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Nov. 6, 2002
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego senior Amanda Torre has earned the Robert A. Famighetti Award from the Committee of the Society on Aging in New Jersey for brightening the days of Oswego-area nursing home residents.
Torre, a human development major from Candor, was asked to attend the group's conference Nov. 6 in New Jersey to offer a presentation on her work with the Adopt-a-Grandparent program at SUNY Oswego. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship as part of the award.
Torre is in her third year of coordinating the Adopt-a-Grandparent program, which features student volunteers visiting one of a rotation of four local nursing homes each week to present group activities such as craftmaking or holiday-themed parties.
She said that an average of 10 to 15 students participate in any given session and that the program recently received an $1,800 grant from St. Luke Health Services for activity funding.
Students in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were eligible for the award. Virginia Gregg, assistant professor of psychology at SUNY Oswego, said Torre was the unanimous choice.
"Amanda Torre has had an important influence on our college community and the Oswego area elder community," Gregg wrote in her recommendation. "I am impressed with her dedication to the aging population and her ability to involve other college students in volunteering."
Having studied such issues as human development, aging and gerontology at Oswego, Torre said she hopes to stay in the field.
"I'm planning to go to graduate school for a master's in social work, hopefully with a certificate in gerontology," she said.
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