University of Western States celebrates 110 years of service

See why this was more than just a picnic for alums, students, and staff …

These are some of the 200 guests who attended the University of Western States “Summer Social”.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
University of Western States (UWS) – known, to many, as Western States Chiropractic College, located in the Russell neighborhood of outer East Portland– celebrated 110 years as a top educational school for health sciences professionals.

“Since our beginning in 1904, we have consistently delivered the finest integrative health care education available,” Dr. Joseph Brimhall, President of UWS said. “And throughout this year, we are honoring the history that distinguishes us and we are celebrating our future, which has never been brighter.”

Guests check out prizes being offered in the “Summer Social” raffle.

At the “Summer Social” on August 2, UWS Alumni and Career Services Advisor Melissa Robinson smiled, “We have invited the entire community, so we can connect with them to celebrate wellness, and our history. Also, we would like to share some of the plans that we have for the future.”

Sited in outer East Portland near the Banfield Freeway, UWS is the nation’s second-oldest chiropractic school, Robinson told East Portland News. “And, our students are at the top, when it comes to examination scores. This means that, when chiropractic physicians leave here, our graduates have the highest ‘pass’ rate for the National Board exams.”

UWS Alumni and Career Services Advisor Melissa Robinson, Dean of the Chiropractic College Dr. Bill Borman, and consulting instructor Dr. Lee McCaffrey happily welcome guests to the celebration.

Depending upon the time of year, between 400 and 450 students are taking classes on their mid-County campus, reported UWS Dean Dr. Bill Borman.

Having been with the school for 20 years, he’s seen many advancements, Borman said.

“For example, here on campus, our facilities have improved remarkably,” Borman pointed out. “The new anatomy lab has been a great additional asset to the program.

“The clinical opportunities that we continue to identify around the community to place our interns out of the community to provide care has been great, and continues to expand,” Borman added. “With top-quality instructors and facilities, we continue to attract high-quality students.”

Guests check out exhibitors at the “Wellness Fair” at the “Summer Social”.

The school’s Dean was enthusiastic about their new “Master’s in Exercise and Sports Science” program starting this fall that allows students to choose from four concentrations including:

  • Fitness and wellness management,
  • Sports and athletic counseling,
  • Sports and athletic administration, and
  • Sports and performance coaching.


Throughout the afternoon, those who attended were treated to a wellness fair, free buffet lunch, raffles, prizes and kid-friendly activities hosted by the massage therapy program at UWS.

Learn more about UWS, including their open-to-the-public clinics on campus – and in the Gateway area – by seeing their website: CLICK HERE.

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