Palmer College’s San Jose campus celebrates Fall Quarter ’14 graduation
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Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose Campus celebrated its Fall Quarter 2014 commencement on Dec. 5 in the theater of the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Matthew McCormack (Santa Maria, Calif.) and Courtney Schroeder (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) graduated as class valedictorian and salutatorian, with Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0) and Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89) honors, respectively.
McCormack, Schroeder and Magna Cum Laude graduate Justine Lomboy (Skokie, Ill.) each received Presidential Scholar Awards, which are presented to members of the graduating class who have demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement, by making the Deans List (with a GPA of 3.5 or above) in each of the 13 quarters they attended Palmer College’s San Jose campus.
Fall Quarter ’14 class members who graduated with “Cum Laude” (3.50-3.69) academic honors included Melissa Aranda (San Jose, Calif.), Noah Djuric (Milwauke, Wisc.), Mecca Fayad (Lac La Biche, Alta., Canada), and Matthew Tanneberg (Kennewick, Wash.).
All seven honors graduates were also honored as the new members of the San Jose campus chapter of the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society, the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the chiropractic profession.
In breaking with tradition, instead of presenting one “Clinical Excellence” award, there were four awards, due to the exceptional performance by the Fall ’14 class during the internship phase of their Palmer Chiropractic Clinic experience.
Clinical Excellence awards were presented to Mecca Fayad (Lac La Biche, Alta., Canada), Ellen Kindelsperger (Sherrard, Ill.), Josuke Tanaka (Switzerland), and Erin Urquia Thomas (Sequim, Wash.).
The Clinical Excellence honor is presented to the graduate (or, in the case of the Fall ’14 graduating class, the four graduates) who has uniquely distinguished him- or herself during the internship portion of their educational experience at Palmer’s San Jose campus, and who has performed the tasks of the student doctor with exceptional proficiency in the following categories: patient diagnosis; chiropractic technique; radiography; and case management.
Eugenie Michelle Giasson-Gomez (Downey, Calif.), received the Student Fellow Award. Selected by members of the graduating class, the Student Fellow Award is presented “in recognition of service and leadership while upholding the values of her class, college and profession.”
In addition to serving as editor of the San Jose campus student newspaper, The Bartlett, Giasson-Gomez also served as president of the Integrative Medicine Club.
Jennifer Wyman (Brooklyn, New York), an MIT graduate who served as an officer in the U.S. Navy prior to commencing her chiropractic studies at Palmer’s San Jose campus, received the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award, which is selected by a faculty panel, and recognizes a deserving graduate for his or her “distinctive accomplishment and contributions to the philosophical principles of chiropractic as a student at Palmer College’s West Campus.”
Mecca Fayad, Courtney Schroeder, Brandon Thomas (Edgewood, Kent.) and Tomilyn Thornbery (Wilmington, Ohio) earned special awards for serving as members of the West Campus Guides, a volunteer group of students who conduct campus tours for prospective students and assist at major College events. (Fall Quarter ’14 graduate Brian Banman, unable to attend the ceremony, was another class member who served as a Campus Guide).
Thornberry, Schroeder, Patrick Cucarola (Sterling, Colo.), Michael Valones (Teaneck, New Jersey) and Leah Helin (Anchorage, Alaska) received special honors for their service as executive officers of Palmer’s San Jose campus Associated Student Government.
Thornberry and Thomas also earned awards for their service as officers of the San Jose Campus Sports Council, the largest and most active student sports-chiropractic organization.
Kyle Prusso, D.C., CCSP, a member of the San Jose campus clinical faculty, and team chiropractor for the Oakland Raiders, presented the commencement address, “I Ain’t Everybody.” In addition to his roles with the Raiders, and as a clinician at Palmer’s San Jose campus, Dr. Prusso also serves as president of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS).