Industry News for New York Chiropractic College
Seneca Falls, New York 13148
On Saturday, December 3, New York Chiropractic College held commencement exercises in the Standard Process Health and Fitness Center on its Seneca Falls campus beginning at 10:00 AM. The College conferred degrees on 92 candidates from the Doctor of Chiropractic program and 27 candidates from the Bachelor of Professional Studies program.
Assistant professor, Charles Hemsey, DC, senior clinician at the Levittown Health Center served as grand marshal. Dr. Keith Wells, associate professor of Chiropractic Clinical Sciences, spoke on behalf of the faculty, and Student Government Association President, Komal Khattak gave the student address.
The commencement address was delivered by John Nab, DC, Director of Professional Development at whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process, Inc., in Palmyra, Wisconsin. He is responsible for advancing the company’s academic partnerships across practitioner disciplines, furthering the development of educational initiatives, and oversees strategic initiatives in women’s health and military programs. A second generation chiropractor, Dr. Nab is 1994 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College. He was elected to the CCC board of trustees in 2004 and joined the leadership team at the college in 2006 serving as a multi-campus officer and ultimately becoming the college’s vice president of institutional advancement and alumni services. He is a member of multiple chiropractic associations and served as secretary and historian for the High County Knights of the Chiropractic Round Table. He was a speaker at NYCC’s Homecoming in 2015, and in April 2016, he began service on the Board of Directors of the Association for the History of Chiropractic.
Dr. Nab tipped his hat to the great leadership at NYCC and the leadership role the College has taken in the American Chiropractic Association, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, The Council on Chiropractic Educators, the Chiropractic Summit, Veterans Administration residency programs, chiropractic research, postgraduate education, institutional effectiveness, academic excellence, and quality whole-person care. A large part of the legacy of leadership is creating more leaders and no one is better at that than NYCC, said Dr. Nab, pointing out that the current national chair of the Student American Chiropractic Association, Bryan Kent, DC (’16), is the third consecutive NYCC student to occupy the position. Nab also thanked Dr. Nicchi for his passion, his time, and his commitment to the chiropractic profession saying, “Your leadership lives up to the best of our past and reaches beyond the daily challenges for a greater good.”
In his remarks to the graduates, Nab quoted his mentor, Dr. Stephen Covey, whose theory on leading effectively includes three constants or “laws”. First is the law of change. Change is constant, complex, and often rapid and we cannot control it. It can become frightening or threatening unless we understand, respect and work in harmony with it, understanding that we can be the catalysts of change. “One degree of change is all it takes to start a cascade of health in a patient.” He illustrated his point by telling the story of Dr. Alma Arnold, who, plagued by what she called “an invalidism of over 20 years” and having a “total lack for the love of life,” in 1901 sought out Dr. Langworthy, a chiropractor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After a series of adjustments, she experienced a cascade of health that ultimately led her to enroll in Langworthy’s School of Chiropractic. She graduated in 1902, moved to New York, and became the first chiropractor in New York State. As a result of the changes in her life, she became a catalyst for change in many others.
Second is the law of changelessness. We don’t control change, but there are principles and dynamics in nature that do. “Seeds change, but there are principles of growth that govern their development so they produce flowers and even food.” And finally the law of choice. Human beings are not the only entity in nature that have a choice, but there are at least two things about human choice that are unique, he said. First is the wide scope of choice - humans have the capacity to do the most degrading or the most beautiful and uplifting acts in all of nature. And second; humans have a moral choice. The scope of human choice gives us the responsibility of respectful stewardship with regard to the rest of civilization. “Between a stimulus and a response there is your choice.” He congratulated the graduates on having made a very good choice in coming to NYCC. “Today those who planted the seeds of chiropractic in you are enjoying the harvest of your graduation.” However, he cautioned that they not judge each day by the harvest they reap, but rather by the seeds they plant.
Quoting BJ Palmer, he said, “You never know how far reaching something that you think, do, or say today may affect millions of lives tomorrow.” BJ Palmer planted seeds in all of us, Nab explained, and asked the graduates to think about what seeds they may have recently planted with their peers and patients through their words, actions, and behaviors. “Are they seeds capable of affecting millions of lives tomorrow?”
Although Nab doesn’t know all of these graduates personally, he said he knows what they are made of: “Pure possibility!” “You have a body made for power, a mind made for visions, a heart built for love, a spirit designed to “wow” and hands made to heal. And you have the ability to plants seeds to change peoples’ lives every day.” “As you transition from student to doctor, let go of who you once were to become all that you are.”
To learn more about NYCC and its graduate degree programs, please visit www.nycc.edu