The Gerontology Institute's Annual Spring Award Ceremony and Picnic was held May 13, 2004 at the Indian Creek Recreation Area. During an evening of fun, fellowship, and celebration students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the institute were recognized for their accomplishments.
Certificates in Gerontology were awarded to three undergraduate students, Shamola Greene, Sociology; Shirley Gomez, Sociology; and Brent Potter, Social Work. Dr. Frank Whittington, Director of the Gerontology Institute, commended these students for successfully completing their programs of study and thanked their families and friends for their support.
The institute's annual award presentations were made by Dr. Jaye Atkinson, Associate Professor of Communication. The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award was given to Chivon Mingo who earned her certificate in December and is currently pursuing a master's in gerontology at the University of South Florida. The Distinguished Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Mary Ball, Director of Research of the Gerontology Institute, for successfully advancing the institute's research endeavors during the last decade. Patrice Earnest, Resource Development Coordinator for Atlanta Regional Commission's Aging Services and immediate Past President of the Gerontology Alumni Club was recognized as this year's Distinguished Alumni for sustained efforts to increase knowledge and awareness of aging resources and services. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Martha Eaves for her advocacy efforts on behalf of older people and for many years of dedicated service helping state legislators understand aging concerns and issues.