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FALL 2009 VOL. 2 ISSUE 3

Giving Research NewLife




Life Alumni!

As 2009 comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the year and what an amazing time it has been for all of us in the Life family. The university has really developed this year with new facilities, increased enrollment, enhanced curriculum and in laying the groundwork for future success. The alumni, faculty, staff and students have connected in so many ways; through campus and regional events, LIFEforce, PEAK, the Clinic Systems and social media sites. We have become a stronger family this year and I am pleased and proud. In mid-October, Life University hosted “Lyceum 2009: Welcome to the Tipping Point!” This four-day event was themed around the Archimedes quote, “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the world.” With health care reform on everyone’s minds and covered by every media outlet, we at Life wanted to begin discussions on how chiropractors can help leverage change toward a more vitalistic health care model. To that end, 1,650 registrants met and attended seminars and interactive sessions designed to explore Chiropractic’s role in health care and discuss reform of the current system. The attendees were a good mix of alumni, students and friends of Life University. The University received a lot of positive feedback about the program, and the dynamic list of speakers included Dr. Dean DePice, Larry Markson, Kim Klapp, Larry Dossey, Bruce Lipton and many more. Chiropractic assistants had their own training track. And if that wasn’t enough, the university hosted gatherings for LIFEforce and PEAK doctors, alumni reunion dinners and club lunches for rugby, fraternity and sorority alumni, as well as a cele-



The university has really developed this year with new facilities, increased enrollment, enhanced curriculum and in laying the groundwork for future success.

bration with music, fireworks and a very special display of talent from Life students. The weekend was inspiring and humbling. I loved having the chance to personally connect with so many of you, and I hope that the weekend will be even larger next year. I mentioned in the last issue that now is the time to have a conversation about the future and asked several important questions: What role do we want the profession to have in the future health care system? How can we reach more people with our vitalistic philosophy? What is our plan to ensure that chiropractic care is readily available in all cities, in all countries, to all people? Who is helping to inspire and recruit future chiropractors? Lyceum 2009 was a wonderful introduction to these discussions. We want to keep the conversation going and are hosting regional events in 20092010 to ask you and your colleagues how you see yourself engaging in the process of finding and implementing the solutions to these questions. We’ve recently been to Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio, and are planning to visit Puerto Rico, Florida, Pennsylvania and other locations in the near future. I look forward to talking with you soon! Sincerely,

Dr. Guy F. Riekeman President, Life University

Your Extraordinary Life

The Alumni Magazine of

Life University




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Giving Research New Life An inside look at Life University’s cutting-edge chiropractic research

President’s Report 2009 Advancing Life’s Lasting Purpose; University highlights; Statement of financial position; Life donors list DEPARTMENTS


Around Campus: What’s New at Life Life’s city tour; New hydration stations; Grants to Green award; The Socrates Café; Attention cardholders; University stats


Around Campus: Athletics Students reach Ironman success; Softball draws large crowds; Life’s All-American rugby players



Jamie Ryan Publisher

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. President

Larry Lebovitz President

Greg Harris Vice President for University Advancement

John Hanna Vice President

Craig Dekshenieks Director of Communications

Laura Newsome Editor

Natalie Walker Director of Alumni

Amy Selby Associate Editor

Jenni Bennett Public Relations Coordinator

Michelle Schlundt Production Coordinator/ Circulation Manager

Pascious Prince Internal Communications Coordinator

Garon Hart Graphic Designer


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Faculty Spotlight Dr. Tim Kelly’s mission to make America healthy


Lyceum 2009 The shining stars of chiropractic gathered for one amazing weekend

Your Extraordinary Life magazine is published three times a year by New South Publishing, 450 Northridge Parkway, Ste. 202, Atlanta, GA 30350. 770-650-1102; Fax: 770-650-2848. Postmaster: Send address changes to Your Extraordinary Life, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060-9854.

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Student Spotlight Tyneashia Woods is a winner for Life

Guy D’Alema Senior Photographer

It is the purpose of Your Extraordinary Life to promote the events, accomplishments, accolades and philosophies of Life University and its faculty, staff and students to current, prospective and former students, as well as the academic community at large. Life University is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1974. For more information, write to Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060.

The Vision Comes to Life The Village Retreat student-housing complex offers all the comforts of home


Alumni Relations Reflecting on a momentous year; Life lessons epigram


What’s New at Bringing Life to Your City Life University President Guy Riekeman, D.C., is hosting regional events in key cities in order to create a new energy and commitment to helping DCs spread the message and philosophy of chiropractic to their local areas. The long-term goal of Bringing Life to Your City is to spark health care conversations in these cities, attract more people to the profession and have these people return in a few years to cultivate the seed that has been planted. As Life University continues to expand its profile in chiropractic and in the realm of health and wellness, “it is imperative that we become leaders in the vital health revolution,” Riekeman says. “It is no longer enough to just educate our students and send them out into the world. It is time we became thought leaders in the new health paradigm. It is time to engage the population through our partners and friends so that chiropractic has a ‘place at the table.’” Another major goal of the program involves finding young people who could be good chiropractors and recruiting them as students at Life University. Nine cities have been slated to host an event this year. Some events have already taken place and have been a resounding success.




Life Bans the Bottle with Cutting-Edge Hydration Stations In its continued sustainability efforts, Life University has joined the “Ban the Bottle” campaign by installing hydration stations on campus. Manufactured by the Haws Corporation, these units use stateof-the-art filtration methods to remove sediments, chlorine odor and taste from regular tap water, thus making the need to purchase bottled water virtually obsolete. Not only are the new water stations a money saver for students, staff and faculty, they also aid in reducing the number of discarded plastic water bottles that pollute landfills annually. In addition to being a boon to the environment, these hands-free, sensorcontrolled water stations fill containers nearly twice as fast as an average water fountain––a feature welcomed by busy students moving between classes. “I think it’s great because it speeds up the process if you’re filling up a water bottle,” says Sam Stewart, DC student. “Plus, the water’s filtered and it makes it much more convenient. I think it benefits Life because the university tries to be health conscious, and having filtered water backs up that belief.” Due to the positive response from Life community members, plans are in the works to install additional hydration stations in high-traffic areas throughout the campus.

