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New York Chiropractic College makes Honor Roll: Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For”

Seneca Falls, NY: New York Chiropractic College employees know the College is a great place to work, and the Chronicle of Higher Education agrees! For the fourth year running NYCC earned a place on the Chronicle’s roll of “Great Colleges to Work For” alongside such notables as Duke University, University of Michigan and Notre Dame. Qualifying marks in more than four categories merited placement on the Chronicle’s select “Honor Roll” for the third year in a row. NYCC excelled in ten of the eleven available assessment categories - adding collaborative governance, teaching environment and senior leadership to last year’s seven winning classifications.

The program - nowone of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country - distinguishes colleges for best practices and policies. After reviewing 46,946 surveys submitted by administrators, faculty members, and professional support staff members from 294 participating institutions, only 42 make it to the Honor Roll.

“To earn a place on the Chronicle’s select ‘Honor Roll’ for three consecutive years is truly an outstanding distinction! Students unquestionably benefit whenever quality instruction is delivered by satisfied faculty members and a customer-oriented staff,” said NYCC President Dr. Frank J. Nicchi.

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NYCC and University of Rochester Medical in Pain Education Collaboration

An unusually broad collaboration of health professionals from the greater Rochester area has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help lead the nation’s assault on pain.

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NYCC Commencement Exercises: Charles DuBois Awarded College’s Second Honorary Degree in Nearly a Century, Four Inducted into ACC

Seneca Falls:  At New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) commencement exercises held Saturday, March 30, 2012,  Charles C. DuBois, BS, MS, president of the whole foods supplement company, Standard Process, Inc., headquartered in Palmyra, Wisconsin, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his generous philanthropy, his business achievement and for having significantly advanced natural healthcare education, scholarship, and nutritional research - the second such degree conferred in the college’s 90 year history. 

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NYCC Announces a “First” - Chiropractic Clinical Residency with the Veteran’s Administration Healthcare Network

Seneca Falls:  New York Chiropractic College has announced the establishment of an integrated care chiropractic residency program - the first such program to be located at a Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) facility. Instruction will prepare the College’s chiropractic clinical residents regarding optimal management of patients presenting a diversity of musculoskeletal disorders. New York Chiropractic College had previously been running several academic and research programs at the Canandaigua, NY, site. “The new groundbreaking VA residency program significantly complements the College’s existing offerings there,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Michael Mestan. Residents’ duties will include working alongside the VA system’s established providers and will include rotations with various of specialists in neurology, orthopedics, physiatry, pain management, primary care and physical therapy.  “NYCC is proud to be a leader in instructing chiropractors who will be caring for our nation’s veterans,” Mestan added.

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New York Chiropractic College Graduates 91 Doctors of Chiropractic

New York Chiropractic College held commencement exercises Saturday, December 3, 2011, conferring degrees upon 91 candidates for Doctor of Chiropractic.  Graduating student C. Michael Begley addressed his class expressing gratitude to the many people who had helped him along the way.

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Advanced Certificate Program in Sports Science and Human Performance Now Offered at New York Chiropractic College

New York Chiropractic College has received approval from the New York State Education Department to offer an Advanced Certificate Program in Sports Science and Human Performance.  The program is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation of exercise science and sports medicine principles that leads to unique hands on clinical workshop experiences at a variety of sporting events.

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Once Again, New York Chiropractic College is named to the Honor Roll of “Great Colleges to Work For”

Seneca Falls, NY: New York Chiropractic College employees know that the College is a great place to work, and the Chronicle of Higher Education agrees! For the third year running, NYCC has earned recognition by the Chronicle as a “Great College to Work For.”   The College also achieved, once again, a place on the Chronicle’s select “Honor Roll,” joining only seven other schools of similar size nationwide to repeat this distinction.

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NYCC’s Frank J. Nicchi Earns NYSCA’s Highest Award at Homecoming Ceremony

Seneca Falls:  New York State Chiropractic Association past-president Dr. Mariangela Penna presented NYCC President Dr. Frank J. Nicchi with the association’s highest honor, the Ernest G. Napolitano Award, during the College’s Homecoming weekend attended by more than 430 alumni, students and members of the faculty.

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New York Chiropractic College to Graduate 53 Doctors of Chiropractic

Seneca Falls: On Saturday, April 2, at 10:00 AM New York Chiropractic College will hold commencement exercises in the campus Athletic Center, conferring degrees upon 53 candidates in its Doctor of Chiropractic program.

