Month: July 2012

Life Serves at U S Olympic Track and Field Trials

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

MARIETTA, GA. — Four Life University chiropractic sport science students recently traveled to famed Hayward Field in Eugene, OR., to assist Olympic hopefuls competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Track and Field (held June 21 through July 1).

Students Oscar Adorno-Bruno (31), Gregory Busby (25), Michael Drzewieki (25) and Brandon Williams (29), who are dually enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Sport Health Science programs, were responsible for staffing the Chiropractic and Massage station check-in in six-day shifts, facilitating athletes’ visits with care providers and occasionally assisting care providers with stretching protocols. They were accompanied by Sport Health Science associate professor Dr. Keith Rau. Rau, a licensed chiropractor who also served as a care provider during the 2010 U.S. National Championships and also during this event, received the invitation from event organizers in January and co-administered the application and selection process naming the four student volunteers.

Says Rau, “This was an incredible opportunity for deserving students to assist some of the world’s greatest athletes in what is arguably the preeminent track and field facility in the country, and to interact with and learn from the top sports chiropractors in the nation – doctors who are leading the field these students will enter.” The experience was structured as a for-credit course, and students accordingly collected data on chiropractic utilization by the athletes for a potential American Chiropractic Association Sports Council abstract entry.

Though the data has not yet been collated, Rau noted that the services in the Chiropractic and Massage station were far more utilized by athletes and their support teams than were the services available in the Medical tent – “sometimes 20 times more each day,” he says. Considering the popularity of chiropractic and massage care at the event, as well as the positive feedback Rau and the students received from athletic participants and care providers alike, it is clear that Life University and sport chiropractic are a welcome presence at the trials.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a presence at that level of competition,” Rau says. “Combined with the number of [Life University] D.C. alumni who were there rendering care, we represented the school well. Our students were perceived as professional, hardworking, energetic and eager to learn. I see this as a bridge-building opportunity, connecting Life University with athletes, sports chiropractors and sports chiropractic organizations from all over the country.”

For more information about Life University’s Chiropractic Sport Science concentration within the Masters in Sport Health Science program, please contact Keith Rau, Associate Professor, at [email protected]; 770-426-2771.

Life University LogoAbout Life University — Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award four-year undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of health care, science, business and general studies fields, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

Source: Life University @ 1:52 pm | Article ID: 1343757165

University of Bridgeport Announces New Dean and Other Administrative Appointments

by Frank Zolli, DC

It is with great pleasure that the University of Bridgeport Division of Heath Sciences announces the following recent academic appointments within the College of Chiropractic (UBCC):

David Wickes, M.A., D.C., has been appointed dean of the College of Chiropractic (UBCC).

University of BridgeportDr. Wickes was initially trained as a chiropractic physician in Illinois and has spent most of his professional life in the academic setting. He has served as the chief academic officer at two institutions: the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) and the University of Western States (UWS). In addition to his professional doctorate, he holds a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University, for which his focus was on contemporary educational methods and practices, the best practices in teaching with technology, critical appraisal of educational technology, instructional design and leadership. He has served as a faculty member, department chair, director, dean, and vice president.

Dr. Wickes has also been very active in the chiropractic profession at the national and international level, including being involved at a multitude of levels with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA), the Chiropractic Summit, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). He has also helped the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi develop a chiropractic degree program in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

UBCC is committed to training doctors of chiropractic as portal of entry providers capable of successfully meeting the challenges of today’s integrative health care environment, while respecting the various approaches and philosophies inherent within our diverse chiropractic community. We are confident Dr. Wickes will help us significantly in this regard.

Director of Educational Assessment and Planning, Division of Health Sciences

Denise Gagne-Kurpiewski has been appointed director of educational assessment and planning for the division of health sciences.

She will be responsible for coordinating assessment planning, data collection, reporting, and decision-making by academic departments within health sciences to encourage decision-making based on high-quality assessment data and drive continuous improvement and assure accreditation standards compliance. The director will also provide faculty consultation and training on the development of learning outcomes, curriculum design, rubric design, and the use of assessment information to drive curricular planning. Ms. Gagne-Kupiewski’s training includes an Advanced Diploma (6th year), Educational Leadership, College of New Rochelle; Administrative Certification Program in Educational Leadership, Sacred Heart University; MBA, University of Bridgeport; Recipient of Director’s Award; and BBA, Concentration in Management, Western Connecticut State University.

Coordinator of Academic Affairs, College of Chiropractic

Paul Sherman, DC, associate professor of clinical sciences, and member of the UBCC faculty since 1998, has been appointed as the coordinator of academic affairs.

In addition to continuing in a faculty role, Dr. Sherman will assist the dean, associate dean of clinical education, and director of educational assessment and planning in coordination of academic activities, including, faculty support, program scheduling and planning, student advising and competency assurance, and data compilation and reporting for accreditation compliance. @ 12:26 pm | Article ID: 1343060799