Life University Wins Grants to Green Award Life University recently became the recipient of the Grants to Green Assessment Award, a grant program created by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southface and Enterprise Community Partners to assist non-profit organizations in assessing the environmental sustainability of their buildings––both exteriorly and interiorly. Life’s aim is to improve campus structures to ensure they have little environmental impact, and also to increase the cost-efficiency of operations. The money saved on energy costs can be used to provide additional services needed by the campus community in other areas. The Center for Undergraduate Studies has been selected as one of the first buildings to undergo such renovations. In addition to providing assessments, the Grants to Green program offers a separate implementation grant to metro Atlanta non-profits to perform the actual recommended renovations. Life will apply for the Community Foundation’s Implementation Award this fall.

AROUND campus


Socrates Café Connects Food and Philosophy Attention Life Cardholders After much anticipation, Life University’s new Socrates Café will open its doors in January 2010, offering healthy menu options to please even the most conservative of vegans, while also satisfying the palates of those who prefer pepperoni pizza and other non-vegan selections. The chosen food vendor for the new venue, Bon Appetit Management Company, has garnered a well-earned reputation for its commitment to sustainable food. Simply put, sustainable food is produced in ways that are nutritionally sound, harmless to the environment and provide for the humane treatment of animals during production. “We take a macro view of wellness. We believe a healthy environment, community and menu are all vital,” says Maisie Greenawalt, of Bon Appetit’s marketing division.

Named for the famous philosopher Socrates, the new café promises to offer a superior dining experience for students, staff and faculty. The campus venue will feature a botanical interior design and amenities that include Wi-Fi, plug-in stations for laptops and flat screen TVs. The dining area is spacious enough to accommodate up to 200 guests ––double the capacity of the current café––and there will also be additional serving stations, including a “grab-and-go” area strictly for carryout orders. “It will be refreshingly different,” says William Jarr, vice president of Operations and Finance for the university. “Socrates Café is being built with the idea of changing the environment on this campus and also providing food choices that are substantially more consistent with our philosophy and direction.”

For more than a decade, Life University has had an affinity card program. Due to several bank mergers over the years, our program has passed from MBNA to FIA Card Services, which is now owned by Bank of America. Life and FIA have recently reviewed the current program and have mutually agreed to end the partnership. For those of you that are participating in the program, you will experience no change in your credit card account or service. We are reviewing other affinity card programs to determine if establishing a new partner and program is desirable.

Graduation and Enrollment Stats  Life University wishes to congratulate the 41 Doctors of Chiropractic who graduated on Sept. 9.  Life University welcomed 386 new students to campus for the fall quarter, including 162 new students in the DC program; 208 new students in the undergraduate program; and 16 new students in the masters program.

The new Socrates Café brings sustainable food and open-air dining to Life students and faculty.




AROUND campus


Three DC Students Reach Ironman Success Three DC students represented Life Finding time to train was a hurdle University on Aug. 30 by finishing for all three athletes. Every Sunday strong in the Ford Ironman Louisville they rode 80 miles throughout the competition. Jeremy Coffey (11:53:08), Atlanta area, carving out time for Ben Cavaliere (12:34:13) and Mark swimming and short runs during the Chappell-Lakin (13:41:42) are all week. “It has been a tremendous battle of balance being in 10th quarter, members of Life’s triathlon club who starting outpatient clinic, training for traveled to Louisville, Ky., to compete the Ironman and spending time with against 2,000 other participants in my wife, Cheryl,” Cavaliere says. one of the world’s toughest single-day endurance races. Newcomer Mark Chappell-Lakin Ironman Louisville is a three-part played soccer in college and is always competition that includes a 2.4-mile looking for ways to challenge himself swim in the Ohio River, followed by 112 Jeremy Coffey, Ben Cavaliere and Mark Chappell-Lakin physically. “I set goals for myself,” he proudly display their Ironman medals. miles of rolling hills on bike and a says. A few years ago he finished a 26.2-mile run through downtown Louisville. half marathon, then a half Ironman, followed by a full marathon This was the second Ironman competition for Coffey and in 2007. Now, he can add a full Ironman to his growing list of Cavaliere. In 2007, Cavaliere was featured in Today’s Chiropractic athletic achievements. Lifestyle magazine for his participation in the Florida Ironman, “As you get closer to the race, you are able to swim faster, and last September, Coffey completed the 2008 Louisville Ironman. pedal harder and run longer because of all the progress made “It was easier to train for this Ironman because I knew what to during training,” Cavaliere says. “The true reward is in everyexpect from my experience last year,” says Coffey. thing it took to cross the finish line.”

Intramural Softball Draws Large Crowds Softball is new to Life’s intramural program this year, but it’s quickly becoming the favored sport among students. Games are held every Thursday evening at the Southern Polytechnic State University’s softball fields, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the stands are packed with spectators each week. There are six teams in the league and the top four compete in playoffs at the end of the quarter. “I have never played softball before, so this is a new experience for me,” says DC student Justin Fountain. “Our team is doing well and we’re having a really fun time.” Intramural sports are designed for students to create their own teams and participate each week without games interfering with classes or studying. Students of all levels of experience are encouraged to get involved.



AROUND campus


Life Boasts Six All-American Rugby Players Of the 10 Life University rugby players selected as USA Rugby Collegiate South All-Stars, six have been named 2009 Collegiate All-Americans. Aaron McMaster, Benny Mateialona (All-American 2008), Cameron Dolan, Kyle Grossheider (All-American 2008), Paul Bester and Seth Strauss participated in the 2009 All-American tour, representing the U.S. in a threeteam international tournament from July 24 to Aug. 9 in South Africa. “These student-athletes played competitively and gained valuable experience during their tour in South Africa,” says Director of Life Rugby, Dan Payne. “Earning All-American status is something to be proud of as an undergraduate player and we will continue to work toward having all of our athletes train and commit to this accomplishment.”

