The Images of Aging Photo Contest progresses through Spring Break. Our contest will end March 17, 2013. Click the picture below to see our announcement movie (takes a few seconds to load).
Complete rules and information is available at the Images of Aging blog.
Here are the handouts for Dr. Charlie Pruett’s presentation, “Teaching an Introduction to Gerontology Course in an Intergenerational Setting.” Please leave a comment here or email us if you would like more information about this presentation.
QR Code for the Using the Sociological Imagination, February 27 Class Activity Handout for Students in Dr. Pruett’s Introduction To Sociology Course. (This is the handout emailed to you by Dr. Pruett)
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Using the Sociological Imagination
Feb 27 Class Activity
Instructions: Time to open your tool box! As you view the PBS video, “People Like Us,” use your sociological imagination to answer the questions below. This is a class activity for which you will receive a grade. The completed questions are to be brought with you to class, next week, March 4. We will use them in class discussion. After the discussion next week, you will submit them to Dr Pruett.
Introduction- While watching the “Introduction” what material symbols and non-material symbols are used to identify social class?
Vinegar Tour – Name a few status symbols in “Joe Queenan Balsamic Vinegar Tour” and give their cultural meaning.
Trouble with Tofu – Describe the class conflict in the section “The Trouble with Tofu.” In your opinion, what is the underlying issue causing the conflict?
Bourgeois Blues – Identify the conflict/issue in the segment “Bourgeois Blues.” What was the cultural meaning of being called “Bourgeois?”
Tammy’s Story – While watching “Tammy’s Story” :
What does it mean to be at the bottom of society?
Did Tammy have dreams for herself? If so What?
Name a few status symbols used by Tammy and her older son.
Summary Question: After watching the “People Like Us” video, in your opinion, what factors contribute to social class?
Note: Here is a link to the video, People Like Us on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATcF3BInt_w
Travel remains the key word this week at the Pruett Gerontology Center. Dr. Pruett will travel to Denver, Colorado to speak at the 40th Annual Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference convention. This is the premier national forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatrics education. Educators, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and students share their experiences, expertise, and innovations regarding teaching and learning about aging and older persons.
Dr. Pruett’s presentation is “Teaching an Introduction to Gerontology Course in an Intergenerational Setting.” See tomorrow’s post for more information on Dr. Pruett’s session. Previous conference themes include: Waves of Change: Charting the Course for Gerontology and Geriatrics Education , Engaging Aging in Higher Education, Living the Old Age We Imagine: Higher Education In An Aging Society, and Deep in the Heart of Aging: Promoting Health Futures through Education and Training
Travel is the key word at the Pruett Gerontology Center. Gero Student and PGC Student Associate Laura Baxter will be attending the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association‘s Annual Convention in Houston at the end of this week.
Known as “TSHA” to speech-language pathologists (SLPs), audiologists, and students in the field, the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association seeks to empower SLPs and audiologists in the spirit of partnership with consumers and families. More than 4,500 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, consumers, and speakers from Texas and are expected to attend.
The Annual Convention serves as an exchange of ideas, information, and technology related to speech-language pathology, audiology, special education, and related disciplines. The keynote speaker, Dr. Brené Brown, will be speaking on “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love and Lead.”
Conference description taken from: http://www.txsha.org/convention/convention_2014.aspx
On this day, February 22, 1976, the ACU Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change the name of Abilene Christian College to Abilene Christian University.
Happy University Designation Birthday, ACU!
Pruett Gerontology Center is thrilled to share this video with an historic gift announcement which will benefit our campus. Abilene Christian University has received $55 million from three donors — including the largest gift in university history — to begin a series of construction projects that will transform the campus in a way not seen for nearly 50 years. The gifts kick off “Vision in Action,” a $75 million initiative that will result in three new facilities for the university’s distinctive science programs and two new on-campus stadiums for its football, track and field, and soccer programs.
Please click on the 21st Century Vision photo to see the video announcement.
Be sure to check out acu.edu/vision-in-action for more information about each project, including timelines.
Pruett Gerontology Center offices will be open today on President’s Day. ACU classes follow their regular schedule as well.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s words on President’s Day, 1944 are important today. Although the US population now stands at over 330 million in 50 states, the ability to honor the wisdom and sacrifice of our US Presidents and their families remain.
There is one good reason for paying homage to our leaders of the past — it makes us remember our history and it gives us courage to face the present. If the people of those 13 states could surmount their difficulties, surely our more than 130,000,000 people in 48 states can meet theirs. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Both Laura Baxter and Mackenzie Webb from our Pruett Gerontology Office are singing in ACU Sing Song this weekend. As a rich Abilene Christian University tradition since 1956, with Bill Teague as first host and Bob Hunter as creative genius, approximately one-third of ACU’s student body participates in Sing Song each year. A top men’s social club, women’s social club and mixed voices group are crowned for having the best song medley.
See a highlight reel from the 2011 55th annual Sing Song archives by clicking on the picture!
Congratulations Laura and Mackenzie!
Have a favorite Sing Song memory? Leave it with us in the Comment section!