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February 2017

LIFE UNIVERSITY TO HOST 2017 USA RUGBY COLLEGE XVs NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS

Lafayette, Colorado, February 2, 2017 – The venues for the 2017 USA Rugby College XVs National Championships and 2017 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships have been announced.

Four National Champions will be crowned in the XVs game at Life University in Marietta, Ga., May 5-7.

“We have been fortunate to partner with not only fantastic hosts and facilities for our major collegiate events, but rugby-mad communities that have shown support for our game time after time,” USA Rugby College Director Rich Cortez said. “Our student-athletes will be playing their best, and it only makes sense to have them play on the championship-caliber fields of these fine facilities.”

On the campus of Life University, the recently-upgraded Lupo Family Field has already hosted the 2016 Women’s Premier League Championships in addition to the home matches of Life U’s men’s and women’s collegiate programs. Featuring new press and luxury boxes, a seating area capable of holding more than 1,500 supporters, and locker rooms available to competing teams, Lupo Family Field will host eight games over the course of three match days.

Life U’s men are the defending D1 A champions and will be looking to defend their crown on their home turf. Life U’s women will likely be in strong contention for the D1 Elite (women’s) championship, having reached the 2016 Semifinals. Meanwhile, the winners of the DII Women’s and Men’s D1AA Spring Championships will face Fall Champions Davenport and Notre Dame College, respectively. The full competition format for the weekend will be announced at a later date.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S LIFE CENTER FOR SENIORS OFFERS DISCOUNT
MEMBERSHIP TO RETIRED MILITARY VETERANS

Marietta, Georgia, February 7, 2017 – The LIFE Center for Seniors (LCS) at Life University is announcing a 50 percent membership fee for retired military veterans of 55 years of age or older. Regular annual membership fees for the LCS are $40.00, so the discount price for veterans is only $20.00.

The LCS was established in 1995 to provide services to senior citizens in the community who are interested in lifelong learning, self-improvement, health enhancement and connecting with fellow seniors, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

The LCS is more than just a senior center; it is a mutually beneficial environment that includes involvement with Life University students, faculty and staff, as well as outside volunteers and organizations. Run by volunteer members, the LCS offers a variety of programs and classes. Eight-week courses offered in the winter, spring, summer and fall afford older adults the opportunity to learn about and actively engage in fitness, wellness, nutrition, cooking and more.

Membership benefits include:
• Participation in free guest lecture series
• Use of Life University state-of-the-art Wellness Center
• Use of the University’s Library
• Use of the University’s five-mile walking/running trails
• Discounted wellness and chiropractic care in the Center for Health and Optimum Performance (C-HOP) on the University’s campus – Free to individuals over the age of 65.

If you are 55 or older (or the spouse of a current member) and interested in improving your health, expanding your horizons and connecting with other mature adults in a learning and thriving community, contact the LIFE Center for Seniors.

LIFE Center for Seniors
(770) 426-2666
To sign up, visit LIFE.edu/about-pages/basic-information/life-center-for-seniors/ and click on the application listed under “Resources.”

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

January 2017

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S DR. MARK KOVACS PRESENTS AT
2017 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SYMPOSIUM

Marietta, Georgia, January 12, 2017 – Dr. Mark Kovacs, Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science at Life University (LIFE), presented on the Latest Technologies To Improve Recovery, Nutrition and Sleep for Elite Level Soccer at the 2017 Major League Soccer (MLS) Medical Symposium during the 2017 MLS Player Combine. The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted the 2017 MLS Medical Symposium in Los Angeles alongside the 2017 MLS Player Combine. This is one of the top annual events in the U.S. for individuals who work in elite soccer, and specifically with MLS teams throughout the country.

“This was an outstanding event that brings together the top minds working in professional soccer in the United States,” says Dr. Kovacs. “It was a privilege to present alongside The Chief Medical Officers for U.S. Soccer and the MLS, and to present to the MLS healthcare staffs (chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength coaches and medical doctors) who work with the various MLS teams throughout the country.”

The purpose of the symposium was to provide medical teams with guidance on the identification, prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to the soccer athlete. The team approach was emphasized, using case presentations; injury updates of current recommendations; and methods for return to sport in common areas affecting the soccer population. Emphasis was also placed on the medical care of athletes, with attention to concussion management as well as recovery and nutrition.

Dr. Kovacs presented information based around his work over the past few years in soccer, which involved work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and also work he has done with national teams leading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and soccer teams in the English Premier League and La Liga (Spanish League). Some of the information covered is also from Dr. Kovacs’s two unique graduate classes he teaches at Life University titled “Technology in Sport” and “Recovery in Sport,” which provide students with the latest information about technologies and recovery research to help improve sports performance and the reduction of overuse injuries.

“The ability to share the information is one aspect of the symposium, but an even greater privilege is to be able to bring back to the LIFE campus the latest information in these areas and build upon the applied research and education we are performing at the LSSI and also add to the curriculum that is being taught to the students that we mentor here in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Health Science,” remarks Dr. Kovacs. “It also provides great contacts for students who may have an interest in working in soccer in different areas of health care, performance and injury prevention.”

For anyone interested in more information on the Sport Health Science Department and the degrees offered at Life University, visit LIFE.edu/Academics or call 800.543.3202.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

November 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S DR. JANA HOLWICK ELECTED TO CCE COUNCIL

Marietta, Georgia, November 23, 2016 – The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) announced its 2016 Council election results on Tuesday, November 22. Life University’s Dr. Jana Holwick, dean of the College of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies, was one five elected members overall. She was one of three elected as a program member.

Individual chiropractic programs who comprise the membership of CCE vote on individuals elected as program members. Councilors conduct the business of CCE, including reaffirmation of programmatic accreditation for DCPs.

“I also serve on the Academy of Site Team Visitors and have been as member of the Academy for 11 years,” explains Holwick. “LIFE will now have two individuals serving on the council, myself and Dr. [Tim] Gross, who currently serves as chair of the Site Team Academy and on the Executive Committee of the Council.”

The CCE is the national accrediting Agency for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs within the United States. Accreditation provides assurances of educational quality and institutional integrity to governments, jurisdictional licensing and regulatory bodies, institutions, professional organizations, students, other accrediting agencies and the public at large. CCE maintains recognition by the United States Department of Education as the national accrediting body for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and chiropractic solitary purpose institutions of higher education.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY TO LAUNCH BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN POSITIVE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE (PHDSC)

Marietta, Georgia, November 29, 2016 – Life University will officially launch a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change in the Winter Quarter, 2017. The Bachelor’s Degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change (PHDSC) is unique among Liberal Arts degrees in the country for many reasons. It was developed by Dr. Thomas Flores, Assistant Professor of Positive Human Development and Social Change, and Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics at Life University, to capture the original strength of a Liberal Arts Education, while preparing students for the rapidly changing economic, intellectual, cultural and social challenges of the 21st century. Other faculty across the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies then contributed with additional syllabus design.

“As we were developing the program, we were doing lots of research on current approaches to Liberal Arts education, while at the same time, trying to address some of its deficiencies,” Dr. Flores notes. “We took notice of the now commonly acknowledged ‘skills gaps’ among millennials in relation to employment trends. Across virtually every sector of employment markets, the research shows greater demand for skills in more holistic critical and creative thinking; effective communication and conflict resolution; leadership and working in team structures; and cultural diversity. What used to be considered ‘soft skills’ are now absolutely necessary in the job market. We also honored the current meaning and life purpose trends for millennials to tie their education to social good and positive purpose in the world. This is fully in line with Life University’s values and mission, and that is a major reason that the administration championed the creation of this degree.”

The degree offers a cutting-edge interdisciplinary curriculum and educational model. “What ties the degree together is that it is not interdisciplinary for the sake of being interdisciplinary. Rather, all the courses feed into the same thread of inner development and sustainable social change, and the interdependent relationship between the two. The very name ‘Positive Human Development and Social Change’ embodies the University’s commitment to an education that leads to greater personal integrity and responsible global citizenship. The various parts of the degree fit together like puzzle pieces, all facilitated by the educational model,” adds Dr. Ozawa-de Silva.

The “three-in-three” educational model is unique in the world of higher education. Within the context of rigorous academic coursework and practice labs, students study and cultivate knowledge in three domains: personal skills, such as emotional intelligence and ethical mindfulness; social skills such as compassion, empathy and empowering communication; and systems-level understanding. They can also choose to concentrate in Positive Business, Positive Psychology, Contemplative Studies, Secular Ethics, and Peace Studies & Sustainable Human Flourishing, or can elect to do a general degree without a concentration. The practice labs help students deepen their understanding in the three domains through three levels of knowledge processing: received knowledge, to critical insight and, finally, embodied understanding.

The degree offers a unique perspective organized around the first of LIFE’s Core Proficiencies—integrity and citizenship—helping students to build capacities of ethical discernment and human flourishing in whatever path they choose but with a practical orientation to the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century.

Life University has already begun offering elective courses within the PHDSC degree program, and students have responded enthusiastically. One student states: “The PHDSC degree challenges us to explore the world around us and to invent creative solutions for the social issues that are prevalent today. PHDSC gifts us with the language necessary to express the things that we see and experience in our daily lives, and through that language we begin the dialogues needed to initiate change.”