Life’s rugby stars pose by a South African beach.

Life University rugby players in action on their home turf.



COVER story



When one mentions the word research, one of two images usually comes to mind: Lab rats negotiating a labyrinth in search of a morsel of cheese, or someone in a bio-toxic suit filling test tubes with droplets of chemicals. You likely won’t see either of these at Life University, but that doesn’t mean your alma mater doesn’t do research.




rch NewLife Why do universities conduct research? Because it brings credibility, prestige, grant money and further legitimacy and status to educational institutions. Why does Life University conduct research? While many of these same reasons still apply, there is more to the story for Life University. A commitment to excellence in research is now ingrained as part of the Life University mission statement and the vision to produce transformational leaders. Life’s faculty “does it because they are interested in it,” says Dr. Stephanie Sullivan, director of Life’s Office of Sponsored Research and Scholarly Activity (OSRSA), “and they want to help expand the knowledge base of the profession.” One of the purposes of Your Extraordinary Life is to keep you, our alumni and friends, informed about what is going on at Life University––with not only visible aspects, such as construction and athletics, but also with what is going on behind the scenes in the areas of curriculum, accreditation and research. It would be nice if we could list every research avenue currently being explored at the university, but the list could take up this entire issue of Your Extraordinary

Life. It is also important to note that compliance requirements do not allow us to divulge projects until they reach a certain stage of peer review and/or publication. We can tell you that in 2009, Life had 18 submissions to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC). Of those 18 submissions, 16 were accepted for an impressive 88 percent approval rating. For the 2010 ACC-RAC Conference, Life University faculty, staff and students submitted 24 research papers. Here are a few interesting cases that the faculty and students have enjoyed being an integral part of: Does Wearing High-Heeled Shoes Increase Lumbar Lordosis? Both the American Chiropractic Association and the American Physical Therapy Association have online press releases stating that wearing highheeled shoes increases lumbar lordosis, and the increased curve is a cause of lower back pain. The problem: There is only a small amount of existing research on this topic.

LIFE’S GROWING COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH • The Office of Sponsored Research and Scholarly Activity exists to provide the infrastructure, tracking and support for faculty, students and staff wanting to conduct and fund research at Life University. • $100,000 is allocated each year to fund research projects. • Since 2005, over a half-million dollars has been committed to faculty, staff and students pursuing discovery and implementation of research via publication, presentation, study and design.

Some of it contradicts popular opinion, and some of it is not entirely accurate. Dr. Brent Russell wanted to find out the truth, and recruited the help of a student on a research scholarship, Kim Muhlenkamp, who later became valedictorian of the September 2009 graduating class and is now a licensed DC. Dr. Russell also enlisted the help of experienced chiropractors Kathryn Hoiriis and Ekaterina Malakhova. They used a device called a spinal mouse to measure the spines of nearly 60 Life University students, staff and faculty members, both male and female. The results: There is very little correlation between wearing “heels” and the curve of the lower back. The details were recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, and are expected to be published in a chiropractic journal in 2010. This research may not answer the question of why these shoes cause back pain for many women but, for these doctors, the sight of seeing 20 men walking around the research office hallways wearing three-inch red heels may have made it all worthwhile.

• Through scholarships and work-study positions, 20 research opportunities have been established to encourage the pursuit of research by students. • Over the past three years, 52 percent of the College of Chiropractic professors have participated in some form of research. • 51 percent of the clinical faculty are involved in some form of research. • A University Think Tank has been established for students and their faculty mentors to explore and discuss independent topics, projects and concepts.



Life’s Student Research It’s not just the faculty that is having all the fun. Here is a list if some of the projects Life University students are currently undertaking:


As Life University continues its upward trend of more projects, more peer-reviewed submissions and more involvement from faculty and students, our stature and profile in these areas is significantly enhanced. Getting to the Heart of Glycemic Index and Blood Lipids Faculty member Dr. Will Turnbull, from the Department of Nutrition, has been involved in many research projects at Life University and around the world. He has been published hundreds of times in peer reviewed publications, conference presentations and books. Recently, Dr. Turnbull published two papers with colleagues from the University of Baja California in Mexico. Both studies were based on the effects of traditional medium glycemic index diets on Type 2 diabetes and blood lipids. Both studies showed significant positive effects. He is currently writing a paper on the glycemic effects of traditional sourdough breads with a colleague from University of Westminster in London. Dr. Turnbull is also the academic advisor for the Australian childhood obesity prevention study called Fit2Play, which is an online study for children, teachers and parents designed to teach them about nutrition, physical activity and other lifestyle factors. On campus, Dr. Turnbull is working with a number of research students in the Department of Nutrition. The first project is studying the effects of red yeast rice, co-enzyme Q10 and niacin on blood lipids, and is the first of its kind in the world. Another study is investigating the nutritional intake of vegetarians



compared with that of omnivores. Both these studies are ongoing and therefore, no results will be available until 2010. He also has a study that is currently under review by the Institutional Research Board (IRB). The study will investigate the effects of nutritional status on mental health. Another study, in the planning stage, will investigate nutritional factors in amenorrhea. All About The Children Drs. Drew Rubin and Laura Hanson have focused the majority of their research on the pediatric population. Dr. Rubin teaches pediatric-oriented classes in the College of Chiropractic and maintains a pediatric-centered private practice. Dr. Hanson works in the pediatric area of the Center for Health and Optimum Performance on campus, and also maintains a private practice. These two DCs are making quite a name for themselves and turning a lot of heads with some of their research. Dr. Rubin authored an article on triage in a chiropractic pediatric setting that appeared in The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, as well as a case study on “Effective Determination of an Ill Child Using the Yale Observation Scale.” He has also presented several times at ACCRAC. Two of those presentations focused on the effectiveness of the Activator

