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Break Time!

It feels a little strange to have a break from school and not have any homework to think about, or upcoming exams to begin to prepare for. I've spent a week at home with my kids and my wife, just being a dad and a husband. Every break seems to cause a division for me. One side of me is excited to go back and begin a new quarter and be that much closer to graduation, but then there's another side of me that spends time with my family and I just don't want to go back to the daily grind again. Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do to make the break go slower, just enjoy every minute of it that I have. So I'm going to get back to my family, and I'll think about school again in three days.



A New Excitement Building…At Sherman!

Sherman is offering an exciting new elective!

Network Spinal Analysis will be offered this spring and will be taught by Dr. Brian Lumb of Asheville, N.C.  Whoo hoo!

Last fall, several Sherman students attended a Basic Seminar in Atlanta after becoming active in the Network Spinal Analysis Club. We were then thrilled to learn that an NSA elective was going to be taught by Dr. Lumb on our campus! We all jumped at the chance of taking it. 🙂 I believe the class is all filled up.

It’s going to be an exciting quarter for those of us that will be taking our first elective. It’s like venturing out into a brave new world….and there are so many new worlds in chiropractic to explore!

At this point in my chiropractic career, everything is new and exciting to me! There are wonderful and amazing things to learn around each and every bend.

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And I’m quite sure the learning and fun will never end! 🙂


Is there life after boards?

Question: is there life after boards?

Answer: Yes indeed there is, although it is an “altered” existence. It is the existence of an altered Universe that requires bubble test sheets and #2 pencils for all answers!

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Last night my daughter and I went out to dinner to celebrate Spring’s arrival with a bunch of folks. It was a nice diversion not usually taken during finals week (for me anyway). Oddly enough I found myself searching for the name tag that dictated where we were to sit. And then my mind searched for I.D. #, booklet #, pencil and paper. Ah, it’s true!

After 660 questions in two days and 6 computerized testing sheets – all I could see were little circles to color. And of course with finals we have even more little circles to color in. A pity we can’t use colored pencils, hmmmm. I can now claim to be an undisputed pro at standardized testing!  Not something an ex-Montessori teacher likes to admit striving toward (geek joke lol!).

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Seriously now: it will be a few days after finals before we test takers can return to the Normal Universe. It will take some time to find just the right wormhole. After all, we don’t want to arrive back at the beginning of Boards…rather at the beginning of Spring Break ! YA!


Finals Week is Here

Well, here we are at finals week finally! This seemed like the never ending quarter. It was a week longer than most, but it felt a lot longer than that. I'm ready for a break away from school that I can go spend with my family. It will be nice to be able to enjoy unseasonably warm weather without a thought of anatomy, palpation, or nutrition. Just a couple more finals to get out of the way, then I will be in 4th quarter. It's hard to believe I've nearly been here for a whole year. Before I know it I'll be taking boards and moving on to clinic. It can't come fast enough!


Get Involved with the “Dance A Thon”

There are so many people who want to get involved with the community, yet are not exactly how they can help out. If you’re the type who likes to help the community and volunteer for community service, you may want to listen up.

Dance-a-thonThe Gibbs Cancer Center is in the process of putting an event together in order to raise money for the Gibbs Cancer Center and is looking for students from every college to participate. They decided they are going to try to pull an “All Nighter”. This is a fundraising partnership between Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation, Gibbs Cancer Center, and all 7 Spartanburg colleges.  The event is slated to be held in February 2013 and will last 15-16 hours.  It is going to be an exciting challenge coordinating 7 colleges into one huge fundraiser.

    Now the question is how can you help out and get involved? Easy, there are meetings once a month on Monday nights for an hour and half. They are looking for people with skills in every area (such as communication, media, marketing, computers, etc.) in order to help pull this event together. If you are interested in helping out please let me know (sjwark@shermancollege.net). Even if you do not want to help on the committee, you can still be involved and attend the event in February.

Currently, all the schools are working together to come up with a name, a logo, and a “branding” for this event. There were some great ideas brought up at the last meeting and the final decision will be made at the next meeting on March 19, 2012. Yet, with so much to still plan we are off to a wonderful start!