The PHDSC degree is housed with the Department of Positive Human Development and Social Change. It will prepare students for graduate work in various fields (such as Peace and Conflict Studies, Business, Management, Contemplative Studies, Leadership, Psychology and other fields. It will also prepare students for work in the following fields, as well as jobs in fields that have yet to be created. Some current examples include:
• Business, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Philanthropy, Non-profit, and /or Humanitarian work in any size NGO
• Teaching (with credentialing process), Social Work, Peace Research and Education, Ministry, or Life Coaching
• Creative Economies (Film, Music, Entertainment, etc.)
• Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, and Strategic Planning.
• With further training, meditation instructors, consultants, or developers of interventions that employ contemplative approaches and /or secular ethics in education, healthcare and other fields.

For more information, see: LIFE.edu/PHDSC.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

October 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY INVITES EVACUEES FROM HURRICANE-IMPACTED AREAS TO ENJOY FREE FOOD, DRINKS, SPORTS AND MORE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

Marietta, Georgia, October 7, 2016 – Life University is opening its campus to evacuees from hurricane-impacted areas this Saturday, October 8 at Lupo Family Field. Attendees showing an ID from an impacted area will receive free admission to any of the four rugby or soccer matches taking place that day, as well as a free meal and drinks.

Evacuees can enjoy a well-needed escape on the University’s serene campus, and would even have the opportunity for free tours on walking/hiking trails and the well-admired 19th Century Village.

Sports Schedule for the Day:

11:30 a.m.: Women’s Varsity Rugby match – Life University vs. University of North Carolina

2:00 p.m.: Women’s Soccer match – Life University vs. Shawnee State University

4:00 p.m.: Men’s JV Rugby match – Life University JV vs. North Atlanta Rugby Club

8:00 p.m.: Men’s Soccer match – Life University vs. Shawnee State University

Directions to Life University:
Life University’s campus is located just northwest of Atlanta in the city of Marietta, Georgia.

Address:

1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta, GA 30060

FROM THE NORTH:

1. Take I-75 South to exit 263 for GA-120 Loop/S Marietta Pkwy toward Southern Poly
2. Turn right onto GA-120/South Marietta Pkwy SE
3. Turn left onto GA-3 S/U.S. 41 S
4. Turn right onto Barclay Cir

FROM THE SOUTH:

1. Follow I-75 N to GA-280 S/Delk Rd in Marietta. Take exit 261from I-75 N
2. Continue on GA-280 S/Delk Rd. Take GA-3 S/U.S. 41 S to Barclay Cir
3. Merge onto GA-280 S/Delk Rd
4. Take the exit toward US-41/Dobbins Arb/Marietta
5. Merge onto Spinks Dr
6. Turn right onto GA-3 S/U.S. 41 S
7. Turn left onto Barclay Cir

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S DR. MARK KOVACS RELEASES NEW BOOK ON THE LATEST METHODS TO TRAIN FOR TENNIS FITNESS

Marietta, Georgia, October 11, 2016 – Dr. Mark Kovacs, the Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science at Life University (LIFE), is the lead author of a new book titled Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2nd Edition), published by Human Kinetics. The new text is a comprehensive tennis training and conditioning resource written by former NCAA champion and sport scientist Dr. Mark Kovacs along with Drs. Paul Roetert (CEO of SHAPE America) and Todd Ellenbecker (VP of Medical Services for the ATP World Tour). These three experts created the only strength & conditioning resource endorsed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). This gives direct access to the same conditioning routines used by today’s top professional players. The book includes more than 200 drills and exercises with 56 video demonstrations.

“As the modern game of tennis has evolved, physical training also has advanced to improve players’ performance on and off the court. This resource incorporates both on-court and off-court training concepts based in the sport sciences to help players, coaches, trainers’ parents and therapists improve performance and reduce the likelihood of injury,” commented Dr. Kovacs.

The book covers topics from the testing and assessment of tennis specific skills to the training of movement, strength, power, flexibility and tennis specific endurance. Specific chapters also focus on nutrition for the tennis athlete, recovery and injury prevention. Much of the information covered in this book is also covered in different ways in many of the classes that are taught at Life University and through our research and education efforts through the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI.LIFE.edu).

Some of the game’s biggest names have high praise for the content of the book and the authors, most notably Billie Jean King (Former World Number 1, Winner of the Battle of Sexes, Humanitarian and Visionary Leader along with being the First Female Athlete to Receive Presidential Medial of Freedom). “Tennis is such a beautiful sport and such a physical sport at the same time. Drs. Kovacs, Roetert and Ellenbecker understand the science, performance and injury prevention aspects of making you the best tennis you can become. Complete Conditioning for Tennis has the answers you have been looking for to take your game to the next level,” remarked King.

For anyone interested in more information on the Sport Health Science Department and the degrees offered at Life University, visit LIFE.edu/Academics or call 800.543.3202. To learn more about the LIFE Sport Science Institute and the various research and educational offerings visit LSSI.LIFE.edu.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY HOSTS 2016 INTERNATIONAL TALK THE TIC COMPETITION

Marietta, Georgia, October 17, 2016 – The 2016 International Talk the TIC competition was hosted by Life University (LIFE) on Thursday, October 13, with the finals of the English competition taking place on Friday, October 14 at LIFE Vision Seminar. Ten institutions were represented: Barcelona College of Chiropractic; Cleveland Chiropractic College; Life University; Southern California University of Health Sciences – LACC; New York Chiropractic College; New Zealand College of Chiropractic; Northwestern University; Palmer University – Davenport; Parker University; and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

The winners in the Spanish division were as follows: 1st place – Fabiola Velez Colon – LIFE; 2nd place – Nepphtali Caban – LIFE; 3rd place – Tim Hartman, Sherman College of Chiropractic. Spanish judges came from as far as Columbia. The 1st place winner received a beautiful crystal award, $1,000. cash and a beautiful pediatric table donated by Dr. Joe Fiorino of Chirocept. The 2nd place finisher received a crystal award and $500 in cash. The 3rd place finisher received a cash award of $250.

The winners in the English division were as follows: Brock Jaeb – New Zealand Chiropractic College, who received a crystal award, $1000 in cash and a portable table donated by Techniques Tables of Ontario, Canada. He was also given $100 to offset the airline cost of bringing the table back to New Zealand with him. The 2nd place finisher was Megha Bagai – LIFE. She received a crystal award and $500 cash. The third place finisher was Bradley Francis – Palmer University –Davenport. He received $250 cash. All cash prizes were provided by Dr. Jason Deitch, Executive Director of Talk the TIC and CEO of AmpLIFEied. Standard Process is a proud sponsor of Talk the TIC.

LIFE provided the following for the competition: the venue; crystal awards; gift bags for every competitor and judge who came from different parts of the country; the competitor and judge recognition luncheon; complimentary registration for all competitors and judges to LIFE Vision Seminar; and dinner on Friday evening and for the President’s Luncheon on Saturday.

Dr. Deitch was impressed with the hospitality of the LIFE team, and the contest will make an unprecedented repeat appearance back at the University in 2017.

Congratulations to all students who participated. Thank you to all judges, with affiliation to multiple chiropractic institutions, who took time off from their practices to attend and judge the competition. Thank you to Head Judge Dr. Brad Glowaki for setting up the judging panel and managing the judging process.

Based on what was experienced with the student competitors, the future of the profession appears to be in very good hands.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY NAMES JAYME PENDERGAST AS NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Marietta, Georgia, October 26, 2016 – Life University (LIFE) announces the appointment of Jayme Pendergast as the University’s new Athletic Director, effective November 1, 2016. Pendergast, who came to LIFE in November 2014, served as Director of Athletics Compliance and Support from that date until July 1, 2016, when she was appointed to the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Support/Senior Woman Administrator. While continuing to serve in that role, Pendergast was named Interim Athletic Director on August 1, 2016.

“Jayme’s commitment and dedication to Life University, LIFE Athletics and most importantly, our student-athletes, is evident in everything she does,” explains Life University Provost Dr. Rob Scott. “Her experience over the past couple of years within the department and as the Assistant Athletic Director has prepared her for this role, and I’m confident that LIFE Athletics will continue to thrive under her leadership.”

LIFE’s Athletic Department has seen tremendous growth in recent years, adding eight new varsity teams in the past three seasons alone.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to be the Athletic Director at Life University,” says Pendergast. “The Athletic Department has seen a tremendous amount of growth and success recently, and I am excited to continue working with the athletics’ and University staff to provide our student-athletes with the best possible experience. We have a great team of individuals that will continue to push a mission of education and excellence.”

Pendergast received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami University of Ohio before completing her master’s degree in sport psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She previously served as Assistant Director of Academic Support for Athletics at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina from August 2008 to January 2014.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

September 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES INAUGURAL PLANTING OF NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY ON SEPT. 14 — “Farm to fork” garden to grow skills of Nutrition Department, as well as source organic produce to Life University cafeteria

Marietta, Georgia, September 2, 2016 – Life University will debut its community garden on September 14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with an inaugural planting and ribbon cutting, along with refreshments and words from leadership. This event is open to the Life University community as well as the public.

