William Ralph Boone, Ph.D., D.C.
It is with deep sadness that we report the sudden death of
Dr. W. Ralph Boone, ’90, former director of research at Sherman College of Chiropractic.
He died unexpectedly Sunday, November 21, 2010, at his residence.
“Dr. Boone made a significant impact in the chiropractic profession,
particularly at Sherman College,” said Sherman president Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C.
“Among his notable contributions to the college were his dedication to research
focused on the vertebral subluxation and his passion for bringing together research
and philosophy through our International Research and Philosophy Symposium. He
loved Sherman College so much. I remember Ralph always commenting on how he thought
we had the most beautiful campus of all the chiropractic colleges he had visited.”
Read remembrances of Dr. Boone and more about his life.
WCCS Holiday Yard
Sale Fundraiser for Trip to Brazil in April
By WCCS Treasurer Brandon Holmes
The WCCS Holiday Yard Sale was a success on many levels. We raised almost
$300 toward our attendance at Congress, and we were able to provide our
community with some very nice, inexpensive gifts for the holidays--all thanks
to the generous donation of sale items from the Sherman family.
Your support has
inspired all of us to work even harder this year. We want to make great things
happen in chiropractic around the world and to have a significant presence at Congress
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in April, which is six months earlier than the usual
(l - r) Dayna Socha, Jonathan Orvis, Elizabeth Balwah, Meghan Socha, Allie Sansbury
ROAR sponsors Wine & Dine with Sherman Stars
by ROAR Director Jamie Browning, D.C.
Our first Wine & Dine with Sherman Stars (WDSS) event was a success. Many
thanks to ROAR members Drs. Jon Moser and Erik Beauvais for attending and sharing
their passion and experiences in the field.
WDSS is a social event designed to honor our senior student leaders at Sherman.
Select ROAR members and alumni, along with President Jon Schwartzbauer, use
this opportunity to network, offer guidance and mingle with our future colleagues.
Attending student leaders received a ROAR bag of gifts, a certificate of appreciation
from the college and a ROAR application. We support these leaders’ passion for
the profession and commitment to the future of chiropractic.
Winter 2010 Graduation Held at Chapman Cultural Center
Thirty students from across the country received the doctor of chiropractic
degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday,
December 18, 2010. The commencement was a shared ceremony for both December 2010
and March 2011 graduates.
Michael J.B. Myers of Pennsylvania and Michael Thomas Rykse of Michigan, recipients
of the Milton W. Garfunkel Award for the December and March classes, respectively,
presented farewell addresses to their classmates. The Garfunkel Award is the
highest award given at graduation. Students receiving this honor must have a
grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify those qualities
Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the
profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service
to the college and community.
The Academic Achievement Award was presented to Myers for the December class
and Michael Donald Knecht of Michigan for the March 2011 class. This award is
given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade
point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.
The Service Distinction Award was presented to Katy M. Hughes of Pennsylvania.
This distinction is not awarded at every graduation; rather it is given to special
students who stand out for their significant and distinguished service contributions
to Sherman College throughout their course of study.
Myers received the Clinical Excellence Award for the December class, along
with Taylor Jacob Van Quaethem of Washington, for the March class. This award
is given to the intern in each class who has established a successful practice
in the Health Center and has diligently worked to develop his/her skills in the
art, science and philosophy of chiropractic.
Meghan Ruth Luttrell Palmer of Tennessee received the B.J. Palmer Philosophy
Distinction Award, which is given in recognition of the outstanding student who
has “that something” that exemplifies the profound philosophical understanding
necessary to translate the universal principles of life into the workable philosophy,
science and art which is chiropractic.
The commencement address was given by John Hilpisch, D.C., of Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
Hilpisch is chair of the Sherman College Board of Trustees and is well-known
for his love and teaching of upper cervical chiropractic and the practice of
the Blair technique. He was named Blair Chiropractor of the Year in 2005 and
has been named Regent of the Year by Sherman College two years in a row, 2009
and 2010. His daughter Frances Culbertson was among the graduates.
R. L. Luttrell, D.C., delivered the charge to the graduates. Luttrell is a
chiropractor who has run successful chiropractic practices in several states,
including Kentucky, Florida, Michigan and most recently in Tennessee. He has
been active as a member and leader in community organizations such as Rotary
and Lions Clubs, Boy Scouts, Masons, school boards and town councils. His youngest
daughter, Meghan Luttrell Palmer, was among the graduates and the recipient of
the B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction Award.
Research News: SCHOLAR Presentations at Sherman
Dr. Rochelle Delain and student Alison Smith presented results of their research
projects at the Sherman College Helping Others Learn About Research (SCHOLAR)
presentation in December. Dr. Delain was the faculty advisor for a student-led
project on the effects of chiropractic on hypertension in African-American patients.
Smith spoke on the effect of the menstrual cycle on spinal temperature
readings. Student Nicholas Hannouche's project studied the effect of vibrations
(from talking and coughing) on spinal temperature readings. These projects developed
out of Dr. John Hart's Pattern Analysis class.
Students select a research topic that is
of interest to them; then they submit a proposal to the instructor, who forwards
the proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chairperson, Dr. Mitzi Schwartzbauer,
for IRB approval.
Grant Opportunities from the Global Gateway Foundation
The Foundation focuses its grants and community involvement in the areas
where it can make unique and positive contributions in alignment with its mission
and goals. Current opportunities and Call for Proposals will be posted at http://www.globalgatewayfoundation.org/.
For additional information about the Foundation’s grant application process please
on the Sherman College Sponsored Master's Cycling Team
Student Thomas Ball and a teammate Andrew Danfy recently won the Gold and Bronze
medals at the South Carolina State Cyclo-cross championships held in Greenville,
SC, on Saturday, November 13, 2010. Thomas placed first, and Andrew placed
third in the masters division.
Cyclo-cross bicycle races typically take place in the autumn and winter, and
consist of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5 km or 1.5–2 mile) course
featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring
the rider to quickly dismount their bikes, carry the bike while navigating the
obstacles and remount. Races are generally an hour long, with the distance varying
depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional
road cycling countries such as Belgium, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
Cyclo-cross bicycles are a mix between road and mountain bicycles: lightweight,
with narrow tires and road drop handlebars. However, they also share characteristics
with mountain bicycles in that they utilize knobby tread tires for traction,
and cantilever style brakes for clearance needed due to muddy conditions. The
sight of competitors struggling up a muddy slope with bicycles on their shoulders
is the classic image of the sport. Read more about Thomas Ball.