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New York Chiropractic College Graduates 88

Seneca Falls: On Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 10:00 AM, New York Chiropractic College held commencement exercises conferring degrees upon 88 candidates for Doctor of Chiropractic. Class president Sarah Meanor addressed her classmates.Brigadier General (Retired) Rebecca Halstead, the first woman in history to graduate from the Academy and achieve the rank of general officer, delivered the commencement address. The general, originally from Ithaca, NY, shared reflections about her momentous decision to attend West Point, her acquired love of the military, and her gratitude to chiropractic therapy for delivering her from a life of constant pain. Halstead, an outspoken advocate for chiropractic and one who personally experienced great relief from the therapy, made it her personal goal to help usher chiropractic care into Veteran’s Affairs medical facilities and other military treatment facilities, making it available to those in service to their country. Her inspirational address emphasized energy, attitude and passion. Thanking the graduates for having dedicated their hands, minds and hearts to chiropractic – a profession that is all about serving others – she offered, “The best of you is yet to come. Success is always on the horizon and yesterday’s success ended at midnight.” She urged the new chiropractors to support the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (an organization whose mission is to “increase public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic”) with the same commitment that she, a satisfied patient of chiropractic, supports it. The general feels chiropractic “is” healthcare reform and that the graduates who sat before her, armed with education and experience, were ready to face the mission that lay ahead. In parting she exclaimed, “Live your passion and make a difference every single day!”Halstead served 27 years with the U.S. Army, completing stints in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was brigade commander in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., when terrorists attacked the United Stated on September 11, 2001. In 2004 the Halstead was promoted to brigadier general, retiring at that rank in 2008. Culminating her career as commanding general of the Army’s Ordnance Center and Schools, she conducted leadership and institutional training for 100,000 members of the Ordnance Corps and headed two major staff and faculty organizations numbering over 5,000 professional military and civilian educators. Brigadier General Halstead is highly decorated, having been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Assault Badge, and Army Staff Badge. She is also recipient of the 2007 National Women’s History Project (Generations of Women Moving History Forward.) During the ceremony, NYCC president Frank J. Nicchi, DC, MS, was presented with a special award for advancing public health and chiropractic and for his outstanding contribution to the future of chiropractic in Public Health. Under Nicchi’s leadership, the College now provides students with memberships in the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

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