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!!

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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.

















PGC Office Open on Labor Day

0 Commentsby   |  09.01.14  |  Announcements

PGCLogoHow did your first week progress? As you attended to your classes and met your teachers, read your syllabus, and learned of the learning opportunities ahead, it all may have seemed a bit overwhelming.

Consider your fellow students back in early days of ACU. They went to school on Saturdays! Yes, Saturdays! It wasn’t until 1972 that Saturday classes were replaced by a five-day week, with the first classes beginning at 7:30am!

The tradition of attending class on Labor Day does continue however.

Remember, unless directed by your professor, classes will meet on Monday, Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

Your Pruett Gerontology Offices will be open as well.


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An Opportunity to Make Someone’s Life Better!

0 Commentsby   |  08.28.14  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Studying Gerontology gives you the opportunity to make someone’s life better!

Studying Gerontology gives you the opportunity to make someone's life better!

Because of the rapid growth of the aging community, a certificate in Gerontology is a great add-on for any major. Even if you are undecided about working with the population of older adults, you will find relating to older friends and family more natural and rewarding as a result of your studies in the Gerontology department. The ACU Pruett Gerontology Certificate encompasses 15 hours which includes 9 hours of required classes and 6 hours of electives. There is a practicum tailored to the GERO student’s interests and future career goals. A minor in Aging Studies is also on the horizon!

Come by the PGC office (Admin 118) to learn more!!



Gerontology Department Program Statement

Picture Source~~”Time Spent” by Liz McClellan, courtesy of the PGC Images of Aging Photo Contest

Welcome Back to Campus!

0 Commentsby   |  08.25.14  |  GERO Student Focus


Pruett Gerontology Center welcomes you back to campus!



National Senior Citizens Day: Have you Hugged an Older Adult Today?

0 Commentsby   |  08.21.14  |  Announcements, News

Today is National Senior Citizens’ Day!! Today we celebrate folks who are part of the fastest-growing demographic in the world! In 1988 President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day.

“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older…Older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation” ~President Ronald Reagan

Did you know:

  • Adults above the age of 55 represent 65% of all “early adopters” of technology tools.
  • Almost 80% of all senior citizens vote in a presidential election compared to 50% of other age groups.
  • See the Congressional Proclamation of National Senior Citizens Day from the Holiday Insights blog

national senior citizens day

National Senior Citizens’ Day is an observance in the United States, not a federal holiday, but that’s no reason not to celebrate!