The Nutrition Department at Life University is the primary caretaker of the garden, but volunteers from across the Life University community can participate in its care and success. Staff, faculty, students and their families are invited to volunteer, and can sign up at the event or at the Nutrition Department.

“A community garden will provide the opportunity for all Life University students to experience the cycles of nature, the patience involved in sowing and reaping, and the fulfillment of working together with community toward a common goal,” says Assistant Dean of the Department of Nutrition Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, LDN. “This experiential learning will bring alive on campus the cycle of ‘farm to fork.’”

Presently, the garden features six raised beds, with the potential to add more. At the ribbon cutting, primarily salad greens will be sowed, including arugula, braising greens, pak choi, Allstar Lettuce Mix and green crisp, as well as onions, carrots, radishes and beets. Produce was selected for the widest acceptance amongst students, as it will source organic vegetables to Socrates Café, Life University’s state-of-the-art campus cafeteria. Socrates Café is a 28,000 square foot facility, serving locally and organically grown food when possible.

The community garden will not only serve the café’s mission of serving organic food, but Life University’s overall vitalistic culture of health and wellness.

Event Details:

Life University Community Garden Inaugural Planting & Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday September 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Community Garden, Sport Health Science,
1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY TO HOST 2016 BASEBALL & SPORTS PERFORMANCE CONFERENCE

Marietta, Georgia, September 9, 2016 – Life University is hosting the inaugural Baseball and Sports Performance Conference this November 19 and 20 in Marietta, Georgia. If you are a coach, athletic trainer, chiropractor, physical therapist or other sports performance professional, this is a must-attend event.

More than 10 major league teams will be represented, including the Atlanta Braves, with Director of Player Health Performance Andrew Hauser as a conference speaker. The Baseball and Sports Performance Conference is designed to explore natural performance enhancement and injury prevention strategies, both for the sport of baseball and for other overhead athletes. This conference, presented by the LIFE Sport Science Institute in collaboration with the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society, will also provide continuing education credits through major associations and is a unique opportunity to learn and network with the best in the Baseball industry.

Learning Objectives:

• Developing Rotational Power
• Adjustment Techniques for Shoulder and Upper Thoracic Region
• Baseball-specific Shoulder Stability Training Program
• Adjustment Techniques for Lower Back and Hips
• Training the Overhead Athlete: The Importance of The Kinetic Chain
• Speed Training for Base Running
• Global Mechanical Assessment and How to Apply It to Athletes
• Lessons From Working In Professional Baseball — Panel Discussion
• Training the Young Baseball Athlete — Understanding the American Development Model
• Developing the Skills and Career Progression to Work in Professional and Collegiate Baseball — Panel Discussion
• Functional Neurology and the Application to Baseball
• Virtual Reality and Motion Reality and the Application to Baseball

For more information and to register, visit LSSI.LIFE.edu. Early bird pricing goes through Wednesday, September 14. View the conference brochure here.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

VITALATLANTA GRAND OPENING EVENT – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 – Innovative healthcare collective combines birth center, chiropractic, functional neurology, psychotherapy, naturopathy and more to create whole-health wellness center in Midtown Atlanta

Marietta, Georgia, September 21, 2016 – VitalAtlanta, the unique collective of Life University Health Systems, Atlanta Birth Center, Shanna Jackson Psychotherapy and Counseling, and Intonu Wellness Naturopathic Medicine, will open its doors to the public, invited guests, community leaders and press on Thursday, October 13 at their Grand Opening event. From 3:00-6:00 p.m., the general public will have the chance to tour the state-of-the-art Midtown Atlanta facility before the main program begins at 6:00 p.m. Speakers will include Life University President Dr. Guy Riekeman, as well as leadership from VitalAtlanta and local community leaders during the one-hour main program.

VitalAtlanta’s family-oriented offices cater to whole health from birth to 100, offering midwifery care, chiropractic care, psychotherapy, naturopathy and more to create a groundbreaking whole-health wellness center in the heart of the city of Atlanta. VitalAtlanta will be a space where people can go for a myriad of whole-health services in all phases of life, from infancy and childhood to adulthood and beyond.

There is no facility in the world that provides all the services that will be provided by the combined offerings of VitalAtlanta. The mission of the VitalAtlanta collective is to help people from birth throughout life move from a treatment model to a model focused on optimal expression of one’s health potential. A main tenant of this mission is a respect for the body’s innate intelligence that from birth, without interference, can realize its full potential for a lifetime.

About the Collective:

Life University Health Systems – Midtown Atlanta
The leader in vitalistic health care, Life University Health Systems offers chiropractic care, functional neurology, vitalistic nutrition, functional kinesiology and positive psychology.

Atlanta Birth Center
The only accredited birth and health facility in metro Atlanta, Atlanta Birth Center offers comprehensive midwifery and birth services (including water births), gynecological care, prenatal care, lactation and nutrition, acupuncture, massage and more.

Shanna Jackson Psychotherapy and Counseling
Shanna Jackson, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS offers intensive psychotherapy to build self-awareness, promote pro-social behaviors and assess lifestyle management, and works with families who have experience loss and infertility issues.

Intonu Wellness Naturopathic Medicine
Rachel Marynowski, N.D., licensed naturopathic physician, focuses on whole health, offering tailored therapies such as detoxification, food allergy testing, hydrotherapy, botanical medicine and more.

GRAND OPENING EVENT
Thursday, October 13
3:00-6:00 p.m. Tours
6:00 p.m. Grand Opening Program
VitalAtlanta
1 Baltimore Place NW
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30308
Parking available in paid lot at VitalAtlanta facility. Lot accepts credit cards.

Learn more about VitalAtlanta at VitalAtlanta.com.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

August 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY HOSTS ACT TRAINING WORKSHOP WITH STEVEN C. HAYES, PHD

Marietta, Georgia, August 5, 2016 – Life University is hosting Steven C. Hayes’ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training Workshop August 5-6 in it’s Center for Athletics and Sport Health Science auditorium. The ACT Training Workshop will help attendees to:

• Detect psychological flexibility processes in session
• Target flexibility processes at will
• Develop flexible and productive core intervention skills in ACT
• Conceptualize cases in terms of flexibility processes

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of more than forty books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.

Hayes has been president of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He was the first secretary-treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form and has served a five-year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health. In 1992, the Institute for Scientific Information listed him as the 30th highest impact psychologist in the world.

His work has been recognized with several awards, including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of APA, the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY PARTNERS WITH ETSY.ORG TO INTEGRATE COMPASSIONATE INTEGRITY TRAINING INTO THE GOOD WORK INSTITUTE: HUDSON VALLEY CURRICULUM — Training Provides Small Business Owners and Community Leaders with Leadership Skills to Enhance Business and the Community

Marietta, Georgia — Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – Life University’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE) has partnered with etsy.org’s The Good Work Institute to integrate its Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) into the Good Work Institute’s Hudson Valley Fellowship Program

The Good Work Institute (GWI) is an independent non-profit organization launched in 2015 by etsy.com through etsy.org. GWI’s mission is to develop business education programs that enable people to work in ways that regenerate their lives, their communities and the planet. The GWI Hudson Valley Fellowship program is a six-month, place-based program that brings together a cohort of entrepreneurs to develop leadership skills that impact their personal lives, enterprises, communities, the region and beyond.

“We build transformational business education programs,” says Matt Stinchcomb, Executive Director of The Good Work Institute. “But business is actually the Trojan horse. What we’re really doing is trying to help people to be humans and allowing them to express their humanity through business.”

Life University became involved with The Good Work Institute when Michael Karlin, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Life University and Associate Director of LIFE’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics, heard Mr. Stinchcomb describe the program at the Mindful Leadership Summit in 2015. At the time, The Good Work Institute was in the early stages of building its curriculum, a main component of which is teaching compassion and increasing an awareness of interdependence. Dr. Karlin saw an immediate connection with the work at Life University’s CCISE, stating, “we have a great deal of experience in creating and conducting research on programs that train the kinds of skills The Good Work Institute wanted to impart on its cohort.”

Developed by Dr. Karlin and his colleague, Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University and Associate Director of the CCISE, Compassion Integrity Training is a multi-part training program that teaches basic human values as skills based on the Dalai Lama’s model of secular ethics, an approach to the cultivation of pro-social values based on common sense, common experience and science.

The development of CIT has benefited from the leadership of Life University President Guy Riekeman, D.C., and Gerard Clum, D.C, Director of the CCISE and Life University’s The Octagon, a forum for global conversations on health care and the human condition. CIT was developed and honed after three years of The Octagon conferences focused on integrity, compassion and secular ethics. Through The Good Work Institute, CIT will be adapted to focus on harnessing business as an engine for social change.

As an experienced entrepreneur himself, Dr. Karlin said, “Unfortunately, the daily pressures of the business environment are often not conducive to personal and social wellbeing and can lead to unethical behavior by stakeholders. By providing training in such things as ethical mindfulness, emotional awareness, self-compassion, impartiality, interdependence and engaged compassion, we hope to help individuals find greater wellbeing and assist businesses to improve communication, increase innovation, decrease workplace tension and become more ethically engaged.”

