NYCC Alumni Come Home for "A Centennial Celebration"
New York Chiropractic College's community of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered in record numbers for the College's centennial homecoming weekend, "A Centennial Celebration," this September 20-22, 2019, on and around the Seneca Falls, N.Y. campus.
Students began the celebration early on Thursday, September 19, with a much-anticipated presentation by alumnus Dr. Joshua Kollmann (D.C. '06), "Building a Pro Career with Elite Athletes." An avid competitor and triathlete, Dr. 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, September 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 healthcare education. As well, several members of the community were called out for special recognition: Thomas R. De Vita, D.C. ('75) received the NYCC Distinguished Alumnus Award; Thomas R. Ventimiglia, D.C. 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, September 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 Dr. William Lauretti. Presentations and networking events continued the rest of the day and throughout Sunday, September 22, which included the keynote address "Chiropractic: Unique Power to Transform as Proven by Elite Athletes" by alumnus Dr. Jack Barnathan (D.C. '84).
Several hundred NYCC alumni and friends enjoyed a final evening of entertainment at the "Through the Decades" Centennial Celebration Dinner Saturday, September 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 Dr. Michael Mestan 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 healthcare 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."