Parker Alumni News
Are You Thinking About Parker Seminar Vegas Next Year?
Come for FREE or Get 10% for You and Your Entire Staff. All graduates of Parker University are eligible for one of two great incentives to come to Parker Seminars. If you graduated within three years of a seminar, your seminar registration is complimentary. If you graduated more than three years ago, you and your entire staff receive a 10% discount on seminar registration.
Happy Hour at Parker Seminars Las Vegas!
Grab a drink and make your plans for the weekend at Happy Hour in the exhibit hall, Thurs., Jan. 9 beginning at 6pm. Visit the Parker University booth for giveaways, complimentary drink tickets, and more! Food will be served throughout the expo hall but we are the only ones with drink tickets!
Parker Alumni Celebrate Homecoming at Weekend Events
Parker graduates had the opportunity to reconnect and catch up with old classmates during the Parker University Alumni Association Awards Luncheon held in the Donovan Lounge on Friday. The Awards Luncheon celebrated the achievements of the 2013 Alumni Association Award Recipients. View pictures from the event on the Parker Facebook page here.
Parker alumni came together Friday evening at GradFest 2013 where they were joined by students, faculty, and friends. The event included food, drinks, prizes, and entertainment while guests visited in the Parker Courtyard. See pictures from GradFest 2013 online.
Graduates from 1988, 1993 and 2003 celebrated their 25, 20, and 10 year class reunions at local restaurants Saturday night and shared old memories and fun stories about their times at Parker. See pictures on the Parker Facebook page.
Parker Regains Chiro Games Championship
The rivalry between Parker University and Life University is the hottest match-up in the chiropractic world. Last year at the Chiro Games, Life put an end to Parker’s hopes of a third consecutive overall team championship in the 12-sport event. So Parker responded by stealing Life’s Provost when the Board of Trustees named Brian McAulay the President of Parker University. So naturally, before the November 2-3 Chiro Games, Parker students adopted the theme “President McAulay isn’t the only thing going from Life to Parker this year.” And the Patriots didn’t disappoint, winning the 22nd Annual Chiro Games 56-52 over Life and bringing back the game’s traveling trophy.
Parker’s march to its record-breaking 12th title was highlighted by four championship performances. Men’s basketball got the parade to the awards stand going with a title over Palmer-Florida. The Patriots kept the momentum going when they topped Life for the gold medal in flag football. The Parker tennis team then grabbed its first championship since 2010 with a victory over Palmer-Florida and in the most dominating performance of the games, the Parker swim team cruised past New York for the team championship. Parker also picked up silver medals in women’s basketball and softball, and a bronze in running. The championship also marked Parker’s seventh title in the past nine years and extended the Patriots streak to 13 years of finishing among the top three teams.
Fall 2013 Career Fair: Seeking Employers and Job Hunters
Parker will host its Fall Career Fair on November 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Standard Process Student Activity Center. If you are interested in recruiting employees to work with your company or seeking employment, this is the place for you! Over 4,000 alumni and current students have been invited to attend. Attendees can enter to win a trip for two and other exciting prizes. Register for a booth space online. There is no fee associated with recruiting at the event. Learn more online.
New Admissions Requirements for DC Program
To help make Parker University's College of Chiropractic a more selective program, the enrollment staff launched five new ways for a future student to apply.
New Alumni Association Executive Committee Elected
The Parker University Alumni Association Board of Directors elected its new Executive Committee on July 19. The newly-appointed members will each serve a one-year term beginning September 1. Vince Scheffler, DC ’07 has served as President of the Alumni Association since 2011.
||Dr. Steve Brooks, ’99
“The transition to Parker University is exciting, but we as an alumni association have a ton of work to do to keep up with the university. I love my profession and alma-mater so much that in February 2012 we had our second son and named him Parker!”
||Dr. Carol Watkins, ‘11
“I appreciate the education I received at Parker, and I’ve always worked to serve my fellow classmates and the student body. I am honored to continue that service as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.”
||Dr. Beau Hightower, ’11
“I want to help continue to offer the greatest support to our distinguished alumni and help provide our graduates with all the available tools necessary to succeed and help change patients’ lives.”
Welcome Lifetime Member #247, Dr Bart Patzer '93
Congratulations & welcome to Bart Patzer, DC ’93 who completed his pledge to become Lifetime Member #247. Dr Patzer practices in Austin at Patzer Family Chiropractic and is currently serving a second term as a Board of Director for the Parker Alumni Association. Lifetime Member’s contributions provide essential philanthropic support to the Parker Alumni Association Endowment fund which funds the Parker Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship each trimester. To learn more visit the Lifetime Member webpage.