Life University and The Good Work Institute’s partnership is a mutually beneficial relationship. CIT filled a gap in The Good Work Institute’s curriculum, while the partnership created the opportunity for the CCISE to productize its research and teachings. The collaboration includes intensive training days for two Good Work Institute facilitators, as well as the creation of a series of podcasts and recorded practices. Each month, the cohort studies contemplative practices to develop specific skills, as well as answers a series of journaling questions, before meeting as a group to participate in facilitated conversations and small group dialogues.

“Everything we’re developing is currently available online, free of charge, for people who want to listen to the podcasts and do the practices,” says Dr. Karlin. The CCISE team hopes to continue to develop this format, expanding it over time to establish more extensive training materials and programs. For those interested, they can download the podcasts at Compassion.LIFE.edu/CIT.

The GWI Hudson Valley Fellowship kicked off on June 16 and will end on December 16, 2016. Already halfway through the program, the compassion training has been well received by the cohort. “People are yearning for love in business, for compassion and affection in business,” says Erica Dorn, Managing Director of The Good Work Institute. “They are yearning to be themselves. We’re finding there is an awakening when we allow people to be fully expressed in their work; it is really good for them and really good for their business.”

Life University’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE) is dedicated to developing and promoting empirically-based programs that foster the human values most conducive to individual, social and environmental flourishing through research, dialogue, education and community empowerment. To learn more about the CCISE and initiatives like Compassionate Integrity Training, visit Compassion.LIFE.edu. To hear the podcasts developed for The Good Work Institute, visit Compassion.LIFE.edu/CIT.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

July 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S CHILLON PROJECT, A DEGREE-GRANTING PROGRAM
IN GEORGIA’S PRISON SYSTEM, TO START JULY 12 — Discussing with Director Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

Marietta, Georgia, July 7, 2016 – Life University’s innovative degree-granting and scholarship program in Georgia’s prison system, The Chillon Project, will officially begin on Tuesday, July 12.

“We have a very strong incoming class of 15 who we believe will not only flourish academically, but also go on to be leaders in promoting positive social change inside and outside the walls of Lee Arrendale State Prison,” says Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, program director of The Chillon Project and associate professor of psychology at Life University. Lee Arrendale, a women’s correctional facility located in Alto, Georgia, was selected as the initial facility to launch the program, which will offer Associate of Art degrees to incarcerated students, as well as offer scholarship opportunities to correctional officers.

The 15 incarcerated students were selected from a pool of over 60 applications, which were narrowed to 40 by an admissions committee of Life University faculty. Two faculty members then interviewed the 40 applicants before selecting 15 finalists for final review by Dr. Jana Holwick, Dean of the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Life University. “The committee was looking not only at potential for academic success and accomplishment,” says Dr. Ozawa-de Silva, “but also leadership ability, dedication to service and ability to serve as representatives of the program within the prison and beyond.”

Applications for those who did not get selected will be kept on file to be used for next year’s application process, which will admit a second class of 15 students. Next year, The Chillon Project will also accept applicants from all of the Georgia state prisons for women, significantly expanding the scope of the project.

For the first 15 students, they will have computer and library access Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week at The Chillon Project’s on-site office. Classes will be offered in the evenings, with some daytime activities like guest lectures, workshops and tutoring. Besides for-credit courses students will earn toward their degrees, non-credit courses, such as the “First Year Experience” course in the first quarter, will prepare students for college-level English and Math courses as needed.

“Even though we are just now launching the actual degree program, we have already seen a transformative impact in the incarcerated community at Lee Arrendale as a result of Life University’s initiative,” says Dr. Ozawa-de Silva, speaking of a palpable excitement during the interview process. “One prospective student said that they often feel that they are separate and in their own world, cut off from the world of free people, but that by offering this program we had opened a window into their world … She said that this gave them a sense of hope, and that the value of that hope could not be underestimated.”

Dr. Ozawa-de Silva hopes The Chillon Project will do more than merely provide educational content; he aims for the program to recognize and honor the intrinsic human dignity of people in carceral settings, helping them reach their true potential. “We feel great gratitude to those who have enabled us to develop and implement this program – foremost, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the prison facility warden and staff, the Laughing Gull Foundation, and our private donors who sponsor incarcerated students,” says Dr. Ozawa-de Silva. “Of course, all of this would not have been possible without the incredible vision, commitment and dedication of our President at Life University, Dr. Riekeman, who has made everything possible for us to develop this program.”

About The Chillon Project
The Chillon Project is an undertaking of Life University’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics together with the Georgia Department of Corrections to introduce degree programs in Georgia’s correctional facilities. It is one of a handful of such programs in the entire Southeast. An innovative feature of The Chillon Project is the inclusion of scholarships for correctional officers employed by the GDC, as well as their family members, to also have increased access to higher education at Life University.

The Chillon Project will offer an Associate of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change, with the plan to expand this after three years to also offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change. The Bachelor’s will be debuted for Life University students on the University’s Marietta campus as well.

Learn more about The Chillon Project at LIFE.edu/CCISE.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

June 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S SPORT SCIENCE INSTITUTE PREPARING BONNIE VONA
FOR TENNIS MARATHON GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT — Army Mom Vona To Raise Funds for Military Scholarships in a 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge Over July 4th Weekend

Marietta, Georgia, June 15, 2016 – The LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) at Life University is designed to optimize sport performance, reduce injuries and maximize lifelong wellness through a combination of applied and clinical research, athletic performance and care, as well as give back through extensive community engagement. So when LSSI Director Mark Kovacs, PhD, FACSM, CSCS*D, CTPS, MTPS, was approached by Bonnie Vona, competitive tennis manager and USTA official, about a Guinness World Record attempt for a worthy cause, he and the LSSI signed on to support her mission.

“I couldn’t have done it without [Life University]. First, it was Dr. Kovacs’ belief in me. When I approached him with this idea, he didn’t think I was totally crazy,” says Vona, who pitched her idea to Dr. Kovacs, a leading performance physiologist and sport scientist with a decade of experience working with elite athletes, while attending a tennis meeting.

The Guinness World Record attempt she proposed is not for the faint of heart. At 61 years old, Vona will take on an exhausting 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge over July 4th weekend at the Montgomery TennisPlex in Maryland. She plays in support of ThanksUSA, a national charity that provides need-based scholarships for children and spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces. All proceeds from the event will go to the ThanksUSA Scholarship Program for military dependents. A mother of two women, one of whom is a First Lieutenant in the Army, Vona says, “Military families serve too, and ask for so little.”

The LSSI is assisting Vona as she prepares for her Guinness World Record attempt, including an in-depth physiological and biomechanical assessment to evaluate her current performance level. This includes body composition metrics, bone density, power production, aerobic and cardiovascular conditioning, as well as general strength and muscular endurance measurements. “The purpose of the assessment is to better understand the current level of the athlete and specific areas to focus on in preparation of the 72-hour challenge,” says Dr. Kovacs. “Working with elite athletes is a significant component of the Institute, and Ms. Vona is attempting to set a World Record while also raising substantial funds for a great Military charity. The combination of these two components fits perfectly within the Mission of the LIFE Sport Science Institute, and we are happy to be able to utilize our unique resources and expertise to make a major difference.”

Vona was pleasantly surprised when her query for assistance became thorough and leading-edge support. “I thought Dr. Kovacs would just give me some exercises and tell me good luck,” she says. “It was unbelievable to be invited to the Life University campus and to the Sport Health Science Department. The testing was eye-opening. I can tell I’m stronger, more flexible and have greater endurance.”

With 72 straight hours of play, Vona will need that endurance, subsisting on 5-minute breaks per hour to eat, use the restroom, hydrate and rest. Her biggest physical concerns are blisters and exhaustion. She expects to reach 44 matches at the Montgomery TennisPlex, surpassing the Guinness World Record number of 36 for most consecutive opponents in tennis singles.

What constitutes a “win” for Vona? “Kind of the Rocky syndrome – just making it through the 72 hours is my first goal,” she says. “But the real ‘win’ will be if this event raises national awareness for ThanksUSA.org and their scholarship fund. It would be very gratifying to generate funds for 25 scholarships ($3,000 each) for military families.”

To learn more about Life University, visit LIFE.edu.

Follow Bonnie Vona’s journey on Twitter at @10sBon. Register to attend or support her Guinness World Record attempt at: www.thanksusa.org/72-hour-salute.html.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

May 2016

DR. GUY F. RIEKEMAN PRESENTED WITH THE NEW BEGINNINGS CHIROPRACTIC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Marietta, Georgia, May 25, 2016 – At the New Beginnings Chiropractic Philosophy Weekend, held May 19-21, Life University President Dr. Guy F. Riekeman was presented with the New Beginnings Chiropractic Lifetime Achievement Award. This weekend was especially significant for New Beginnings, as they were celebrating their 25th anniversary.

