Twelve graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus Spring Quarter 2013 commencement on June 7 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Lindsay Alcock (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and Annie Kushner (Sierra Vista, Ariz.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, with Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0) and Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) honors, respectively.
Alcock and Kushner each 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) in each of the 13 quarters they attended Palmer’s West Campus.
They 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.
Alcock, a two-time Olympian who competed as a member of the Canadian teams in the ’02 and ’06 Winter Games (in the sledding sport of “skeleton”), also received the Clinical Excellence Award.
This honor 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.
In addition to her academic honors and clinic award, Alcock also received the Student Fellow Award. Selected by members of the graduating class, the Student Fellow Award is presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of her class, college and profession.”
Justin Brame (York, Penn.) received the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award, which is selected by a faculty panel, and 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.”
William Holdsworth (Sparta, New Jersey) and Jeffrey Payne (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) earned special awards for serving as members of the West Campus Guides, a volunteer group of students who conduct campus tours for prospective students and assist at major College events.
Holdsworth and Payne also earned awards for their service as officers of the West Campus Sports Council, the largest and most active student sports-chiropractic organization.
Dr. Peggy Sherman, a 1982 Palmer Davenport graduate who was a member of the West Campus faculty for more than 15 years (while also maintaining a practice), presented the commencement address, “Handroids, Bumps and Oysters—The Pursuit of a Passion!”
In 1987, Dr. Sherman began donating her teaching salary toward the establishment of an endowment program for West Campus students. The first two scholarships were presented in 1993, and since then, Dr. Sherman’s endowment has awarded $32,000 in awards to more than three dozen West Campus students.