• Midwifery views on chiropractic – a survey of North American midwives. • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and chiropractic • Resolution of traumatic cervical radiculopathy with chiropractic care. • A prospective pregnancy study on currently pregnant female chiropractic patients and possible breach presentation. • Chiropractic care and its effects on HIV-positive patients. • Clinic assessment of a research protocol for patients with elevated blood pressure for comparison and evaluation pre- and post-adjustment.

adjusting instrument––the first being on in-utero constraint, and the other being on a 16-year-old female elite gymnast with lower back pain. Dr. Hanson also made a presentation at ACC-RAC on chiropractic treatment in a 10-year-old developmentally-delayed child. In affiliation with this study, Dr. Hanson has traveled and taught several classes, and has an article in the revision stage with a peer-reviewed journal. The Future As you can see, research is alive and well here, but it can be a slow process. As Life University continues its upward trend of more projects, more peer-reviewed submissions and more involvement from faculty and students, our stature and profile in these areas is significantly enhanced. Don’t be surprised if sometime in the near future Life University gets national and even worldwide acclaim for a project that happens right here on the campus in Marietta, Ga. To find out more about the research department and studies being conducted at Life University, please log onto

July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009

Advancing our Lasting Purpose In the final analysis, the true measure of Life University is the success and significance of our current students and alumni. While that may sound like an advertising slogan, we actually live and breathe it every day here on campus. A degree from Life must carry with it the skills to be a productive member of the world community. As leaders in the vital health revolution, we bear a responsibility to use our knowledge and influence to improve society. That is our Lasting Purpose: To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve out of a sense of abundance. It is a time of positive change, and the campus likely looks and feels different than during your last visit to Life. Enrollment continues to grow, classrooms and clinics are near capacity and our physical plant is undergoing renovation and new construction. Life is steadily being transformed to improve the learning environment for our students. A few years ago, Life outlined a broad plan for the future of the institution called the 2020 Vision. The first step in implementing this vision was the launch of a multi-phase campaign called “Realizing the Vision.” The initial phase, a $56 million initiative called “Creating a Livable Campus,” began in 2007. I am pleased to report that we have achieved 80 percent of this lofty goal. It is essential for our alumni and friends to understand and engage with this vision for Life’s future. There is still important work to be done if we are to realize our 2020 Vision, and we welcome your participation. I wish to thank all the members of the Life community, especially those whose names are listed on pages 6-8 of this report, for your commitment and support of the 2020 Vision. It isn’t just your financial support, it’s your sense of work, spirit and significance that brings life to Life University. Your investment in our future embodies the very nature of Lasting Purpose. Sincerely,

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. President


University Highlights CAMPUS INITIATIVES

• Secured $72 million bond without increasing monthly debt service payment • Completed pay equity program for faculty and staff • Refurbished two gymnasiums to create an auditorium environment for large group presentations

• Began construction of a new student housing center called “Life’s Village Retreat,” a parking deck and a child development center • Refurbished the Treehouse and renamed it the Ian Grassam Treehouse • Started construction on the new Socrates Café • Began equipping campus with the technology required for tomorrow’s students



• Sponsored and/or funded 18 University research projects that have been submitted to ACC-RAC • Secured grant from the National Institute of Health in support of senior adult initiatives • Visited 65 cities and connected with over 18,000 patrons through the president’s Power of One Tour COMMUNITY OUTREACH

• Created Life University community emergency fund to aid members in critical need • Supported more than 15 community organizations with volunteer and financial assistance ATHLETICS PROGRAM

• Life University’s basketball team returned to intercollegiate status, enjoying a 27-win season, a conference tournament championship and participation in the NAIA National Tournament • Life University’s rugby team enjoyed a second undefeated season and competed for a second national championship • Added more club and intramural sports programs


STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION For the Period Ended June 30, 2009 Total Assets Total Liabilities Total Net Assets

$117,457,610 $77,265,136 $40,192,474 LIFE UNIVERSITY, INC. REVENUE June 30, 2009

College of Chiropractic 83% Sales and Service of Auxiliary Enterprise 3% Interest and Dividend Income 3% Undergraduate 11%

Auxiliary Enterprise 3%


Instructional and Research 39%

Academic Support 7%

Ops & Maintenance of Plant 10%

Institutional Support 30%

Student Services 11%


List of Donors in our University Society, President’s Circle and Legacy Society Green

Great Eight

($300 - 499)

($800 - 1,199)

Dr. Edward Bender Dr. Frank Bowling Dr. Brett A. Caminez Dr. Nelson J. Curtis, III Dr. Philip Dembowski Dr. Linda M. Elkins GEICO Georgia Council of Chiropractic Dr. Andrea H. Harpold Dr. Matthew S. Harris Dr. Jonathan R. Holtzman Dr. Gary Lambert Dr. Paul McCartney Dr. Elizabeth A. Rassel Dr. David J. Sayer Dr. James Schaefer Dr. Donald Sinclair Dr. Timothy Taig Dr. Steven R. Watts Dr. John Zimmerman, Jr.

