Spring is here, and on Palmer’s Davenport campus that means we can begin reinvigorating our campus to better meet the needs of our current students, our future students and our alumni and friends who visit. I think everyone will agree our first step in this process, scheduled to begin in June, is very exciting. We’re about to launch significant improvements to the north end of our campus, including completely remodeling the old Alumni Auditorium into a first-class Athletic & Recreation Center. Our plans will create a fully modern recreation facility—including the addition of a running track, enhanced aerobic facilities, fitness rooms, and plenty of free weights and machines—all essential for creating the best possible campus experience and supporting the healthy lifestyle of today’s students and employees.
The historic Clinic Garden will be enhanced with new landscaping, restored fountains and a clearer view of this beautiful space from Brady Street, all the while preserving the garden’s historic artifacts that make this space so special to our Palmer community. A skywalk access will connect B.J. Palmer Hall (near P206) to an enclosed courtyard between the hall and the new Athletic & Recreation Center. And we’ll create a new main entrance to the campus on the north end, complete with a stone wall and 30-foot monument with the Palmer crest.
To enhance student learning on our Port Orange campus, we’ve added two life-sized, 3-D virtual dissection tables with fully interactive, multi-touch screens to the technological resources in our newly remodeled David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. These new Anatomage tables make it possible to virtually “slice” through all layers of the human body and even view the body in X-ray mode. Faculty and students are currently being trained in how to make the best use of this incredible new anatomy technology, with plans to expand these units to other Palmer campuses.
Palmer’s commitment to the environment is evidenced on our San Jose campus, which now features rooftop solar panels. These panels will allow the building to operate at optimal efficiency while reducing dependency on standard electricity. The conversion to solar as the campus’s primary source of power is scheduled to begin by late March or early April.
I encourage you to visit our campuses to see these changes in person. Homecoming is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with Palmer. Make plans for Homecoming in San Jose April 29-May 1, or our Davenport Homecoming event Aug. 11-13.