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Winter/Spring 2007


West Campus Homecoming marks 25 years of graduates

Members of the inaugural West Campus class at Homecoming include, front row, from left, Judith Thurber, D.C.; Kathryn Riley, D.C.; Marlene Lehr-Perry, D.C.; Patrick Trimble, D.C.; and Dean Yon, D.C. Back row, from left, Floyd Minana, D.C.; Scot DeVoss, D.C.; Merlyn Green, D.C.; Tom Mooney, D.C.; and Jon Mintz, D.C.
Ten members of west inaugural class

For the second year in a row, the West Campus Homecoming commemorated a silver anniversary. While last year’s Homecoming celebrated the 25 years since Palmer’s West Campus was founded, the 2006 program commemorated the 25-year reunion of its inaugural classes. Nearly 300 guests attended events held Oct. 6-7.

“The enthusiasm that was experienced throughout the entire weekend was fantastic,” said Stacey Wiley, College Events manager, whose staff includes Heather Starr, program and EXPO coordinator, and Pamela Landers-Kundel, administrative assistant. “Speakers representing all three Palmer campuses had session rooms that were filled, the hypnotist on Friday night generated a lot of laughter, and on Saturday evening we discovered there are some really awesome dancers at the West Campus.”

YanYan Li, D.C., West ’06, left, dances with and pelvic blocks. West Campus Library Assistant Sheri Courtney
Dr. YanYan Li dances with Sheri Courtney

“The 25th anniversary of our first graduating classes was celebrated in grand style, and it was nice to have so many alumni from the classes of ’81 turn out for the special reunion luncheon,” said Peter Martin, D.C., who has served as president of both the West and Florida campuses. With Dr. Bill Meeker now president of the West Campus, Dr. Martin now serves exclusively as president of Palmer’s Florida Campus.

A special luncheon was held in honor of members of the classes of 1981. “It was great to see so many of my former classmates, all of whom shared a common goal and worked so hard to help make that dream come to fruition,” said Judith Thurber, D.C., a 1981 graduate.

The West Campus Homecoming also featured a prospective student event. Most of the nearly two dozen attendees were from California, but guests traveled from as far as Hawaii and Georgia.

With the exception of the Saturday evening gala, all other West Campus Homecoming activities took place on the Tasman Drive campus in San Jose. The dinner/ dance banquet, which was preceded by a special reunion reception for the Classes of ’81,’86, ’91, ’96 and ’01, took place at the Santa Clara Hyatt Hotel.

EXPO exhibitors included 10 vendors who all donated prizes for the Casino Night drawings. Scrip, Inc., and NCMIC, Inc., also sponsored the refreshment breaks. Student Kevin Dielman had the lucky ticket for the grand prize package, donated by Lloyd Tables, which included a portable adjusting table, a block board and pelvic blocks.

West Campus Professor Robert Cooperstein, M.A., D.C., presented “Assessing and Adjusting the Four Spinal Transitional Areas” during the first round of relicensure sessions.
Dr. Robert Cooperstein presenting a relicensure session

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