Volume 38, Number 2                                                      Fall 2015
AGHE President
Named Dean

AGHE's President, Donna L. Wagner, Ph.D., has been  named dean of the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services. She served as the interim dean for the college since Aug. 1, 2014. Read more about Dr. Wagner and her new appointment here.
Why Talk About Death?
Donna Wagner, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University

Talking about death and end of life issues is probably the last thing most people are interested in doing. Many believe that it's sad, morbid and unpleasant. Perhaps that's why we have developed so many euphemisms for death: "He passed," "She is no longer with us," "he ate the banana," "kicked the bucket" or "crossed over." No matter what your preferred term may be, it is likely seen as more palatable and acceptable than using the "d" word.
At the recent health symposium on the topic of death convened by the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University, Gail Rubin, who organized the death café during our lunch, reminded the audience of this important fact: "Talking about sex won't make you pregnant and talking about death won't make you dead."
AGHE Connect is a professional networking tool designed to connect members and share ideas across interest areas. AGHE Connect provides access to useful resources, valuable discussions, and a collaborative space for all.  Click on this link and login to get started.  View the AGHE Connect Introduction Materials for information on Getting Started and Frequently Asked Questions. This is a members only benefit.
New Student Recruitment Resource
Are you looking to recruit students to your gerontology or geriatrics program?  Don't have time to create recruitment materials from scratch?  AGHE's Academic Program Development Committee is pleased to share a new resource to aid in recruitment efforts. Why Aging Matters is an up-to-date PowerPoint presentation regarding why to study aging, what career options are available, and what educational paths are possible.  You can tweak the PowerPoint to fit your program's needs and to include additional, relevant information.  We hope this tool serves as a useful resource to help promote the field of aging studies.
Don't Miss AGHE's 42nd Annual Meeting & Educational Leadership Conference, 
March 3-6, 2016  

AGHE in Long Beach!

Located in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort. Discover diverse hotels, world-class attractions, cutting-edge museums, award-winning restaurants and a thriving, multi-faceted arts and culture scene. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, with 5.5 miles of sandy beach front, plus miles of inland bays and waterways, Long Beach basks in the warm glow from our year-round California sun. -Long Beach Visitor's Bureau

Meeting Details
  • Abstract notifications were sent in August
  • Presentation details will be emailed in October
  • Online registration will open in early November
  • The Exhibitors prospectus is available here. Please consider supporting the meeting by exhibiting and/or advertising in the program book. We also have opportunities for sponsorship that not only benefit your organization but AGHE as well!
  • The Preliminary Program will be available in early November and will include information about registration, housing, and other important details including volunteer opportunities!
Opening and Closing Sessions
The Opening Session will feature clips from "Still Dreaming", a documentary that is filmed at the Lillian Booth Actor's Home in New Jersey.  A portion of the film will be viewed followed by a panel discussion that includes the film making team, Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller and the director of EngAGE, Tim Carpenter, and others who will interact with the audience around themes of artistic endeavors,  images of aging and the continuity of one's life work.
For our Closing Session, we will welcome Fernando Torres-Gil, former Assistant Secretary on Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Professor of Social Welfare, Professor of Public Policy, and Director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at UCLA. Dr. Torres-Gil, a highly-respected scholar in gerontology and public policy, will speak about the legacy of our gerontological perspective and our collective future.

Mentoring with AGHE Fellows The meeting will offer a number of great networking and learning opportunities for students and emerging faculty. One such opportunity includes the session, Mentoring with AGHE Fellows. This event offers an informal networking session where participating AGHE Fellows host tables as mentors to give advice to students and emerging faculty. Mentors will be there to answer questions on a wide spectrum of topics related to career development in gerontology, including preparing for the job search and interviews, maintaining research and publications, curriculum development, community engagement, and more. Sign up for guidance and discussion of your career and future goals with established AGHE Fellows.

Special Event - Long Beach Scenic Cruise
Enjoy a night exploring the beautiful shores of Long Beach by joining your colleagues on a scenic 2-hour long cruise. Chartered by Spirit Cruises, the cruise will traverse the banks of Long Beach, passing by unique landmarks like the historic Queen Mary and the Alamitos Bay area. Includes a full buffet with complimentary margaritas as well as soft drinks, coffee, and a cash bar. Please note, the cruise ship may not be accessible to all. If you have any mobility limitations, please reach out to meetings@aghe.org to see if the ship can accommodate your needs.

We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach for an amazing meeting filled with fun, friends, and as always, innovative scholarship around gerontology in higher education.

Calling For Your Contributions! 

Resource Book of Best-Practice Activities 
The Academic Program Development Committee of AGHE is working to create a resource book of best-practice activities for gerontology, geriatrics, and aging-studies instructors to use in their classrooms, community engagement/service-learning projects, and internship/practical experience courses.

We want to include your successful, original activity ideas!  To submit an activity for consideration, please complete this form, and provide a detailed description (for multiple activities, please submit each in a separate form).