Dr. Adam J. Apfelblat Dr. Marvin T. Arnsdorff, III Dr. Jonathan Berns Dr. Richard J. Bogdanski Dr. Howard J. Boos Dr. Patricia L. Chelenyak Dr. Ralph Davis Dr. Philip B. Delport Dr. Vincent Erario Dr. Kevin Fogarty Dr. David Foss Dr. Danita Heagy Dr. Stuart E. Hoffman Dr. Jennifer Jaffe-Finn Dr. Stuart E. Katzen Dr. Christopher B. Kent Dr. Ernie F. Landi Dr. Jason C. Ledford Dr. Kevin L. Lenahan Dr. Joseph Lupo Marietta Power and Water Dr. Eric T. Markson Dr. Brian McAulay Dr. Craig Miladin Dr. Timothy Murphy Drs. Tom and Jeanne Ohm Dr. Meg Pickering Dr. Denise A. Rassel Dr. Linda Rassel Dr. Charles E. Ribley Drs. Larry and Patty Ribley Dr. Drew G. Rubin Dr. Robert Scott Drs. Brian Shapiro and Mary Scotto-DiMinico Dr. Kim R. Stetzel Dr. Ralph J. Templeton Dr. Mark J. Tobias Dr. Trudi Vogel

Gold ($500 - 799) Dr. Salih Baaith Coach John P. Barrett Ms. Daisy Buckner Dr. James W. Cassillo Dr. Philip A. Day Dr. Lydia L. Dever Dr. John A. Fenn Drs. Dan and Victoria Fonke Dr. Heather Freedlund Dr. Robert Gise Dr. Michael W. Headlee Dr. Ronald Kath Dr. Thomas W. Lowry, Jr. Dr. Adam McBride Dr. Kevin J. O'Dell Dr. Debra A. Porter Dr. David M. Purdy Dr. Jeffrey Raheb Dr. Jeffrey B. Roistacher Dr. Ruth Ross Dr. Sharon C. Roth Dr. Jerry Schar Dr. Marc P. Schneider Dr. Michael Smith Dr. Sam Wang Dr. Daniel T. Wise



Mr. Gregory R. Harris Dr. Ronald O. Kirk Dr. and Mrs. David Koch Dr. Bradbury Robinson Dr. Kirk Skinner Dr. Keith Q. Warde Dr. Robin W. Welch

1974 Founders ($1,974 - 4,999) Dr. and Mrs. Greg Baker Dr. Michael Calcagno Dr. Pasquale Calcagno, III Mr. Van N. Carrigan Dr. Justin Coop Dr. Stacey Davis Dr. John Downes Dr. Jerry Hardee Dr. Benjamin J. Hardick Dr. Leslie D. Holcombe Dr. Kreg Huffer Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jarr Drs. Michael, Devin and Douglas Long Dr. Brian Long Dr. and Mrs. Tom Morgan National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company Dr. Gary R. Pennebaker Dr. Guy Riekeman Dr. Eugene Sparlin Dr. Gary Stewart Dr. Gary L. Willis

Advocates ($5,000 - 9,999) Bank of America Dr. Darcy Andersen Michigan Chiropractic Foundation

($1,200 - 1,973) Dr. Amanda L. Apfelblat Dr. Kenneth D. Brough Dr. Brian O. Burns Dr. Christopher J. Colloca Drs. Brian and Mary Flannery Drs. Joe Foley and Diane DeReu-Foley Dr. Tim Gross Dr. Jay Handt

Leaders ($10,000 - 24,999) Drs. Irene and Reggie Gold Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust

Legacy Society The Life Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who support Life University through their estate plans, planned gifts and endowed scholarships valued at $25,000 or more. (This is the inaugural listing of Life’s Legacy Society) Dr. Daniel A. Abeckjerr Dr. Joseph W. Accurso Mr. William Adams Dr. Darcy Andersen Dr. Sol M. Aordkian Dr. Robert Argoe Coach John P. Barrett Dr. John S. Barrett Dr. Michael J. Bartell Dr. Larry A. Bartell Batson-Cook Company Dr. Daun Battersby Drs. Dexter and Lisa Beck Dr. Craig Berko Ms. Doris Blair Dr. Gilbert Bohemier Dr. John T. Boutwell Dr. Donald W. Boylston Dr. Robert Braile Dr. Jean Yvan Breton Drs. Louis and Laurie Briegel Dr. James R. Brown * Dr. Deloss Brubaker Dr. Leonard Budsock * Dr. Brian O. Burns Dr. John A. Cadieux Dr. Thomas E. Calhoun Dr. George Camacho Dr. David L. Camhi Dr. Robert Champagne Dr. Patricia L. Chelenyak Mrs. Edna Clark Drs. Joseph and Carolyn Clauss Dr. Art Coffman Dr. Eddy Cohen Mrs. Bobbie Combee Dr. Timothy Conroy Dr. William Cooke Dr. Francis Corbin Dr. Henry J. Cousineau Dr. Kenneth Csillag Dr. David A. Czerminski Dr. Gregory R. Daniels Dr. Alan Davis Dr. David Davis Dr. Christophe Dean Dr. Steven Deehl

Dr. Paul Delaney Dr. Michael P. DeRosa Dr. Michel P. Desaulniers Dr. Richard Desira Dr. William E. Dillman Dr. Bruce J. Dorais Dr. Ann Drake Dr. Douglas Drobbin Dr. James W. Dubel Dr. Alan H. Dubin Dr. James W. Eaton Mr. Bruce Emery * Dr. Steven D. Erde Ms. Sandy Everage Ms. Melanie Ezzel-Nelson Dr. Daniel Fenster Dr. David C. Fields Dr. William Firnbach Dr. Harvey J. Fish Dr. Gary P. Fish Flynn-Finderup Architects Dr. Alan K. Foster Dr. Richard L. Franks Dr. Murray C. Galbraith Dr. William S. Gandee Dr. Frank Gilbert Dr. Robert Gise Drs. Patti Giuliano and Peter Kevorkian Dr. Wayne Goforth Dr. Steven Goldfarb Dr. Sharon Gorman Dr. Robert Graham Mrs. Janet Grassam and Dr. Ian Grassam * Dr. Joseph Gregory Dr. John Grone Dr. John Grostic * Dr. Lee Gruber Dr. Jett D. Gurman Dr. Samuel S. Haley Dr. Randall J. Hammett Dr. Rod Handly Dr. Jay Handt Dr. Bruce J. Harman Dr. Ronald Hash Mrs. Marian Hatch and Dr. Robert Hatch * Mr. David Haygood Drs. Kenneth and Deborah Heairlston Dr. Mark Heffron Mr. Robert Henry Dr. Dennis L. Heskett Ms. Nancy Hill * Dr. Raymond Hillenbrand Dr. Hubert Hitchcock * Dr. Jerry I. Hochman