College of Chiropractic Graduate, Darwin Griffeth ’05, speaks at July Assembly
“It’s no accident, chiropractic works” said Dr Griffeth as he shared how his life lead him to chiropractic and now into running all clinical operations and procedures for all the multidisciplinary offices within 1RST Health Group.
Corporate Circle Members of the Month: ChiroTouch, UAS Laboratories/The Probiotic Company and WC Real Estate/Alumni Home Savings Program
Special thanks to our highlighted Corporate Circle Members:
- ChiroTouch - By Integrated Practice Solutions Inc., is the premier provider of fully-certified, compliant chiropractic software solutions for the chiropractic industry.
- UAS Laboratories/The Probiotic Company - manufactures and markets Premiere Probiotic Supplements, private label products and raw materials worldwide since 1979.
- WC Real Estate Group/Alumni Home Savings Program - saves Parker Alumni and family members hundreds when buying, selling or refinancing a home.
Dr Ken Thomas '86 to Serve as Vice President of External Affairs
The Graduate Resource Center is Now Open!
We are thrilled to announce that the Graduate Resource Center is now open! An online resource of user submitted documents and tips, the GRC is designed to provide ideas to help start or build a practice.
- Job descriptions
- Patient intake forms, office procedures, reporting of findings
- Press release templates for grand openings, clinic anniversary, or relocating
- Best of the Best of online clinic/doctor introduction videos
- And more!
Graduates Meet with President McAulay
Dr. McAulay hosted two alumni luncheons in the DFW metroplex in June as part of his 100 Days of Listening. Guests were treated to lunch and a discussion with the President about Parker’s future. View pictures on our Facebook page.
As part of his 100 Days of Listening, Dr. McAulay has engaged staff, alumni, students, seminar attendees, local corporations, and Dallas politicians to get a better understanding of Parker’s past and present and will use this information to help him create a forward-thinking vision for Parker. He will share his finding in an email in August.
A Texas Win for Chiropractic
On Friday, June 14, the Texas Supreme Court denied the additional review of the lawsuit by Texas Medical Association against TBCE and TCA which challenged a Doctor of Chiropractic's right to diagnose. Special thanks to all who support our state association and especially our graduates and friends who helped with this lawsuit.
Parker Research Department Receiving Press Throughout Science Community
Welcome Lifetime Member #246, Dr Beau Hightower '11
Another Parker supporter has reached Lifetime Member status. Beau Hightower, DC ’11 completed his pledge to become Lifetime Member #246. Lifetime Member’s contributions provide essential philanthropic support to the Parker Alumni Association Endowment fund which funds the Parker Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship each trimester. To learn more visit the Lifetime Member webpage.
Parker Works With Alumna to Support Tornado Relief Efforts in Oklahoma
Following the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, Parker University supported alumna Dixie Mayfield, DC ’12 and her clinic in the tornado relief efforts by collecting items such as water, formula, diapers, wipes, and snacks. Dr. Mayfield delivered all items collected at Parker and her clinic to the American Red Cross in Oklahoma City on May 24.
New Student Referral Site is Mobile Friendly
A quick way to share a prospective student’s information is to use your mobile device and visit www.parker.edu/referral. Complete the quick form, press submit, and a representative from our Enrollment team with contact that student.
Presidents Sign Parker Alumni Association Endowment Fund Usage Agreement
Earlier this spring, the Parker Alumni Association President, Dr Vincent Scheffler ’07, and University President, Dr Brian McAulay, signed an agreement on how to use of the association’s endowment fund interest. The Parker Alumni Association established the first permanently endowed fund in 2002 using 100% of a Lifetime Member’s contribution to grow the fund. Starting in 2007, the fund began generating enough interest to award at least one $1,000 scholarship every trimester to a deserving student in the College of Chiropractic. To date, $24,000 has been awarded and the association has big plans on increasing the scholarship dollar amount. “The board of directors and I are excited to reach the $500,000 mark by the end of 2013 with the support of new and current Lifetime Members. We want the endowment fund to generate even more interest so we can raise the scholarship dollar amount to make a bigger impact on our students. I hope to someday award a $5,000 scholarship every trimester to a student in the Doctor of Chiropractic program,” stated Dr Scheffler. To be eligible, fulltime students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and hold a leadership position in a Parker student club/organization. To help support the Alumni Association’s Endowment Fund, pledge to become a Lifetime Member.
