Chris Kyker Memorial Service September 18, 2017

0 Commentsby   |  09.19.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, ACU/PGC History, Announcements, Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

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Chris Kyker’s Birthday, 2016. Pictures, from left, Walter Graham, Chris Kyker, Dr. Tom Winter, Dr. Charlie Pruett

 

Yesterday, Chris Kyker was honored at a memorial service celebrating her life. Paul Rotenberry, 326th District Court Judge officiated the memorial service at the University Church of Christ. Rotenberry noted that although Chris passed away at age 92 years, she actually gave 184 years of servant leadership and service to Abilene, Taylor County, the State of Texas, and the United States.

 

 

 

 

Chris’ son Ricky read Bible verses of special meaning to Chris:  Isaiah 40:28-31 and Philippians 3:13-14.

Isaiah 40:28-31 – (28) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (29) He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (30) Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; (31) but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Philippians 3:13-14– (13) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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Chris’ son Rob, recalled that his mom would remind her five children (and later her grandchildren) that “God gave us all talents as a gift and that the use of our talents is our gift back to God.”

Walter Graham, current speaker of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) recalled Chris’ decades of service to TSHL. During Chris’ tenure, many bills and initiatives helping older adults were enacted such as the Silver Alert protocol that began in Texas under Chris’ leadership and has now expanded across the United States. Chris began the partnership with Abilene’s Pruett Gerontology Center to host the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature Town Hall Meeting in 2014 and 2016. Walter recited one of Chris’ mottos in life from Stephen Grellet:

I will pass through this world but once.  Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.

Stentson Carpenter called to mind Chris’ emphasis on the power of gratitude in her work and family service. Carlos Higgins spoke about the synergy of Chris’ words and deeds and how “she would go out of her way to discover and solve problems” in the community.

Dr. Adam Hester, Director ACU’s Theater program recalled Chris’ mentoring with him and the wise advice and counsel she gave to him on many, many occasions. The scholarship named for Chris and her late husband Rex Kyker, continues to assist theater majors at ACU.

Stan Lambert, Texas State Representative District 71 brought greetings from U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, District 32. Representative Lambert presented a flag flown over the Texas Capitol to Chris’ family. A flag flown over the U.S. Capitol is also on its way to the family. Both Representative Lambert and Dr. Jon Ashby recalled Chris’ extensive public service and servant leadership.

Pruett Gerontology Center was especially grateful to work with the ACU Library Special Collections on the acquisition of the TSHL Archives. Also, just last November, Chris was co-author of the research paper, Civic Participation, Public Sphere Pedagogy, and Blended Learning Produce an Intergenerational Town Hall Meeting. This paper reflected four generations of writers and was presented at the annual Global Learn conference in Washington, DC. https://www.learntechlib.org/d/174017

To be included with those who honor Chris’ life, donations may be made to the Rex and Chris Kyker Endowed Scholarship for the Arts at Abilene Christian University (http://www.acu.edu/giveonline  or 800-588-1514.)

Please take a minute today to remember the great servant leadership of Chris Kyker, re-read the Bible verses she held dear and the motto that guided her life.

Looking Forward to ACU Summit September 17-20

0 Commentsby   |  09.15.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Join the conversation at ACU Summit on Sept. 17-20 (it’s free!) as we discuss ways Christians can come together and care for others. One new feature this year is the Global Refugee Medical Mission experience, an interactive event designed as a small window into the lives of the nearly 65 million refugees in the world today.

Please remember Dr. Pruett’s presentation on Monday, September 18th at 1:30-2:15 p.m., BSB 103

Dr. Pruett’s Session Title and Description: A New Look At The Future Of Ministry With Older Members – Charlie Pruett (Abilene, Texas) ACU’s director of the Pruett Gerontology Center will share insights from twenty-five years advising senior adult ministers. Discussion will include developing a fresh
inter-generational ministry model, facilitating spiritual growth in later life, concepts of ministry with members experiencing Alzheimer’s, and a Q&A session. For more information and the link to the online Summit program, please click here.

Sept. 17-20: 111th Summit. A variety of excellent speakers will tackle this year’s theme, Ancient Scripture, Future Church: The Choices We Make and the God We Serve.” Pre-register online, and don’t forget to download the Summit app.

 

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Happy Grandparents’ Day from PGC

0 Commentsby   |  09.11.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements, Intergenerational Focus

Happy Grandparents’ Day!!

The role of grand-parenting has certainly changed in our history. Take a look at the statistics:

Did You Know:

Number of grandparents in the U.S.    70,000,000                  
Percent of U.S. households lead by grandparents    37 %
Percent of Grandparents that are the primary caregiver to their grandchildren    13 %
Percent of people who became a grandparent in their 50’s    43%
Percent of people who became a grandparent in their 40’s    37%

Also, perceptions of porches and rockers as the primary activity of grandparents are inaccurate. Consider these latest data findings:

Percent of grandparents who use the internet 75 %
Percent of grandparents who use search engines to find information 70 %
Percent of grandparents who shop online 63 %
Percent of grandparents who use Instant message 30 %
Percent of grandparents who share photos online 56 %
Percent of grandparents who bank online 46 %
Percent of grandparents who use a social network like Facebook or Twitter 45 %
Percent of grandparents who still have a full-time or part-time job 60 %
Percent of grandparents who have started their own business 23 %

 

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Reaching new heights: 2% of all grandparents have gone ski diving
Photo Source; MRama, 2015-2016 Images of Aging Photo Contest

 

The Generations United website has a Take Action Guide and Grand Things to Do with ideas on how you can help celebrate and honor grandparents on this today.

