For NUHS, 2019 has been filled with exciting new opportunities and a long list of achievements by alumni, students, faculty and staff. Now that the year is coming to a close, it is appropriate to revisit some of the top news at NUHS this year.
NUHS was selected to host the 2019 Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) Leadership Conference, September 6-8, at its Illinois campus. The theme was “Excellence is Our Standard.”
Approximately 150 students elected to SACA positions at universities around the country participated in the conference, which included a new feature called “SACA Talks.” Among the conference speakers were five selected students who addressed topics ranging from community health to perceptions and biases looking inward and out.
In July, the office of Illinois Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th District) assisted the National University Learning Resource Center (LRC) in obtaining 36 medical books free from the Library of Congress’ Surplus Books Program.
Russ Iwami, NUHS Reference Librarian, took the lead in applying for the donation on behalf of the Fox Valley Health Science Library Consortium, which represents a group of medical libraries in the area. The Consortium requested medical books relevant to medical doctors, nurses or complementary medicine practitioners.
“This allowed us to get not only books that we wanted, but materials that complement our collection that we would not otherwise be able to obtain within our budget,” Iwami noted. The donation is the first of an expected delivery of materials several times a year through the Surplus Books Program
In May, NUHS announced a new opportunity for naturopathic medicine students to participate in a homeopathy rotation through the Center for Integral Health (CIH) in Lombard, IL.
The rotation focuses on constitutional homeopathic case-taking and prescribing. The goal is to give NUHS interns the opportunity to work with patients under direct supervision and expand their knowledge of homeopathic modalities.
“It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from physicians who are experts in this field,” said Lisa Krebs, ND, a National University alumnae who now practices at CIH. “Students will come away with the confidence and skills to accurately use this important modality in practice.”
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) presented its highest honor, the 2019 Chiropractor of the Year Award, to NUHS alumnus N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC, ’97, during its annual meeting January 16-19 in Washington, D.C.
ACA’s award recognizes chiropractors and other individuals for their exceptional service, achievement and/or leadership within the chiropractic profession. Dr. Tuck, who served as ACA’s president in 2018, was recognized for his strong leadership during a period of ongoing change and growth for the association.
Under Dr. Tuck’s helm, ACA also took significant steps to promote evidence-based chiropractic care through a new online learning platform, Learn ACA, and to acknowledge the important role that diversity and cultural competency play in providing better patient care.
NUHS alumni from around the country gathered in Orlando to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Florida site during Homecoming 2019 from August 22-25.
“This year’s homecoming was a celebration of National’s past, present and future. While we celebrated 10 years of the Florida site, we also brought together the people that make a homecoming successful – alumni from Illinois and Florida as well as current faculty, staff and students,” said NUHS President Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC.