Logan University welcomes its largest class in 10 years

Logan University has enrolled its largest incoming class in a decade as 142 students the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program began first-trimester classes on September 6, 2017. An additional 210 students enrolled in the College of Health Sciences programs, including Doctorate of Health Professions Education; and Master of Science degrees in Health Informatics, Nutrition and Human Performance, and Sports Science and Rehabilitation; and Bachelor of Science degrees in Life Science and Human Biology.

Individuals from 25 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago constitute the incoming DC class and will call St. Louis home for much of the next four years, or 10 trimesters. Logan’s DC curriculum involves intense study of evidence-informed, outcome-based chiropractic health care, with many hours of hands-on clinical experience incorporated throughout.

In addition, the University announced that one student with the highest grade point average at the end of the first trimester will earn a scholarship for the remaining 9 trimesters of the DC program.

“We are impressed with the academic and personal skills of these incoming students,” says Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD, Logan University President. “We are excited to motivate them even further and reward exceptional progress.”    

Logan’s College of Health Sciences is growing rapidly, offering online and face-to-face curriculum for undergraduate degrees in biology and life sciences, as well as Doctorate of Health Professions Education; and Master of Science degrees in Health Informatics, Nutrition and Human Performance, and Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Incoming enrollment in these degree pathways topped 210 and includes students in South Korea, Puerto Rico and Armed Forces Pacific.

“The interest in these degrees confirms our belief that health science careers are in high demand,” says Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, DHEd, MSW, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Logan is uniquely positioned to build on its heritage of chiropractic research and education and create health degrees that can both complement the Doctor of Chiropractic or stand-alone to support a meaningful career.”

The Story of How Logan University Moved to its Chesterfield Campus

At the time, it was unfathomable to think anything of substantial importance would be built west of Highway 270 in St. Louis. The area was home to grazing livestock and rolling green pastures, dotted with farms and homesteads.

Yet, on one evening in 1972, 70 Doctors of Chiropractic agreed that a 112-acre parcel of land for sale in that area would provide a bright future for development, growth and progress. Today, their vision is realized on the very grounds that make up Logan University.

According to Logan Associate Professor Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, the property, at the time, was home to Maryknoll Junior Seminary. However, in the early 1970s, the Brothers of Maryknoll were forced to close the seminary due to declining interest in men joining the priesthood.

Dr. Montgomery said the property, which was gifted to the Archdiocese of St. Louis by the original landowners, came with two stipulations: it could never be broken up into smaller parcels, and if sold, it had to be sold to an educational institution.

The property was for sale two years before Fred Gehl, DC, who was associated with Logan, stumbled upon it. Though the Logan’s Normandy campus was paid for, the college was outgrowing the space as a result of rising enrollment.

Negotiations over the $3.5 million asking price broke down several times though it was Logan Board member William Boehmer, DC, who kept the discussion going. 

Dr. William Coggins signs the purchase agreement with (from left) Drs. Fred Gehl, Bert Hanicke and D.P. Casey.

In the end, the Brothers and Logan reached a $1.8 million deal, as long as $350,000 was provided to the Brothers within 10 days of the contract being signed. It was then that Logan Board members Rolla Pennell, DC, and Gordon Heuser, DC, took immediate action, calling on Logan alumni to join them for a gala dinner at Maryknoll.

That night, Drs. Pennell and Heuser made their case for a brighter future, urging the DCs to give back to the institution that gave so much to them. 

By the end of the night, they had secured financial donations from everyone in attendance, allowing them to turn over the amount needed to acquire the property for their future home.

In June 1973, under the direction of D.P. Casey, DC, the students and faculty completed the move to the new campus in just four days. The following year, the Normandy campus was sold to another division of the Catholic Church (the Cardinal Newman Colleges) which purchased the property for $1 million.

The Chesterfield property was completely paid for thanks to the generosity of Logan supporters and the sale of the Normandy campus.

Logan at the Florida Chiropractic Association Convention

Representatives from Logan University are currently attending the Florida Chiropractic Association Convention at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando Florida. If you're in the area, stop by booth #1012 and say hello!

Logan University Named 2014 Great College to Work For

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Logan University as one of the 2014 Great Colleges to Work For. A total of 92 institutions received this designation.

Logan was recognized for excelling in the category of Facilities, Workspace and Security.

Participants Requested for Body Composition Research Study

Individuals ages 18-50 are invited to participate in a research study that will compare body composition measurements between the Biospace InBody 720 and the field’s “Gold Standard”, DEXA for the population of active and sedentary individuals. The study will be conducted at Logan University in Radiology on July 21st, 24th, 25th, 28th, 31st and August 1st from 6:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

If you have questions or if you're interested in participating, contact Brian Jones by email (mburesearchteam@gmail.com) or by phone (636-544-8098).

Register for Intramural Sand Volleyball

Summer has arrived! Come put your feet in the sand and stay active by registering for Logan's Sand Volleyball Intramurals. 

Regardless of if you want to play competitively or if you just want to hit around and socialize, there is an option for you. Register your team at IMLEAGUE.COM from Wednesday, June 25th through Tuesday, July 1st.  

Both the competitive and recreational leagues will play a 6-week Round-Robin Season with 1 week of Championship games. Schedule is tentatively set to begin on July 7th and be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (may change depending on number of participants). Individuals may play in both leagues (leagues will be played on different days).

Contact Robert.Powell@logan.edu for more details.

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