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Advancing chiropractic through philanthropy, service and leadership

Fall 2018

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One Year Later: Fitness Moves to the Next Level at the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

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The main campus dedicated the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center in August 2017. Thanks to generous gifts from alumni and friends of the College, the 46,000 sq. ft. facility has become an activity hub with rave reviews from students, faculty and staff.

"It’s given me the opportunity to offer more during our functional fitness classes," says Marisa Baumann, a ninth-trimester student and fitness instructor, "While we take care of others, it’s imperative that we take care of ourselves and our new facility has provided the perfect place to do that."

"The addition of the Bittner Center has been wonderful for the education at Palmer," says Thomas Dace, main campus student. "It's state-of-the-art, innovative and has anything a fitness enthusiast can ask for at the convenience of being at school."


The Bittner Center was renovated from June 2016 to Aug. 2017, to attract new students to the main campus and provide students, faculty and staff a premier space for physical fitness. The addition of this facility was only possible with the generosity of alumni and friends who believed students deserved the very best in every aspect of chiropractic education.

Campus - clinic gardens at dusk

Center Highlights:

  • Students, faculty, staff and their families use the Bittner Center free of charge
  • All cardio equipment is equipped with Internet, Dish TV and Preva
  • The north end houses a full-scale “plate” weight-lifting area
  • The east end of the lower level features traditional machines with weight stacks
  • There are two group-fitness rooms and an outdoor workout area
  • One of the fitness rooms is digital and features virtual workouts on a 70-inch monitor

Bittner center - basketball courts

R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center Donors:

  • Mr. R. Richard Bittner and the Bechtel
  • Trusts and Foundation
  • Anonymous gift in memory of
  • Dr. Charles Saigh, Jr.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael and Sandra Chance
  • Dr. Donna Craft and Mr. Marty Godin
  • Dr. and Mrs. Kevin and Joanne Cunningham
  • Dr. and Mrs. Todd and Renee Curzie
  • Dr. Charles J. Keller
  • Mr. Kenneth Koupal and Mr. Tom Kersting
  • Ms. Lynne Lindstrom
  • Dr. and Mrs. Dennis and Cheryl Marchiori
  • Mr. and Mrs. James and Penny O’Connor
  • Dr. Ross V. Stokes
  • Mr. Thomas Tiemeier
  • Drs. Donna and Paul VanDuyne
  • Estes Construction

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