Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground

Sherman College Breaks Ground on

Drs. Thom & Betty Gelardi Student Center

Breaking Ground trioSherman College of Chiropractic broke ground on a 22,000-square foot Student Center November 13 on its 80-acre campus in north Spartanburg, SC, celebrating the next steps of its campus master plan and ongoing capital campaign.

The Drs. Thom and Betty Gelardi Student Center is named in honor of the college’s founder and his wife, who live nearby in Gaffney. Thom Gelardi, D.C., founded Sherman College in 1973; his wife, Betty Gelardi, D.C., was a member of the college’s first graduating class. The Student Center will be the newest physical addition to the Sherman College campus since 2000.

Breaking Ground“We are thankful for this opportunity to recognize our founders’ vision by naming, in their honor, a facility that ensures that their legacy for the chiropractic profession is carried on,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., during the groundbreaking ceremony. Dr. Cordero spoke from behind the same podium once used by Dr. Gelardi, as well as the college’s namesake, Dr. Lyle Sherman, and other well-known historical figures in the chiropractic profession.

“Transformational change is happening at Sherman College of Chiropractic,” Dr. Cordero continued. “These changes are attracting more students, better serving the students already enrolled, and increasing the campus’ capacity to accommodate the growth of the chiropractic profession. We are poised to make Sherman College the undisputed leader in chiropractic education.”

Breaking Ground CoupleThe Gelardi Student Center will serve as the new campus gateway and arrival point for Sherman College of Chiropractic. The facility will underscore the institution’s focus on student success, including a new library, bookstore, campus café, large meeting space, student study spaces, lounge areas and more. The cost of the Student Center, including site work and parking, is estimated at $8.9 million.

The broader campus master plan also calls for a complete renovation of the Scallon Building, which serves as the college’s main classroom building, (currently underway); renovation of Olsen Building, which houses executive offices (completed in May); updates to the on-campus Chiropractic Health Center, which serves 35,000 patient visits each year (to begin in 2018); and an enhanced campus plaza and campus drive that will welcome visitors, open up green spaces, and showcase the college’s 80-acre campus.

Breaking Ground Group PhotoThe college has doubled its enrollment since 2013 under Dr. Cordero’s leadership, and he anticipates continued growth at the institution, potentially doubling student enrollment again over the next decade. As one of just 18 chiropractic colleges in the nation and the only one in the Carolinas, Sherman College’s doctor of chiropractic program is unique in its approach to health care and known globally for producing doctors who are highly skilled in their delivery of care.

Dr. Cordero said the college’s expansion plan is designed to meet the demand for skilled, passionate and successful doctors of chiropractic as the profession continues to grow, with increasing numbers of consumers seeking less invasive and more proactive approaches for healthcare. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, chiropractic employment opportunities will increase “much faster than the average for all occupations,” with an expected bump of 17 percent this decade alone.

Breaking Ground Group DigSherman College announced its strategic plans for the college last November, including the engagement of planning and program management firm Brailsford & Dunlavey to guide the institution’s master planning process and serve as owner representative. The college has since formed additional partnerships with construction firm Harper Corporation and architects at Lord Aeck Sargent.

The Gelardi Student Center and remaining campus updates are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

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About Sherman College

Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

 

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic

Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
Email: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu

Mile High 2017

Mile High 2017

Alumni, Supporters Lunch at Mile High in Denver

Mile High 2017Sherman College hosted a Private Briefing lunch on August 18 at Mile High Chiropractic Weekend to share college news and President Cordero’s vision for the future. Dr. Cordero presided at the lunch presentation along with Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., several trustees, and college employees.

Guests learned about or received updated information on several initiatives at the college, including the implementation of iSherman technology and iPads for all students, and the G10 goal of teaching students how they can be free of student loans within 10 years of graduation through the G10 Practice Success Program. Dr. Cordero spoke highly of the college’s faculty and staff and commended recent additions such as Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., leading the evidence-informed curriculum work.

Annual ConferenceThe highlight of the presentation was news of the college campus expansion plan which will modernize and enhance the current facilities and buildings and includes the addition of a new Student Center.

Sherman is on the move, and college administrators and trustees are happy to share its exciting plans for the future growth of the college and the chiropractic profession.

