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”


Top-notch, internationally known keynote speakers, up to 23 Continuing Education credits and “Extraordinary Stories from the Field,” highlight this year’s Palmer Homecoming 2009 Aug. 13-15 on Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport, Iowa, campus. This year’s program features three internationally known keynote speakers: Bob Harper, fitness trainer on NBC’s worldwide phenomenon “The Biggest Loser,” and health and fitness expert for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”; Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist and co-author of the current international bestseller, “The Last Lecture”; and Louis Sportelli, D.C., president of NCMIC Group, Inc. The speaker line-up also includes a slate of new continuing education speakers as well as familiar faces leading sessions, along with Palmer’s traditional social and networking events. Bob Harper’s presentation, “Are You Ready!” will motivate and inspire attendees to make changes in their own lives and help their patients to do the same by providing tools to living a healthy life. Mr. Harper will discuss the four steps from his book, “Are You Ready! Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape and Change Your Life Forever,” as well as lessons learned while working on NBC’s hit reality show, “The Biggest Loser.” Jeffrey Zaslow will provide Homecoming attendees with “A Heartfelt and Humorous Look at Life’s Transitions.” In his entertaining presentation, Mr. Zaslow delves into the recesses of our cultural psyche, with results that are surprising, funny and often extremely moving. He will provide an inside look at the phenomenon that led to his bestselling book with Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture.” In his thought-provoking presentation, “Development of Higher Standards of Professional Behavior,” Louis Sportelli, D.C., will discuss how the chiropractic profession needs to commit to evidence-informed practice and accountability, be frank and balanced in its public relations and marketing efforts, conduct rigorous investigations and be willing to undergo critical assessment and share knowledge. As always, Homecoming includes a vendor expo featuring the latest chiropractic products and services. Up to 23 Continuing Education credits are available for chiropractors attending this year’s event, depending on the state in which they practice and that state’s licensure requirements. There also is a track for chiropractic staff and a Destination Success track for students. Homecoming organizers are looking for “Extraordinary Stories from the Field” to be showcased during the Thursday evening general session on Aug. 13. Chiropractors who have an amazing story about a patient (or patients) to share are encouraged to submit their stories online by going to and clicking on the “Extraordinary Stories from the Field” submission form. The College Events staff is looking for five doctors to feature, and in order to facilitate selection, stories should be submitted as soon as possible. For more information, contact Heather Starr at [email protected] or (866) 592-3861. Some event highlights include the alumni luncheon on Friday, the 25-Year Reunion Dinner on Thursday, the 50-Year Reunion Brunch on Friday, plus class reunions for the graduating classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004. There will be a reception for members of these classes on Friday evening at the FIGGE Art Museum in downtown Davenport. A 25-Year Reunion web page has been set up at for alumni who graduated in 1984 to post comments to fellow classmates. Palmer’s Davenport Homecoming also features the traditional Fellows Reception, President’s Club Reception and the Saturday Night Festival, which includes a fabulous buffet dinner, fireworks and entertainment from Chicago band 7th Heaven, all on the campus plaza at the top of Brady Street Hill. More information about special Homecoming events and costs to attend, as well as online registration, is available by going to Prospective attendees may also call Palmer’s College Events Department at (866) 592-3861.


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