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Time for Phonathon!

November and December are Phonathon months for Sherman College.

Someone from Sherman may be calling you soon to update your contact information for the Online Alumni Directory and asking for your financial support for the college.

Be sure to have a kind word for our callers and let your front desk personnel know that you'll take a call from Sherman College Phonathon callers.

Should you want to save us a call, make your donation to the ADJUST Fund online using our secure server: We appreciate your support of Sherman College and our efforts to provide top quality chiropractic education!

Welcome Dr. Henry

Dr. Keith HenryDr. Keith Henry recently joined the staff at Sherman as interim Dean of Clinics. He comes to us from Cleveland College of Chiropractic in Los Angeles where he was chair of the program for clinical sciences.

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The Great Undertow

Lost B.J. Palmer Book (1929) Published by Dr. H. T. Hughes

by Rob Sinnott, D.C.

I had the pleasure of preparing this text for publishing for the great chiropractor Dr. Harold Hughes (PSC '47) over the past 18 months. Dr. Hughes passed from the physical plane days before this text went to print here, but thankfully his sons have completed the final steps and made it available to a profession in desperate need for the words etched across these pages. Read more…

The Great Undertow by BJ Palmer 1929

Research News

Faculty Research Publications

Hart J. Cancer mortality for a single race in low versus high elevation counties in the U.S. Dose Response 2011; 9(3): 348-355.

Hart J. Lung cancer in Oregon. Dose Response 2011; 9(3): 410-415.

Alumna Author Lauren Nappen, '93,
Releases new book
Wishing You

Wishing You by Lauren Nappen, DC

Dr. Lauren Nappen, who describes herself as a natural born healer, chiropractor, spiritual intuitive, visionary and witness, has been encouraging people to rewrite their personal stories for the past 18 years by sharing the benefits and wisdom of alignment with self and spirit. She is the creator of various workshops and seminars, including Wellth of Soulutions, a monthly spiritual gathering that focuses on the joy of the soul. 

Wishing You contains 56 illustrated pages of sincere affirmations of wellness, freedom, harmony and the mental attitude that help make life good. Read more...

Sherman Supporters Show Their PRide

Dr. Jared Sargent

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first annual Sherman PRide Day! October 24 was a great day for Sherman College. All day long, we celebrated our alumni, students, employees and supporters, and many of you used the day to reconnect with us and show the world how proud you are to be affiliated with Sherman.

The day brought much positive PR to the college and its alumni. Participants helped by wearing Sherman College clothing, posting photos and status update regarding Sherman College on Facebook, changing their profile photos to the PRide Day logo, talking about Sherman to family, friends and patients, talking to prospective students about a career in chiropractic and more.

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SC Proclaims October Spine health month

President Schwartzbauer, SCCA Gov. Nikki Haley
Gov. Haley joined the S.C. Chiropractic Association in recognizing
Spinal Health Month at the State House on October 25.

Recognizing the positive impact of chiropractic in the lives of her state's citizens and appreciating the value of more than 1,100 doctors practicing in the state, South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley proclaimed October 2011 as Spinal Health Month. Read more... Proclamation

IRAPS Celebrates Research, Philosophy

by Director of Continuing Education Missy Sandor

Over the weekend of October 22-23, Sherman College hosted its eighth annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) in Spartanburg, SC, welcoming more than 100 friends of chiropractic.  It is wonderful to see IRAPS grow. We were pleased that our presenters included students from Sherman College and Life University as well as staff from three chiropractic colleges.

IRAPS logoDr. Christopher Kent, a vital and noteworthy leader in the chiropractic community presented the keynote address, “Winning the Debate on Vertebral Subluxation,” an overview of contemporary scientific literature supporting chiropractic

In addition to the philosophy and research abstracts presented, the college was excited to welcome 14 new graduates of the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers program. This program expands knowledge of chiropractic philosophy and critical thinking skills and is accepted as the first year of the ICA Council Chiropractic Diplomate Program.

Sherman would also like to extend its appreciation to its co-sponsors, whose support was invaluable: Seattle Upper Cervical Research Institute, International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations, The Best Mission Trip Ever, On Pointe Seminars and the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation.

We hope to see you next October 20-21, 2012, on campus as we celebrate the ninth year of IRAPS. The Call for Abstracts will be announced soon.