You may see these hashtags today in celebration: #DoSomethingGrand, #TakeAGrandie, and #GrandparentsDay.

Be sure to call Grannie and PaPa today to wish them Happy Grandparents’ Day!

 

Statistics Source

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Save The Date Community Block Party

0 Commentsby   |  09.07.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Next Thursday, September 14th from 5:00pm-6:30pm, meet the neighbors within walking distance of ACU.

The invitation jpeg (below) has all the details!

 

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For more information, please contact Lisa, Community Relations Manager Chisholm Place, 325-670-0961 

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ACU Today Online Magazine

0 Commentsby   |  09.06.17  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

ACU introduces an all-new ACU Today online magazine. Robin Saylor Editor. ACU Today online is designed for in-depth storytelling, shareable news updates and relevant conversation about the university all in one place. Take a look by visiting the easy-to-remember URL: acu.today.  Story ideas and/or feedback to may be sent to Robin.

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While You Were Away this Summer: Abilene’s New Mayor !

0 Commentsby   |  09.04.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements

Students: while you were away this summer, Anthony Williams, executive community relations officer for ACU’s Office of Advancement, was sworn in as the new mayor of Abilene. He succeeds Dr. Norman Archibald (’76 M.S.) who holds the distinction as the city’s longest-serving mayor since ACU vice president Dr. Gary D. McCaleb (’64) in 1990-99.

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Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams and Lynette Williams

 

Mayor Anthony Williams and ACU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. William Teague

Mayor Anthony Williams and ACU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. William Teague

 

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Resources for Hurricane Harvey Help

0 Commentsby   |  09.01.17  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

ACU President Dr. Phil Schubert announced that ACU will continue to be in contact with students from the affected areas from Hurricane Harvey and ACU continues to work to find the best ways to help them.

Please keep in mind the following resources are available to ACU students:

  • The Student Opportunities, Advocacy, and Resources (SOAR) program provides students with the necessary support to make difficult situations more manageable in times of emotional and mental distress, academic distress, loss of housing or financial insecurity. SOAR assists with connecting students with appropriate resources.
  • The ACU Counseling Center can help provide emotional support for students.
  • Residence Life also will be determining if students who live on campus need housing during the Thanksgiving holiday.

There are also a number of ways to give back to those in need. Here are just a few examples:

  • The ACU Alumni Association and the University Relations team have been reaching out to fellow Wildcats and their families who have been affected by the storm. Information is available in the Wildcats Helping Wildcats Facebook group.
  • Global Samaritan Resources, an Abilene-based Christian humanitarian aid organization, is accepting donations to provide direct support. A list of other churches and organizations providing resources is available on ACU’s main Facebook page.
  • ACU’s Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service is in the process of developing service trip opportunities for students to serve alongside local churches in the affected areas. We will provide information when it becomes available.

Also, individual departments and student groups are coming together in amazing ways to help. Thank you!

Let’s continue to lift up in prayer all of those in need right now. Dr. Schubert said, “the road to recovery will not be an easy one, but we serve a faithful God who will see us through.”

 

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Back to School at ACU! Welcome from the Pruett Gerontology Center!

0 Commentsby   |  08.29.17  |  ACU/PGC History, Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Welcome back to ACU! If you attended chapel yesterday, you were blessed with the energetic attendance, the music, the parade of flags, the happy faces, your administration and faculty, and the positive and affirming message from Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College. Watch it here

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Dr. Sorrell’s message of inclusivness included this uplifting advice regarding leadership that bears repeating here:

Leading means that our Next is better than our Now
~ Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

Have an energetic and positive beginning to your school year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GERO Courses and Dr. Pruett’s Courses for Fall, 2017

0 Commentsby   |  08.25.17  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

The campus is getting ready and we are eagerly awaiting your return to campus!!!

Here are the GERO courses offered this fall that will count toward the Minor in Aging Studies:

GERO: T 3:00pm-5:50pm Adult Development and Aging – 10503 – GERO 352 – 01 Room 103, Dr. Pruett
Adult Development and Aging – 10503 – GERO 552 – 01 Room 103, Dr. Pruett

GERO 495 – Gerontology Practicum, Dr. Pruett

Programs & Services For Elderly – 11363 – GERO 479 – 01 Tuesdays 3:00pm-5:50pm, Sherrod 210, Lori Ann Chrane

Dr. Pruett is also teaching two Sociology courses in Fall, 2017!

SOCI: MWF- 10:00am- 11:00am– SOCI 111.01 Introduction to Sociology Room 103

SOCI: Thursday- 3:00pm-5:50pm– SOCI 111.02 Introduction to Sociology Room 103

Please contact your advisor for scheduling and more information.

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Save the Date for Dr. Pruett’s Summit Session: September 18, 2017

0 Commentsby   |  08.22.17  |  #PGCACU. Pruett Gerontology Center, Announcements, Intergenerational Focus

SchedulingA New Look At The Future Of Ministry With Older Members – Monday, September 18th1:30-2:15 p.m., BSB 103 Charlie Pruett (Abilene, Texas) ACU’s director of the Pruett Gerontology Center will share insights from twenty-five years advising senior adult ministers. Discussion will include developing a fresh inter-generational ministry model, facilitating spiritual growth in later life, concepts of ministry with members experiencing Alzheimer’s, and a Q&A session. For more information and the link to the online Summit program, please click here.

Sept. 17-20: 111th Summit. A variety of excellent speakers will tackle this year’s theme, Ancient Scripture, Future Church: The Choices We Make and the God We Serve.” Pre-register online, and don’t forget to download the app

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