Martha O’Dell

Martha O’Dell

College Mourns the Loss of Martha O’Dell

Martha O'DellSherman College and the chiropractic profession have lost a faithful chiropractic supporter in Martha I. O’Dell of Garden City, MI. She was born on August 22, 1916, and passed away on September 3, 2017. Martha was the wife of the late Dr. Clair O’Dell, and mother of Kay (the late Dr. Doug) Alcott, Joan (George) Swistock, Dr. James (Diane) O’Dell and the late Dr. Roger O’Dell. She was a grandmother of 17, great-grandmother of 28 and great great grandmother of 13. Read the obituary.

In addition to being deeply devoted to her family, Martha O’Dell was also a chiropractic assistant and a staunch supporter of the profession, having studied in Palmer’s first class for CAs in 1936. The O’Dells faithfully supported Sherman and the chiropractic profession in many ways, including serving on Sherman’s Board of Regents since the program’s inception, as well as referring many students throughout the years. The couple also helped fund the E.C. Taylor (Health Center) Building. The O’Dells were married 74 years until Dr. Clair’s death in 2011.

Martha O'Dell groupingThe O’Dells are estimated to have influenced nearly 200 people to become doctors of chiropractic, including many members of their own family. Their chiropractic legacy includes their sons (both doctors of chiropractic), daughters (both chiropractic assistants), at least a dozen grandchildren and nearly 20 great-grandchildren.

Scholarship Awarded

Scholarship Awarded

Student Billy Stetzel and Sherman College Honored with $25,000 Scholarship

Scholarship awardedSherman College 12th-quarter student Billy Stetzel has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 ChiroHealthUSA Foxworth Family Scholarship. Stetzel receives $10,000 for tuition and $5,000 in cash to help offset his living expenses, with an additional $10,000 donation being made to Sherman College of Chiropractic.

The scholarship is presented in honor of ChiroHealthUSA President Dr. Ray Foxworth’s parents, Betty Pace Mathews and Charles Vernon Mathews, D.C.s. Stetzel was present for the announcement and check presentation, which was made at ChiroHealthUSA’s National Convention and Expo in Florida on August 25.

“It is such a blessing and an honor to be awarded this scholarship,” Stetzel said. “My biggest hope in receiving it is that one day I can give it back to the profession both financially and through service.”

Stetzel’s dedication to the profession comes naturally, as he is part of a growing chiropractic family closely affiliated with Sherman College. His father, Gregg, is a 1983 Sherman graduate; his mother, Kim, is also a doctor of chiropractic and serves on the college’s board of trustees; and his sister, Danielle, is a current student at Sherman as well.

“We were honored and proud to learn that Billy Stetzel was selected as the recipient of ChiroHealthUSA’s prestigious Foxworth Family Scholarship,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “Billy’s enthusiasm for chiropractic sets a positive example for his classmates. He is an exemplary student who is passionate about changing the world through principled chiropractic.”

scholarship awardedCordero also expressed his appreciation for ChiroHealthUSA’s $10,000 donation to Sherman College of Chiropractic as part of the Foxworth Family Scholarship. “Sherman College is particularly proud to be recognized as an institution that nurtures exemplary future doctors of chiropractic – those who will become our profession’s next generation of leaders.”

Sherman College Director of Financial Aid Kendra Strange said she was not surprised when she heard that Stetzel had been selected as the recipient of the scholarship. “Billy is an assiduous scholar, consistently appearing on the Dean’s List and the President’s List each quarter,” Strange said. “He has a kind-hearted and sincere demeanor, which I know will propel him to become a successful chiropractor and a selfless contributor to the community he will soon serve.”

Ray Foxworth, D.C., says he started the scholarship to give back to the profession that has meant so much to him and his family. “We all belong to chiropractic, and we all need to help, invest, and support the advancement of our profession,” he said. “I am overjoyed that we have been able to extend our support to include students who have expressed passion for serving patients and our profession.”

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Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

ChiroHealthUSA and The Foxworth Family Scholarship are registered trademarks.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
Email: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu

Kristi Hudson
Director of Business Relations
Scholarship Administrator

ChiroHealthUSA
Phone: 888-719-9990, ext. 302
Email: kristi@chirohealthusa.com
Web: www.chirohealthusa.com

Lending Library

Lending Library

Little Free Library® Established at Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center

Lending LibrarySherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center is home to the newest Little Free Library® in the Spartanburg area. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

“The Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center is proud to have a Little Free Library® for our community to enjoy,” said Dean of Clinic Operations and Outreach Kristy Shepherd, M.A. “Our hope is that this library will foster an environment of learning and sharing among our patients, students, faculty, and staff.”Lending Library

Little Free Library® helps people around the world start and maintain free “take a book, return a book” book exchanges. The organization has more than 50,000 libraries in all 50 states and 70+ countries with millions of books exchanged annually. Many Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens, coffee shops, community centers and other easily accessible locations.

