Students and alumni pay it forward
Last year, the Palmer Philanthropy Club was founded on the Davenport Campus by the Development Office as a way to engage students in the goodwill of service and encourage them to become more civically engaged in their community.
Kalyn Halferty Borts is the Philanthropy Club president, and she hopes they can get a lot of students involved in service projects. “Ultimately, our motto is, ‘Phil it up!’ Whether that be with service (using ourselves and our time to help others) or hosting a bake sale, we want to make sure we do our best and give it our all.”
“The club strives to educate the student body on the importance of alumni support to the College,” says Jessica Malcheff, development officer. “This spring, the club will be volunteering during Downtown Davenport Clean Up Day and working to complete a home for Habitat for Humanity. They’ll also be at some of the alumni events during Homecoming, so our alumni will get a chance to meet them.”
Speaking of alumni, Palmer alumni are also philanthropic. Says Brandon Thomas, 11th quarter San Jose student, “I’ve met many of our Sports Council alumni through events, and I’m thankful for the support that they provide. It inspires me to want to ‘pay it forward’ when I’m an alumnus in practice, to help build upon the Sports Council legacy, and to continue the San Jose Campus Sports Council tradition of ‘raising the bar’ in the field of sports-chiropractic excellence.”
Says Sharose Mahshie, 11th quarter Port Orange student, “Alumni gifts are priceless. Two of the best gifts alumni can give students are their time and knowledge. When alumni share their energy and experience with students, those doctors ensure a better future for the chiropractic profession and patients by helping students become the best doctors they can be.”