Dr. Richard L. Hodish Dr. Stuart E. Hoffman Dr. Stephen A. Hoffman Dr. John A. Hofmann Dr. Stephen Hoody Dr. Lasca Hospers Dr. Steven M. Humber Dr. D. D. Humber Dr. Ken Humber Mr. Phil Johnson Dr. JoAnn Jones Mr. Roger Kaiser Dr. Eric S. Kaplan Dr. Mildred Kimbrough * Mr. Monroe M. King Dr. Ronald O. Kirk Dr. David Kirsch Drs. Josef Kish and Mary Ellen Moore Dr. Thomas M. Klapp Dr. Mark Klingert Dr. Ellis Kooby Dr. Thomas Kopinski Dr. Daniel J. Kribs Dr. Elizabeth Krupar Dr. James W. Langford Dr. Michael G. Law Dr. Peter Lawrence Dr. Scott Lawrence Dr. Alan Levine Dr. David Levinson Dr. Ken Lipke * Dr. Kenneth Logan Dr. Richard Lord Dr. Joseph Lupo Dr. Peter Marascia Dr. Douglas L. March Dr. Lorenzo E. Marchese Dr. Carl Mashike Dr. David C. Mason Mr. Eddie McAshan Dr. Rod McCanse Ms. Joan McLemore Dr. Robert S. Mellette Dr. Robert C. Melnik Dr. Timothy Merrick Dr. Daniel L. Michel Michigan Chiropractic Foundation Dr. Joel S. Miller Dr. Steven Mirtschink Dr. R. D. Mitchell Dr. Ronald M. Mitchell Dr. Dennis Mizel Dr. and Mrs. Tom Morgan Dr. Wilson A. Morgan Mr. Harold J. Mulkey Dr. Mike Nathanson

Dr. Nada Nenadovic Dr. Meredith L. Oudt Ms. Rome Palmer Dr. Thomas D. Pamer Dr. Don N. Parkerson Dr. Jennifer Peet Dr. Palmer M. Peet Dr. Jerald Pfister Dr. Bradford J. Pizza Dr. Deborah Pogrelis Dr. John W. Proctor Dr. Neil Rabin Dr. Robert Rabin Dr. Micheal Rappaport * Dr. Linda Rassel Dr. Rebecca A. Ray Dr. Donald E. Ray Dr. Tom Retherford * Dr. Charles E. Ribley Mrs. Rowena Rich and Dr. Clark Rich * Mrs. Jean Riley Dr. Corey B. Rodnick Dr. Ronald Roland Dr. Paul J. Roses Dr. Armand Rossi Dr. Suzan Rossi Dr. Henry M. Rubinstein Dr. Diana Salzmann Ms. Joyce Sample Dr. Walter Sanchez Mrs. Chris Scanlan and Dr. William Scanlan * Dr. Daniel A. Schaeffer Dr. Jerry Schar Dr. Robert R. Schiffman Dr. Ron Schmeltzer Dr. Robert R. Schultz Dr. Robert Schumacher Dr. Brian Sheres Dr. Micheal W. Shreeve Dr. Thomas J. Sidoti Dr. Chriss J. Sigafoose Dr. Tina A. Sigafoose Dr. Kenneth Sistino Drs. Micheal and Lori Smatt Mr. Melvyn Smith Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology Mrs. Lucy Spurgeon and Dr. Andra Spurgeon * Dr. Gary Stewart Dr. Mark Studin Dr. R. W. Sweat Dr. Micheal Swenson Dr. William H. Tarlton * Dr. Tim Tarry Dr. Jim Taylor

Dr. Jan Teitelbaum Dr. Jonathan Tepper Dr. Thomas Thornton Ms. Amanda Timberlake Dr. and Mrs. I. N. Toftness * Mr. Roger Tripp Dr. Ralph Ungerank * Dr. Gregory A. Ungerank Dr. Clarence Ungerank Dr. Micheal Ungerank Dr. Robert Van Note Dr. Louis Vastola Dr. Besty Vingle Mr. Bernard S. Vinick Dr. David E. Wade Dr. Gary L. Walsemann Mr. W. W. Wannamaker * Dr. Mary J. Ward Dr. Mamie B. Ware Dr. Stuart Warner Dr. Micheal Warner Dr. Neal Watkins Drs. Stephen and Claire Welsh Dr. Eric Whitehouse Dr. Gary L. Wickiser Drs. Frank * and Janice Willhite Mr. Benjamin H. Williams Drs. Sid and Nell Williams Drs. Bill and Kay Willis Dr. Peter Wilson Dr. Michael M. Wolff Dr. Steven Zimmerman Dr. Timothy L. Zook * Denotes deceased

Gifts In-Kind Mr. Joseph Capri Dr. Nancy Davila Dr. Scott Earley Dr. Marc Ellis Dr. David Eugster Hygenic/Performance Health Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jarr Dr. David J. Kellenberger Dr. Kerry McCord Dr. Daniel L. Michel Dr. and Mrs. Tom Morgan Ms. Nandi Nkosi Dr. Dennis Ostrowski Dr. Reid Rasmussen Dr. Drew G. Rubin Dr. Walter Schmitt Ms. Valerie Selley Dr. Mark Tobias


Life University Board of Trustees (Year ending June 30, 2009) Charles Ribley, D.C., Chairman Don Betz, Ph.D. Diane DeReu-Foley, D.C. Shawn Ferguson, D.C. Kevin Fogerty, D.C. Sharon Gorman, D.C. James Gregg, D.C. Jay Handt, D.C. Peter Heffernan, D.C. Mark Hudson, D.C. Thomas Klapp, D.C. Lawrence T. Markson, D.C. Rhonda Newton The Honorable Kenneth Nix William O’Brien, Ph.D. Randolph C. O’Dell, D.C. Betty Siegel, Ph.D.


