Visit to Palmer campus makes bucket list

Visit to Palmer campus makes bucket list

A 1959 graduate and his family visited Palmer’s Davenport campus to relive memories, see the changes to campus, and check off an item from their bucket list.* These visitors were Dr. Albert “Al” and Sylvia Rocuskie, who were joined by their daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Dave Cappos.

At the age of 80-years-young, Dr. Al is still a practicing chiropractor in Tamaqua, Pa.

Stepping back on the Palmer campus was a proud moment for Dr. Al and his family, and they were excited to see where he learned to be a chiropractor, as well as the current campus and the changes yet to come (such as the new R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center). “Back when I was a student,” said Dr. Al with a smile, “it seems like there were only two buildings.”

From left: Dave and Kelly Cappos, Sylvia and Dr. Al Rocuskie, and Kristin Clark standing in the Palmer Family Residence courtyard on the Davenport campus.

From left: Dave and Kelly Cappos, Sylvia and Dr. Al Rocuskie, and Kristin Clark (Alumni Association Coordinator)

During their visit, the family took a campus tour, had lunch in the Palmer Café and visited the Bookstore. They also went on a tour of the Palmer Family Residence.

“I never saw it when I was here,” said Dr. Al. “The Palmers still lived there at the time.”

Dr. Al was a full-time student and worked full-time nights at a job off campus. He remembered how hard it was to stay awake in his radiology class because the lights were turned down so they could see the films.

“It was wonderful to hear some of Dr. Rocuskie’s stories,” said 2nd trimester student and PSAF member Kelly Kimball. “He really emphasized showing care and concern for patients. By doing this, he provides the best care he can — and it also helped his practice grow by word-of-mouth referrals.”

Mrs. Rocuskie also gave Kelly advice: “If you take good care of your first six patients, you’ll do great in practice.” Why? “Because these patients will refer others to you.”

To the Rocuskies: While you were excited to visit Dr. Al’s alma mater, we at Palmer are #PalmerProud of you for your many years of service to your patients. Come back anytime!

*For those who don’t know, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.”