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September 2009

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic

Tim AllisonFEATURE

On the Ropes: Meeting the Challenge of Leadership

Nine Sherman faculty members completed facilitator certification on our low ropes course September 11-13, 2009. Led by Lance Ussery, of Upper Edge Adventures in Nashville,  the participants learned through 24 hours of experience how to promote group interactions and team building, and how to encourage student engagement in activities.


Tom BallStudent Tom Ball:
Mental Focus for Physical Success

What is the most challenging thing about being a chiropractic student for exercise physiologist and cyclist Thomas Ball? Sitting down all day!  However, developing the mental focus for studying and class work helps Tom compete in cycling. He says that many people don't realize how much mental focus is necessary for athletic competition.



Our first set of engraved bricks has arrived, and we are excited about getting them installed! The second round will be installed soon, but there is still room for you. Make your mark in the Sherman Plaza with a commemorative brick for only $125.

Sherman gives students a firm foundation in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, and now you can build on it with your encouragement and example: Buy a Brick!


Dr. Pengju (George) Luo Named Director of Research

Pengju (George) LuoDr. Luo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new position. He has served as a valuable faculty member (Assistant Professor) at Sherman since 2006 and was recently promoted to Associate Professor. He served as a research and teaching assistant at Clemson University and currently is an adjunct assistant professor at Clemson where he will continue his research activities.

Pat Cahloun.Patricia Calhoun New Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs

Patricia Calhoun has joined the staff at Sherman as administrative assistant to VP for Academic Affairs Bob Irwin, D.C. She is a graduate of James Madison University in Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences. She taught preschool for 5 years and Montessori elementary for 10 years. She has lived in 10 states, but South Carolina is her favorite.

Schwartzbauer, Monetti & Dubelshermanpalooza
"Schmooze with The Schwartz!"

Meet with Dr. Jon Schwartzbauer, President of Sherman college, and your peers at this free event to discuss chiropractic with your peers, and bring a prospective student or six to introduce them to Sherman College.

Shermanpalooza is a free event, but space will be limited. Register online now or call 800-849-8771. More information at

Lauren Ferraro


Regent Jim Dubel, D.C., and Annie Monetti, D.C., brought an equal number of prospective students to Shermanpalooza in New Jersey, but Monetti won the BJ Palmer Bust in a drawing. (above)

Lauren Ferraro won the trip to Career Day at Lyceum 2010: From Passion to Action.She is referred to us by Drs.Frank Hahn and Bob Berkowitz. (right)

John Hart, D.C. Dr. John Hart Attends Resarch Symposium at Wofford

John Hart, D.C., M.H.S., attended a research symposium at Wofford on Saturday, September 12. There were many informative and thought-provoking presentations given by students and faculty, followed by a luncheon., including a presentation by biology major Hayes Modlin about "Moving Outside the Realm of Conventional Allopathic Medicine" that included chiropractic.

Blackboard logoGoodbye, Edufolio. Hello, Blackboard!

During summer 2009, Sherman College transitioned to a new online learning management system, Blackboard ( Blackboard replaced Edufolio, which the college used for 5 years. Students and educators need flexibility to work inside and outside the classroom in ways that make sense to their learning. Blackboard offers an advanced platform full of technology-rich tools that support student achievement.

Sherman faculty and staff were taught by a certified Blackboard trainer during an intense two-day workshop in August. Fifteen participants attended and learned about Blackboard’s communication and instructional collaboration tools, advanced assessment solutions, and the powerful grade center, which can be used to help instructors track student progress and adapt instruction accordingly.These participants are now prepared to help other faculty and staff learn and implement Blackboard into their courses and departments.

Workshop attendees were as follows: Joy Gayler, Carolyn Best, Alena Coleman, Bill Decken, Joe Donofrio, Cindy Gibbon. Crissy Lewis, Beth McDowell, Maria Michelin, Laura Greene-Orndorff, Perry Rush, Mitzi Schwartzbauer, Claudia Seay, and Roberta Thomas


Larry shops AmazonHoliday Shopping Madness is just around the corner!

If you plan to shop at, please stop by our website first, so that Sherman College will get a small percentage (4-6%) of the price.

It costs you nothing but a few mouse clicks, but it means a lot to the school--$243.56 so far. Every little bit helps!

Keep your sanity--shop online



CSI LogoQuality Enhancement Plan ~ CSI

Our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Case Study for Chiropractic Instruction (CSI), is concluding its first year which focused on case management. The case management faculty learning community worked diligently during the past year to assess and evaluate areas of strength and weakness related to instruction in the area of case management.

Using the outcomes from this data, the faculty learning community restructured their teaching strategies in targeted case management courses. These strategies were designed to engage students’ and help them acquire deeper learning in the area of case management. The implementation of these strategies is helping the college meet a major goal of the QEP, which is to increase Sherman students’ performance on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) examinations.

Our next area of focus will be case history and diagnosis. Our faculty learning community will be comprised of: Cindy Gibbon, D.C., Maria Michelin, D.C., Beth McDowell, D.C., Laura Greene-Orndorff, D.C., Alena Coleman, D.C.,  and Jennifer York, D.C. These faculty members represent and teach the courses related to case history and diagnosis.  

Cindy Gibbon, D.C.
Cindy Gibbon
Maria Michelin, D.C.
Maria Michelin
Beth McDowell Riser, D.C.
Beth McDowell
Laura Orndorff
Laura Orndorff
Alena Coleman, D.C.
Alena Coleman
Jennifer York, D.C.
Jennifer York

To learn more about the QEP, please visit our Case Study Instruction web site:

ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy

Sherman College is proud to host the
ICA Council on Chiropractic
Philosophy Diplomate Graduation
during IRAPS on Saturday, October 17th.

IRAPSThe International Research & Philosophy Symposium October 16-18, 2009:

A Conference on Advances in
Chiropractic Science and Philosophy

Register NOW for IRAPS

Go to for more information or join us on Facebook

Cervical, Brachial and Lumbar Dissection Seminar
with Dr. Roy Sweat, November 21-22, 2009, Sherman Campus

Re-explore the anatomy of spine for effective vertebral subluxation correction
Visit to view more continuing education seminars.

Missy Sandor, Director of Continuing EducationFor more information, contact
Missy Sandor, Director of Continuing Education
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
P.O. Box 1452 / Spartanburg, SC 29304
(800) 849-8771 or (864) 578-8770, ext. 229

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