The Mission of Life University The mission of Life University is to empower each student with the education, skills and values needed for career success and life fulfillment based on a vitalistic philosophy. The university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional programs––each one committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research and the overall student experience––offer a vision and the promise for a meaningful life, the proficiencies necessary to achieve optimum personal performance and the wisdom to become transformational leaders in an increasingly diverse, global and dynamic world.



All theComforts AFTER MUCH ANTICIPATION, THE Life University Village Retreat campus housing complex has opened its doors this fall to new and returning students. Conveniently located in the heart of the campus, between two outlets to main roads, the units in the four-story complex offer residents amenities that far surpass those of traditional college dormitories. Students enjoy kitchens equipped with stainless-steel stoves, refrigerators and built-in microwaves, and a full-size washer and dryer in each residence–– putting an end to the days of lugging clothes to public laundry facilities. Life students are offered the choice to lease either a one-bedroom/onebathroom apartment (for those who prefer more privacy), or share a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate, with each enjoying their own private bathroom. Other features include high-speed Internet, cable TV, two student lounges, game areas for socializing with friends and a park-like open courtyard in the center of the complex. Because safety is of the utmost importance, Life University Village Retreat provides added security

by limiting access to the building and individual apartments via residents-only key cards. Life University Village Retreat was constructed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a thirdparty certification program utilized by architects, engineers, government officials and other industry professionals to effectively build according to standards of environmental sustainability. Sustainability covers five main areas of

environmental and human health: water conservation, energy efficiency, sustainable site development, indoor environmental quality and materials selection. Additionally, the LEED standard is also in line with the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, an initiative which involves over 200 college presidents devoted to making their campuses more environmentally sound and, of which, Life’s President Dr. Guy Riekeman is an active founding member.

The Village Retreat offers spacious living areas.

Every resident is furnished with a private bedroom. Fall


Stainless-steel appliances are standard in all on-campus kitchens.


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Life University’s Village Retreat Opens to New and Returning Students

Life University Village Retreat was constructed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System

Warm colors are the hallmark of the new complex.

A new parking deck helps ease student parking issues.

The Village Retreat looks out onto an open courtyard.





A Winner for Life Ty Woods Places at the 2009 National Phi Beta Lambda Conference

Winning is no foreign feat for Tyneashia Woods. The Los Angeles native has landed numerous scholarships throughout her academic career: a scholarship to a ministry school she attended prior to enrolling at Life; the 2008 Life Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes student leadership and campus community involvement; the Life Alumni Scholarship, awarded during last year’s Lyceum; and now a second-place win in Public Speaking––in addition to a seventh-place win for Impromptu Speaking––at the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference held last month in Anaheim, Calif. It all began in January, when Woods competed in the organization’s 2009 district competitions held in Atlanta. It was there that she placed first in Public Speaking and second in Impromptu Speaking. She advanced to the state level, hoping to land either a first- or second-place win, which provided automatic opportunities to compete at the national level. Unfortunately, Woods placed third in the two categories, narrowly missing the secondplace win for Impromptu Speaking after incurring a penalty for exceeding the time limit by only five seconds in delivering her speech.



However, it was not over for Woods. By a stroke of luck, the first-place winner was unable to compete at the national level due to an internship he’d previously

Ty Woods

accepted in Spain. This unexpected turn of events automatically qualified Woods to compete and to represent Life University in Anaheim. And, as if that weren’t enough, just three weeks prior to the national conference, she was informed by Phi Beta Lambda Advisor Deborah Lancaster that the first-place state winner for Public Speaking was also unable to attend; thus, opening the door for Woods to compete in a second category at the conference. Though excited about the opportunity, reality quickly set in for Woods. The trip expenses, which included roundtrip air-

fare, lodging, meals and transportation, totaled $1,500. It’s not an astronomical amount, but to a full-time college student with limited resources, it was challenging. Woods refused to let this deter her. The outgoing business major, with a gift for gab and an engaging personality to match, personally approached various faculty and staff members and told them about her aim to secure a national title for Life University. As a result of her efforts, Woods received overwhelming support as monetary donations poured in. While at the national conference, Woods beat out over 100 students representing colleges and universities from all 50 states. The title of her winning speech for Public Speaking was "Bring out the Leader in You by Discovering Your Passion." The passion in her delivery was evident not only to the judges, but also to some top figures in the business world who were also in attendance. “The CEO of Dale Carnegie Institute was there to present the checks to the winners. While we were in the back taking the photos with him, he said, ‘If you’re in the market for being a presenter, we’re always looking for presenters,’” Woods says. For her second-place win, Woods received a trophy and a check for $400. So, what’s next for this winner for Life? Woods will be graduating from Life in December with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. Thereafter, she plans to earn a master’s degree and eventually utilize her oral presentation skills in a career as an international business trainer.


Dr. Tim Kelly’s Mission to Make America Healthy AMERICA’S HEALTH STATISTICS ARE IN BAD shape: The U.S. ranks 30th in life expectancy, 35th in preventing infant mortality and, by 2025, it is predicted that more than half the population will suffer from a chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity. Such chronic conditions currently account for 75 percent of U.S. health care dollars––and all may be controlled by changes in behavior. A Life University graduate and a practicing chiropractor for over 20 years, Dr. Timothy P. Kelly has spent his career promoting the power of individuals to heal themselves through daily practices that promote lifelong balance and vitality––believing that the modern epidemics of cancer, depression, dyslexia and other major health issues can be best helped through a cooperative, wellness-based approach. Kelly, a Buckhead Wellness Center chiropractor, joined David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., former Surgeon General and director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and L. Casey Chosewood, M.D., director of the Office of Health and Safety for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to discuss ways to improve America’s health during Leadership DeKalb’s “Health and Wellness Day,” held last spring as a resource meeting for community leaders. The day-long program included a wide variety of presentations on the current status of health care in the Atlanta community, as well as recommendations for improving it. “Chiropractors must work with other professionals in the health care community to educate patients that changing what and how they eat can have very dramatic and beneficial results on their health,” said Dr. Kelly, during his presentation on

