West campus shines, again, at summertime PalmerPalooza event
Palmer College’s West campus in San Jose, Calif., recently hosted its annual “PalmerPalooza” prospective-student event, which features an interactive program that enables guests to experience academic, clinical and extracurricular aspects of the West program.
PalmerPalooza weekend kicked-off with a Friday evening of gaming fun and tasty refreshments at Casino Night. In addition to the opportunity to win great prizes, prospective students also enjoyed the opportunity to meet current West students.
The formal Palooza program on Saturday began with welcoming comments from Palmer Director of Admissions and Recruitment Julie Behn, and a presentation by West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C.
Interactive-session speakers included Thomas Souza, D.C., DACBSP®, West dean of Academic Affairs, and Brian Nook, D.C., and associate dean of Academic Affairs, along with West faculty members Makani Lew, D.C. (West ’91); Susan St. Claire, D.C. (West ’84); and Hong Zhang, M.S.
One of the highlights of each PalmerPalooza event is the alumni-panel session. This year’s guests enjoyed insightful and inspirational practice perspectives from West campus graduates Michelle Chu, D.C. (’10); Adam Jacobs, D.C., CCSP® (’08); Sherry McCallister, D.C., CCSP® (’96); and Mason Orme, D.C. (’11).
“I’m always proud and honored to come back, and speak to prospective and current students about the chiropractic profession,” said Dr. Chu, who maintains a practice near her hometown of Davis, Calif., and recently completed her fourth season as team-chiropractor for the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team.
“As my colleagues on the alumni panel also noted, our education at Palmer affords us the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of our patients, as well as the knowledge to work alongside specialists and practitioners in other health fields.”
Palooza guests toured the West campus, visited one of the neighboring apartment complexes to learn about special housing options available to West students, and enjoyed the opportunity to receive care provided by West Campus Sports Council interns and clinicians.
Admissions, Financial Planning, and Student Services staff also were available to meet with guests and answer questions.
Palooza guest Selena Leon of Winters, Calif., was inspired to pursue a career in the chiropractic profession when chiropractic was the only form of care that enabled her father to recover from a severe spinal injury.
Leon said she was impressed by the West campus “supportive community” and was excited to experience her first adjustment at the Sports Council tent. The San Francisco State University graduate (kinesiology) said her PalmerPalooza experience “sealed the deal” to attend Palmer West, and she’s on a path to enter the program in Fall 2019.
Shayan Ghaffari, a 2016 graduate (biology) of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) learned about the PalmerPalooza event from College External Relations (CER) team-members Bill Riley and Tasha Rucker at a recent career fair in Washington, D.C.
Ghaffari said he wants to work in a field of health care that enables him to work with his hands, in part due to success he’s had with hands-on care for his own health issues.
Although currently enrolled in a PT program, Ghaffari says the more he learns about chiropractic, the more he finds himself drawn toward a career in the profession. He has submitted his application to enter Palmer West in 2020.