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2005 Awards Ceremony Honors Graduates


The Gerontology Institute's spring award ceremony and annual picnic was held May 11 at Indian Creek Recreation Area. The event honored spring semester graduates of the gerontology certificate programs and the recipients of the Institute's annual outstanding student, faculty, alumni, and service awards.

Dr. Frank Whittington, Gerontology Institute Director awarded Graduate Certificates in Gerontology to Michael Lepore, Marcy Meyers, Taiye Olubuyide, and Angella Samuels. Michael, a doctoral student in Sociology, continues his studies at GSU, while both Taiye and Angella graduated this semester with a M.S. in Nursing. Marcy holds a M.S. in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

The annual award presentations were made by Dr. Mary Ball, Gerontology Institute Director of Research. Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards were given to Lola Herring and Laurie Muir, and Michael Lepore was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student. The Distinguished Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Elisabeth Burgess, Associate Professor of Sociology, for her many contributions to the gerontology programs in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Ginny Helms, Vice President for Chapter Services and Public Policy for the Greater Georgia Alzheimer's Association, was recognized as this year's Distinguished Alumni. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Becky Kurtz, Georgia's State Ombudsman, for her sustained and successful efforts to improve the lives of long-term care residents.

The ceremony concluded with the recognition of students awarded scholarships during the academic year as follows:
Anne M. Eaton Scholarship - Yvette Nurse
Catherine B. Healey Scholarship - DaVette Taylor Harris
Fulton County Gerontology Scholarships - Karen Armstrong, Laura Haynie, DeVette Taylor-Harris
Gerontology Alumni Scholarship - Marcy Meyers
Allen and Eleanor Hollingsworth Scholarship - Staci Bolton
Charles and Catherine B. Rice Scholarship - Nancy Murray