UMass Boston Gerontology Students Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Association

McCormack Graduate School | November 03, 2014
UMass Boston Gerontology Students Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Association



This is just another example of the passion and commitment of our faculty and students.



The typical college student often spends his or her weekends catching up on reading assignments, conducting research, or writing papers.
 
Yet, a group of UMass Boston students laced up their sneakers on Sunday morning this fall to join the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Greater Boston Walk. The walking team was organized by members of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega, the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology. Fifteen undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members formed a team to raise over $2400 for the cause.
 
According to Assistant Dean for Academic Programs Justin Maher of the McCormack Graduate School, “This is just another example of the passion and commitment of our faculty and students. Although our focus at the McCormack is on social gerontology, our PhD students understand the link between policy, medicine, education, practice, and aging services administration required to give our seniors the best possible services. Kudos to them for this outstanding example of community service.”
 
The honor society has been involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for several years. Ceara Somerville, chapter president and a second-year doctoral student, said, “We will continue to raise money and have a presence at the Boston Alzheimer’s Walk in the future, for the cause is near and dear to our hearts and research interests.”
 
The Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston was founded in 1990.  At the McCormack School, students can enroll in a graduate certificate program or master’s degree, or join the doctoral program that has produced more PhDs in the field than any other university in the world. The College of Public and Community Service offers an online undergraduate certificate in gerontology as well, a program designed as a “Program of Merit” by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education.
 

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