Palmer College’s West Campus recently hosted “Palmerpalooza 2013,” its annual summertime recruitment event, which brought approximately 150 guests – including 70 prospective students -- to San Jose for an event-filled weekend of social activities, interactive classroom sessions and informative presentations featuring West faculty, staff, students, administrators and alumni.
In addition to California, Palmerpalooza guests ventured from 12 other states (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington) as well as three Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec).
Palmerpalooza 2013 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, Casino Night guests exchanged their gaming “chips” for tickets to enter drawings for a variety of prizes, including a Keurig coffee maker, a Memorex universal charging speaker, a Wii video game console, a Palmer Bookstore gift card, a Target gift card, among other prizes.
The Saturday portion of the program opened with a welcome by Bill Meeker, D.C., West Campus president. Palmer College Senior Director of Admissions Recruitment Julie Behn discussed the value of a Palmer education, followed by a summary of Palmer financial aid services by Brenda Alvarez, West Campus Financial Planning manager.
After enjoying morning refreshments, guests toured the campus and attended interactive classroom sessions and clinical demonstrations presented by members of the faculty, including: Andrew Allen, D.C., Roseann Berg, D.C., Makani Lew, D.C., Greg Snow, D.C., Susan St. Claire, D.C., and Russ Wilson.
Following lunch, guests reconvened in the Library for a special panel presentation that featured clinical-practice perspectives from West Campus alumni Daniel Lord, D.C. (’09), David Paris, D.C. (’01), Brant Pedersen, D.C. (’04), and Lisa Stein, D.C. (’88).
“Palmerpalooza is one of our biggest recruitment events of the year, and, once again, I think we presented a program that provided prospective students with a multi-faceted experience, which demonstrated why Palmer is the trusted leader in chiropractic education,” said Ms. Behn. “A common theme expressed by our guests was an appreciation for the enthusiasm and passion of the people they met throughout the day. I think that speaks to the passion and pride shared by members of the West Campus community, and I want to extend a big thanks to the administrators, faculty, staff and current students who helped make the day a great success.”
“I thought it was a great program,” said Carlos Dominques, a prospective student from New Jersey. “All the people I met, from the students to the doctors, all seem very passionate about the school and about chiropractic, and that made a really good impression.”
“One of the things I like best about this school is the strong sports emphasis,” said Jonathan Girmatzion, a prospective student visiting from Washington. “I was really happy to see the sports group providing care, because it allowed me to get a real, personal first-hand perspective, and to talk with current students who share similar career goals. They were all very energetic and excited about being at Palmer.”
“I salute Julie Behn and her staff for presenting another West Campus Palmerpalooza event that was exciting and informative from start to finish,” said Dr. Meeker. “From the fun of Casino Night, to the interactive classroom sessions, to the Sports Council team that set up their event tent to provide care, to the alumni panel members who expressed their pride of being Palmer graduates, I think prospective students got a real taste of the unique features of the West Campus program, and, equally important, the people who bring that program to life each day with pride, passion and purpose.”
The next major West Campus prospective student event will take place during Homecoming 2014, the weekend of May 2-4.
Photo 1: A prospective student picks up his packet at the registration table.
Photo 2: Dr. Meeker speaks to the guests during Palmerpalooza.