“Dr. Guy Riekeman is by far the strongest leader that Chiropractic has today, bar-none,” explains New Beginnings Founder Dr. James Dubel. “There is no one more on-purpose and on-principle for the profession than Dr. Riekeman, and when it was brought before the 14-member New Beginnings Executive Board, it was a unanimous decision that he would receive this our lifetime achievement award.”

At the event, videos were shown from many chiropractic leaders around the world who took the time to acknowledge and congratulate Dr. Riekeman on the well-deserved honor, including ones from the presidents of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Sherman College, Life West and many more. Also touching was the presence of his daughter, son-in-law and grandson, who flew to New Jersey for the presentation from their home in Colorado.

“I am very honored and humbled to receive the New Beginnings Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Dr. Riekeman. “All of the good things people said about me at the presentation were not only of my doing, but required a whole team dedicated to a common goal and purpose – spreading the profession of Chiropractic around the world. And although it feels great to reflect on everything we have accomplished thus far, I am even more excited about what lies ahead tomorrow and beyond in our journey.”

Dr. Riekeman’s accomplishments for the chiropractic profession are numerous, with some of the most notable including:

o Serving as the Vice President at Sherman College, the President and Chancellor of Palmer University System and current President of Life University.
o Creating the first ever chiropractic patient educational programs on video in 1977.
o Creating the first chiropractic college in South America in Brazil while president at Palmer College.
o Spearheading the first chiropractic programs in China, Italy and Costa Rica, potentially opening the door to Chiropractic for more than 2 billion people.
o Leading Life University to become the largest single campus chiropractic college in the world, as well as the thought leader in vitalistic healthcare and Chiropractic.
o Forming The Rubicon Group, a consortium of chiropractic educational educations that envisage universal access to chiropractic care for improved performance, the enrichment of life potential, greater health and well-being.
o Creating the first chiropractic care clinic in conjunction with Atlanta Birth Center.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

April 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S NEUROLIFE INSTITUTE TO HOST INAUGURAL CONCUSSION AWARENESS & PREVENTION SUMMIT ON MAY 14

Marietta, Georgia, April 5, 2016 – Should your child play football? Do sports like soccer have the same risk level? What are the signs and symptoms associated with concussion, and what should you do if yourself or a loved one has had one? On May 14, 2016, the NeuroLIFE Institute (NLI) at Life University will host the inaugural Concussion Awareness & Prevention Summit, answering these questions and more about one of the hottest topics in health care.

Michael W. Hall, D.C., F.I.A.C.N., Executive Director of the NeuroLIFE Institute says, “In recent times, concussive injuries have taken the main stage in health care and popular press. Healthcare providers have long known the potential for spinal column, spinal cord and brain injury from violent force collisions. And concussive injuries don’t always occur from violent collisions — sometimes rotational or non-violent forces can injure the nervous system causing swelling, tearing of axons and altered function. Many people suffer from ‘brain fog,’ a generalized sense of ill-feeling, headaches, difficulty with focus, concentration, coordination and even their walking.”

With the latest information from industry experts and personal accounts from athletes, the Summit will offer prevention strategies and tips that parents, coaches, teachers, trainers and healthcare providers can employ to protect our community from the damaging effects of concussion. Speakers who are known worldwide for their expertise will discuss topics like “Concussions and Coaching,” “Is Everyone Predisposed Equally to the Outcome of Concussion?” and “Changing the Landscape of Concussion in America.” The Summit will also highlight some of the most leading-edge, innovative technologies along with current research involving the most effective methods of treating the concussed athlete.

The Concussion Awareness and Prevention Summit, which starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday May 14, is geared to provide education on concussion awareness and prevention to the entire community. Student-athletes, parents, coaches, educators, athletic trainers, chiropractors and medical doctors are invited and encouraged to attend.

For a $100 registration fee, the Summit will also offer continuing education opportunities for chiropractors and athletic trainers. Leaders in both fields will present groundbreaking information on current assessment and treatment trends, while also providing clinical tools and advice that you will be able to utilize immediately with patients. With the rapidly changing landscape of concussions, it is imperative that we stay up-to-date to provide the best care for our athletes and community.

Learn more about the NeuroLIFE Institute and the Concussion Awareness & Prevention Summit at NeuroLIFEInstitute.com.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S DR. MARK KOVACS ELECTED TO THE INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION (ITA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Marietta, Georgia, April 8, 2016 – Dr. Mark Kovacs, Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science at Life University (LIFE), has been elected to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Board of Directors. The ITA is the governing body of collegiate tennis and includes leaders in collegiate tennis as well as external members in education, business, law, medicine, sports science, technology, media, entertainment and philanthropy.

“The new Board of the ITA focuses on high level matters such as big picture thinking, strategic planning, fundraising for and endowment of the ITA, and helping enhance the visibility and stature of the ITA in the tennis world and the world of college athletics,” says Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board of the ITA.

Dr. Kovacs brings a unique perspective to the Board as a former NCAA Division I National Champion in Doubles at Auburn University, as well as his experiences as both an executive in a Fortune 50 company and as a sport scientist, researcher and coach. “I am very honored to be elected to the ITA Board of Directors. The individuals serving on the Board are leaders in a variety of industries, including University Presidents, Athletic Directors, CEOs of technology and media companies, and Wall Street money managers. Collegiate tennis was a major aspect of my life, and I am honored and excited about contributing to grow and develop collegiate tennis for the next generation,” comments Dr. Kovacs.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S DR. MARK KOVACS PRESENTS AT EMORY SPORTS MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM

Marietta, Georgia, April 13, 2016 – The woman who chose forgiveness over a lifetime of anger after her young son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Two psychology thought-leaders on a mission to make compassion an integral part of business and leadership. The midwife at the helm of metro Atlanta’s first holistic birth center. These are just some of the speakers who will tell their unique stories at LIFE Talks World Congress May 12-13, 2016.

Life University will host the second annual LIFE Talks, a two-day seminar of storytelling and networking that was created to build a tribe of empowering leaders to create social change. LIFE Talks’ goals are for each participant to realize their soul purpose, make a transformational impact on the world, create social change for good and remove the interference to maximize their perfection within.

Ten expert storytellers will grace the LIFE Talks stage to discuss the theme of “A Life of Integrity,” bringing fascinating national discussions to metro Atlanta. LIFE Talks includes thought leaders in business and productivity; physical, mental and spiritual health; compassion; forgiveness; and environmental sustainability, all in the context of living a life of integrity from birth.

Beyond engaging stories and invaluable networking, LIFE Talks and its speakers offer “LIFE Talks Lifestyle Changes” (LTLCs) – empowering, useful tips that attendees can begin applying to their own lives after leaving the event. From healthier choices to mindful skill sets, LTLCs challenge attendees to be more than just listening ears, but activators of integrity in their own lives.

LIFE Talks will take place May 12-13, 2016 at Life University in Marietta, GA. Learn more and register at LIFETalks.org. Regular registration for LIFE Talks is $400. The VIP experience registration costs $600. Questions? Email info@LIFETalks.org or call 770-426-2674.

LIFE Talks 2016 Speakers

Anjli Aurora Hinman
Co-founder of Atlanta Birth Center
How we care for women during pregnancies and childbirth is fundamental to the human experience. At LIFE Talks, Anjli Aurora Hinman, co-founder of Atlanta Birth Center, will discuss the meaning of integrity from birth.

Michael Karlin, Ph.D. and Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.
Associate Directors of the Center for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics
Being an effective leader requires mastering personal and interpersonal skills not typically taught in business school or on the job. Join Dr. Michael Karlin and Dr. Brendan Ozawa de-Silva as they share their insights on compassionate business.

Barbara Loe Fisher
President of the National Vaccine Information Center
Author and human rights activist Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, will speak at LIFE Talks about why utilitarian vaccine policy threatens truth and integrity in health care.

Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.
Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker & TV Personality
Dr. Barbara De Angelis is one of the most influential teachers of our time in the field of personal and spiritual development. For the past 35 years, she has reached tens of millions of people throughout the world with her inspirational messages about how to create a life of true freedom, mastery and awakening. Dr. De Angelis will speak on “Relationship with Self, Others and Spirit.”

Michael Ben-Eli, Ph.D.
Establishing the concept of sustainability as the organizing principle on our planet is emerging as the most significant challenge of our time. Widespread use of the term, however, has led to growing ambiguity, At LIFE Talks, Dr. Michael Ben-Eli will present a new definition and a set of related core principles, as developed by the Sustainability Laboratory.

Drew Rubin, D.C.
Chiropractor & Speaker
“A baby is born at 37 weeks, had aspirated meconium and is now in the NICU. The doctors tell the parents that they have one of two choices: take him home and let him die peacefully, or follow their protocol and he’d live his life in a wheelchair, never walking, talking or taking care of himself. What would you choose?” Dr. Drew Rubin will discuss “The Third Alternative” to health care at LIFE Talks.

Scarlett Lewis
Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation
On the morning of December 14, 2012, on the way to school, Jesse McCord Lewis stopped to write “I love you” in the frost on his mother’s car. Just hours later, Jesse was senselessly murdered in his first grade classroom; he was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. His mother, Scarlett Lewis, will discuss “A Formula for Choosing Courage and Love” at LIFE Talks 2016.

