“The Defamation Experience” Performance Encourages Dialogue on Diversity

September 19, 2019 -- This week, Logan University presented an interactive diversity program called “The Defamation Experience,” wherein issues of race, religion, ethnicity, gender and class were addressed through a mock courtroom trial.

The trial centered around an African American female business owner suing a wealthy Jewish North Shore real estate developer for defamation. The business owner had to prove that the real estate developer had made a false accusation and that it had caused her financial damages.

Students, faculty and staff who attended had the opportunity to be the jury and participate in the deliberations and post-show discussion, all designed to encourage greater tolerance and understanding. 

Logan’s Chief of Compliance and Engagement Herbert Caldwell, who helped bring The Defamation Experience to Logan along with Student Affairs and Human Resources, said he strives to create opportunities that encourage people to think about, and have dialogues on, diversity, equity and inclusion.


Part of that, he said, is helping bring various platforms to Logan that address the sometimes complex issues that arise in society as well as in higher education.


“It is the mission of Logan University to be a diverse and engaging community that produces leaders in health and wellness,” he said “As leaders, we should be armed with the mindset and tools to be able to navigate with civility both our professional and personal experiences with those who may differ from us in background, ideology, gender, ability, race, religion, political view and any other way.”

Herbert hopes the event will serve as a springboard for the Logan community to have thoughtful conversation around topics that are often difficult to talk about. 


Students Helping Students: Keven Caban Talks Chiropractic, Logan with Puerto Rican Undergrads

June 28, 2019 -- Logan University recruits students from all over the world, and this past winter break, Trimester 5 DC student Keven Caban got to lend a hand during his trip home to Puerto Rico. With the help of Logan’s admissions team, he coordinated and hosted a lunch and meet and greet with students from the University of Puerto Rico’s Aguadilla and Mayaguez campuses who were interested in learning about chiropractic and Logan.

Q: What motivates you to spread the word about chiropractic and Logan?

A: Ever since I started my studies at Logan, I’ve volunteered during the Future Leopard Weekend. I’ve always been the type of person who likes to help and reach out to others. When I visited campus for the first time, every person who helped me during the process made it easy and made me realize that I also wanted to help incoming students.

Q: What’s the No. 1 thing you think potential students should know about Logan?

A: While I was researching chiropractic schools, I was attracted to the fact that Logan is one of the top five schools when it comes to academic success. Once I visited campus, I saw that Logan prepares students with hands-on work, such as human cadavers and standardized patients, from day one.

Q: What did the students in Puerto Rico want to discuss?

A: The students asked questions about financials as well as the clinical opportunities Logan provides. Knowing that Logan provides a clinical experience from start to finish, compared with many other schools that don’t offer that until almost the last year, is a huge game-changer for some of these students.

Q: What attracted you to the profession?

A: I’m an athlete, and we all suffer injuries at some point. In my particular case, I had a knee injury during my freshman year of college basketball. I was sidelined the entire year—I could barely walk or even get out of bed by myself. A doctor wanted to perform surgery, but I was opposed because it would mean I’d be unable to play basketball for even longer. I did some research and saw a chiropractor for a second opinion. He got me up and going after just a couple of visits. Ever since that, I’ve been in love with chiropractic and the way it helped me prevent surgery. I want to help athletes prevent surgery, recover and improve performance.

Q: Any plans to return to Puerto Rico in the future?

A: I’m still considering my options. For now, I want to see the opportunities that life can present me and see where chiropractic will take me. Eventually I would love to go back home to Puerto Rico and run my own clinic.

Logan Places Third at 2018 Chiro Games

December 18, 2018 -- In late October, nearly 600 chiropractic student athletes from around the country gathered in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to compete in the annual Chiro Games, ultimately vying for the coveted Chiro Cup.  Ninety students represented Logan by displaying exceptional teamwork and sportsmanship in bowling, men’s basketball, ultimate frisbee, men’s and women’s soccer, flag football, softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s golf.

Tyler Gunderson, Trimester 1 student, has been an avid golfer since age four. Coming to Logan, he knew he wanted to participate in the Chiro Games but was disappointed to learn Logan’s golf team was inactive. After some discussion with Robert Powell, director of sports and activities, and with the help of his friends, who happened to be Division I golfers, Tyler hosted tryouts and got the team up and running again. 

The men’s golf team took home a gold medal, and Logan student Zach Cutler earned the title of top overall male golfer. The women’s golf team earned a silver medal, and Logan took third place overall in golf. “Everyone played very well. I am so proud of this team, and it was an honor to serve as the team captain,” Tyler said. “It’s also nice to have a foundation for the club going forward. I’m already looking forward to coming back as the defending champs at next year’s games.”

