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West Campus Homecoming 2013 radiates with energy, enthusiasm, excitement

5/13/2013 (Archived)

General photo gallery 

President's Reception 

Saturday Night Gala 

 West Campus Guides at Homecoming 2013Photo: The current Campus Guides on Palmer's West Campus welcome everyone back to campus during Homecoming 2013. 

For the second straight year, the West Campus Homecoming (May 3-5) generated another stellar turnout, with approximately 400 people attending the collective events. And the only thing hotter than the energy, excitement and enthusiasm that radiated among the doctors, students and other guests throughout the three-day event was the 90-degree weather that brought toasty temperatures throughout northern California–although news that the College has renewed the West Campus lease at 90 E. Tasman Drive for at least another 10 years was also warmly received!

“I was exceedingly pleased with the enthusiastic response to our Homecoming event this year; the speaker program was great, and the energy level was just wonderful to experience,” said William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., West Campus president.

Three days of seminars, featuring some of the most renowned leaders in the profession, provided doctors with the opportunity to earn up to 20 hours of CEUs. Among the highlights of this year’s West Campus Homecoming were the two general sessions that featured Scott Haldeman, M.D., D.C., Ph.D., and Howard Wasdin, D.C.

Dr. Haldeman spoke about “Chiropractic Identity and Practice in the Era of Evidence Based Healthcare”, and how all health care professions and practitioners have to rethink their practice model to fit into the new reality. 

Dr. Wasdin, a former Navy Seal, inspired the audience with his compelling tale of how chiropractic care enabled him to regain a quality of life after his injuries in the Battle of Mogadishu left him in constant pain, and unable to sleep – and how his personal benefits from chiropractic care inspired him to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.

West Campus Homecoming 2013 speakers also included: Spencer Baron, D.C.; Craig Buhler, D.C.; Tammi Clark, D.C.; Robert Cooperstein, D.C.; Ed Cremata, D.C.; Rebecca Fisher, D.C.; Peter Fysh, D.C.; Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D.; Gary Jacob, M.P.H., D.C.; Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR; Bill Moreau, D.C., DACBSP®; Rhonda Nelson, Ph.D.; Kelli Pearson-Weary, D.C.; Greg Snow, D.C.; Thomas Souza, D.C.; Frank Sovinsky, D.C.; John Stites, D.C., DACBR; William Updyke, D.C.; Howard Wasdin, D.C.; and Mr. John Weeks.

“This year’s Homecoming was another excellent event,” said Dr. Stacey Shulenberger (West ’01), who has attended every West Campus Homecoming since 2000. “I look forward to, and enjoy attending, Homecoming each year. It’s not about the CE; it’s about the camaraderie of reconnecting with former classmates, and interacting with fellow alumni from other graduation years.”

“To me, Homecoming is like a family reunion,” said Dr. Jorn Jensen, West ’94. “Each year you come back to see old friends, and make new acquaintances. I’d much rather attend seminars here at the campus, seated next to people with whom I’m familiar. It’s easier to engage in conversations with other alumni, regardless of their graduation year, because we all share something in common.”

Other West Campus Homecoming 2013 event highlights included:

• Alumni-reunion event: Members of the Class of 1988 reconnected and reminisced at the annual 25-year reunion dinner on Friday evening at J. Lohr Winery in San Jose. 

• Dr. Thomas Schwaninger was the ’88 alumnus who traveled the furthest to attend the reunion, venturing from Schaffhausen, Switzerland. “It was nice to see several of my old classmates, and to see more of the campus,” said Dr. Schwaninger, who attended his first West Campus Homecoming since 2003. “Last time, the seminars were in a hotel. I enjoyed being on the new campus; it’s very impressive. And it was nice to see some of my old teachers are still here, and teaching with the same spirit.”

• President’s Reception: Members of the President’s Club and other guests convened in the Cafeteria for a late-afternoon reception, hosted by Dr. Bill Meeker, West Campus president, and Robert Lee, M.B.A., Palmer College vice chancellor for Advancement. In addition to assisting with the presentation of scholarship awards to several students, Dr. Meeker also informed the audience that the West Campus lease at Tasman Drive has been renewed for at least another ten years, and that a comprehensive campus-renovation project, which will include a wide range of facility enhancements (including upgrades of various existing structures, and the addition of new features that will result in a variety of improvements to the interior as well as the exterior of the building), are scheduled to begin during the upcoming summer break.

Several West Campus students received awards at the President’s Reception, including:

  • Michael Scott: Dr. Fletcher L. and Janet M. Parker Gift Scholarship; Miracles for Military; Dr. Peggy Sherman Endowed Scholarship.
  • Tomilyn Thornberry: Dr. Fletcher L. and Janet M. Parker Gift Scholarship; Performance Health-Biofreeze Gift Scholarship; and Dr. Mohan Menon Book Grant.
  • Adriana Silvestre Tobio: Dr. Fletcher L. and Janet M. Parker Gift Scholarship
  • Brandon Thomas: Dr. Peggy Sherman Endowed Scholarship

• Prospective Student Event (PSE): The West Campus Admissions Department hosted a special informational event for prospective students who have already applied to attend Palmer’s West Campus. In addition to cities throughout California, PSE guests also ventured from Arkansas, Michigan, New York, and Canada to attend the program.

The PSE featured student, staff, administrative and faculty speakers who provided an overview of the Palmer program, and the academic, clinical and extracurricular components unique to the West Campus experience.

The program also included a special Alumni Panel, featuring West Campus graduates Daniel Lord, D.C. (’08), chiropractor at the Facebook health center on their main campus in Menlo Park, Calif.; David Paris, D.C. (’01), chiropractor at the VA health center in Redding, Calif., and chief financial officer of the California Chiropractic Association (CCA); and Dr. Sherry McAllister, a past West faculty member, who served as ASG president as a West student, and now maintains a practice in the nearby community of Willow Glenn.

The next major prospective student event on the West Campus is the annual PalmerPalooza program, which takes place July 19-20.

• Saturday Night Gala: The signature social event of the weekend was the Saturday evening dinner-dancing event at the Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara. Approximately 300 guests attended the sold-out event that filled the Marriott’s grand ballroom. And for the second year in a row, guests filled up the dance floor to the sounds of “So Timeless.”

• Sports Council “Jam Fest”: The West Campus Sports Council hosted “Jam Fest” on Friday evening at the Sports Page Bar & Grill in Mountain View. The fundraiser featured musical performances by various West students, and the opportunity to enjoy the balmy weather by taking advantage of various outdoor recreational activities, including the beach-volleyball court. In addition to “Jam Fest” event ticket sales, the Council also generated funds from the sale of tickets to enter a drawing for an autographed San Jose Sharks jersey – won by West Campus student Kale Ptacek at the Saturday night gala. The West Campus “Palmer Pride” ice hockey team also had a fundraiser drawing for an autographed San Jose Sharks jersey – won by West Campus student Samantha Jennings (also presented at the gala event).

• Exhibitors and sponsors: West Campus Homecoming 2013 sponsors included: NCMIC, Performance Health, and Standard Process. Other exhibitors included ACA Sports Council; Activator Methods International, Ltd.; Acuwave Healthcare Solutions; AmergingMedical.com; BioGenesis Nutraceuticals, Inc.; Biophotas, Inc.; California Chiropractic Association (CCA); Demand Force; Foot Levelers, Inc.; Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP); and Protocol for Life Balance.