The Tower - Summer 2017


The Summer 2017 edition of The Tower is out now!

This issue features Logan's newest health partnership, a mother and daughter creating a unique bond as classmates, Logan making global connections and much more.

Click here to read the Summer 2017 Tower online!

Volleyball Tournament & Pineapple Fest - July 21st, 2017


Students are invited to compete in a volleyball tournament and attend Pineapple Fest on Friday, July 21st, 2017.

The volleyball tournament will begin at 6pm on the Logan sand volleyball court and will be hosted by Lamba Kappa Chi.

Pineapple Fest will begin at 7pm at the Logan Pavilion and will be hosted by LSG.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

Contact Danielle.Pfyl@logan.edu with any volleyball questions and Ayana.Daniels@logan.edu or Warren.Kalkstein@logan.edu for questions regarding Pineapple Fest.

Calvin Thomas IV named new Chief of Clinic Operations and Strategic Innovation

The Department of Academic Affairs is excited to announce Calvin Thomas IV will be joining the Logan University community as the Chief of Clinic Operations and Strategic Innovation on Tuesday, August 1st. He will begin his on-campus orientation on Monday, July 17th.  

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he has been a successful healthcare executive in four states (California, Florida, Georgia & Missouri). As an experienced hospital leader in the industry, he has been responsible for the development of a $22 million Orthopedic & Spine Institute, a full-service Hospitalist Program, the onboarding of an electronic health record system (EPIC) and growing gross revenue to as much as $500 million dollars annually in one healthcare system.

His healthcare leadership experience includes for-profit hospitals, academic medical centers and community hospitals which included outpatient clinics. His commitment to operational efficiencies with excellence is evident in past accomplishments and responsibilities. Calvin has been hired into roles to grow existing service lines, successfully attain and retain accreditation, drive critical departments through the turnaround process all while enhancing the patient experience and increasing employee engagement. Some his past departmental responsibilities include the Emergency Department, Trauma, Surgical Services, Anesthesia, Radiology, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services, Environmental Services, Radiation Oncology, a Pain Clinic and Laboratory Services as well as many others.  

Since 2000, he has been an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2003, Calvin joined the National Association of Health Services Executives where he has been a member and a past Southern California Chapter President.

Calvin is the current Vice President for Healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College. In his role, he is responsible for the School of Health Sciences with 18 academic programs totaling over 16,000 students and the School of Nursing totaling over 2,700 students. Calvin provides strategic leadership and oversight to both schools, ensuring the academic programming and operation is meeting the needs of students, faculty, deans and healthcare employers across the state of Indiana. Ivy Tech is the largest singularly-accredited community college in the United States, serving over 170,000 students through 19 degree-granting campuses and 26 instructional sites.  

Before joining Ivy Tech, Calvin was the Campus Administrator of Arlington High School, a 7th – 12th grade college preparatory high school in Indianapolis where he was tasked to be the turnaround school operator. His first professional introduction into education was in 2002, where he taught Algebra II & Geometry for St. Louis Public Schools at Roosevelt High School on the inner city’s south side. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for his alma mater, teaching multiple upper level collegiate courses including the capstone course.

Calvin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harris-Stowe State University in Health Care Management and went on to graduate school at Dartmouth College to obtain his Master’s degree in Healthcare Research & Leadership.  He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and founding member of the collegiate chapter of 100 Black Men at Harris-Stowe State University. Currently in Indianapolis, his civic contributions include serving on two task forces of the Indiana Governor’s Health Workforce Council, being a board member of the Indiana Health Industry Forum, St. Vincent Anderson Hospital’s Foundation and Horizons (a summer enrichment program serving the underserved inner city youth from pre-K to 8th grade in reading and math), a founding board member of the Indiana Community Health Worker Association and an executive board member of the Crossroads of America Council (Boy Scouts of America). 

Calvin and his wife Rachelle have a two-year old daughter named Zelina.

ACES Workshop teaches high school students about anatomy and health sciences


St. Louis area high school students learned about anatomy and health sciences during Logan’s first summer science workshop ACES (Anatomy Centered Education and Science). 

The program used hands-on activities and lecture presentations to educate students on physical anatomy and body systems, in addition to health, wellness and prevention information.  

Throughout the week, the students―each with aspirations to go into health sciences or the medical field―were exposed to Logan professors, courses and facilities, which included the cadaver lab where they observed and participated in activities. The small group setting made the interactive experience between the professors and students possible as participants were able to express interests in different activities. 


Grace Deister, an incoming junior at Eureka High School, was particularly interested in the cadaver lab. “It seems like a great opportunity to get practice if you want to go into the medical field,” she said. 

Robert Davidson, PhD, program director for Nutrition and Human Performance at Logan, spent time educating students on body composition and the impact of diet through a DEXA machine, a low-dose X-ray that measures bone density and fat tissue. Students also learned about dieting and nutrition from Logan faculty member Eric Park, PhD, who discussed the complexities of nutrition and proportions through an interactive assignment. 

“I always knew I wanted to go into the medical field but didn’t know all the choices out there,” said Jackson Klump, an incoming senior at Oakville High School. “After this week’s activities, I’ve been able to identify and narrow down all the possibilities of jobs I could go into.”

2017 ACES Workshop