PalmerPalooza 2017 prospective student event showcases Palmer’s West campus
Palmer College’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., recently hosted PalmerPalooza 2017, its annual summertime recruitment program, which provides prospective students with a hands-on perspective of the educational experience at Palmer’s California branch campus.
In addition to the West campus’ home state, prospective students ventured from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia to attend this year’s event.
PalmerPalooza weekend kicked-off with a Friday evening of gaming fun and tasty refreshments at Casino Night, where prospective students vied for the chance to win some great prizes and enjoyed meeting current students in a casual and relaxed setting.
The primary Palooza program on Saturday opened with welcoming comments by Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C., (West ’82), president of Palmer’s West campus.
Following Dr. Meeker’s presentation, PalmerPalooza guests attended interactive classroom and lab sessions, which included demonstrations of the Anatomage Table, with Thomas Souza, D.C., F.P.A.C., West campus dean of Academic Affairs. Anatomage Tables are regarded as the most technologically advanced anatomy visualizations systems for anatomy education.
West faculty members Makani Lew, D.C., West ’91; Susan St. Claire, D.C., West ’84; and Hong Zhang, M.S., conducted interactive sessions, which focused on other aspects of the Palmer program, including rehabilitation, nutrition, and anatomy.
One of the highlights of each PalmerPalooza program is the alumni-panel session. Guests enjoyed insightful and inspirational practice-perspectives from West campus graduates Shawn Borges, D.C., ’11; Cristina Diaz, D.C., ’11; Jennifer Nolan, D.C., ’16; and Kale Ptacek, D.C., ’14.
“PalmerPalooza is an exciting day. It provides a unique opportunity to showcase the features of the Palmer program that enable our students to develop the patient-care and practice-management skills to achieve their goals in practice and attain positions of leadership among many expanding fields of care, from corporate-based and military to sports and multidisciplinary practices,” said Palmer College Senior Director of Admissions Recruitment Julie Behn, M.B.A..
“Given the scope of the program, PalmerPalooza requires the assistance of many people to organize. In particular, I want to recognize Admissions Coordinator Kaitlyn Stauber who did a great job in coordinating her first PalmerPalooza event.”
In addition to morning refreshments, guests also enjoyed a catered lunch, had the opportunity to receive care provided by Palmer’s West Campus Sports Council chapter, enjoy tours of the campus, spent time with Campus Guides (student leaders who assist at major College events), and met with members of the Financial aid and Student Services departments. The prospective students also visited some of the neighboring apartment properties with whom Palmer has partnered to establish discounted housing opportunities for students.
“I was impressed by how the program was so well-organized, and by the positive spirit, and welcoming attitude, of the staff, the students and the teachers,” said prospective-student Matthew Glynn of Anchorage, Alaska, who was making his second visit to the West campus.
Said prospective student and recent San Francisco State graduate (kinesiology) Umar Khan, “I’m very interested in the chiropractic profession, and am very impressed by the Palmer program. The main question I had coming to today’s event was, ‘Will I be prepared for practice?’ Based on what I saw today, it assured me that I will – and I know, for sure, this is what I want to do!”