The latest news from Sherman College

Welcome to Sherman Shares, the college's monthly newsletter for alumni and friends. It features news about Sherman College, upcoming events, continuing education opportunities, research, and activities on campus.
Sherman College Gathers Leaders in Chiropractic for 16th Annual IRAPS
Sherman College of Chiropractic will host the 16th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), a peer-reviewed conference on vertebral subluxation research and the philosophy of chiropractic, in Spartanburg, SC, October 12-13, 2019. Up to 14.5 hours of continuing education credit are available, depending on state regulations. Registration is open at
The goal of IRAPS is to bring together leaders in philosophy and research as well as practitioners who are centered on the vertebral subluxation practice, to build a stronger academic community worldwide regarding the subluxation model of chiropractic. Keynote speakers include Scott L. Rosa, D.C., B.C.A.O, and Claude Lessard, D.C. Rosa will present “A Neuro-Radiographic Demonstration of the Upper Cervical Misalignment in Patients Involved in Head/Neck Trauma,” and Lessard will present “A New Look at Chiropractic Basic Science.” See the full list of presenters.
Decken, Cohen Present
at Axiom Seminar in Amsterdam

Philosophy Department Chair and Professor of Clinical Sciences Bill Decken, D.C., ’86, D.Ph.CS, presented “The Importance of Worldview” and Senior Vice President for Presidential Affairs Neil Cohen, D.C., presented “Collaboration Without Compromise” during the Axiom Seminar August 9-10 in Amsterdam.

You can watch a brief interview with Decken at Axiom here. Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers ( ACP) graduates in the photo above (bottom left) include Drs. Christian Caswell, Travis Corcoran, Justin Kinsey Wright and Marina Papadimitriou.
The Axiom Seminar is an international conference that aims to discuss and expand the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic to create sustainable change and growth of the profession. The Axiom Seminar brings substance and solution to the challenges faced in Europe; the organization is dedicated to giving back proceeds to the profession.
Sherman Well Represented
at Mile High Chiropractic Weekend

