Gerontology Alumni Chapter

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Gerontology Chapter Annual Brunch

GerontologyThe Gerontology Alumni Chapter hosted their annual brunch on Saturday, February 25. A small and close knit group, each attendee provided a thorough overview of their current activities in the field. Participants also enjoyed a short meeting with updates on the academic program, announcements about upcoming events of interest to the Gerontology field, great food and networking. Several of the attendees had not previously been to the Alumni House and commented on how lovely it is. One member noted “The connectedness and support of the group is remarkable. Not all alumni chapters have this kind of camaraderie.”

Gerontology Alumni, Students and Faculty Gather for Brunch

Two Brunch Attendees The Gerontology Alumni Chapter hosted their annual brunch on February 26 at the Ruby Gerontology Center on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The event was catered by Corner Bakery and in attendance were Gerontology professional alumni as well as current students. Apart from the camaraderie and networking, the program that day consisted of several faculty presentations.

Dr. Echo Chang presented information about the Cal State Fullerton Extension program and a new project in Taiwan offering online gerontology classes as well as an update on the Miller Assistive Technology project headed by Dr. Laura Zettle-Watson. In addition, Dr. Joe Weber provided an update of the Cal State Fullerton Gerontology Program, and Dr. Pauline Abbot discussed the future prospect of Gerontologist in the current economic environment. Also in attendance from the faculty were Dr. Jesse Jones (Kinesiology) and Dr. Barbara Cherry (Psychology). View photos

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Our mission is to form an alliance that will strengthen the University, College of Humanities, and Social Sciences and its affiliation with the Institute of Gerontology in order to advance successful aging practices through education, research, and community service. This mission includes providing information and guidance to our students and alumni about careers and recent advances in the field of aging.

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Chapter Officers

Michelle Yerke MSG ’10

Lauren Anderson MSG ’08
Vice President Finance and Records

Katie Barraza MSG ’11
Vice President
Chapter Development and Membership

Drs Barbara Cherry PhD


Laura Zettel-Watson, PhD

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