Sherman College Signs Transfer Agreement with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico

Sherman College of Chiropractic President Dr. Edwin Cordero and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico President Dr. Jorge Iván Vélez-Arocho at the agreement signing. Back row, second from left is PUCPR Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Leandro A. Colón Alicea; third from left is Sherman College Director of Hispanic and Presidential Initiatives Miguel Hastings; and third from right is PUCPR Vice President of Student Affairs Freddi Martínez Sotomayor.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (PUCPR) and Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, have signed a Three-Plus-One agreement to accelerate student admission into the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College and help students earn both their bachelor’s and doctor of chiropractic degrees faster.

As part of the agreement, which was signed on January 30, pre-chiropractic students will complete their first three years toward a bachelor’s degree at PUCPR prior to admission to Sherman College. Then, upon successful completion of the first year at Sherman College, students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree from PUCPR. This agreement will allow PUCPR students to go from high school to doctor of chiropractic degree a year faster, completing both the undergraduate and first professional degree in just 6½ years.

Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero says the agreement presents an attractive option for PUCPR students who hope to reach their career goals faster and enjoy a career that plays a significant role in health promotion. “Sherman College is excited to welcome PUCPR students who are looking to join a health care career that will allow them to bring principled chiropractic care to their communities and make a difference in the lives of others,” he said. Also representing Sherman at the agreement signing was Director of Hispanic and Presidential Initiatives Miguel Hastings.

“This agreement, unique in Latin America, will revolutionize the field of chiropractic in Puerto Rico,” said PUCPR President Dr. Jorge Iván Vélez-Arocho. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Leandro A. Colón Alicea and Vice President of Student Affairs Professor Freddi Martínez Sotomayor also represented PUCPR at the signing.

At Sherman College of Chiropractic, students learn from experienced faculty in a hands-on, highly individualized learning environment that makes for extraordinary success among graduates. The three-and-a-half year program is focused and rigorous, including two years of internship experience in college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. Chiropractic students engage in all aspects of patient care to develop clinical competency and prepare for practice.

Sherman College continually works to establish articulation agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with undergraduate institutions around the world to facilitate admission to its doctor of chiropractic program. For more information on such agreements, contact the Sherman College Admission Office or call 800-849-8771, ext. 221, email or go to

Kaku Donates Translated B.J. Palmer Books to Sherman Library

FumioKakuSherman College supporter Dr. Fumio Kaku of Tokyo, founder and president of the Japan Specific Chiropractic School and the Japan Specific Chiropractic Association, has donated two translated B.J. Palmer Green Books to the Sherman College library. Kaku, who has translated four of B.J.’s Green Books, has gifted the college with As a Man Thinketh Vol.28 and Our Masterpiece Vol.39. He has also translated (and previously donated to the college) Chiropractic Philosophy Science and Art Vol.32 and History in the Making Vol.35. Kaku says he hopes the books can help Sherman students from Japan studying to become doctors of chiropractic.

Dr. Kaku established the Japan Specific Chiropractic School (JSCS) in 1987, teaching H.I.O technique and the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic. The school has graduated 65 students. Some graduates go on to share specific chiropractic with the public as members of the Japan Specific Chiropractic Association (JSCA). The JSCA was established in 1989 and is a small but strong organization because of its dedication to the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic. Members of JSCA are well trained as upper cervical chiropractic specialists, Kaku says.

Kaku studied the basic sciences at Nihon Shiatsu (Acupressure) College, graduating in 1980. Nihon Shiatsu College is approved by the Japanese Minister of Health. He went on to study chiropractic at the Shiokawa School of Chiropractic in Tokyo, graduating in 1981. He has trained for more than 30 years in the field of upper cervical chiropractic, under such notables as Drs. Stephen A. Duff Sr., E. L. Crowder, and Thomas A. Gelardi.  

$200,000 Estate Gift to Establish Endowed Scholarship Honoring Chiropractic Patient John Yglesias

JohnYglesiasChiropractic made such a positive impact on John Yglesias’ life that his chiropractor (and the executor of his will) Sherman Regent Robert Tarantino, D.C., has chosen Sherman College of Chiropractic as the recipient of a large portion of Yglesias’ estate. A very generous gift of $200,000 will be used to establish an endowed scholarship in Yglesias’ name.

“Chiropractic was an integral part of Mr. Yglesias’ life,” Tarantino said in a letter to the college. “He came to our office for chiropractic care on a weekly basis for more than 43 years. Chiropractic adjustments were what Mr. Yglesias used in an effort to maintain his wellbeing throughout his life. I hope that your college will honor him… for his generous donation to the perpetuation of pure, unadulterated chiropractic education.”

Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., said it will be a privilege to fulfill Tarantino’s request for Yglesias. “We are honored by the trust Mr. Yglesias and Dr. Tarantino have placed in Sherman College and we pledge to respect Mr. Yglesias’ memory and our mutual love of chiropractic with this endowed scholarship,” Cordero said. “We are proud to instill in our students a deep appreciation for the principles and philosophy of chiropractic.”

Yglesias was born on August 4, 1927, in New York City and died on March 26, 2013, in Lyndhurst, NJ. His family came from the Provence of Galicia in Spain; he never married nor did he have any children. He was a self-employed contractor in New York City before he retired, and he was well read and an astute financial investor. Yglesias was an avid naturalist and besides exercise and nutrition to maintain his health, he received chiropractic care at Tarantino’s office for the last 43 years of his life.

Yglesias recognized the importance of regular chiropractic care and vertebral subluxation correction and never missed a week in the office, Tarantino said of his patient and friend. “Both Evelyn and I were like family to him,” he said. “His last words to me were, ‘I owe you my life.’ Many times we do not realize how important we are to those we care for until something like this occurs. Because of his love for chiropractic and because I was instructed as executor of his will to make decisions on charities, I felt Mr. Yglesias would approve if I chose to give a large portion of his residual estate to Sherman College of Chiropractic.”

The Scholarship Committee at Sherman College will work to establish the criteria for Yglesias’ endowed scholarship. As an endowed fund, the principal will remain invested while earnings can be used to award scholarships to students at Sherman.