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C.
President of Life University & International Speaker
Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. is an international speaker, author, entrepreneur and president of Life University. Join him as he discusses “Integrity – Enjoying Life Twice.”

Bob Sima
Singer/Songwriter
Nothing connects people like music. Singer-songwriter Bob Sima will be performing at LIFE Talks. His performances are unique to each event, rarely making a set-list as he goes from foot-stomp to pin-drop, allowing his performances to invite a visceral embodiment of the music and message in a wide-open space of possibilities.

Gilles LaMarche, D.C.
Co-Creator of LIFE Talks & International Speaker
Dr. Gilles LaMarche will be the emcee for LIFE Talks 2016. An international professional speaker and accomplished author, Dr. LaMarche serves as Vice President of Professional Relations at Life University.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY ADDS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CULINARY NUTRITION
TO NATIONALLY TOP-RANKED NUTRITION DEPARTMENT — Degree balances culinary skills and nutritional science to produce adaptable graduates with health-oriented, diverse skill sets

Marietta, Georgia, April 25, 2016 – Life University (LIFE) is proud to debut its Bachelor of Science in Culinary Nutrition degree, enrolling this fall 2016.

In 2015, LIFE’s nutrition program was ranked in the Top 50 programs in the country by Public Health Online. The B.S. in Culinary Nutrition joins a robust department including a B.S. in Nutrition, a B.S. in Dietetics, an M.S. in Clinical Nutrition and one of the only dietetic internship programs in metro Atlanta. LIFE’s nutrition facilities include six state-of-the-art teaching kitchens and a professional demo kitchen and educational facility.

The Bachelor of Science program in Culinary Nutrition prepares students to respect food and the food system as an integral part of health and healing. Culinary Nutrition is an exciting interdisciplinary research-based field with biochemical underpinnings that form a framework on which creative culinary professionals hang their artfully designed recipes.

Graduates will be able to merge culinary nutrition skills with traditional business skills, such as entrepreneurship and technical writing, to lead the growing field of using food restoratively and therapeutically to promote vibrancy. Coursework focuses on culinary arts, functional nutrition, culinary nutrition, food science, sustainability, entrepreneurship and food service management.

Unique to Life University is its vitalistic philosophy that focuses on the innate abilities of the body to maximize its expression of health. Graduates of Life University’s Nutrition Department understand that nutrients feed the entire body, removing interference and allowing each person to reach their full potential of wellness.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition at LIFE.edu. Life University’s B.S. in Culinary Nutrition is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Career Opportunities for B.S. Culinary Nutrition Graduates:

• Food Industry Entrepreneur
• Food Industry Product Development
• Professional chef/sous chef/line cook
• Culinary Nutrition consultant (menu development private industry)
• Therapeutic or Spa Chef
• Private Caterer
• Personal chef/celebrity chef
• Food writing (blog, internet, cookbook, ghost writer)
• Health promotion consultant

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S DR. MARK KOVACS PRESENTS AT EMORY SPORTS MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM

Marietta, Georgia, April 26, 2016 – Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., FACSM, CTPS, MTPS, CSCS*D, USPTA, PTR, the Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science at Life University, presented at the 9th Annual Emory Sports Medicine Symposium on April 22-23, 2016. Emory Sports Medicine Center and the Emory University School of Medicine hosted the annual symposium, which highlights the latest information about sports medicine, performance and injury rehab. Other presenters included team doctors from the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Tech and Emory University. Dr. Kovacs gave two impactful lectures: one on the latest sport science technologies utilized by professional teams, league and athletic departments, as well as a presentation titled “Where Rehabilitation Ends and Performance Training Begins.”

“This was an outstanding symposium that brought together some of the leading professionals in sports medicine in the greater Atlanta area who are experts in different aspects of performance and injury prevention,” says Dr. Kovacs. “The team doctors from the major professional sports in Atlanta were present, and it provided great dialogue and discourse about how to continue to improve the quality of care, training and rehabilitation for athletes at the highest level, as well as for the weekend warrior and youth athlete.”

The purpose of the symposium was to provide the most up-to-date information for professionals interested in the diagnosis and management of the shoulder, knee, ankle and hip, as well as other medical issues affecting athletes. The team approach was emphasized, using case presentations, injury updates of current recommendations and methods for return to sport in common areas.

Dr. Kovacs presented information based around his work conducted at Life University, which makes up a major part of his graduate class titled “Technology in Sport.” It is one of the few graduate courses in the country that focuses entirely on the latest technologies used in the training and rehabilitation of athletes.

“The ability to share the information to the greater sports community is one aspect of the symposium, but an even greater benefit is to be able to bring back the latest data and techniques in these areas to the Life University campus. This helps us build upon the applied research we are doing at the LSSI and also add to the curriculum that is being taught to the students that we mentor here in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Health Science,” remarks Dr. Kovacs. “It also provides great contacts for students who may have an interest in working in different areas of professional and collegiate sport. It was also great to see a few Life University graduates in attendance at the Symposium who are now working with athletes throughout Georgia.”

Sport Health Science programs at Life University:
• B.S. Exercise Science
• B.S. Health Coaching
• M.S. Sport Health Science
• M.A.T. Athletic Training

For more information about Life University’s Department of Sport Health Science, visit LIFE.edu.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

THE RUBICON GROUP ANNOUNCES $20,000 (NZD) FUNDING COMMITMENT TO NEW ZEALAND COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC’S CENTRE FOR CHIROPRACTIC RESEARCH Press Release via The Rubicon Group

San Leandro, California, April 29, 2016 – The Rubicon Group (TRG) is pleased to announce a funding commitment of $20,000 (NZD) to the Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand in support of a randomized clinical trial entitled “The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Functional Outcomes, Somatosensory Processing and Motor Control in Patients Who Have Suffered from a Stroke.”

The clinical trial will involve scientists from Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark, Riphah International University, Pakistan, and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

Participants in this study must have had a stroke at least 6 weeks prior to their involvement in the study and have ongoing neurological deficits due to the stroke. A crossover design will be used, and participants will act as their own controls. The study will compare the effects of a single session of chiropractic care addressing vertebral subluxations to a passive movement control intervention on outcome measures that assess sensorimotor function. The outcome measures for the trial will assess whether a single session of chiropractic care improves performance in the Timed Up and Go Test (TUG) and whether it increases muscle power, strength and cortical drive and reduces fatigue in stroke survivors who have muscle weakness. The TUG and measures of strength and fatigue are clinically relevant outcome measures in the assessment of stroke rehabilitation. The H reflex, m waves, strength, fatigue and v waves are clinical and neurophysiological measures that have previously been shown to change following chiropractic care, and they are also important indicators of changes in central nervous system function that are important for motor recovery following a stroke.

This trial will also assess motor unit recruitment pattern changes after chiropractic care. This will be achieved with multi-array EMG electrodes (Subject to the ability of the participant to move their own muscles). Other outcome measures will assess how the brain and target muscles communicate (EEG- EMG coherence) and will also assess which brain regions are involved with any changes that are observed in somatosensory processing following the chiropractic care session. Identifying the relevant brain regions involved will be assessed using somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and a cap that has 62 EEG recording electrodes. In several past studies utilizing SEPs, it has been shown that adjusting vertebral subluxations can alter the way the brain processes and responds to sensory information from the upper limb. It was recently demonstrated, in an award winning international collaboration, that the brain changes that occur after a single session of chiropractic care take place in the prefrontal cortex.

The proposed stroke study will be the first of its kind, and groundbreaking, particularly if it’s possible to show that chiropractic care improves brain function and neuromuscular control in people who have suffered from a stroke.

The Rubicon Group is pleased to join the United Chiropractic Association (UK), the Australian Spinal Research Foundation and the chiropractic profession in New Zealand in supporting this study.

About The Rubicon Group
The Rubicon Group (TRG) is a collaboration of chiropractic educational institutions, emerging educational efforts and interested parties. The seven institutional members include Barcelona College of Chiropractic (Barcelona, Spain), the Chiropraktik Akademie (Dresden, Germany), Life Chiropractic College West (San Francisco, California, USA), Life University (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), McTimoney College of Chiropractic (Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK), New Zealand College of Chiropractic (Auckland, New Zealand) and Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA). Information about The Rubicon Group can be found at http://www.TheRubiconGroup.org. For additional information, please direct questions to: info@TheRubiconGroup.org.

About the Centre for Chiropractic Research
The Centre for Chiropractic Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic aims to explore the effects of chiropractic care on brain function, human performance, health, wellness and quality of life. More specifically, the objective of their research programme is to examine the impact of chiropractic care on brain function, and how this translates into improved proprioception, sensorimotor integration and better overall bodily control and function. Within this programme, they are not only exploring how chiropractic care may help restore dysfunctional central nervous system processes, but also whether chiropractic care prevents problems from developing in the first place. More information about the Centre for Chiropractic Research can be found at http://chiropracticresearch.ac.nz/.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

March 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA YOUTH RUGBY HOLD CELEBRATION
Press Release via ThisIsAmericanRugby.com

Marietta, Georgia, March 11, 2016 – Atlanta Youth Rugby (AYR) recently held its inaugural banquet in the Piedmont Room at the Park Tavern. Among the 160+ attendees were more than 90 youth players in uniform, from AYR as well as from neighboring clubs from Roswell, Newtown, and Alpharetta.