The Affordable Care Act: Equal Treatment for Chiropractors
Parker University President Dr. Brian J. McAulay and graduate Tyce Hergert, DC ’98 were recently interviewed by the Dallas Business Journal and shared their thoughts and perspectives on how the chiropractic field can benefit from changes outlined in the Affordable Care Act. A nondiscrimination clause requires health exchanges to cover providers who have a state license to practice health care of any sort. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require health insurance plans remove an annual or lifetime dollar amount on “essential health benefits” which includes office visits, X-rays and muscle manipulation by a chiropractor.
“Chiropractic care aligns with a key goal of health care reform, which is to increase the number of Americans receiving preventative health care and wellness services,” stated Dr. McAulay. “Chiropractic at its core is prevention oriented. We support wellness that prevents serious disease.” Dr. McAulay highlighted, “The nondiscrimination clause is important because it ensures the approximately 30 million currently uninsured Americans will be able to access chiropractic care.”
Dr. Hergert said, “That legislation has language that allows providers to get treated equally by insurance carriers and governmental entities (Medicare)...[it] could help level the playing field for chiropractors.” He said, “It’s common for insurers to pay chiropractors less than half of a claim.”
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Dallas Business Journal, Good Morning Texas and D Magazine
- Dr. Brian McAulay was recognized in the Dallas Business Journal for his recent appointment as president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) by its board of directors. Read the press release for more information.
- Dr. Patrick Bodnar, director of Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics, appeared on Good Morning Texas where he discussed treatments offered at the clinics for patients who are suffering from back pain and are looking for solutions other than drugs and surgery. Watch the interview online.
- Dr. Brian McAulay appeared on Good Morning Texas where he talked about a career in chiropractic and what it takes to earn a doctor of chiropractic degree at Parker. Watch the interview online.
- Tyce Hergert, DC ’98 was interviewed by D Magazine on his support for current legislation to allow chiropractors to make diagnoses for the spine and muscle system. Read the article online.
Ambassador Brothers in Oklahoma Open Clinic for Future Students.
On March 27th, Drs Bill '96 and John '98 Sparks opened their clinic to the future chiropractors in his community. Oklahoma Enrollment Recruiter for Parker University, Haley Peoples, organized a short program to educate the community on Parker University while Dr Sparks talked about what it’s like to be a chiropractor. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr Ken Thomas ’86 also spoke to the students of Oklahoma. If you would like to become an Ambassador, take one minute to join online
After Hours Clinic Visit Program Celebrates 6 Years with 65 Clinics and 925 Students
Six years ago, a group of 12 Parker students went to visit a local chiropractic clinic in North Dallas to hear first-hand about being a small business owner and begin the process of envisioning their own practice. The After Hours Clinic Visit Program was a vision of the Parker Alumni Association who wanted to strengthen our profession by sharing advice on practice start up. The board of directors at that time - and still today - wanted to help our students be well rounded, commercially viable, and ready to succeed in practice by sharing the lessons they learned in starting their own practice. To date, 925 students have toured 65 clinics in the DFW metroplex. To be a host, complete the Interest Form online.
University enrolls first class in Radiologic Technology program
Radiologic technology gives us a window into the human body. It allows us to see the structure and function of anatomical systems that make us tick to help doctors better diagnose and treat their patients. At Parker University, our on-campus, 25-month radiologic technology program teaches students the skills needed to succeed in this exciting and growing field.
This program is one of the new academic programs Parker University launched in January 2013 as part of a larger strategic plan to develop 12 new programs through 2017. The development is part of Parker University's evolution to a health science institution, which will offer new academic programs designed specifically to compliment and support the chiropractic profession. Learn more about the Radiological Technology program.
It's Official: All Parker Graduates are Members of the Alumni Association!
Happy New Year to all of our Parker graduates and welcome to the Parker University Alumni Association! We know that you invested a lot in Parker during your time as a student. We want to help all of our graduates be as successful as they aspire to be. That is why, as of January 1, all Parker graduates became automatic members of the alumni association. No more annual dues, just great resources, events, programs, and benefits for all alumni. All members enjoy benefits such as: 15% discount for all CE courses, complimentary registration to Parker Seminars for three years after graduation, and the opportunity to volunteer for the alumni association board of directors or a committee. Learn more about the new Parker University Alumni Association >>
Our esteemed lifetime members continue to enjoy a special list of benefits, while helping the Parker Alumni Association Endowment Fund generate interest for the benefit of our student scholarships. You too can pledge to become a lifetime member today!
Chiropractic Jobs Projected to Jump 28% by 2020
For most college graduates, the data speaks to a still-tough job market. But one degree has risen steadily: doctor of chiropractic. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in chiropractic will increase 28% by 2020 – placing the field of chiropractic at a much faster growth rate than most professions. Read the full article >>