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April 22, 2002
CONTACT: Paul Roodin, 312-2151
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego, along with colleges and universities throughout the country, joined the Association for Gerontology national campaign National Careers in Aging Week, April 8 to 12.
The Offices of Experienced-Based Education and Career Services hosted a panel discussion and presentation, "Careers in Aging Week," on April 9 in Hewitt Union. A panel of local health care professionals and volunteers who work with the elderly talked about their duties and rewarding aspects of their jobs. Students had the opportunity to sign up for job shadowing with professionals.
Paul Roodin, director of experience-based education and a psychology professor, received an $8,000 joint grant from the National Corporation for Service and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education to support the Aging Week events.
SUNY Oswego began this spring as a Regional Service Learning Dissemination Center in Gerontology, one of just seven nationwide. Roodin worked on the idea of the center for three years and was awarded $30,000 in grants to support the work of faculty and administrators to develop learning services for gerontology on campus.
The center gives Oswego students from all departments the opportunity to earn up to three credits for 20 hours a semester at any 46 placements to visit, socialize and interact with the elderly. With the cooperation of 14 professors, 12 courses link up to this program.
Roodin said this program is significant in that undergraduates are getting involved within the community, learning how to act, when to act and why action, like volunteering, is important.
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