Registering now for ACP 2012-2013

Sherman College is excited to offer The Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP) program in three different locations in 2012-2013: Spartanburg, SC, San Diego, CA and Bologna,Italy. 

So that Sherman College can successfully offer this program in these locations, a minimum number of advanced registrations is required by December 31, 2011.

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Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers Graduates 18

by Director of Continuing Education Missy Sandor

Sherman College is proud to announce the graduation of 18 deserving candidates from the esteemed Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers. This year-long 100-hour course challenges the modern chiropractor in the knowledge and application of chiropractic philosophy.

We thank not only our graduates but Sherman Philosophy Department Chair Dr. Bill Decken for leading the program and Dr. Gary Pennebaker for spearheading the group in Minnesota.

Why the ACP?

“Enrolling in the ACP program was the most important decision I have made as a chiropractor. The in depth analysis of our philosophy and history has given me incredible certainty that has resulted in improved communication of the principles with my practice members and other chiropractors. Do it for yourself, your practice members and the profession” – Steve Tullius, DC, ACP

ACP graduates
ACP Graduates and their Mentors.

Graduates include Matthew Alvord, D.C., Morgan Binnie, D.C., Richard Brescia, D.C., Joshua Carmack, D.C., Ronald Castellucci, D.C., Troy Higley, D.C., Carolyn Kusek, Laurence Layne, Abel Montoro Murcia, Paul D. Moon, D.C., James Peck, D.C., Joseph Stevens, D.C., Erick C. Swenson, D.C., and Steve Tullius, D.C. Also graduating but unable to attend ceremony were Andrew Coyne, Cassie McGuire, Elizabeth Raymond and Gretchen Skalicky. Read list of research topics...

South Carolina Meets New Jersey for New Beginnings

by Admission Representative Daria Winnicka

DariaI had the pleasure of representing Sherman College recently in Long Branch, New Jersey, from October 27-30, for a celebration of principled chiropractic at the 20th anniversary of New Beginnings. The weekend started out on Thursday with a number of passionate speakers. On Friday, a special luncheon encouraged current chiropractic students to stay motivated and rooted in philosophy. On Saturday night, New Beginnings attendees enjoyed a Halloween banquet and costume party…Read more and see pictures.

President Obama Announces Changes to Student Loan Program

by Director of Financial Aid Kathy Wilson

Positive changes to the current student loan program are on the way. In an effort to reduce student loan default rates and improve the student's ability to pay back their loans, President Obama is making some much needed changes to the program.

Obama announced in late October that he will accelerate a measure passed by Congress that reduces the maximum repayment on student loans. Under the income-based repayment option, students were expected to make a payment of at least 15 percent of their discretionary income. Obama has reduced this percentage to 10 percent, and any remaining balance will be forgiven after 20 years. The White House wants this to go into effect in 2012 instead of 2014.  Approximately 1.6 million borrowers, including many Sherman College alumni, could be affected.  

Second, Obama says the program will allow borrowers who have loans from both the Family Education Loan Program and a direct loan to consolidate them into a single loan. The consolidated loan would be up to a half percentage point less than the original loan. This lower rate could apply to 5.8 million borrowers.

These changes in the student loan program could save some borrowers hundreds of dollars each month.The Financial Aid office believes this will help graduates get started in their practices and help them make ends meet as they get their chiropractic careers underway. 

See the announcement here.

Alumni Association Hosts Oktoberfest for Senior Interns

Oktopberfest at Sherman

The atrium at Sherman College was transformed into a cozy German restaurant one Thursday evening in October as the Alumni Association hosted and toasted their future colleagues for an Oktoberfest party. Local alumni and senior interns slated to graduate within the next year were invited to meet association officers and enjoy a German meal and beverages.

The students who attended said they appreciated the convenience of the party happening on campus and starting when they were finishing up for the day in the health center. They also liked that it took place early in the fall quarter before they became too involved in national board studies, midterms and other commitments.

Student Allie Sansbury of Spartanburg said, “I thought it was a really nice break from the everyday work of school. The food was fantastic, as well as the fellowship. It was a nice way to bond with my peers who are soon to graduate and all of the alumni and faculty who attended.”

Alumni Association First Vice President Mark Fullerton, D.C., of Woodruff, attended the event and said, “Thank you for the unique opportunity to meet the senior interns face to face. It was a FUN evening and from the looks of it, the students had a great time too.”

See the album on facebook...