Lending LibraryThe Spartanburg area has about a dozen Little Free Libraries, but Sherman College’s is the only location in Boiling Springs. To be called a Little Free Library®, a free book exchange must be registered with an official charter sign and charter number. Sherman College’s charter number is 51635.

The Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center is located on campus at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs and serves as a teaching clinic for senior students in their final stage of internship prior to graduation from the doctor of chiropractic program. Because the clinic is open to the public, residents in Upstate South Carolina experience excellent chiropractic care at affordable prices through 35,000 patient visits per year.

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Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

Content used with permission of Little Free Library, LTD.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
Email: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu

Tobacco-Free Campus

Tobacco-Free Campus

Sherman College Becomes Tobacco-Free Campus

Sherman is a tobacco-free campusRecognizing the health hazards caused by tobacco use and exposure, Sherman College of Chiropractic has updated its policies and is now a tobacco-free environment. The Carolinas’ only chiropractic college, located in Spartanburg, updated its student and employee handbooks this April, banning the use of any tobacco product, including smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Sherman College of Chiropractic President Edwin Cordero, D.C., said the change in policy aligns well with the college’s mission. “As a graduate institution focused on health, Sherman College of Chiropractic has a responsibility to lead the way toward a healthier college community and a healthier Spartanburg,” Dr. Cordero said. “We found that our policies needed to be in line with our philosophy of health – that we needed to do even more to provide a healthy and safe working environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.”

According to data from the South Carolina Tobacco-free Collaborative, 51 percent of Spartanburg college students attend a tobacco-free institution, while 83.5 percent of the county’s K-12 students are enrolled in a school district that has a 100-percent tobacco-free model policy in place. In Spartanburg County, only 15.2 percent of residents are guaranteed protections from secondhand smoke in indoor workplaces.

“Recognizing that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the U.S., the Road to Better Health Coalition applauds Sherman College of Chiropractic’s efforts to create a tobacco free campus environment and to address client tobacco use,” said Renee Romberger, Vice-President of Community Health Policy and Strategy for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Road to Better Health Advisory Board member.

Sherman College’s efforts in becoming a tobacco-free campus have aligned well with The Road to Better Health’s initiatives. This organization represents more than 40 professional and non-profit groups working together to improve health outcomes in Spartanburg County. The RTBH coalition serves as a leading force in the Public Health Indicator Area of The Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, which aims to improve the quality of life for Spartanburg residents in seven Indicator Areas.

“Helping ensure that Sherman College students, employees, and patients are as healthy as possible is in keeping with the Road to Better Health’s goals to improve the health and well-being of Spartanburg County residents,” Romberger said of the college’s tobacco-free policy. “Under the leadership of Joe Pinilla of The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, the RTBH Tobacco Taskforce is thrilled to partner with Sherman College to support this important health and environmental strategy for their organization.”

Resources

The Forrester Center, a member of The Road to Better Health Coalition, offers resources for individuals who would like to quit smoking. For more information, please call 864-707-2805 or call the South Carolina Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

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Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes, M.B.A.
Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
Email: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu

 

Joe Pinilla, MPH, CHES
Deputy Director of Prevention and Community Engagement

The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health
Phone: 864-707-2804
Email: jpinilla@theforrestercenter.org
Web: http://www.theforrestercenter.org/

Highway to Education

Highway to Education

Autopista Americas Visits Sherman College

highway to education
highway to education

Twenty college career counselors and staff members with AutopistaAmericas were treated to the Sherman College experience during a half-day visit on June 5. They also visited CollegeTown neighbors Spartanburg Methodist College for the afternoon.

AutopistaAmericas is an academic consulting firm that holds career/college fairs around the world; Sherman participates each summer at a large event in Puerto Rico. Additionally, they conduct “reverse” tours, bringing together a group of counselors from the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to tour universities in the United States.

The Sherman College half-day experience included talks from President Edwin Cordero, D.C., our executive vice president, and our provost; presentations about health care professions and the doctor of chiropractic curriculum; a mini campus tour; a student panel discussion; and an overview of admission requirements. The half-day on campus concluded with lunch, and then the group moved on to SMC.

