Marietta, Georgia, October 8, 2021 Life University (Life U) hosted more than 1,400 chiropractors on its campus for LIFE Vision–Fall CElebration Extravaganza September 29-October 3, 2021. In addition to 84 different continuing education sessions and a vendor hall with more than 50 exhibitioners, attendees participated in social events including Thirsty Thursday, Casino Night, the President’s Circle Annual Luncheon, the Lasting Purpose Luncheon and a Saturday evening Happy Hour.

“We are always very grateful to have the opportunity to serve our alumni and friends,” said Dr. Gilles A. LaMarche, Life U Vice President of University Advancement and Enrollment. “LIFE Vision Extravaganza 2021 was a great success. From feedback received, the continuing education offerings were appreciated, doctors learned a lot and those who attended the social events had plenty of fun. We look forward to hosting our alumni and friends again in 2022.”

During the event, Life U held its annual Lasting Purpose Awards, at which it recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and the chiropractic profession.

Lasting Purpose – To Give: Peter Holt
Honors the individual who has demonstrated a notable increase in giving or an expansion of their giving to Life University.

Lasting Purpose – To Do: Austin Cohen, D.C.
Honors an individual who contributes time, talent and treasure to Life University and the chiropractic profession.

Lasting Purpose – To Love: David Koch, D.C.
Honors individuals who exemplified the highest level of pride and love for Life University.

Lasting Purpose – To Serve: Anissa Jones, D.C.
Honors the individual who has been a beacon for Life University in their service to their community and our profession.

LIFEforce Will Not Stop Award: Drs. Lou and Laurie Briegel
Honors the individual(s) who exemplified the highest level of commitment to the mission of LIFEforce.

Young Alumnus: Nico Staples, D.C.
Honors a young Life University alumnus who has graduated within the last 10 years for their outstanding professional and community achievements.

Distinguished Alumnus: “Coach Max” Anthony Maxwell
Honors a Life University alumnus who has reached the pinnacle of success in his career and has brought credit to themselves and to Life University.

Philanthropy Award: Gary Stewart, D.C.
Honors an individual who has made a significant impact to Life University through their financial contributions.

Lifetime Giving Award: Dr. Joe & Sandy Lupo
Presented to individuals for their ongoing and continuous support of Life University.

Honorary Alumnus: Emmanuel Washington, D.C.
Honors a friend of Life University who has reached the pinnacle of their individual career and life success, including making a measurable difference in their profession, community and at Life University.

Honorary University Advancement Team Award: Coach Omi Acosta
Honors a faculty or staff member who exemplifies his/her pride for Life University through assisting the advancement team and securing donations.

Chiropractor of the Year: Drs. Selina Sigafoose-Jackson and Kevin Jackson
Individuals who have made significant contributions to the chiropractic profession and lead the way for other doctors and patients.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Chuck Ribley, D.C.
An individual who has exhibited a lifetime of Lasting Purpose and dedication to the Chiropractic profession and Life University.

The Sunshine LIFE Award: Sunshine (Ruth) Ribley
Awarded to an individual who brings “sunshine” wherever they go.

Founded in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its College of Chiropractic, the largest single-campus College of Chiropractic in the world. Students can pursue 14 undergraduate degrees; a pre-chiropractic, degree-seeking pathway; and three graduate degrees within the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Some degree programs are offered to distance learners through the College of Online Education.

Life University strives to empower its students to succeed both professionally and personally. Life U advances a leading-edge approach to higher education while also remaining true to the University’s philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. To achieve this goal, Life U recognizes and demonstrates its dedication through three official Life University Values: Lasting Purpose, Vitalism and Integrity.

Life U’s 110-acre campus just northwest of Atlanta is home to more than 2,800 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who come from all 50 United States and more than 45 countries.

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