Parker Chiropractic President for a Day Event

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Parker President Dr. Fabrizio Mancini and Student Swap Roles in the First Annual President for a Day Event
DALLAS — Parker College of Chiropractic president, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, swapped roles for a day with a Tri-Four Parker student, Steven Chalk. Chalk was selected to serve as President for a Day where he attended all the meetings that Dr. Mancini would normally attend, and Dr. Mancini attended classes, labs, clinic training, and activities that Chalk would normally attend. The purpose of the First Annual President for a Day event is to experience what it’s like to walk in each other’s shoes.

Dr. Mancini and Steven ChalkDr. Mancini and Chalk met early that morning to trade cars. “I sold my car to help pay for my tuition, so I didn’t have a car for my first two years as a student at Parker,” said Dr. Mancini. “It was a real pleasure to get to drive Steven’s car to class as a Tri-Four student.”

After arriving on campus, Dr. Mancini exercised with students, attended classes, including a class taught by one of his former Parker classmates, Dr. Jim Guest, ate lunch with students in the Parker Cafe, shadowed student intern, Jose Negron, in one of the Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinics, and more.

Chalk also started his day by exercising at Dr. Mancini’s favorite workout spot, Four Seasons in Irving, Texas, with some of Dr. Mancini’s closest friends and colleagues. Following the workout, he met with Bill Nardiello, chairman of the Parker Board of Trustees. Chalk pitched the idea of creating a First Annual President for a Day Scholarship. Nardiello generously offered to fund the scholarship by donating $1,500.

Later that day, Chalk spoke on the phone with chiropractic visionaries such as Dr. Patrick Gentempo, Dr. Michael Flynn, Dr. Gary Walsemann, Dr. Rick McMichael, and Kent Greenawalt.

He attended lunch with Parker alumni and vice president of the Parker Alumni Association, Dr. Camille Reagan. He also met with Jordan Hart, president of student senate, Dr. Gene Giggleman, dean of academics, Dr. Larry Stolar, dean of clinics, Matt Eiserloh, chief marketing officer, Victor Ballesteros, dean of students, Chris Zeppa, director of information services, and Dr. Chris Petrie, manager of academic and clinical computing.

“As a student we might think Parker’s making some things harder,” said Chalk. “I see now that all of the changes and advancements Parker is making–it’s all about making the students a better chiropractor.”

During some of Chalk’s meetings he presented his idea of integrating i-clickers into classrooms. The idea was part of his winning presentation to the President for a Day selection committee. He also met with representatives from i-clicker. I-clicker is an audience response system that enables professors to pose both preconceived and spontaneous questions and see how the class answers. I-clickers allow students to participate without embarrassment of answering questions wrong or even raising their hand. “Every student would participate and the professor would know how well the information presented is being understood,” said Chalk.

Dr. Mancini and Chalk met up at the end of the day to have a nice dinner sponsored by Pappas Bros. and to discuss the experiences they had walking in each other’s footsteps. “This was amazing for me,” said Dr. Mancini. “This day has been one of the best days I have had as president at Parker, one that I know will help me be a better president and a better leader.”

“There was just so much to do and I barely scratched the surface,” said Chalk. “I have more appreciation now for my education at Parker than I even did before.”

In addition to being selected as the first participant in President for a Day, sponsored by Parker Seminars, Chalk will receive airfare, hotel accommodation, and a per diem for Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2011, where he will join Dr. Mancini on stage for the opening session.

Prior to becoming a Parker student, Chalk received his bachelor’s in exercise science at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He grew up in League City, TX, where he graduated in the top three percent of his class, received the prestigious Texas Scholar Award that is awarded to world class students, and served as vice president for his senior class of more than 750 students.

He spent two years working with numerous missionaries in Torreon, Mexico, where he mastered the Spanish language. As a district leader, he provided leadership and training to groups of missionaries. Chalk is currently an active Toastmaster’s member and is very involved in his church, including teaching Sunday school and coordinating church activities. He resides in Coppell, TX. Chalk is married with one son and a second child due in November.

About Parker College of Chiropractic Located in Dallas, Parker College of Chiropractic is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 9:09 am | Article ID: 1289927403