Logan University and surrounding community members learn Baldrige leadership management principles

Members of Logan University and the surrounding community learned about leadership management principles and how to achieve performance excellence at the William D. Purser DC, Center on June 27.

The St. Louis Area Baldrige Community of Excellence group, founded by Logan University in partnership with the Midwest Excellence Institute, hosted guest speaker Larry Potterfield, founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. 

During his presentation, Mr. Potterfield talked about how the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987 - a recognized and proven approach for improving management systems and achieving performance excellence - served as a framework for his company’s success which earned the 2008 and 2015 Missouri Quality Award as well as the 2009 and 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  

In his journey to reach performance excellence and continuously improve his organization, Dr. Potterfield said Baldrige provided him the opportunity to look at the kind of company he had and where he wanted his company to be in the future. 

One of the most important steps he took was creating and deploying a strong vision. “A vision sustains the organization,” he said. “It’s something most of my employees can recite and it is part of an organization’s culture.”

Another area he emphasized was identifying a strong set of values, which Mr. Potterfield describes as non-negotiable family principles that guide organizations. He said to do that you must build an organization of people who share the same values. “Baldrige helped us create those values and put things into perspective for us,” he said.  A few years ago, those values were etched in stone at every entrance of his company’s facility as a visual reminder to employees and visitors.  

Finally, Mr. Potterfield discussed the importance of establishing goals, measuring performance against those goals and creating a strategic process plan that is then communicated to those who matter most. He said continuous listening, learning and improving is not only part of the Baldrige process but is key to achieving performance excellence. 

Logan is the first local chapter of the state’s Excellence in Missouri Foundation, the statewide organization that oversees the annual Missouri Quality Award based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence (MidwestExcellence.org). Created by Congress to increase the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987 has served as a recognized and proven approach for improving management systems and achieving performance excellence. Recipients of the prestigious Baldrige award are recognized as industry role models, setting a standard for employee engagement, efficiency and high customer satisfaction ratings. 

Logan Night at the Missouri History Museum - July 11th, 2017

On Tuesday, July 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Logan’s Diversity Committee will host “Logan Night at the Missouri History Museum” to view the exhibit, #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis. This is an open house style event including a hospitality room with snacks for Logan attendees. All attendees are also invited to enter a raffle to win St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets. 

#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis examines the local civil rights movement and the city’s leading role in advancing the cause of racial justice. From ground-level activism to groundbreaking court rulings, St. Louis has been front and center in contesting racial inequities. #1 in Civil Rights uncovers a history that's compelling and complex, but that all too often has been overlooked in the telling and retelling of the larger national narrative. That narrative includes four precedent-setting Supreme Court civil rights cases that originated in St. Louis—possibly the most to ever reach the High Court from one source. It also includes events and battles that had significant and lasting impact.

More information can be found here.

Pride Movie Night - June 29th, 2017

Logan United presents Pride Movie Night on Thursday, June 29th at 7pm in Room 142B. 

All are invited to watch Moonlight, a 2016 movie which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film presents three chapters in the life of the main character and explores the struggles he faces with his own sexuality and identity.

Those in attendance will also enjoy free pizza!

Lunch on Us - July 13th, 2017

The 11th annual "Lunch on Us" will be held on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Logan Café. The menu includes: hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts, mostaccioli, salad, Ted Drewes frozen custard, iced tea, soda and bottled water. 

Dr. Clay McDonald will serve lunch, assisted by Logan’s senior administrators. This lunch is free and open to all faculty, staff and students. 

Bring your appetite!                                                                                                              

A Complete Guide to Business Plan Writing - June 25th, 2017

Dr. Brittany Overman will present on how to grow a successful practice on Sunday, June 25th at 12pm to 2pm in Room 142B. Dr. Overman is a Logan graduate, the owner of Columbia Chiropractic Group and the Assistant Director of Logan's Human Performance Center at the University of Missouri.

All are welcome to attend, but please RSVP to WLC@logan.edu by June 23rd if you're planning on attending.

Kansas-based chiropractor Dr. Amber Beckley promotes holistic health through yoga

Yoga offers a host of physical and emotional benefits, and Logan University alumna Amber Beckley, DC (2011) is making it a little easier for her patients to hit the mat at her Topeka-based clinic Beckley Chiropractic. 

The clinic offers beginners classes designed for individuals who have been injured or are experiencing a lot of pain as well as gentler chair yoga and mat-based yoga classes. “Patients can take advantage before or after their appointments,” said Dr. Beckley, who also has experience as a yoga instructor. “We can orchestrate which classes patients go to depending on where they are in their health or treatment.”

The exercise feature was a natural extension of Dr. Beckley’s practice as she was already giving many patients yoga-based stretches and exercises to try at home. “I found myself telling a lot of patients about yoga classes in the community, so it just made sense to put in a studio here and hire a few instructors,” she said.

The initiative has not only resulted in growth for Dr. Beckley’s practice, but it has also made it easier for her team to manage patients’ overall health. “We don’t just focus on physical health,” she noted. “We also focus on emotional health and chemical stress. Yoga is a great way to promote general well-being.”

Dr. Beckley took over Beckley Chiropractic when her father David T. Beckley, DC (1982) retired. “I was always intrigued by what he did for a living,” she said.

Today, the best part of her job is helping people heal and return to their lives. When one patient came in recently for general adjustments, she hugged and thanked Dr. Beckley with tears in her eyes. 

“She had never been able to watch her grandson play baseball because of how much pain she was in,” Dr. Beckley said. “He had been playing for five years and she hadn’t been able to go to a single game…until now.”

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