Tough Week at Sherman

This week is a tough one here at Sherman. However, it's probably not for the reasons that you would think. This is the week before finals and it is supposed to reach 80 degrees this week. On top of that, as a twelve week quarter instead of eleven, many of my classes have already finished their curriculum for the quarter, and are just waiting for finals. It's monday afternoon and I'm already finished for the week with 4 of my 8 classes, and by 11:00 am tomorrow I will be done with 6. The smart side of my brain tells me that this is a perfect opportunity to be responsible and begin studying early for my finals, but there's another very persuasive side of my brain that is already looking forward to an extra long weekend to come and beautiful weather leading into it. I know this may seem to some to be a very inconsequential dilemma to have, but this is a very stressful situation after a full quarter of regular routine where I knew exactly how much study time was available each day and worked hard at keeping the appropriate balance. I'm sure I'll figure it out. Well, I'd better go, the warm weather is calling, I mean, the books are calling.



 Mad  as  a  Hatter? 



Mad  as  a  March  Hare?



Mad  about You?



Mad  Eye Moody?

!!  NOT  QUITE  !!


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PART  I , II,  & III 

 Good Luck, Everyone !!!!


Fun In Spartanburg

The weekend is finally here. No exams, assignments, or big to do’s for this week. So now the question is what can I do that is fun and cheap in the Spartanburg area?

As I sit and pounder my options, I decide that maybe a basketball game would be fun. To my surprise there are two games today (USC Upstate and Wofford). Being I know people who attend USC Upstate, I figure why not go and cheer on the Spartans (I found out that not only was it Senior Night but also the Spartans are 3rd in their conference and one of the Spartan players are nominated for the player of the year—which means it should be a great game).

Also, being I am a current Sherman College student I got into the game for $1 by showing my ID. What more can you ask for especially if you enjoy sports like me. You not only get to watch a great game but it is ONLY $1. As the game proceeded, the Spartans were playing with real enthusiasm (with their 2 seniors on the floor). Both teams played hard and it was a very enjoyable game to sit back and watch. The Spartans came out victorious with a win over Stetson 72 to USC Upstate 90. Of course when the team you go to cheer on WINS it makes it so much better

Next, I decided that being I was already on the USC Upstate campus why not go over to the wellness center and play a couple games of racquetball. To my surprise again, (let me tell you all sorts of surprises are showing up) the last Saturday of every month it is free to use their facility.

Usually, the USC Upstate Wellness Center costs $5 dollars for a pass but there is everything you could want or need such as: Basketball courts, racquetball courts, indoor track, exercise equipment, swimming pool, Zumba classes, and that is just a few things they offer. So after I played 3 intense games of racquetball I decided to call it a day and head home.

So with nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg, I looked and found some great options that were fun and cheap. It only cost me $1 to have a fantastic afternoon filled with enjoyment, exercise, and fun. When you least expect it, you encounter so many wonderful opportunities. Don’t be afraid to get out there and try new things.

Quote: “There are no ordinary moments. There is always something going on.” – Peaceful Warrior


Board of Trustees Visit

"I will sell Chiropractic, serve Chiropractic, and save Chiropractic if it will take me twenty life times to do it. I will promote it within the law, without the law, in keeping with the law or against the law in order to get sick people well and keep the well from getting sick." 
— B.J. Palmer

This is a quote brought to us today in an assembly by Dr. Daniel Knowles, member of the Sherman Board of Trustees. There is a spirit in this quote that I love. One may argue whether or not we chiroprac-TORS actually "get sick people well." It's a philosophical question. One may argue that the concept is medically oriented. As for me, I look to the spirit of the message and gain from it what I will.  

In this case I hear the dedication of B.J. Palmer to the principles, to the application and the purpose of chiropractic. He knew what chiropractic was and is capable of. That is something to contemplate in and of itself.


Meet Samantha!

Hi, my name is Samantha. I am from a small place in Pennsylvania known as Wapwallopen. Since I was seven years old I wanted to become either a chiropractor or a lawyer. I was never totally sure which one would best fit me and my personality.

When I was fifteen years old, I became deathly ill and found that ONLY a chiropractor was willing to take the time to find what was truly wrong with me. Because of that doctor’s dedication and excitement for chiropractic, he was able to help me overcome all my health issues. From that moment I realized that allowing the body to heal itself makes so much more sense than any other methods of healing.

I FINALLY knew that I wanted to become a Chiropractor and that was my calling in life! If I can help one person and give someone answers my life would have fulfillment.

Since then, I have started to develop a true passion for chiropractic. Yet, after only a short time at Sherman my love, dedication, and enthusiasm has only grown stronger. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!