Lambda Chi Sorority is a social and educational club at NUHS
designed for female students in both the chiropractic and
naturopathic programs. Once a week, we meet after class to learn
and practice adjustments with Dr. Terry Elder, one of the professors of
our technique classes and a national instructor for Motion
Palpation Institute. Toward the end of the trimester, the club
brings in various speakers from the community and university,
educating us on different topics such as sports medicine, pediatric
adjusting, opening up your own practice, or even just the current
state of the chiropractic profession. For the past year, I have
been the president of Lambda Chi and have had an array of
responsibilities each trimester. I have finally reached the
bittersweet end of a very rewarding leadership position, but I am
excited to pass on my duties to the next group of officers!
The current group of officers finished off our term with a big
bang of events! We started out our week by hosting Dr. Joseph Stiefel,
the president of National University of Health Sciences, as our
speaker. He brought our members up to speed on the state of the
university, current renovations taking place on our campus, an
assessment of our school's performance of board scores, and an
overview of the direction that the chiropractic profession is
moving. On Wednesday night, the outgoing and incoming sorority
officers met at Kona Grill for our officer transition dinner,
where we passed on our binders of instructions, gave suggestions
and words of advice, and enjoyed a nice meal together.
Our 3rd Annual Mr. NUHS Competition was held on Thursday in the
gymnasium. The event showcased eight terrific male students who
competed in categories of clinic attire, beach attire, and a
talent/lip sync performance. Our four judges consisted of both
faculty/staff members and last year's reigning Mr. NUHS, Taronte.
Based on the judges' scores and the popular vote of audience
participation, we crowned Tom Blum as the 2014-2015 Mr. NUHS! Tom
performed a terrific rendition of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney
movie Frozen, and the gymnasium was filled with laughter
and confetti as the song went on. This event served as both a fun
school-wide function open to all students as well as a great fund
raiser for Lambda Chi.
Beach Attire Category
Friday night was an opportunity for all of our members to relax
and unwind at our end-of-the-trimester event held at Brickhouse Tavern and Tap. The girls enjoyed
appetizers, drinks, and a chance to sit back and socialize with
each other. This was also the last big event held by the current
club officers, so it served as an unofficial transition back to
being simply a member of the club, rather than a leader. I am
excited to say that I'm finally relieved of my duties as president
of Lambda Chi Sorority!
Mr. NUHS - Tom Blum
I hope everyone has a great end to July! Enjoy what's left of
Another week of gorgeous weather in Illinois, and I am finding
it more and more difficult to study inside for our upcoming exams.
During the day, you'll often find National students eating their
lunches or reviewing their notes on the many park benches and
tables we have set up around campus, but this is only a temporary
activity. Many of us realize that by sitting outside and
"studying," it's much easier to find yourself people watching,
staring at the swans on the pond, or wanting to close your eyes and
daydream. All right, it looks like I'll have to keep the sun
bathing in moderation until midterms have passed.
This week, we covered quite a bit of ground in classes. In our
Phys/DX course, we continued to practice different regional exams
of the body, specifically the abdominal exam and neurological exam.
In phlebotomy lab, students are still perfecting their needling
"abilities" and learning different techniques for drawing blood.
Specifically, we are spending a lot of time on the butterfly needle
technique and drawing blood out of smaller veins. It's definitely
nerve-wracking, but a valuable experience none-the-less.
On Friday afternoon, Student Council hosted the summer's Tri
Games competition. The sport of the season was flag football, and
like any other trimester, each group of students sported their
tri's respective color and played for 4 months of bragging rights.
I unfortunately was not able to attend the event, but I don't doubt
it was a great showing! Maybe my 6th tri classmates took home the
My weekend was spent in Rochester, Michigan, for my older
brother's wedding. As a Buckeye myself in a family of nearly all
Ohio State grads, I never thought I'd see the day when one of my
sibs married a Wolverine! Despite our differences, the two families
came together and threw a terrific celebration.
Congratulations, Ben and Jenny! I loved the opportunity to get
away for a weekend and spend time with my family, but I miss them
already! It's a good thing I have plenty of studying and work to
keep me busy now that I'm back.
Hello everyone! I know I've said it once, but I'll say it again:
this weather is gorgeous! I am one of those people that thrive in
sunshine, and my week's activities definitely reflected it.
Brad Paisley Concert
It was Week 4 here at National, and with classes back in full
gear, there was lots of studying to be done. One of the most
challenging classes in Trimester 6 is "Imaging of Tumors," where we
are learning about all the possible bone tumors and how to
differentiate them on traditional X-rays, MRI, and other various
imaging types. Learning pathologies like these can be intimidating,
but it's also a true reflection of our chiropractic education at
NUHS. It is both a challenge and a compliment to be bestowed with
such a well-rounded curriculum that teaches us to be responsible
physicians. Some chiropractors choose to have X-ray machines in
their practice, and some choose to send patients out for imaging,
but whatever the case, it is critical that we are trained to
recognize the signs and symptoms of a more progressive disease such
as skeletal tumors.
