Palmer College’s West Campus recently hosted “Palmerpalooza 2012,” its annual summertime prospective student event, and with this year’s program expanded to two days, guests enjoyed an an even more comprehensive weekend of social activities, interactive speaker sessions, and informative panel presentations featuring West faculty, staff, students, administrators and alumni.
For the second year in a row, the West Campus Palmerpalooza event drew nearly 120 guests, including 66 prospective students from more than a dozen states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. In addition, Palmerpalooza guests also ventured from three Canadian provinces (Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario).
Of the 66 prospective students, 24 had already submitted applications prior to attending Palmerpalooza. Of the 42 other prospective students, 23 submitted their applications by the end of the day.
Palmerpalooza 2012 kicked-off with a Friday evening of gaming fun and tasty refreshments at Casino Night, hosted by the West Campus Associated Student Government. At the end of the evening, guests turned their casino chips into raffle tickets, and entered drawings for a variety of prizes, including a Keurig coffee maker, a Barnes and Noble Nook tablet, a Wii video game console, Target gift card, among other prizes.
The Saturday portion of the program opened with a welcome by West Campus President Dr. Bill Meeker. West Campus Enrollment Director Julie Behn presented an overview of the curriculum and additional student programs, followed by a summary of Palmer financial aid services by Brenda Alvarez, West Campus Financial Assistance department manager.
After enjoying morning refreshments, Palmerpalooza guests toured the campus and attended interactive classroom sessions and clinical demonstrations presented by members of the West faculty, including: Dr. Andrew Allen, Dr. Roseann Berg, Dr. Makani Lew, Dr. Greg Snow, Dr. Thomas Souza, Dr. Susan St. Claire, and Mr. Russ Wilson.
Following a catered lunch, which served up tasty fajitas and assorted side dishes, Palmerpalooza guests reconvened in the West Campus Library for a special panel presentation that featured clinical practice perspectives from West Campus alumni Dr. Kyle Knox (’10), Dr. David Paris (’01), and Dr. Sherry McAllister (’96).
“Palmerpalooza is one of our biggest recruitment events of the year, and thanks to the collective participation by our faculty, staff, students and alumni, it has become one of our most exciting and successful events of the year,” said Ms. Behn.
“When we have participation by talented faculty who deliver the academic and clinical components of our program, along with the involvement of our dedicated support staff, the net outcome of the team effort demonstrates to prospective students how Palmer has earned its rightful place as the trusted leader in chiropractic education.”
“The 2012 Palmerpalooza was a huge success, on so many levels,” said Dr. Bill Meeker, West Campus president. “Kudos to Julie Behn and her Admissions staff. Also, I take my hat off to our faculty members who participated throughout the weekend, and to our Facilities staff who made things work. Finally, I can’t begin to thank enough all of our students, in particular, the Campus Guides, who are such outstanding models for prospective doctors of chiropractic.”
The next major West Campus prospective student event will take place during Homecoming 2013, the weekend of May 3-5.