West campus celebrates 143rd graduation

West campus celebrates 143rd graduation

Photo gallery: Fall ’17 ceremony highlights

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., celebrated its 143rd graduation at the Fall Quarter ’17 commencement ceremony on December 7 in the Santa Clara Convention Center theater.

West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C., presents Presidential Scholar awards to (left to right) Leana Liu, Vanessa Ng and Alexandra Robertson. Presidential Scholar awards are presented to members of the graduating class who achieved Dean’s List honors (3.50 GPA or above) in each of their 13 quarters of study at Palmer’s West campus.

Alexandra Robertson (Okotoks, Alberta, Canada) and Vanessa Ng (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, with Summa Cum Laude (3.9 – 4.0) academic honors.

Graduates who achieved Magna Cum Laude honors (3.70 – 3.89) included: Alexandra Andersson (Chico, Calif.), Bradley Kufske (Abbotsford, B.C., Canada), Leana Liu (Bellevue, Wash.), Aaron Schneider (Northridge, Calif.), and Jeff Wong (Pitt Meadows, B.C., Canada).

Graduates who earned Cum Laude honors (3.50 – 3.69) included: John Fitzowich Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Hannah Flammang (Clovis, Calif.), Matthew Fryauf (Rogers, Ark.), Michael Hinderman (Pleasant Hill, Calif.), Jackson Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio), Dustin Johnston (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Michael Klein (Stockbridge, Wisc.), Ledia Mati (Toronto, Alberta, Canada), Nil Meier (Volda, Norway), Naweed Miry (Concord, Calif.), Timothy Moore (Reno, Nevada), Craig Robinson (Chilliwack, B.C., Canada), Joshua Sedens (Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada), Trevor Wendel (Washington, D.C.), Jalana White-Liu (Spokane, Wash.), and Jessica Yeung (Richmond, B.C., Canada).

More than a third of the Fall ’17 class graduated with academic honors — acknowledged by West Campus Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Brian Nook, D.C..

Ng, Robertson and Liu also earned Presidential Scholar awards, which are presented to members of the class who achieved Dean’s List (3.50 GPA or above) honors in each of their 13 quarters of study at Palmer’s West campus.

Raymond Pulmano (San Francisco, Calif.) received the Clinical Excellence Award.

Selected by the mentor clinicians, the Clinical Excellence Award recognizes the member of the graduating class who has uniquely distinguished him- or herself during the internship portion of their educational experience at Palmer for demonstrating excellence with: patient evaluation and diagnosis; chiropractic techniques and rehabilitative procedures; diagnostic imaging; case management; and professionalism

Raymond Pulmano receives the Clinical Excellence Award from West Campus Dean of Clinics Greg Snow, D.C., at the Fall ‘17 commencement.

Matthew Fryauf also received the Virgil. V. Strang Philosophy Award. The winner is selected by a faculty panel and the award is presented for “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West campus.”

Jessica Yeung also received the Student Fellowship Award, which is selected by the graduating class, and presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of his or her class, college and profession.”

Jordan Bryson (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Dustin Johnston and Bradley Kufske received awards for their services as executive officers of the West Campus Associated Student Government (ASG).

Michael Klein, Jessika Parham (Jackson, Ala.), Kirtpaul Sandhu (Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada), Alex Silver (Malibu, Calif.), Trevor Wendel (Washington, D.C.) and Jessica Yeung received special recognition for their service as Campus Guides. The Campus Guides at each Palmer campus volunteer their time to conduct campus tours for prospective students, and to assist at special College events, such as Homecoming and graduations.

Digital signage along Highway 101 near the Great America theme park is managed by the same company that operates the signage outside the Santa Clara Convention Center — which provided another display for passers-by to know it was graduation day at Palmer West!

Andrea Furst (San Pedro Sula, Honduras), Michael Klein, Adam Postmus (Fruitvale, B.C., Canada), Alexandra Robertson, Nav Sohi (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) and Jeff Wong (Pitt Meadows, B.C., Canada) were recognized for serving as executive officers of the West Campus Sports Council, which provides students the opportunity to enhance their sports-chiropractic skills by assisting with care for athletes at some of the top sporting events in northern California.

Sarah Houhoulis (Roanoke, Virg.) received a special award recognizing her service as an executive officer of the West campus student-chapter of the American Chiropractic Association (SACA).

West Campus Associate Professor James Bedle, D.C., DACBR, presented the commencement address. In addition to serving as coordinator of the West campus radiology program, and teaching courses in Diagnostic Imaging and Radiographic Anatomy, Dr. Bedle maintains a Silicon Valley-based consulting business that specializes in secondary interpretations of radiographs and special imaging for chiropractors in clinical practice.