Doctors of chiropractic from around the world gathered in Denver, CO, earlier this month for the 7th annual Mile High Chiropractic Conference. Mile High is hosted by Sherman College Regent and alumnus Daniel Knowles, D.C., ’96, together with his wife, fellow Regent and Trustee Richelle Knowles, D.C., ’99.
During this year’s event, Sherman College hosted a luncheon for friends and alumni, raising more than $30,000 to support continuing improvements to students’ academic and clinical education. Sherman College Regent and Trustee Matthew McCoy, D.C., was honored with the Mile High Vision Award for his contributions to the profession.
Representing Sherman College were President Edwin Cordero, D.C., Senior VP for Presidential Affairs Neil Cohen, D.C., VP for Institutional Advancement and Public Relations Ohmar Land, D.M., Director of ROAR Jorge Campos, D.C., Development Coordinator Rob Welborn, and Recruiter Fernando Munoz.
Alumni Association Leadership Seeks Input
The Alumni Association Board has requested that association members send agenda items and/or questions for upcoming meetings to by the following dates:
  • Friday, September 20, for the fall board meeting
  • Friday, December 6, for the winter board meeting
  • Friday, March 20, 2020, for the spring board meeting
The Sherman College of Chiropractic Alumni Association promotes the philosophy, science, and art of chiropractic by offering direction, service, and support for the growth and development of Sherman College and its alumni. Annual dues are only $75. Sherman alumni in their first two years after graduation receive complimentary membership. See more on our website.
College Family Mourns the Loss
of Sarah Lou Bush
The Sherman College family is deeply saddened by the loss of Sarah Lou Bush on August 15. Bush was a dedicated Sherman College employee from 1984-2011, helping raise funds in the Alumni Office and making countless phone calls to garner college support. She was 92 years young. Read the full obituary.
Sherman College founder and first president Dr. Thom Gelardi remembered Bush fondly for her loyalty to the college as well as her sense of humor. “Sarah served the Sherman family well for many years,” he said. “There is a lot to remember and love about Sarah. She had a great sense of humor, and many of us enjoyed retelling her intentionally direct and humorous manner of speaking. I remember with great appreciation her loyalty and steadfastness during some of Sherman’s most difficult days. She was the same, happy, serving person in any kind of weather. She was one of the great joys of the Sherman experience.”
Sherman alumni shared their memories of Bush on the college’s Facebook page. Dr. Ken Hillman, ’79, remembered Sarah’s classic Southern charm and her accent. “My name became ‘Kin,’” he shared. “But her best attribute was her love of us, Sherman and chiropractic. We all loved her and we all carry a little smile when remembering Sarah Lou Bush.” Read more on our blog.
Chiropractic Profession Mourns
the loss of Dr. Nell K. Williams
It is with great sadness that the chiropractic profession mourns the loss of Dr. Nell K. Williams, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 16. Williams was widely known for her work at Life University, where she served as senior vice president and dean of student affairs for more than a quarter of a century, and for her role as first lady to Dr. Sid Williams, Life’s founder and her late husband. Read the full obituary here.
Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero, a 1993 Life graduate, shared his appreciation for Dr. Williams and her many gifts to the profession. “I will always remember her strong yet gentle spirit, as well as the outpouring of service she gave freely to ensure the future of our great profession,” he said. “Dr. Nell’s contribution to chiropractic education was far-reaching and has inspired many throughout the years.”
Sherman College’s Senior Vice President for Presidential Affairs and 1986 Life alumnus Neil Cohen, D.C., also remembers Williams fondly. “Her loyalty was unprecedented and served as an example to all of us,” he said. “Her impact on the chiropractic profession, its history and its future will be cherished not only by those who knew her, but for generations to come. Her accomplishments served to strengthen chiropractic and chiropractors worldwide.” See this post on our blog.
Paws2Care Therapy Dogs Help Students Reduce Stress
Paws2Care brought several therapy dogs to campus on August 6 to help students de-stress and become more “PAWSitive.” This event is part of Sherman College's Student Affairs program focused on improving students’ mental health by reducing stress and anxiety.
Sherman College students often juggle a heavy class load, a busy home life, a tight budget and more. Recognizing the need to help students reduce their stress and anxiety, the college offers several activities each quarter that focus on improving mental health. Check out our photo album on Facebook for more.
July Showcase Sherman
Weekend a Success
Sherman College hosted its latest Showcase Sherman Weekend on campus July 26-27. Both days ran smoothly with 51 guests in total. Attendees for the July weekend had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated campus, attend a palpation session, participate in a leadership session and more. The weekend helps the college showcase its campus, faculty, students and staff to prospective students and their families.
Check out the Showcase Sherman Weekend page on our website to learn more and make sure you watch and share our NEW video ! Our final Showcase Sherman Weekend for 2019 will be held November 15-16. Spread the word and send the next generation of chiropractors to visit during this exciting time in Sherman College’s history. View photos from our July event .
Ambassadors Climb to New Heights During Quarterly Celebration

The Sherman College Student Ambassadors joined together at Climb Upstate in Spartanburg on July 16 to celebrate another successful quarter. The group enjoyed a night of tour and event training, leadership activities, and team bonding. Dinner was catered by Groucho’s Deli of Spartanburg.
During the evening, students were recognized and awarded for their outstanding work during the quarter. Ali Fitzgerald received the Officer of the Quarter Award, Carlos Medina received the Showcase VIP Award, and Angelica Lopez received the Ambassador of the Quarter Award (pictured above).

The group also welcomed three new student Ambassadors, Kyle Garbart, Iris Park, and Lorianne Perez. Thank you, Ambassadors, for proudly representing Sherman College in all that you do.
Greene-Orndorff Joins NBCE Part II Test Committee

Radiology Department Chair and Professor of Clinical Sciences Laura R. Greene-Orndorff, R.T., D.C., ’95, wrote questions for the Diagnostic Imaging Section of Part II test committee August 23-24 at the headquarters of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) in Greeley, CO. Orndorff also serves the college as supervisor of the X-Ray Department.
Pi Kappa Chi Sponsors Successful Food Drive
The Epsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Chi Professional Fraternity at Sherman College recently sponsored a successful food drive for the campus food pantry, resulting in overflowing cupboards that will benefit students in need.
Pi Kappa Chi was originally founded in 1961 at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Sherman College’s chapter has expanded in its first few years, also adding on Lambda Kappa Chi Sorority and establishing the Community Service Club at Sherman College. Pi Kappa Chi members engage in many community service activities in the Spartanburg area, including Carolina Miracle League, Toys for Tots, pack-a-box drives for overseas military personnel and numerous other service projects throughout the year.
Browning Named Technique Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences Jaime Browning, D.C., ’09, DCCJP, has been named chair of the Technique Department within Clinical Sciences. She also serves the college as Institutional Review Board Chair and as president of the Sherman College Alumni Association.

