northwestern Health Sciences University

“In addition to being a positive presence on campus, and a model chapter for other schools, individual members have shown tremendous leadership chairing committees and activities on a national level. As advisers to SACA, we are thrilled to continue to work closely with Stephanie as the immediate past chair, and look forward to Baljinder’s contribution to the national executive board for 2011-12.”