Autopista is Spanish for highway; the organization’s website says it “advance(s) this term to mean ‘The Highway to Education’ in connecting all of the Americas.” AutopistaAmericas has conducted tours for guidance counselors to more than 500 different colleges and universities for over 20 years.

Student Ambassador Spotlight: Messina

Student Ambassador Spotlight: Messina

Student Ambassador Spotlight

Ambassador SpotlightJoe Messina

Home Town: Prospect, CT

Activities/Hobbies: My wife, Sam, is a recent Sherman graduate (December 2015). Outside of Sherman, we enjoy our full-time practice, Vital Chiropractic, in Lexington, SC. We also enjoy spending time camping at the lake with our two dogs.

Why Chiropractic: When I moved from Connecticut with my wife so she could attend Sherman, I really didn’t know what chiropractic was. Once she started the program, I learned more and more about the philosophy and why chiropractors do what they do, and I knew this is what was I called to do in order to help others be the best that they can be and to make a difference.

Favorite thing about Sherman: My favorite thing about Sherman other than the family environment is the philosophy, which we start learning our very first quarter. What we do as chiropractors is very important, but why we do what we do is even more important. It is our why that makes us stand out from all other fields.

Favorite thing about Upstate South Carolina: My favorite thing about the Upstate is that no matter what my wife, Sam, and I want to do, it’s not far away. We are close to Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Charlotte, and the mountains. There is no shortage of fun things to do within driving distance.

Learn more about Sherman College’s Student Ambassadors.

 

Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award

Sherman College Names Rising Star:

Chelsea Rainey, D.C.

Rising Star AwardRising Star Award

Greenville, SC, chiropractor Chelsea Rainey, D.C., was recently named Rising Star by Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. The Rising Star Award is given to recent Sherman College graduates who have demonstrated exceptional achievements and service in the community.

Dr. Rainey graduated summa cum laude from Sherman College in March 2014 and was the recipient of the Milton W. Garfunkel Award, the Academic Achievement Award, and the Service Distinction Award. In December 2014, she opened AlignLife of Downtown Greenville, where she serves hundreds of families in the community. She has received her Webster certification, and as a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), she has truly enjoyed working with the pediatric and maternity population.

Dr. Rainey is very active in her community, including memberships in the Greenville Chamber and the Commerce Club in downtown Greenville. Each year she hosts a toy drive to benefit children with developmental delays, and she also hosts an annual food drive to benefit a local food pantry. She is currently training to become a mentor for children in foster care and enjoys baking cookies and bringing smiles to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald house.

Dr. Rainey has sponsored local sports teams, 5Ks, and other races. She often presents health talks to local businesses, churches, schools, and groups to educate the masses about the healing power of chiropractic care. As a member of the college’s Reach Out and Recruit (ROAR) program, she has also participated in career fairs at local schools and loves talking to young adults about choosing chiropractic as a career. She often has Sherman College students shadow her at the office. An avid scholar and lifelong learner, she plans to complete the ICPA Certification program.

Sherman College named its 2017 award recipients May 4-6 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events, and other programs.

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Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
E-mail: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu

Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award

Sherman College Names Rising Star:

Wendy Parker, D.C.

Rising Star AwardRising Star Award

Matthews, NC, chiropractor Wendy Parker, D.C., was recently named Rising Star by Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. The Rising Star Award is given to recent Sherman College graduates who have demonstrated exceptional achievements and service in the community.

Dr. Parker has been in practice for about a year and a half. After graduating from Sherman College in March 2015, Dr. Parker purchased an existing practice in Matthews, NC from a doctor who was relocating to Colorado. Along with business partner and colleague, Dr. Mike Spring, they opened their doors on October 1, 2015.

Since that time, they have been steadily growing the business, which previously supported one doctor, to now support both doctors. In the first 18 months of practice, they have incorporated Corrective Care processes and procedures including introducing technology such as the Subluxation Station and other programs. The office features cash, subscription-based, weekly and biweekly wellness care plans to make consistent care more accessible and convenient for patients.

Dr. Parker is affiliated with the Matthews Chamber of Commerce and the Union County Business Association and actively involved with the Siskey Branch YMCA in the town of Matthews. She is excited to continue serving her community through the gift of chiropractic.

Sherman College named its 2017 award recipients May 4-6 as part of Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event attended by hundreds of chiropractors and students throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events, and other programs.

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Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Rhodes

Director of Public Relations

Sherman College of Chiropractic

Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242

E-mail: krhodes@sherman.edu

Web: www.sherman.edu

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