Pride of Sherman Tour 2011

by Admission and Event Coodinator Stacy Bradey

Sherman College of Chiropractic hosted the annual Pride of Sherman Tour November 4-5, 2011. Twenty-one people attended the event – 15 prospective students and six guests. The attendees represented Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Pride Tour panel
Sherman students Al Coston, Jr., Allison Smith, Elizabeth Balwah and Tyler Jack
during the student panel discussion of the Pride of Sherman Tour

On November 4, the guests toured the campus, health center, x-ray and anatomy lab where students and professors presented information regarding the areas of their expertise. Guests also attended a mock adjusting class, an academic and curriculum expectation class, and an admission and financial aid presentation. They had the opportunity to meet with staff regarding enrollment and any questions were immediately answered by Sherman representatives. That evening guests were treated to a social with staff and current students.

November 5 was a day of exploration. To get a feel for Spartanburg, the guests took a walking tour of downtown led by a representative of the Spartanburg County Historical Association. They then had the opportunity to tour Dr. Sam Ralls' office at Ralls Family Chiropractic, where he led a tour and answered questions regarding his business and practical aspects of owning and running a chiropractic office. Dr. Ralls' enthusiasm for his Sherman College education and for chiropractic healing was a great inspiration for the guests.

Christopher Smith, from Traverse, Michigan, who has been approved for the fall 2012 quarter, had this to say:

I just wanted to thank you again for all the effort you put into the Pride of Sherman Tour. Jacki and I found the entire experience to be informative and enjoyable. We both learned a lot about Sherman, what we can expect, what will be expected of us, and the Spartanburg area. I had high hopes for the event: and yet, all of the people at Sherman were able to exceed, by far, the expectations I had. This past weekend went a long way in preparing Jacki and me for what lies ahead; and it would not have been possible had it not been for the efforts of everyone there. Thank you again; and we look forward to seeing you next fall.

The event was successful due to the magnificent teamwork of student leaders, professors, administrators, cafeteria and maintenance staff, and the admission department. We look forward to the opportunity to recruit and showcase Sherman College of Chiropractic in the upcoming events. If you would like to participate as a speaker, open your office to future groups, or add to our events in other creative ways, please contact Admission and Event Coordinator Stacy Bradey at or 864-578-8770 ext. 200.

Growing the Ted Hartley Memorial Scholarship

Ted HartleyWhen Dr. Ted Hartley died in 2004, his good friend and former Sherman classmate Dr. John Degenhart generously donated the seed money to establish the Ted Hartley Scholarship. Many of his classmates also contributed to the college in memory of Hartley, and the funds were invested to protect the principal and only use the earnings to award scholarships.

Like other scholarships offered at Sherman, this one honors a caring and enthusiastic chiropractor who found his life's calling in chiropractic. Degenhart describes his former roommate Hartley as a great guy, a good husband and father and a great chiropractor. He had a great passion for the profession and the college's Lyceum program. Degenhart plans for the scholarship to help like-minded students, full of passion for chiropractic.

A native of Cincinnati, OH, Hartley graduated in 1980 and opened a practice in Florida where he served for 20 years. He was a member of the Board of Regents, making generous and regular donations to the college, and he attended Lyceum often. Hartley was a strong and steady supporter of the college and encouraged his classmates to get involved as well. He was also active in the Florida Chiropractic Society having served as vice president. He served as an examiner for the Florida Board of Chiropractic.

“It's time to give the Ted Hartley Scholarship Fund a fresh infusion of support to honor the memory of Dr. Hartley,” says President Jon Schwartzbauer. “Dr. Hartley is and will be remembered as one of our most supportive alumni. He was a man of integrity and commitment. In a letter to the college shortly before his death he wrote, ‘There is almost nothing better than correcting people's subluxations and allowing them to be all that they can be.' A donation to this scholarship keeps Dr. Hartley's passion for chiropractic alive and honors his vision of helping the public be all that they can be.”

Low earnings in recent years have meant that the scholarship could not be offered as often as Degenhart, Hartley's widow, Peggy, and his classmates envisioned. The college is asking for support from the profession to give this fund the boost it needs to become a stronger, self-sustaining legacy to one of our early alumni who truly understood chiropractic's ability to change lives. Use our secure server to donate now online or mail your check for theSherman college

Ted Hartley Scholarship Fund
Sherman College
P.O. Box 1452
Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Donations to Sherman College and this scholarship fund are tax-deductible.