The commencement address will be delivered by New York State Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb of the 129th Assembly district.  Assemblyman Kolb has demonstrated a long time commitment to education through his personal life and professional career.  He earned his Master of Science and Bachelor’s degrees at Roberts Wesleyan College and currently serves as an adjunct professor of Adult and Graduate Education at the college.  He has been twice selected by the students as Outstanding Faculty Member.  Kolb is the former chairman of the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation, and a former member of the Finger Lakes Community College Board of Trustees and the Honeoye Central School Board.  He belongs to the Canandaigua Rotary Club, the Honeoye Chapter of the Sons of the American Legion, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Advisory Board, the Ontario Charities Classic Board of Directors, the Ontario ARC Advisory Board, the Merrill Hose Fire Company, and the New York Farm Bureau.  He previously served as Supervisor for the Town of Richmond and a member of the Ontario county Board of Supervisors.  He currently is a member of the National Conference of State Legislators, the American legislative Exchange Council and the Heartland Institute’s Board of legislative Advisors.

The commencement exercises will also play host to the formal induction of new fellows into the American College of Chiropractors. Inductees will include Charles A. Hemsey, DC, a 1981 graduate of Life Chiropractic College who currently serves as the Chief of Staff at NYCC’s Levittown Health Center, and Ronald J. Wellikoff, DC, an 1976 alumni of Columbia College of  Chirorpactic (now NYCC), former president of the Florida Chiropractic Association and former Chairman of the Board of the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine.

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Dr. Lewis J. Bazakos Named NYCC’s 2010 Distinguished Alumnus

Seneca Falls:  Dr. Lewis J. Bazakos (’78) was named New York Chiropractic College’s 2010 Distinguished Alumnus at the College’s recent homecoming celebration.  Citing his extensive record of support to NYCC, and his many achievements within the chiropractic profession, President Frank J. Nicchi acknowledged Bazakos’ efforts in the development and chairmanship of the Chiropractic Summit, a “think-tank” made up of leadership from some 40 chiropractic organizations that meet regularly with the common goal of advancing chiropractic with “One Voice.”

A member of NYCC’s Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2009, Dr. Bazakos served as its Chair from 2004 to 2007 and oversaw the inauguration of NYCC’s Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, as well the launch of NYCC’s School of Applied Clinical Nutrition.  He was also an enthusiastic advocate for restructuring of the College’s Institutional Advancement division.

Dr. Bazakos’ long history of professional achievement includes serving as Chairman, Board of Governors of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and past president of the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA). His numerous honors include NYSCA’s Ernest G. Napolitano award in 1991, the ACA “Chiropractor of the Year” in 2008 and NYSCA’s first ever “Chiropractor of the Year” recognition in 2009.

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NYCC’s New Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction Approved


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Patricia Merkle Appointed Examiner for 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Patricia Merkle, New York Chiropractic College’s Quality Engineer, was named a Senior Baldrige Examiner by the Baldrige National Quality Program.  The Program, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Merkle will be qualified to lead a team for the Baldrige process. As an examiner, she will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Award.  The board is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and healthcare organizations, and nonprofits – including government.  All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.

The award may be given annually in each of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, healthcare, and nonprofit.

In addition, the American Society for Quality has accepted Merkle’s presentation titled “Using the Baldrige Framework as a System for Change and Assessment in Education” for presentation at the annual National Quality Education Conference, to be held in Chicago this November.

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Changes to the NBCE Microbiology Exam and the Chiropractic Practice Exam

The NBCE Board of Directors has approved the move of public health exam content from the Microbiology and Public Health examination in the basic sciences battery of exams (Part I) to the Chiropractic Practice examination of clinical sciences series of exams (Part II).  The new Microbiology exam will be administered with the September 2010 Written Examinations, while the changes to the Chiropractic Practice exam will be instated with the March 2011 administration.  This change increases the weighting of the public health content of the NBCE exams, a change made to better reflect current chiropractic educational and practice standards and is based on a recent Delphi study that elicited feedback from chiropractic colleges on their curriculum.

The new Microbiology test plan weightings are:

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NYCC Graduates Doctors of Chiropractic

On Saturday, April 3, 2010, 46 NYCC Doctor of Chiropractic graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. John A. Catena, DC, (NYCC 1997) an instructor in NYCC’s Chiropractic Clinical Sciences offered the faculty greeting and John DeCicco, DC, (NYCC 1982) associate professor in the Chiropractic Clinical Sciences acted as Grand Marshall.  Rick McMichael, DC, F.A.C.C., F.I.C.C.delivered a commencement address that urged service. “I pray that you will find great success in loving service to your families, patients, communities, and our profession,” he said.  McMichael went on to explain that real happiness in life comes from serving others and making their lives more happy, more hopeful, more healthy and more productive.

