Make Plans to See Angels Perch

0 Commentsby   |  10.22.14  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter will partner with the West Texas Rehabilitation Center to present a screening of the independent feature film Angel’s Perch.  The program is scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room at WTRC in Abilene.
Angel’s Perch examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss, as depicted by a family struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.  It is the story of Jack, a successful young architect living in Pittsburgh, who must make the trip to his tiny hometown of Cass, West Virginia, to move his grandmother into an assisted-care facility after she is found wandering outside her home. But what was intended to be a two day, under-the-radar trip becomes more complicated when Jack is unable to move her into an assisted living facility nearby.  Torn between the career opportunity of a lifetime, caring for his last living relative and running from his own painful memories, Jack is forced to choose between standing still or facing the pain of his past, so that he can finally move forward in his life.

The screening of Angel’s Perch will be followed by a discussion moderated by Howard Gruetzner, M.Ed, LPC. Mr. Gruetzner is Family Care and Education Specialist for the Waco Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association and author of the widely-read Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook.


For more information or to register, please contact Mindy Bannister at the Abilene Regional Office at 325-672-2907 or 800-272-3900.



PGC Closed Friday for Fall Break

0 Commentsby   |  10.15.14  |  Announcements


Fall Break is October 24 – October 26~~~Pruett Gerontology Center will be closed on Friday, October 16th.

Note: Dr. Pruett’s Adult Development & Aging Class will not meet on October 16th

Please travel safely




Gerontology Course Offerings for Spring 2015

0 Commentsby   |  10.14.14  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Spring 2015 Gerontology Courses available for Spring registration are:

Aging and the Family-21164-FAM 454
Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 pm-1:20pm-Dr. Wages

Physical Activity and Aging – 21085 – KINE 475 – 01
Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 10:00 – 10:50 am

Social Research – 21173 – SOCI 415 – 02
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 – 9:20 am Dr. Mac

Social Research – 20602 – SOCI 415 – 01
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 – 10:50 am Dr. Mac

Sociology of Aging – 21171 – SOCI 350 – 01
Thursday 3:00 – 5:50 pm Dr. Pruett

Sociology of Aging 21383 – GERO 350 – 01
Thursday 3:00 – 5:50 pm Dr. Pruett

Practicum in Gerontology – 21382 – GERO 495 – 01
TBA Dr. Pruett


Click this link for information on registration due dates and steps


Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

0 Commentsby   |  10.07.14  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

It is Too Hot to Cook!!! Just us for Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Benefiting ACU’s Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Northside Chick-fil-A – 1750 State Highway 351, Abilene. Please remember to tell your cashier you are there supporting SOTA!

10% of the profit raised will go towards sending OT students to the Texas Occupational Therapists Conference



PGC Students Participate in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

0 Commentsby   |  09.22.14  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Abilene on Saturday, September 19th and PGC students and their family and friends joined hundreds of Abilene residents who participated.PGC wishes to thank students Kaitlyn Bluford, Elaine Sullivan, Misty and Ephraim Schoephoerster, Stacia Long, Adelaide Rich, Lynn Fitzgerald, Jamie Gonzalez, and Mallory Wilkins.

Senior Mallory Wilkins described the day as a fun way to help a worthy cause, “From the warm-up exercises led by a dance tea to the Elvis impersonator performer, everyone that  attended had a blast!”

The walk’s goal was to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia.

“One of the most touching scenes was that of each person carrying a flower pinwheel, each sporting a different color and meaning. Orange stood for a person supporting the cause, yellow for a person taking care of another with Alzheimer’s, purple for someone who had lost a loved one due to Alzheimer’s, and blue for someone who has Alzheimer’s,” recalled Wilkins.

At the end of the two-mile walk, each person planted their flower into the ground, creating a “garden” of hope and remembrance for those with Alzheimer’s. It was a beautiful and touching illustration. The day was gorgeous and cool; a perfect day for a walk in the park with the perfect common goal: to put an end to Alzheimer’s disease.



ACU student Mallory Wilkins, one of the PGC student associates, and her two youngest siblings,         (l to r) Cash and Clara.

If you would like to contribute, please visit the Pruett Gerontology Team Page.