Browning holds a bachelor’s degree from Lander University (’02), and advanced certification in Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific (KCUCS) technique. Earlier this year, she completed and passed the Upper Cervical Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures. She teaches several courses focused on the craniocervical junction and its impact on overall health, including Upper Cervical Rationale, Pattern Analysis, Upper Cervical Technique, and Advanced Knee Chest.
Bedford Completes College of Business Management Institute Training

Director of Financial Reporting and Business Analytics David Bedford recently completed the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO)’s College of Business Management Institute ( CBMI) training. CBMI provides intensive training in business and financial management for colleges and universities, with more than 500 business officers and administrators in attendance each year. CBMI is designed to provide participants with an overview of current issues and procedures applicable to institutions of higher education large and small, public and private.
Bedford’s focus at Sherman College has recently shifted to include gathering, analyzing and providing efficient reporting to optimize the college’s decision-making. In this new role, he will plan, prepare and present financial statements and reports, assist in planning, coordinating, reporting and implementing the annual budget, and help develop systems for gathering, analyzing and reporting data for business decision making.
Laughter and Learning in New Patient Reports
Seeking ways to invigorate her New Patient Report class, Instructor of Clinical Sciences Rosemary DePasque, D.C., ’90, infused some fun into a class memorization activity.

“In our New Patient Report course, the students have to memorize many steps of a report,” DePasque said of the course content. “It can help to have props such as masks, hats, capes, funny glasses, and more to make it interesting and memorable.”

She brought in a stash of fun items for her students and challenged them to make their partners laugh. “The students had a great time and found it easier to learn the steps,” she said of their success with the activity.
Ambassador Spotlight:
Taylor Conrad of Cambridge, MN
Education: Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Activities/Hobbies: Being outdoors, going on hikes with my fiancé and our dogs, golfing, and playing hockey back home in Minnesota.
Why Chiropractic: Chiropractic provides me with the opportunity to give, to love, and to serve out of a sense of abundance to my community.

Favorite thing about the Upstate:
I love being so close to the mountains.

About Our Ambassadors: Read more about Sherman College’s Student Ambassador Program on the website.
Regent Program: Thanks to Sherman's Newest Supporters

Sherman College thanks the following individuals who joined the Regents Program during the last month:

New Regents:
  • Dr. Jim Chester (Grand Junction, CO)
  • Drs. Kanema and Drew Clark (Bonita Springs, FL)
  • Dr. Christie Kwon (Atlanta, GA)
  • Dr. Darin Mazepa (Emmaus, PA)
  • Dr. Stan Pierce, Jr. (Clearwater, FL)
  • Ms. Teresa Quale (Kennesaw, GA)
  • Dr. Amy Spoelstra, ’08 (Coeur D’Alene, ID)
  • Dr. Julie Weston and Dr. Anita Scheer (Chino Valley, AZ)
  • Dr. Kelcey Wiginton (Clearwater, FL)
Returning Regents:
  • Dr. Janice Fordree, ’89 (Inman, SC)
  • Dr. Eddie Martinez (Miami, FL)
  • Dr. Daniel Schaeffer (Winnipeg, Canada)
  • Dr. Tim Young (Oklahoma City, OK)

Members of the Sherman College Board of Regents support the college with annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Become a Regent and become a partner with the college, directly impacting campus enhancements and a student recruitment program to grow the profession.
Health Center Names Intern of the Month

The Chiropractic Health Center faculty recognize an intern each month who excels in clinical performance, patient management, professionalism, and analytical and adjusting technique. The June 2019 Intern of the Month is Tyler Jackson, a fourteenth-quarter student from Grayson, KY. He graduates in September 2019 and plans to associate in the Charlotte, NC, area.
Upcoming Co-Sponsored CE Seminars and Workshops

Don’t procrastinate when it comes to your license renewal! Further your knowledge of basic sciences, clinical arts, case management, philosophy and research. Guided by the institutional objectives, the college offers programs and workshops for the purpose of license renewal in most states. These continuing education chiropractic courses are conducted by Sherman College faculty, well-respected chiropractors and extension faculty.
We Appreciate Our Corporate Regent Sponsor
Sherman College Of Chiropractic