Dr. McMichael is the current President of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and member of its Executive Committee.  He was appointed to a Department of Defense Oversight Advisory Committee to oversee implementation of chiropractic care within the Department of Defense.  He served on a similar Chiropractic Advisory Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the request of the Secretary Anthony Principi to help ensure access by the nation’s active duty troops and veterans to the very best healthcare available.  Appointed by Governor Voinovich to serve on the Ohio Board of Chiropractic Examiners (now the Ohio State Chiropractic Board), Dr. McMichael has served the board eight years, two as its president.  Dr. McMichael also served as president and chairman of the Board of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association.

American College of Chiropractors Inductees
The commencement exercises also hosted formal induction of new fellows into the American College of Chiropractors. Inductees included Patrick M Casey, DC, staff doctor at Fort Carson’s Evans Army Community Hospital; Louis P. DiLorenzo, Esq., NYCC General Counsel and partner at Bond, Shoeneck and King;  Stephen Eble, DC (NYCC 1981), Chair of New York State Board for Chiropractic; and Karen Erickson, DC (NYCC 1988), member of NYCC Board of Trustees.

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NYCC “Going Online” With Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition

New York Chiropractic College received the “green light” to deliver its Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) program completely online from the New York State Education Department.  The College plans to convert the nutrition curriculum to an online, distance-learning, Web-based format via Desire2Learn (D2L) by September 2010. 

NYCC’s MSACN program is uniquely structured to provide a comprehensive professional education that will prepare graduates for employment in a variety of settings including private practice, integrative practice with other professionals, research, and industry consulting.
NYCC Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Mestan, D.C., describes the new online initiative as “a successful team effort that significantly enhances practitioners’ skills and benefits patients.”

Designed for practicing chiropractors, current chiropractic students and all other qualified healthcare professionals (i.e., nurses, medical physicians, dentists, etc.), matriculants can complete this Masters level program entirely online in the comfort of their homes.

The online program, emphasizing an integrative and natural healthcare approach, distinguishes itself through an outstanding faculty, innovative and diverse curricula, and an emphasis on the applied use of clinical nutrition in disease prevention and management.  This sort of advanced training enables practitioners to expand existing practices, offer more comprehensive treatment, and augment their professional success through interventions that incorporate diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and life style modifications.

“We’re looking to teach healthcare practitioners who want to enhance their credentials and expand their practices by incorporating nutrition to address a myriad of health conditions,” explained Anna Kelles, PhD, director of the School of Applied Clinical Nutrition at NYCC, noting that nutrition is a fundamental building block in the success of all healthcare treatments.

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Palmer begins significant study on chiropractic and hypertension

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) has undertaken a collaborative clinical trial to follow up on preliminary research indicating a specific form of chiropractic treatment can be effective in lowering blood pressure in hypertensive patients. This clinical trial involves 165 patients with high blood pressure and is called Chiropractic for Hypertension in Patients, or CHiP. Palmer is collaborating with Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami, Fla., and Trinity at Terrace Park Family Practice, Bettendorf, Iowa. Potential participants will be examined at the PCCR clinic facility and Trinity Terrace Park Family Practice Clinic to determine eligibility. If accepted into the study, participants will be randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups, each receiving care at the Palmer Research Clinic for eight weeks. Participants will have their blood pressure monitored on a regular basis during the study.

“This study has the potential for significant impact on the treatment of hypertension,” said Palmer’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy and CHiP Co-leader Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D. “More than 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, and although many medical treatments for diagnosed hypertension are available, only about 30% of patients achieve blood pressure goals. Many patients report that they are unable to tolerate medication side effects and find it difficult to sustain lifestyle changes. Thus, a non-pharmacological treatment that lowers blood pressure could become an attractive option to many patients and their physicians.”

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Palmer College of Chiropractic Board Names Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Chancellor; Will Assume Role December 15, 2009

