Twenty-one graduates received their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus Summer Quarter 2012 commencement on Sept. 7 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Nadine Brinton (Ukiah, Calif.) and Dustin Kalynchuk (Edmonton, Alb., Canada) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, with Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) honors.
Irene Namsa (San Jose, Calif.) graduated with Cum Laude (3.50-3.69) academic honors.
Brinton and Kalynchuk 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) in each of the 13 quarters they attended Palmer’s West Campus.
Prior to the presentation of her commencement address, Ms. Brinton was also recognized for her five years of military service in Iraq. The former Russian linguist and convoy driver, who initiated her chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus in 2009, is in the process of writing a book about her military experience, in which she credits chiropractic care for literally changing her life by providing relief from perpetual pain.
All three 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.
Curtis Rindal (Mount Vernon, Wash.) received the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award as well as the Student Fellow 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.”
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.”
In addition to the two formal awards he received, Rindal’s graduation day also was a memorable experience by having his father, Dr. Jeff Rindal, and brothers, Dr. Brian Rindal and Dr. Kevin Rindal, participate in the presentation of his diploma.
Irene Namsa also 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.
Michael Larson (Meridian, Ind.) received a special award in recognition of serving two terms as an executive officer of the West Campus Sports Council.
Brinton and Larson also 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.
Paul Kaminski, Jr. (St. Joseph, Mich.) and Jasdeep Sahota (Calgary, Alb., Canada) received awards for serving as executive officers of the West Campus Associated Student Government.
Dr. Peter Martin, current president at Palmer’s Florida Campus, who previously served as president of the West Campus, presented the commencement address, “Onward and Upward.” Dr. Martin, a past president of the California Chiropractic Association who maintained a private practice in southern California for nearly 10 years, has served as a faculty and/or administrator at all three Palmer campuses during a distinguished chiropractic career that spans more than four decades.