natural healing. “For example, changing from a diet heavy in dairy and wheat to one that includes more fish, lean meats, vegetables and fruit can result in significantly less stress, inflammation and illness.” At the conference, Dr. Kelly explained the role of chiropractic, diet and the underlying biochemistry of inflammation by noting that one of the primary causes of inflammation is stress, often resulting from America’s fast pace of life. “The top three products sold at drug stores in the United States are pain killers, digestive aids and allergy relief medicines,” Kelly said. “These are basically inflammations that can be reduced by understanding that eating the right foods has a direct relationship with how you feel. Eating the right foods, the right way, can reduce the pain, indigestion and allergies so many people seem to experience and eliminate the need for these products.” He went on to detail the makeup of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential but cannot be manufactured by the body and must be derived from food. Omega 6 acids are natural inflammatory fatty acids and are contained in the ‘big eight’ food allergy-producing foods: dairy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, shellfish and soy. The opposite are Omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation or allergic responses, promote heart health, improve brain function and are contained in cold water fish, vegetables, fruit and hard shelled nuts, such as walnuts and almonds. “We’re putting the wrong foods into our bodies,” he said. “Chiropractors work with patients who are actively looking for answers. We help them with skills to remove nerve interference and stabilize the spine. We also have the opportunity to teach them about nutrition and help them control their health by changing

Dr. Tim Kelly

their eating habits and behaviors. Longterm wellness may be as easily achieved as eating leaner foods slower.” Dr. Kelly also explained that chewing is the body’s way of starting the digestive process, which includes sending messages along the nervous system to begin secreting acids to break up food and promote digestion. “We tend to eat much too quickly, which short-circuits digestion and increases heartburn, upset stomach, inflammation and illness,” Kelly said. “When we eat ‘on-the-run’ food that is high in Omega 6 fatty acids, we are doing double damage to ourselves––short circuiting the digestive process, creating stress and consuming too many Omega 6 fatty acids, which increase inflammatory responses. It’s a vicious circle of illness, but one which can be changed with proper knowledge and guidance.” For more information on Dr. Kelly, visit





g i n n S i t a h r s S OPENING NIGHT

Lyceum 2009 was a spectacular homecoming and continuing education event that took place on campus the weekend of Oct. 15-18, and was enjoyed by students, alumni, DCs and friends of Life University! The theme of the event was “The Tipping Point,” a reference to the state of health care in the world and how chiropractors are in a unique position to shift the paradigm toward a wellness-based model. Life University President Guy Riekeman, D.C., kicked off the festivities on Thursday evening, energizing more than 1,500 attendees and setting the tone for the eventful weekend. Friday and Saturday saw powerful presentations from industry experts such as Larry Dossey, Bruce Lipton, C.J. Mertz and Dean DePice. The weekend came to a climax on Saturday afternoon when Life’s rugby team clobbered Atlanta Old White in an exhibition game, followed by the finale of Life’s Shining Star, a competition for students interested in showcasing their singing and entertainment skills. Hypnotist Kevin LePine delighted everyone by putting 20 students and faculty members under his spell—persuading them to sleep, dance, scream and laugh uncontrollably—even convincing some that they were naked. The weekend came to a close with a fantastic fireworks display over the lake in front of the Ian Grassam Treehouse. Life University wishes to thank Standard Process, NCMIC, The Pettibon System and FootLevelers for sponsoring a memorable event that is sure to be the talk of the campus until next year, when Lyceum 2010 will set new expectations and surpass this year’s extraordinary festivities.






Photos by Joel Taylor and Alisha Gaulden.




ALUMNI relations

Dear Life Alumni, What a tremendous year this has been at Life University! As I write this, my heart is full of memories from Lyceum 2009, held Oct. 15-18. Thanks to all of you who joined us on campus and made it such an incredible weekend! The speakers were so inspiring and I am really thankful to have met so many new faces. Lyceum is just one of my great memories from 2009. In April, we hosted the first vital conversation of the Life Source Octagon: “Vis Medicatrix Naturae,” and this was just the start of our exploration of “New Vitalism.” The campus has hosted prospective student weekends, continuing education seminars and appreciation events for our volunteers, LIFEforce and PEAK doctors. We launched our online directory, the Alumni Neighborhood, and created a Career Services department and a new classifieds website to serve both students and alumni. The Department of Alumni Relations hosted events across the country where we got to connect with many of you. It has been an amazing year of growth and development. Another significant development this year was the redesign of our Alumni Association. We created a smaller Board of Directors with five elected positions; President, Vice President, Representative for Philanthropy and Community Service, Representative for Student Engagement and Recruitment and Immediate Past President. The members of the Board of Directors will develop committees to assist you with each area of involvement. I hope that many of you will join us and participate! Look for more information soon.

As always, we are exploring ways to better communicate with you and keep you informed about university news and events. We have recently begun to recruit class chairs for each graduation year. Class chairs will help the university by connecting with classmates, finding lost alumni and planning class reunions. If you are interested in volunteering for your class or would like to nominate a classmate, please contact me and I will send you more information. We have recently recruited several students to help us call alumni and request updated information for our records. I also encourage you to register for the Alumni Neighborhood. Once registered, you will be able to connect with other alumni based on shared interests and experiences––an initiative that has enormous potential to help build a stronger and more meaningful alumni community. You will stay in touch with the university and can manage the level of information you share and receive. Please visit to register today. Again, I invite your feedback about Your Extraordinary Life. Please send comments and suggestions for future issues to Thanks for reading!

Sincerely, Natalie Walker Director, Alumni Relations




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