PGC on the Road at the Family and Professional Caregiver Symposium

0 Commentsby   |  09.12.14  |  Announcements

Four in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member as more people develop chronic illnesses and the population ages, a new study has found. (Huffington Post). Yesterday, the Area Agency on Aging of West Central Texas hosted the Family and Professional Caregiver Symposium at Southern Hills Church of Christ. The event presented information, uplifting messages from professional speakers, and networking opportunities. Many thanks to Event Organizer Carrie Fritz and Keynote Speaker Kelly Moore, pictured at the Pruett Gerontology Booth at the event.

Family and Professional Caregiver Symposium




In Remembrance…

0 Commentsby   |  09.11.14  |  News

You may notice that flags at ACU are flying at half-staff  today Thursday, from sunrise to sunset in remembrance of the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Today marks the 13-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in suburban Pennsylvania. Patriot Day serves as a remembrance of the lives lost on that September morning.

Photo by NYC photographer Richard Nesbit.

Used with permission from Richard Nesbit




Super News to Share!

0 Commentsby   |  09.10.14  |  News

U.S. News and World Report just named ACU among one of only two up-and-coming universities and also one of the best colleges for veterans.

Click on the ACU logo to see a 1-minute message!!

in the news

Click on the wildcat logo! Video Source:




Lit, Wit and Lunch! Welcome to the Language and Lit Department

0 Commentsby   |  09.09.14  |  News

Walt Whitman and Christopher Columbus. Leo Tolstoy and Margaret Thatcher. All will figuratively walk the halls of Hardin Administration building as the Language and Lit Department has moved to new digs environs on the 2nd floor.*

Yesterday, a welcome lunch in the PGC Conference Room greeted the Language and Lit Department.  Creatively styled as Lit, Wit & Lunch, over 50 colleagues gathered to eat, meet, and greet! (No nouns, verbs or prepositions were injured in the conversations!)

Before Lunch

Student Associate Addie prepares for our Lit, Wit, and Lunch.


September 8 luncheon

Lit, Wit & Lunch! Welcome Language and Lit Department!

Thank you to event sponsors, Dr. Pruett and Dr. Coates.



*This post corrected by an English prof.

Pictures taken by Addie Rich

Meet Our PGC Student Associates!

0 Commentsby   |  09.04.14  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Once again, PGC has a great group of student associates at work each day. Each student is also a member of our gerontology certification program.

Here are brief introductions to our wonderful group!!


JulieHilliardPGC My name is Julie (Reeger) Hilliard and I am from Lubbock, Texas. I graduated with a degree in Speech-language pathology from ACU and am currently in my second year of graduate school at ACU for Speech pathology.  My parents are Keith and Dana Reeger, both alumni of ACC (Abilene Christian College) and living in Lubbock.  This summer, I did an internship in Lubbock at Covenant Neuroscience Clinic and got married to Spencer Hilliard, who also graduated from ACU.  After graduation, my husband and I plan to move to Midland, his hometown, to work and be closer to family.



Hello! My name is Mallory and I am the youngest daughter to Karen and Bill Wilkins. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but I grew up in Clyde, Texas, about 20 minutes away from here. I attended Abilene Christian Schools from elementary through graduation. I am a Speech Pathology major with a minor in English and a certificate in Gerontology. I went on my second study abroad trip this past summer to Montevideo, Uruguay, did my Gerontology Practicum at Wisteria Place, and visited my grandparents in Alaska and went fishing for salmon.



Hi, I’m Addie and I am a Speech Pathology major here at ACU. I am from Boerne Texas, and I live there during my breaks with my wonderful family. My parents names are Alan, and Janice Rich. I also have a little brother who is 13, named Rivers. As a family we have two dogs, Blue and Lincoln, and two cats, Brownie and Sapphire. My favorite thing to do is kayak down any river, or body of water. This summer my family and I went on a road trip to 14 states in 14 days. This adventure included climbing into cold caves, gold mining, standing in four states at one time, learning about different cultures, and my favorite, riding in a hot air balloon!




My name is Ashley and I am Junior at ACU. I am majoring in Speech Pathology and getting a certificate in Gerontology. I was born and raised in Spring, Texas,  located just outside of Houston. I am the oldest daughter of Rodney and Melinda Bryan. I have a younger sister, Krista, who just started her first year of High School. We have three large fur babies named Jenna, Ginger, and Piper. Some of my favorite things include reading, writing, museums, and travel.