Since 2013, AYR has been sponsored by Life University (LU) both off and on the field. Current and past coaches include Life University players Colton Cariaga, Dylan Fawsitt, Zander Van Schalkwyk, Duncan Van Schalkwyk, and now Rachel Dorminy, Samantha Elmore and Sarah McCandless for AYR’s growing girls side. AYR Advisory Board Chairman Anton Forbes-Roberts said, “Life University’s generosity with time and resources has been absolutely fundamental to our success, and we look forward to an even closer partnership next year as we expand our offering to girls and younger ages.”

As one of the fastest growing high school sports in the country, rugby is finding roots in various metro areas at the youth level in order to serve as feeder programs for high schools and club programs. The mission of Atlanta Youth Rugby is to develop young men and women, with a goal of not only increasing their interest and love of rugby, but also to teach and mentor young minds through sport. As rugby continues to grow, opportunities increase for players looking to achieve even higher levels in collegiate programs, adult club programs, and even a new professional rugby league that has recently incorporated in the United States. Women’s Rugby has ben designated as an emerging sport by the NCAA. Atlanta Youth Rugby is the first step in this emerging pyramid of rugby development.

The banquet was a chance for the players and parents to show their sense of community and pride in our amazing sport. Now in its 4th year, AYR is entering a new phase of development. Said Forbes-Roberts: “This season has been one of planned growth according to defined objectives. Next year will be even more so as we create a true strategic plan and operational structure to take us to 2020.”

Dan Payne, LU Athletic Director and keynote speaker at the banquet said, “Developing and supporting youth rugby in and around the Atlanta area is an initiative we’re fully invested in. AYR is doing an amazing job growing the game at the youth level in the city of Atlanta. We all know how valuable our great sport is for using as a vehicle to shape and develop young boys and girls in all communities. We feel very honored and privileged to be able to do our small part in assisting the great work AYR’s leaders are putting forth.”

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

DR. MICHAEL BEN-ELI IS INDUCTED INTO THE INTERNATIONAL GREEN INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME — Press Release via The Sustainability Laboratory

Marietta, Georgia, March 17, 2016 – On March 9, 2016, at the 6th Annual International Green Industry Hall of Fame (IGIHOF) Conference and Induction Ceremony in Clovis, CA, Dr. Michael Ben-Eli, Founder of The Sustainability Laboratory, was presented with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Founded in 2008, IGIHOF is an international organization that recognizes excellence in the green industry—individuals and organizations that have contributed to reducing the environmental effects of industrial production—and showcases green industry’s current best practices. On an annual basis, IGIHOF seeks nominations from the public for individuals or businesses that are working toward a sustainable future.

Dr. Ben-Eli was happy to learn that the first inductee into IGIHOF was none other than Ray Anderson, a longtime friend of The Lab, and a member of The Lab’s Advisory Board before his death in 2011. Ray’s remarks to the audience on the occasion of his induction can be viewed here.

— Press Release via The Sustainability Laboratory

Dr. Michael Ben-Eli and Life University
Life University would like to congratulate Dr. Michael Ben-Eli on this achievement! The metro Atlanta community will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Ben-Eli speak at LIFE Talks World Congress on May 12-13, 2016 at Life University.

LIFE Talks hosts exceptional speakers from all over the nation who will discuss what it means to live a life of integrity from unique perspectives. It includes thought leaders in business and productivity, physical-mental and spiritual health, compassion, forgiveness, environmental sustainability, all in the context of living a life of integrity from birth.

LIFE Talks is about empowering you to create social change and make a transformational impact on the world, helping you become the best version of yourself. The congress is an annual event in Atlanta, GA; learn more at LIFETalks.org.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

February 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY TO LAUNCH THE CHILLON PROJECT, A DEGREE-GRANTING PROGRAM IN GEORGIA’S PRISON SYSTEM

Marietta, Georgia, February 8, 2016 – Life University (LIFE) is proud to announce The Chillon Project, a degree-granting program for incarcerated students and correctional staff in the Georgia prison system – the only program of its kind offered by a college or university based in the state of Georgia since 1994.“We are ecstatic about seeing the partnership between the Georgia Department of Corrections and Life University move to the next level,” says Dr. L.C. “Buster” Evans, Assistant Commissioner of Inmate Services at the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC). “The administration and faculty from Life University have been proactive leaders in helping to advance educational opportunities for both officers as well as inmates who recognize that their future success is tied to educational accomplishment.” The Chillon Project is an undertaking of LIFE’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (

“We are ecstatic about seeing the partnership between the Georgia Department of Corrections and Life University move to the next level,” says Dr. L.C. “Buster” Evans, Assistant Commissioner of Inmate Services at the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC). “The administration and faculty from Life University have been proactive leaders in helping to advance educational opportunities for both officers as well as inmates who recognize that their future success is tied to educational accomplishment.” The Chillon Project is an undertaking of LIFE’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (

The Chillon Project is an undertaking of LIFE’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE) together with the Georgia Department of Corrections to introduce degree programs in Georgia’s correctional facilities. It will be one of a handful of such programs in the entire Southeast. An innovative feature of The Chillon Project is the inclusion of scholarships for correctional officers employed by the GDC, as well as their family members, to also have increased access to higher education at Life University.

“Education in prisons transforms lives and communities by showing that incarcerated persons are first and foremost human beings with the same potential as anyone else to help themselves and others if only given the opportunity,” says Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, PhD, program director of The Chillon Project and associate professor of psychology at LIFE. “Higher education is the only effective way to drastically reduce recidivism, and incarcerated persons who earn a Bachelor’s degree while in prison have recidivism rates of less than 3 percent, compared to rates of up to 70 percent for the general population.”

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C., President of Life University, and Dr. Ozawa-de Silva have shared LIFE’s unique curriculum plans and initiatives such as The Chillon Project with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. At the end of December 2015, they received a letter from the Dalai Lama commending LIFE’s commitment to positive social change. “As someone who believes strongly in the possibility and potential of individuals to change, I feel that the focus of a society’s justice system should always be on rehabilitation rather than punishment,” writes the Dalai Lama. “I therefore support initiatives that provide prisoners with opportunities to pursue education and personal development and in doing so benefit society as well. I am delighted to hear that Life University and its Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics, through a program they call ‘The Chillon Project,’ has now developed a degree program for people imprisoned in the state of Georgia.”

Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), The Chillon Project will offer an Associate of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change, with the plan to expand this after three years to also offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Positive Human Development and Social Change. The Bachelor’s will be debuted for LIFE students on the University’s Marietta campus as well.

The curriculum, based on the concept of secular ethics, is a rigorous interdisciplinary degree focused on providing the skills and knowledge necessary for creating positive and sustainable social change. It includes coursework in positive psychology, business and social entrepreneurship, peace studies and other disciplines. It also includes lab components for the cultivation of inner values, emotional and social intelligence, and contemplative practice.

Named for Lord Byron’s poem “The Prisoner of Chillon” – a poem often cited by Life University’s founder, Dr. Sid E. Williams – The Chillon Project will enroll 15 incarcerated students at the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, Georgia during its initial year, and, additionally, Life University will provide scholarships to 15 Lee Arrendale State Prison correctional staff or their family members. Enrollment will increase in subsequent years, and the program will be opened to incarcerated women throughout the state. Life University, which operates on a quarter system, anticipates launching the program officially in the spring or summer quarter of 2016.

With the tagline “the not-so-little University that is changing the world,” Life University aims to impact social change with innovative initiatives such as The Chillon Project. “We are convinced that there is a better way to handle incarceration, and are grateful to the GDC and to Governor Deal for this opportunity,” says Dr. Riekeman, President of Life University. “Our hope is that what we are doing in Georgia and at Life University will become a model for other states and universities to follow.”

LIFE’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE) is dedicated to developing and promoting empirically-based programs that foster the human values most conducive to individual, social and environmental flourishing through research, dialogue, education and community empowerment. To learn more about the CCISE and initiatives like The Chillon Project, visit http://www.LIFE.edu/CCISE.

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Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION: LIFE UNIVERSITY AND MARIETTA HIGH SCHOOL

Marietta, Georgia, February 24, 2016 – Life University signed a formal partnership agreement with Marietta High School (MHS) on Monday to identify opportunities and create initiatives that support greater student learning and success. The new partnership is part of a broader “Partners in Education” initiative sponsored by the Cobb Chamber, the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools to match businesses and organizations with K-12 schools to provide extra funding, unique services and volunteer support.

“With Move on When Ready [Act] and Senate Bill 2, we wanted to make sure we had something in place for all of our students who have a career-minded or college focus,” explains Dean Yoder, assistant principal and CTAE supervisor at MHS. “We looked around the area and saw the perfect set-up with Life University, Kennesaw State, Georgia Highlands and Chattahoochee Tech. Every university represented today has something to hold for our students, so the future for our students is solid.”

