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Gerontology showcases its classes, students at Sylvania event
Photos and Story by James Hill
Jan Abushakrah, faculty chair of the gerontology program and sociology instructor at Sylvania, listens to Alberta Simmons, winner of the “Ageless Inspiration Award.” Simmons, a community activist dedicated to creating affordable housing especially for seniors, shared her life’s story with soon-to-be graduates of the gerontology program at the annual “Careers in Aging” networking event held April 16.
The program, led by Abushakrah, hosted its annual “Careers in Aging” networking event to coincide with the national “Careers in Aging Week.” A variety of local employers met with students and soon-to-be graduates to discuss opportunities and the state of the industry.
Prior to the networking reception, John Bowling, visiting assistant professor within the Management of Aging Services program at Southern Oregon University, spoke to the crowd about trends and opportunities in the field and the university’s MAS degree option within the School of Business. The degree option will be available online beginning in fall 2009.
Linda Gerber, Sylvania Campus president, also spoke and gave accolades to Simmons for her tireless dedication.