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NYCC Centennial Celebrators Learn, Connect, and Enjoy

NYCC students smile with the NYCC logo

New York Chiropractic College's homecomings are always something pretty special — add in 100 years of history and you get a "Centennial Celebration" of epic proportions.

Events and presentations were sold out and the #NYCCBlue spirit was alive and well. The College community gathered with friends on and around the Seneca Falls campus in record numbers for the weekend-long festivities, Sept. 20-22, 2019.

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. 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."

Alumni Speak Throughout Weekend

Dr. Joshua Kollmann giving a presentation during the Centennial Celebration

Jumpstarting the weekend on Thursday, Sept. 19, Josh Kollmann, D.C. '06, spoke about "Building a Pro Career with Elite Athletes." The energy and pride the NFL's Carolina Panthers football team chiropractor has for his profession, colleagues and NYCC spilled over to a standing-room-only audience. "We need to have each other's backs," said Dr. Kollmann -- a sentiment of collaboration and camaraderie that reverberated throughout the entire weekend.

Dinner with the President, Friends and Special Guests

Alumni and friends of NYCC were recognized for their dedication to the College during the President's Dinner at del Lago Resort & Casino on Friday night. The former chair of the NYCC Board of Trustees Thomas R. De Vita, D.C. '75, received the NYCC Distinguished Alumnus Award; retired dean of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at NYCC Thomas R. Ventimiglia, D.C., received the Presidential Citation for Advocacy; and Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP, was honored for being a longtime partner of the College.

Workshops Foster Lifelong Learning

The College hosted two days of workshops and presentations, starting with President Mestan's welcome and a keynote address about "The History of New York Chiropractic College," by Professor of Chiropractic Clinical Sciences Dr. William Lauretti. Alumnus Dr. Jack Barnathan (D.C. '84) delivered Sunday's keynote address "Chiropractic: Unique Power to Transform as Proven by Elite Athletes." Find the full list of Centennial Celebration speakers, here:

Through the Decades Dinner and Dancing

Centennial Photo booth

Nearly 300 NYCC alumni and friends enjoyed an evening of entertainment at the Through the Decades Dinner Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Standard Process Health & Fitness Center. Former classmates reconnected to take photos at the #NYCC100 photo station, dance to the music of popular local band Nik and the Nice Guys and discuss the events of the day, as well as their achievements through the years.

Stay Connected, #NYCCBlue

While the party may be over, there's still many opportunities to stay connected with your alma mater. Learn how to support the College and our mission, attend special events, volunteer and more: email

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