Under the new yearlong agreement, Life University will collaborate in activities associated with MHS’s Career Pathways, athletic programs and non-Career Pathway classes. MHS will promote Life University throughout the their campus community, while also informing the Marietta and statewide communities of the value of Life University.

“Life University has stepped up in so many ways to support the community and Marietta City Schools previously that it would really be a disservice to the whole meaning of what we are trying to do if LIFE weren’t included,” says Superintendent of Marietta City Schools Dr. Emily Lembeck.

Currently, Life University has a group of MHS students scheduled to tour the campus in March and work with faculty in the Department of Natural Sciences, among other initiatives in the works.

“Collaborations with Marietta High School through Partners in Education are an important opportunity for students in Cobb County, and particularly in Marietta High School,” notes Life University Provost Dr. Rob Scott. “Life University’s unique perspective as a healthcare institution allows students the opportunity to approach challenging problems in society through the lens of Vitalism. It allows them to come at the solutions from a different angle than conventional approaches, and I think that’s a real plus for a Life University graduate as they go out into the workforce.”

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE SPORT SCIENCE INSTITUTE AND LIFE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH BEING UTILIZED TO DETERMINE THE NEXT GENERATION OF PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS

Marietta, Georgia, February 26, 2016 – Over the past few months, the LIFE Sport Science Institute has worked collaboratively with the department of Sport Health Science, the Office of Sponsored Research & Scholarly Activity and students in the College of Chiropractic to produce two impactful studies looking at the pathway to achieve success in Men’s and Women’s professional tennis. Dr. Mark Kovacs, the Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science, led both projects that were published recently in the Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis. Dr. Ron Hosek in the Office of Sponsored Research & Scholarly Activity was also a major contributor to the research projects.

Both published studies research the careers of the Top 100 players in the world in both the Associated Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Rankings and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World Rankings. The research reviewed data from every match the athletes played back to their junior career. The purpose was to highlight the pathway to achieve a top professional ranking and the timeline to achieve various age and level milestones. Advanced statistical procedures were used to evaluate various pathways to success.

The benefits of this research was to help national sports federations determine how to best allocate resources, set tournament schedules and provide invaluable information for determining the most likely pathways to achieve career progression. This research has already been adopted by top tennis federations throughout the world to help in the development of the next generation of top professional players.

“This groundbreaking research is time and labor intensive, yet is very important to determine most likely pathways to achieve career success in the sport of tennis. Our research team here at Life University has contributed to analytics research that is changing the sport,” remarked Dr. Kovacs.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

January 2016

LIFE UNIVERSITY ENGLISH PROFESSOR DR. MICHAEL MONTGOMERY WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR SCREENPLAY

Marietta, Georgia, January 13, 2016 – Though Life University (LIFE) is primarily associated with the health sciences, its core undergraduate curriculum contains traditional communication and humanities courses you’d see at a liberal arts college. Dr. Michael Montgomery, English professor at LIFE, is one of the hidden artistic gems at the University, having taught at the institution for more than 19 years in the Natural Sciences and General Education Department.

An avid writer, Dr. Montgomery has published several books, ranging from fiction and poetry collections to film criticism. But recently, it was one of his scripts, titled “Neema and Sid Go Totally Off Grid,” which was named Best Original Feature Screenplay at the Back in the Box Competition in Los Angeles. The international competition is sponsored by Fernleif Productions. All Back in the Box screenplay winners can be seen here.

“’Neema and Sid’ is sort of a ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ for Millennials,” says Dr. Montgomery, “but the characters also have their serious side. Sid is kind of a Juno MacGuff, and Neema has the social conscience of a Malala Yousafzai.”

The win at Back in the Box was not the only first-place finish last year for Dr. Montgomery. His feature script “The Chaos Makers” won the medal for Best Screenplay – Sci Fi at Fandom Fest Comic-Con in Louisville, one of the largest science fiction gatherings in the U.S. He has since turned “The Chaos Makers” into a series which he hopes one day can make it on the small or big screen.

LIFE is proud of Dr. Montgomery and the positive recognition he has received for his creative endeavors.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

LIFE UNIVERSITY’S DR. MARK KOVACS PRESENTS AT 2016 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SYMPOSIUM

Marietta, Georgia, January 20, 2016 – Dr. Mark Kovacs, the Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science at Life University (LIFE) presented data on Periodization and Scheduling for Elite Level Soccer at the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) Medical Symposium during the 2016 MLS Player Combine. The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted the 2016 MLS Medical Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale alongside the 2016 MLS Player Combine. This is one of the biggest annual events in the U.S. for individuals who work in elite soccer, and specifically with MLS teams throughout the country.

“This was an outstanding symposium that brought together the top minds working in professional soccer in the United States,” says Dr. Kovacs. “The Chief Medical Officers for U.S. Soccer, the MLS and NCAA all spoke during this symposium, and every MLS healthcare staff (chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength coaches and medical doctors) was represented to help improve the quality of training and rehabilitation in the soccer industry.”

The purpose of the symposium was to provide medical teams with guidance on the identification, prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to the soccer athlete. The team approach was emphasized, using case presentations; injury updates of current recommendations; and methods for return to sport in common areas affecting the soccer population, including injuries to the knee and ankle. Emphasis was also placed on the medical care of athletes, with attention to concussion management, arterial injuries and exertional compartment syndromes.

Dr. Kovacs presented information based around his work over the past few years in soccer, which involved work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and also work he has done with national teams leading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and soccer teams in the English Premier League and La Liga (Spanish League).

“The ability to share the information is one aspect of the symposium, but an even greater privilege is to be able to bring back to the LIFE campus the latest information in these areas and build upon the applied research we are doing at the LSSI and also add to the curriculum that is being taught to the students that we mentor here in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Health Science,” remarks Dr. Kovacs. “It also provides great contacts for students who may have an interest in working in soccer in different areas of health care, performance and injury prevention.”

For anyone interested in more information on the Sport Health Science Department and the degrees offered at Life University, visit LIFE.edu/Academics or call 800.543.3202.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

THE RUBICON CONFERENCE IN LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 11-13, 2016
The Rubicon Conference to Bring Together Leaders in Chiropractic and Chiropractic Education to Discuss Current Circumstances of the Profession and the Practitioner

Marietta, Georgia, January 27, 2016 – The Rubicon Conference is a collaborative effort involving Life University, Life Chiropractic College West, McTimoney College of Chiropractic, New Zealand College of Chiropractic and Sherman College of Chiropractic, as well the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, the Scottish Chiropractic Association and the United Chiropractic Association. The program is designed to offer something for your mind, your heart, your hands and your spirit! It will be held at the Park Inn at Heathrow Airport in London, England on Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13.

You can look forward to enjoying a faculty of world-class teachers, scholars and clinicians. And while the faculty and the program content are spectacular, the program format will help to make the delivery of the conference even more exciting and meaningful. The main program (March 12-13) will be offered in a fast-paced, TED Talks-style format with a series of 30-minute presentations throughout the two days.

In addition to the main program, there will be an early-bird program on Friday March 11, 2016 with a series of 90-minute workshops allowing for extended time with each faculty member (Drs. Haavik, Hall, Rosa, Ozawa-de Silva, Scott/Koch) in a more intimate setting.

Presenting Faculty

• Heidi Haavik, D.C., Ph.D. and Michael Hall, D.C., FACN: The leading researchers and clinicians in neuroscience and Chiropractic.

• Scott Rosa, D.C. will offer stunning imaging of the direct biomechanical effects of upper cervical adjusting – demonstrating before and after imaging revealing immediate changes in cerebrospinal fluid flow following an atlas subluxation correction.

• Monica Greco, Ph.D., Goldsmiths, University of London, will be speaking on “The Vitality of Vitalism,” and Professor Dejan Rakovic, University of Belgrade, will be discussing quantum mechanics and healing, each from their positions as respected academics at world-class universities.

• The program will also include a track presenting the latest information and applications of compassion and forgiveness science presented by Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE), Life University and Mr. Richard Moore, founder and president of “Children in Crossfire,” a global charity based in Derry, Northern Ireland. Mr. Moore is referred to by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as “his hero” for his work in forgiveness and compassion.

• Drs. Rob Scott and David Koch will be presenting on contemporary chiropractic philosophy and its consistency with practice in the 21st century.

• Things will come full circle from a chiropractic perspective with presentations by Drs. Guy Riekeman, Ed Cordero, Christina Cunliffe, Brian Kelly, Phil McMaster, and Adrian Wenban, the presidents/principals of the chiropractic programs involved. They will provide their perspectives on the future of the chiropractic profession.

If you register for the main program (Saturday, March 12-Sunday, March 13), the early-bird program (Friday, March 11) is available to you at NO additional cost. If you are unable to attend the main program, a separate registration fee is available for the Friday early-bird program.

Of course, students attending any chiropractic program will be welcome to participate at a greatly reduced student registration fee. There is also an early registration rate available for all categories of registrants through February 1, 2016.

To learn more about the speakers, the program and the registration process, visit www.TheRubiconConference.com.

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About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.