DAVENPORT, IA – (November 4, 2009) – Following what might be the most expansive search for a chiropractic college leader in the history of the profession, the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., D.A.C.B.R., as chancellor of Palmer College. His appointment will take effect December 15, 2009. Dr. Marchiori was approved by the Board of Trustees at its October 30, 2009, meeting in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. He was recommended to the full Board after a comprehensive interview process led by a Board-appointed, seven-member ad hoc Succession Planning and Search Committee. The Committee was assisted by Diversified Search, a Philadelphia-based executive search firm, and a five-member search advisory group consisting of notable chiropractic, higher education and community leaders. “I’m very pleased with the process we followed to identify who we all believe is the most qualified person to lead Palmer College,” said Mr. Ken Koupal, chair of the Committee. “Diversified Search, the Committee and everyone involved worked as a true team to recruit and examine a strong pool of 27 internal and external candidates. In the end, we all recognized that the best candidate, Dr. Marchiori, was right here at Palmer.” “From the outset, our goal was to be thorough and committed to finding the right candidate to lead this institution,” said Trevor Ireland, D.C., chairman of the Palmer Board of Trustees. “We will never lose sight of our responsibility for doing what is best for Palmer College and we’re confident that, under Dr. Marchiori’s proven leadership, we will continue to uphold that responsibility.” “For more than a century, Palmer College has been leading the chiropractic profession and contributing to the communities surrounding our campuses,” said Dr. Marchiori. “I am honored to continue the successes of the past, including recent regional accreditation and growing extramural research grants, as we advance the College through its next phase of accomplishments. We have energized students and a dedicated team of staff, faculty and administrators to promote our educational mission. Palmer College is an exceptional organization and well-positioned for future success. I’m truly honored to have been selected chancellor.” A Palmer Product A native of western Pennsylvania, Dr. Marchiori completed his prerequisite work at Penn State University before earning his Bachelor’s of Science at Regents College in Albany, New York. He graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College’s Davenport Campus in 1990 and went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Anatomy at Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in Policy, Planning and Leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005. He has had faculty appointments in the Research, and Diagnosis and Radiology departments. His administrative tenure includes the roles of department chair, dean, vice president of Academic Affairs for the Davenport Campus, and vice chancellor for Academics for the College system. In addition to his teaching and administrative service, he has published numerous scientific articles and two editions of a comprehensive textbook in radiology, titled “Clinical Imaging.” “With nearly 20 years invested with Palmer College, Dr. Marchiori has proven himself as a leader in chiropractic and higher education,” said Dr. Ireland. “There is a great sense of pride in watching someone like him live the American Dream, advancing through the administrative levels and excelling with each new chapter.” Passing the Baton In assuming the chancellor role, Dr. Marchiori will succeed Mr. William Wilke, a respected Quad-City area businessman and a member of the Palmer Board since 1998. In December 2008, following the departure of Chancellor Larry Patten, the Board asked Mr. Wilke to serve until a complete and thorough search could be conducted. “While we are excited about the future of Palmer College under Dr. Marchiori’s leadership, I want to express the Board’s sincere gratitude to Mr. Wilke for his service during the past year,” said Dr. Ireland. “His guidance and management expertise played a key role in so many of our accomplishments.” Dr. Marchiori lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his wife, Cheryl, and four children: Isabella, Sophia, Tony and Olivia. An investiture ceremony is being planned for early next year.

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Northwestern Health Sciences University Presents 72 Doctor of Chiropractic Degrees at Commencement Ceremony

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University awarded 72 students with doctor of chiropractic degrees during a commencement ceremony on April 17, 2009. The auditorium was filled with students, family members and friends attending the graduation ceremony. Graduates hailed from 13 different states, two Canadian provinces, and one other foreign country. Bachelor of science degrees were also awarded to 22 of the new graduates. The commencement address was delivered by Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, founder and director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. Anthony Lawther, a Northwestern student and valedictorian from the graduating class, delivered the student greeting. The presidential greeting was presented by Mark Zeigler, DC, president of Northwestern. Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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NYCC President Dr. Frank Nicchi Named ACC President

SENECA FALLS – New York Chiropractic College president Frank J. Nicchi, DC, MS, was recently elected president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, (ACC) a consortium of some nineteen chiropractic colleges located in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. According to David O’Bryon, JD, the association’s executive director since 1996, the organization assists its member institutions by providing leadership in chiropractic education, research and service. Nicchi’s election took place during the 2009 Association of Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) held in Las Vegas on March 12th. Nicchi has been a member of the ACC Board of Directors since September, 2000 and was previously the organization’s vice president, treasurer and chair of the institutional statistics committee. “I am honored to be the president of the ACC,” Nicchi said. “It’s a vital organization that advances scholarly activity within the chiropractic academic community and promotes high standards throughout the profession.” Dr. Nicchi also serves on the Board of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) as the ACC representative. This year’s conference also saw the election of Fabrizio Mancini, DC, president of Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, as vice president and Richard G. Brassard, DC, president of Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, TX, as secretary/treasurer. The fourth member of the executive committee is ACC past-president Carl Cleveland III, DC, of Cleveland Chiropractic Colleges–Kansas City and Los Angeles.

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Palmer Homecoming, Aug. 13-15, Features Keynote Speakers Bob Harper, Jeffrey Zaslow and Dr. Louis Sportelli, Plus up to 23 CE Credits and “Extraordinary Stories from the Field”


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