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Lasting Purpose

Lasting Purpose

Life University’s guiding principle is Lasting Purpose: To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve – Out of a Sense of Abundance. Life University believes that a willingness and desire to serve your community and your fellow man are just as important as academic pursuits. This attitude stems from the recognition that each individual has been given certain gifts, and as a citizen in the world community, it is your duty To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve out of our own abundance.

This ethos is not only expected from our students, but also from our faculty and staff as well. Plus, to carry it forward into other areas, such as one’s own practice, is to be commended. Every day, the chiropractic community works tirelessly to bring principled Chiropractic to the world. Within that larger community, individual chiropractors work tirelessly in their local areas bringing vitalism, health and principled Chiropractic to their patients.

These individuals recognize the importance of giving back to their communities and the schools from which they obtained their degree. At Life University, we recognize the countless efforts that these individuals make on behalf of Chiropractic, as well as the University through the presentation of our Annual Recognition Awards given by the International Alumni Association of Life University.

Each honoree offers such comprehensive support to the University, both in their time and effort, as well as through their generous financial donations, that we take great honor in recognizing them.

Through their professional accomplishments and personal service, honorees are selected as representatives of professional success, social contribution and cultural change. These outstanding individuals are honored at the Lasting Purpose Recognition Lunch held during Life University’s annual Fall CElebration Event on the University’s campus.

The Annual Recognition Awards include:

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Honors a Life University alumnus who has reached the pinnacle of success in their career and has brought credit to himself/herself and to Life University.

Young Alumnus Award

Honors a young Life University alumnus, who has graduated within the last 10 years, for their outstanding professional and community achievements.

Honorary Alumnus Award

Honors a friend of Life University who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and support to the mission and spirit of Life University.

Lasting Purpose: To Give Award

Honors the individual who has demonstrated a notable increase in giving or an expansion of their giving to Life University.

Lasting Purpose: To Do Award

Honors an individual who has contributed time, talent and treasure to Life University and the chiropractic profession.

Lasting Purpose: To Love Award

Honors an individual who exemplified the highest level of pride and love for Life University.

Lasting Purpose: To Serve Award

Honors an individual who has been a beacon for Life University in their service to their community and our profession.

LIFEforce Will Not Stop Award

Honors the individual who exemplified the highest level of commitment to the mission of LIFEforce.

Philanthropy Award

Honors an individual who has made a significant impact to Life University through their financial contributions.

Donor Legacy Award

Honors an individual, couple or family who has made a significant impact to the University through their financial contributions.

Honorary University Advancement Team Award

Honors an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in raising money and organizing groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects that benefit Life University.

State Representative Award Award

Honors a state representative who has actively engaged, educated and reconnected their state alumni and friends to Life University.

Previous Recipients


To Give Award
Jim Fox, D.C.
Gardendale Chiropractic Center

Young Alumnus Award
Josh Paxton, D.C.
Paxton Family Chiropractic

To Love Award
Selina Sigafoose, D.C. and Kevin Jackson, D.C.
Sigafoose and Jackson Family Chiropractic

Will Not Stop Award
Eric Plasker, D.C.
Plasker Chiropractic

Distinguished Alumnus Award
Debbie Flynn, D.C.

To Serve Award
Susan Blaskay Carver, D.C.
Healthline Chiropractic

Honorary Alumnus Award
Tony DeRamus, D.C.
Sandstone Health


To Give Award
Jay Perniciaro, D.C.
Total Care Chiropractic Center

State Representative Award
Thomas Taylor III, D.C.

Distinguished Alumnus Award
Stu Hoffman, D.C.

Young Alumnus Award
Jeff Getbehead, D.C.
Canton Chiropractic and Massage

Honorary Alumnus Award
Kreg Huffer, Sr., D.C.
Huffer Chiropractic

Donor Legacy Award
The William M. Harris Family Foundation

To Love Award
B.J. Hardick, D.C.

To Serve Award
Jay LaGuardia, D.C.

Serving Lasting Purpose Award
Rebecca Koch

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