PalmerPalooza 2015 prospective-student event showcases San Jose campus program
Palmer College’s San Jose campus recently hosted more than 100 guests at PalmerPalooza 2015, its annual summertime recruitment program, which provides prospective students with a hands-on perspective of the educational experience.
In addition to California, prospective students ventured from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia.
PalmerPalooza 2015 kicked-off with a Friday evening of gaming fun (and the chance to win a variety of prizes) and tasty refreshments at Casino Night, where prospective students enjoyed meeting current students and other members of the San Jose campus community in a casual and relaxing setting.
The Saturday portion of the program opened with welcoming comments from Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., (’82), San Jose campus president, followed by Julie Behn, Palmer College senior director of Admissions Recruitment.
Current students (and San Jose Campus Guides) Peggy Chin, Anna Marie Gierach, Daniel Hopper, Tony Rodgers and Trent Wendel shared their perspectives about the College in a special panel session that focused on the value of a Palmer education.
PalmerPalooza guests attended interactive classroom sessions presented by San Jose campus faculty members, including: Douglas Gillard, D.C., Makani Lew, D.C. (San Jose, ’91), Susan St. Claire, D.C. (San Jose, ’84), and Hong Zhang, M.S.
Among the highlights of each PalmerPalooza program is the alumni-panel session, which this year featured practice perspectives from San Jose campus graduates Michelle Chu, D.C. (’10), Daniel Lord, D.C. (’09), Sherry McAllister, D.C. (’96), and David Paris, D.C. (’01).
In addition to morning refreshments, guests also enjoyed a catered lunch, had the opportunity to receive care provided by Sports Council, took a guided campus tour, and met with members of the Financial Aid and Student Services departments.
“The representation of PalmerPalooza guests from more than a dozen states is a strong measurement of the interest and respect prospective students have for the educational experience at Palmer’s San Jose campus,” said Ms. Behn.
“And with an alumni panel that featured graduates who practice in a VA setting, who provide care at a corporate-based health center, who provide care for a professional basketball team, and who’ve maintained a family practice for nearly two decades, I think that really shows the value of a Palmer education, and the respect for Palmer graduates.”
Various guests shared perspectives about their PalmerPalooza 2015 experience:
“Once I made the decision to choose a chiropractic career, I wanted to go to the best school – and Palmer is the ‘Harvard of chiropractic’,” said Placido Castrejon, currently attending St. Mary’s College – where one of his chiropractic mentors is Tony Kearns, D.C. (San Jose, ’08), who serves as director of sports medicine.
“I attended the prospective student event at the Palmer (San Jose) Homecoming, and the more I’m around the people at Palmer, from the faculty to the students, the more excited I become about going to Palmer and beginning my career. There’s just an attitude and aura of passion that you feel here – it’s inspiring!” said Castrejon, who also acknowledges Kevin Wong, D.C. (San Jose ’99 alumnus who practices in Orinda, near St. Mary’s) as another of his chiropractic mentors.
“I’m definitely going to Palmer – it’s just a matter of when!” said Justin Traille, a student trainer in the athletic department at St. Mary’s College, who also credits Dr. Kearns for inspiring him to pursue the chiropractic career path.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and was so glad to meet many of the great faculty – my application is in, and I’m very excited about taking my next steps to become a Palmer student,” said Nicholas Hoy, a student and member of the water-polo team at Pepperdine Univ. in southern California – where his coach is San Jose campus alumnus Terry Schroeder, D.C. (’86).
“I’m so ready to come here! Palmer is the only place to be for anyone thinking about a chiropractic career! Give me four years, and I’ll do it!” said LoRay Davis, currently completing her undergraduate studies at UC-Berkeley.
The next major San Jose Campus prospective student event will take place during Homecoming 2016, the weekend of April 29-May 1.