Sarah-Jane (SJ) Pavlik, Trimester 7 student, served as the beach volleyball team captain at this year’s Chiro Games, overseeing logistics such as tryouts, practices and jerseys. “As the team captain, I was also the encourager for my team,” SJ said. “I made sure I always had a positive attitude and tried to be the best teammate I could.” 

The team went undefeated on the first day, but SJ kept everyone’s spirits high when they were eliminated on the second day. They even went as a team to cheer on Logan’s soccer team, who was playing for third place, and learned the team’s goalie had injured her hand. 

“Two of my friends started yelling for me to get in the goal,” SJ explained. “I thought they were joking because I hadn’t played soccer since I was five years old.” But, being a good sport and positive teammate, she put on a jersey and got in the goal. The soccer team won the game and took home third place. “It was a crazy experience, to say the least. I had a ton of fun, but I don’t think soccer is in my cards any time in the future,” SJ joked. 

Similarly, Natalie Hydock, Trimester 7 student and member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, stepped in to play softball when the team unexpectedly needed another player. Natalie played competitive softball from third grade through her senior year of high school, always playing third base. In this game, however, she jumped in as catcher, helping the team win the game and ultimately take third place overall.  

“I loved playing softball when I was younger, so it was great to be able to again use a skill set that I spent so much time and effort developing,” Natalie said. 

2018 Chiro Games Results: Logan University

Overall: 3rd Place

Gold Medal: 

  • Men’s Golf

Silver Medal: 

  • Bowling
  • Flag Football
  • Women’s Golf

Bronze Medal:

  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Striking a Balance: Athletics and Academics Create Opportunities for Students

September 26, 2018 -- For many students, sports provide a healthy outlet from rigorous coursework. For others, athletics provide the tools to become better problem solvers, communicators and confident leaders. Meet three Logan University students who are using their passion for sports to their advantage and turning skills acquired in the gym, on the court or on the track to help others lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Cami Cleaveland

For Trimester 9 student Cami Cleaveland, boxing began as a tool to strengthen her leg muscles after a soccer injury in college left her unable to run. She quickly realized boxing’s physical benefits as well as the emotional benefit of relieving the frustration of not being able to play soccer.  

Six months later, she was hooked and began training to become an instructor. Today, Cami divides her time between earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and serving as a boxing and kickboxing instructor at Title Boxing Club in Ballwin, just a few miles from Logan’s campus.

“I have developed great interpersonal skills from being an instructor and from my time at Logan,” she said, adding that her two pursuits have complemented each other in the name of leadership. “I look forward to using those skills after graduation to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle.”

Alex Midkiff

Alex Midkiff’s curiosity about chiropractic led him to Logan. Now, as a Trimester 4 student, he’s not only learning how to care for others, but he’s also applying that knowledge to help care for his own body while playing physically demanding sports.

“Before, I knew the basics of stretching and preparing my body to play,” he said. “Now, I am so much more aware and mindful, and I have more in-depth knowledge about how to train and prepare.”

When Alex is not studying to be a Doctor of Chiropractic, he can be found on the racquetball courta sport he’s played since he was just 5 years old. His mother, a collegiate racquetball player, first encouraged him to learn the rules of the game since the sport was close to her heart. Although Alex began playing when he was very young, it wasn’t until college that he began to seriously focus of the competitive aspect of racquetball. His most memorable accomplishment is winning the Men’s Singles Open division at the Mizzou Fall Shootout Racquetball Tournament in fall 2017.

Alex recently competed in the 2018 National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championship held in March in Minneapolis, where he finished ninth. He is currently ranked third for men’s singles in Missouri.

“Racquetball has been a great outlet for me to help manage the stresses of school,” says Alex. “School always comes first, but whether I need a break or to burn off some energy, playing racquetball helps me live a healthy lifestyle.”

Garrett Panno

June 23, 2007 is a date Trimester 6 student Garrett Panno will never forget. It was the day he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Despite his diagnosis coming with struggles, Garrett has never let diabetes define him. Instead, he uses it as motivation for changing how the world views people with diabetes, having completed his first marathon with his sights on a second.  

The turning point was October 2016. Garrett went for an early morning run, and without his glasses or phone, he got lost. “I ran six and a half miles, which was the farthest I had ever run,” Garrett said. “It was the day I first realized I could really push myself and my limits.” One year later, he finished running his first marathon for the American Diabetes Association and raised more than $1,800 for the organization. Through training and completing this marathon, Garrett gained a better understanding of blood sugar control and improving his long-term blood sugar levels.

From running and living a healthy lifestyle to studying chiropractic, everything Garrett is doing now serves to help prepare him for his future plan of opening a diabetes-centered and functional medicine-based clinic. “I don’t like the term chiropractic ‘practice.’ It shouldn’t be ‘practice’ when you’re working with a patient,” he said. “School is the time for practicing and learning … but helping patients, that’s game day.”

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