New York Chiropractic College’s (NYCC) community of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered in record numbers for a homecoming weekend 100 years in the making with “A Centennial Celebration,” Sept. 20-22, 2019, on and around NYCC’s Seneca Falls, N.Y., campus.
Students began the celebration on Thursday, September 19, with a much-anticipated presentation by alumnus Joshua Kollmann, DC, “Building a Pro Career with Elite Athletes.” An avid competitor and triathlete, Kollmann has served as the chiropractor for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers football team and as part of the PGA Sports Medicine Team for close to a decade.
College, community and health profession leaders gathered Friday, Sept. 20, at the sold-out President’s Dinner at del Lago Resort & Casino to visit, reminisce and celebrate NYCC’s 100 years of excellence in natural health care education. As well, several members of the community were noted for special recognition: Thomas R. De Vita, DC (’75) received the NYCC Distinguished Alumnus Award; Thomas R. Ventimiglia, DC, received the Presidential Citation for Advocacy; and legal firm Bond, Schoeneck & King LLP was recognized for being a long-standing partner of the College.
Centennial Celebration attendees then convened on the College’s Seneca Falls campus for two days of workshops and presentations, beginning the morning of Saturday, Sept. 21, with a welcome from NYCC President Michael Mestan and keynote address “The History of New York Chiropractic College“ by NYCC Professor of Chiropractic Clinical Sciences William Lauretti, DC. Presentations and networking events continued the rest of the day and throughout Sunday, Sept. 22, which included the keynote address “Chiropractic: Unique Power to Transform as Proven by Elite Athletes” by alumnus Jack Barnathan, DC (’84).
Several hundred NYCC alumni and friends enjoyed a final evening of entertainment at the “Through the Decades” Centennial Celebration Dinner Saturday, Sept. 21, in the NYCC Standard Process Health & Fitness Center. Music was provided by popular local band Nik and the Nice Guys.
New York Chiropractic College President Michael Mestan, DC, EdD, said, “While times have certainly changed from our founding in 1919, our commitment to helping people reach their optimal health has not. Through scientifically sound, evidence-based practice, NYCC trains health care professionals to aid and empower others in their quest for a full and healthy life. We at NYCC are pleased and proud to reach this milestone in the College’s history, and we look forward to the next hundred years of academic excellence, leadership and professional best practices.”
In 1919 Frank Dean, DC, founded the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic (CIC), which in the 1970s became New York Chiropractic College. In 1991 NYCC purchased the 286-acre Eisenhower College campus in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and moved to its current expanded location. Health clinics, designed to serve their broader regional communities, were also added in locations including Seneca Falls, N.Y.; Depew, N.Y.; and Levittown, N.Y.; and collaborations with organizations such as the Veterans Administration ensured diverse opportunities for clinical education. NYCC currently admits students in a number of programs of study, including Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy, Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging, Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (online) and Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction (online).
For more information on New York Chiropractic College and its degree programs, visit nycc.edu.
About New York Chiropractic College
New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y., offers an education like no other to build professionals who have no equal. The College is recognized as a leading institution for the education and training of natural health care professionals and academicians, and its graduate programs in areas such as chiropractic and health sciences and education are rooted in a commitment to academic excellence, leadership and professional best practices.