Please submit your activities by October 30, 2015. Submissions will be blinded for peer review. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Kruger at tina.kruger@indstate.edu

Gerontology Faculty Survey on Aging and Disability  
Please consider participating in a survey of faculty members who teach courses on aging, old, age, and related topics. The survey aims to document the extent to which, and how, instructors are incorporating disability studies perspectives into their courses. Please consider responding even if you do not teach about disability and/or do not incorporate disability studies perspectives into your courses. You can complete the survey anonymously here. If you have questions or prefer to conduct the survey over the phone, please contact Hailee Gibbons at hgibbo2@uic.edu. Click here to read more about the study and its background. 
Teaching & Learning Resources
Editor's Choice Article Collection from Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Lookin g for articles on curriculum development, ways to engage students in gerontology, innovative teaching tools, or academic program development? These articles were selected by Dr. Judy Howe, Editor of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, as papers making significant new contributions to the field of gerontology and geriatrics education. Routledge Journals is pleased to offer free access to these selected articles, which are available to read and download until December 31, 2015. View article titles and download, read, share, and cite these articles today.

Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, the official journal of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, is a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the exchange of information related to research, curriculum development, course and program evaluation, classroom and practice innovation, and other topics with educational implications for gerontology and geriatrics. It is designed to appeal to a broad range of readers, including faculty, students, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers and is dedicated to disseminating cutting edge and evidence-based knowledge in the field of gerontology and geriatrics education.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education is an indispensable resource for those wishing to stay informed about critical education issues related to aging and the aged. The articles in this highly regarded journal:
  • Report innovations in teaching and training programs in gerontology and geriatrics at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, and in continuing education, paraprofessional, and public education programs;
  • Discuss issues, methods, and materials in the training and supervision of gerontology and geriatrics educators, researchers, and practitioners in all settings, including academe and practice settings;
  • Explore new roles for gerontology and geriatrics educators in community, health care, academic, policy, and corporate settings;
  • Communicate new methods for developing gerontology and geriatrics educational programs in academic, health care, corporate, and applied settings-and new approaches for supporting such educational programs.         
Peer Review Policy: All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two peers.  
AGHE Membership Committee Update 
Pamela Pitman Brown, PhD, CPG 
Assistant Professor of Gerontology & Gerontology Program Coordinator, Winston-Salem State University
Chair, AGHE Membership Committee

The Membership Committee has been hard at work during the summer! First, let me take the time to thank Dr. Lynn Hodgson for all of her hard work on the Membership Committee! I would also like to thank the new/continuing members of the committee, for their hard work with Lynn and also for agreeing to assist with the committee's leadership transition! When you see one of the committee members please thank them for their service. This is a behind the scenes job, but a very important and necessary one for AGHE! Thanks, Elizabeth Bergman, Pamela Elfenbein, Christine Fruhauf, Lorna Guse, Amy Hosier, Gayle Hudgins, Elaine Jurkowski, Alice McDonnell, Tom Pierce, Melissa Powers, Julie Siefert, Colleen Bennett, and Kelly Fitzgerald.

Hats off to the following institutions that have renewed their AGHE membership for 2015-2016! Thanks for your continued support of AGHE! Please check your mail or email for payment information! I hope that no one's reminder or invoice was misplaced during the summer! Please let me, Angela Baker, or Kristen Anzaldi know if you are in need of another invoice!

Educational/Organizational Affiliates: Arapahoe Community College; Geriatric Education Center of Michigan; Meharry Medical College; University of Montana; National Association for Professional Gerontologists; Archstone Foundation; Chaffey College; Benjamin Rose Institute; University of Alaska Anchorage

Two Year Colleges: Mid-State Technical College; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Portland Community College; American River College; Harrisburg Area Community College

Four Year Colleges: McDaniel College; Rhode Island College; Keuka College; Concordia University-NE; Ithaca College; Lasell College; Molloy College; Oswego State University; SUNY-College of Oneonta; Touro College; Utica College; York College of Pennsylvania; Alfred University; Our Lady of the Lake College; Huntington University; Odisee University College; Stockton University

Universities: Appalachian State University; Baylor University; Bowling Green State University; California State University-Fullerton; California State University-Sacramento; Coastal Carolina University; Colorado State University; Concordia University Chicago; Cornell University; Duke University; Eastern Michigan University; Fontys University of Applied Sciences; Georgia State University; Indiana State University; Indiana University; Kansas State University; Kennesaw State University; Lincoln Memorial University; Lindenwood University; Madonna University; Marylhurst University; Metropolitan State University of Denver; Miami University; Minnesota State University; Missouri State University; New Mexico State University; Oregon State University; Portland State University; Quinnipiac University; San Francisco State University; Slippery Rock University; South Dakota State University; Swansea University; The Ohio State University; The University of Iowa; Towson University; University of Central Oklahoma; University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; University of Illinois; University of Kentucky; University of Louisiana; University of Manitoba; University of Massachusetts-Boston; University of Nebraska Omaha; University of New England; University of North Carolina Wilmington; University of North Georgia; University of Northern Colorado; University of Pittsburgh; University of Puerto Rico; University of Rhode Island; University of South Florida; University of Southern Indiana; University of Utah; University of Washington; Virginia Commonwealth University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Washington University in St. Louis; West Chester University Pennsylvania; Western Kentucky University; Western Michigan University
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