Lambda Chi Sorority Lunch
Outside of the classroom, this week was a blast! To kick-off the
summer, Lambda Chi sorority had its sorority lunch, catered by
Pinched Mediterranean Grill, a locally-owned restaurant offering
gluten-free, freshly made food. All of the girls enjoyed the
opportunity to get together and enjoy a fun lunch hour while
discussing some upcoming events this trimester. The goal of Lambda
Chi is to offer more opportunities for us to practice our adjusting
skills outside of class, but it's also to foster meaningful
friendships among the women of our profession. :)
On Friday night, students from our school attended the Tri Mixer
at Gnarly J's and Rita's Roadhouse, which was a perfect way to end
a busy school week and take a break from studying.
I spent my Saturday night at the Brad Paisley concert with some
girls from school, and then all day Sunday laying by the pool and
studying for upcoming midterms.
Overall, this was a very well rounded week of studying,
sunshine, and social events that will have to last me until
midterms are over. Time to really hit the books! Enjoy the week
Things have been getting busier here at National. Spring has
sprung! (Well, kind of.) Aside from the unfortunate rainy days and
50-degree temperatures, campus activity is picking up and everyone
is antsy for summer!
This week, students enjoyed our beginning-of-the-tri Club Lunch
Day, catered by Chipotle and sponsored by Student Council. On
Friday at lunch, all active clubs were represented at tables
throughout our gymnasium, offering the opportunity for new students
to learn more about and potentially join each student organization.
I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the delicious meal
and many clubs gained new prospective members! It's great to see
younger students getting involved in our school.
Saturday morning, many students drove downtown to attend the
Chiropractic Wellness Symposium, organized by Cancer Treatment
Centers of America. We had the opportunity to learn about
functional endocrinology and a chiropractor's role in treating
autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and other widespread diseases. What
an amazing experience! I walked away from that seminar with such
inspiration and hope! Chiropractic and all other alternative
medical professions need to embrace the impact we can have on human
health. We truly do have the power to change people's lives. :)
After exploring downtown Chicago a little bit after the seminar,
we drove back to Lombard, just in time for a youth soccer game. My
friends Brandon and Jake are earning off-campus service hours by
volunteering as coaches for a 4- to 5-year-old soccer league in our
community of Lombard.
In case you were not aware, one of the requirements of the DC
and ND programs at National is to participate in a certain amount
of on- and off-campus service hours before graduating. Many clubs
on campus offer opportunities for students to gain these hours, but
the most rewarding experiences are those when students get involved
with our community.
For Brandon and Jake, this soccer league is simply about
encouraging kids to be active and involved at a young age. However,
for these adorable kids, kicking the ball in the right direction is
an accomplishment enough! Best of all, the parents are excited to
see local students being involved in the community, and we are able
to represent our university with high spirits and good will!
Welcome to my first blog! I'm very excited for this opportunity
to share my thoughts and experiences with you, and I hope you'll
enjoy it, too. Feel free to check out my "About Me" section as
This week, I began my 6th trimester of chiropractic school. It's
hard to believe that I've finally reached the half-way point in my
education, with only 5 trimesters to go! I am currently in Phase 2,
which consists of the clinical science aspect of National's
program. My classes this tri include advanced adjusting technique
lab, a handful of radiology diagnosis classes, and a physical and
lab diagnosis class. My schedule begins at 8am every day, which is
getting me in shape for the "real world," I like to think.
Especially in the summer, there's no better feeling than getting an
early start to your day, with the sun and chirping birdies outside
serving as an alarm clock!
The class we have focused most on during the first week is
physical and lab diagnosis. Since it is an 8 credit hour course, we
meet for lecture and lab three days each week, and we're already
moving right along with the curriculum. We began by reviewing some
of the fundamental evaluations we were taught in our evaluation and management
courses in previous trimesters. At this point in our education,
we can never practice our skills enough. Our first week's
activities consisted of performing vitals, a head and neck
evaluation, and an eye exam. Fortunately, all of the diagnostic
tools needed for these exams are included in our "doctor bags" that
we were given when we entered the program, so the difficult part
now is remembering to keep our ophthalmoscopes charged for
This week seemed to fly by! As the new Student Council
president, I spent many of my lunch hours attending university
meetings or leading discussions of my own. Our first Student
Council meeting of the trimester is coming up, and I look forward
to meeting all of the club representatives and incoming students in
the professional programs. All students are welcome and encouraged
to come the weekly meetings, and increasing attendance is something
I hope to accomplish during my term.
With any luck, the weather will remain warm and sunny, and we
can have another beautiful summer tri. Enjoy your week! :)
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