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For Immediate Release
February 22, 2011

Contact: Todd Kluss
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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Honors New Officers, Awardees

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) — the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America — is proud to announce its newest elected officers and the recipients of its 2011 awards.

The installation of the officers and presentation of the awards will occur at AGHE’s 37th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from March 17 to 20 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH. This event provides a forum for professionals in the field of aging to present their work and share ideas about gerontological and geriatric education and training. Visit www.aghe.org for complete details.

Officers
These individuals are responsible for matters of governance and strategic planning for the organization.

President-Elect
Janet Frank, DrPH, University of California, Los Angeles

Treasurer
Kathryn Hyer, PhD, University of South Florida

Members at Large
Thomas Teasdale, DrPH, University of Oklahoma
Laura Donorfio, PhD, University of Connecticut

Awardees
Clark Tibbitts Award
Presented to Edward F. Ansello, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University.
This award was established in 1980 to recognize individuals who and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement gerontology as a field of study in institutions of higher education.

Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award
Presented to Dena Shenk, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
This award, named for an outstanding mentor in gerontology, is given to an individual who has contributed to gerontological education through excellence in mentorship to students, faculty, and administrators.

Distinguished Faculty Award
Presented to Eleanor Covan, PhD, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Mary B. Ligon, PhD, York College of Pennsylvania.
This award recognizes persons whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, of impact, or any combination thereof.

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition
Presented to Betty D. Dodson, PhD, University of Nevada Reno; Lisa Groger, PhD, Miami University of Ohio; John A. Krout, PhD, Ithaca College; and Betsy M. Sprouse, PhD, AARP.
This award honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired. Recipients are individuals who have been actively involved in AGHE through service on committees, as elected officers, and/or have provided leadership in one of AGHE’s grant-funded projects.

Part-Time Faculty Recognition
Presented to Charlotte Paolini, DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
This award formally recognizes the contributions of part-time and/or adjunct faculty for their contributions to gerontological education at an AGHE member institution.

David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award
Presented to Noell Rowan, PhD, University of Louisville; Patricia D. Gillette, PT, PhD, Bellarmine University; Anna C. Faul, PhD, University of Louisville; Pamela A. Yankeelov, PhD, University of Louisville; Kevin W. Borders, PhD, MSSW, MDiv, Spalding University; Stacy Deck, PhD, MSSW, University of Louisville; Lori D. Nicholas, MSW, University of Louisville; and Mark Wiegand, PT, PhD, Bellarmine University, for the article “Innovative Interdisciplinary Training in and Delivery of Evidence-Based Geriatric Services: Creating a Bridge with Social Work and Physical Therapy.” Honorable mention is given Paul T. Stolee, PhD, University of Waterloo; Carrie A. Mcainey, PhD, McMaster University; Loretta M. Hillier, MA, St. Joseph's Healthcare London; Diane Harris, Diane Harris and Associates; Pam Hamilton, Providence Continuing Care Centre; Linda Kessler, RN, BScN, BA, MHSc, Providence Continuing Care Centre; Victoria Madsen, MA, St. Joseph's Health Care Hamilton; and J. Kenneth Le Clair, MD, FRCPC, Queens University, for the article “Sustained Transfer of Knowledge to Practice in Long-Term Care:  Facilitators and Barriers of a Mental Health Learning Initiative.”
The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE’s official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. AGHE seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policy makers. It is currently the only institutional member organization dedicated to gerontology and geriatrics education worldwide.

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Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition

Presented to C. Joanne Grabinski, PhD, Eastern Michigan University, and Mary Alice Wolf, PhD, Saint Joseph University.

This award honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired. Recipients are individuals who have been actively involved in AGHE through service on committees, as elected officers, and/or have provided leadership in one of AGHE’s grant-funded projects.

Administrative Leadership Award

Presented to Tammy M. Bray, PhD, Oregon State University

This award honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology or geriatrics education.

David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award

Presented to Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston; Elizabeth Johns, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Judith A. Griffin, MA, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston, for the article “Students Explore Livable Communities.” Honorable mention is given to Emily J. Robbins, MS, Miami University; Jennifer M. Kinney, PhD, Miami University; and Cary S. Kart, PhD, Miami University, for the article “Promoting Active Engagement in Health Research: Lessons Learned from an Undergraduate Gerontology Capstone Course.”

The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE’s official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Graduate Student Paper Award

Presented to Deborah Gray, MBA, University of Massachusetts Boston, for the paper “Weight and Wealth: The Relationship between Obesity and Net Worth for Pre-Retirement Age Men and Women.”

This award acknowledges excellence in scholarly work conducted by an AGHE Annual Meeting student attendee.

Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging

Presented to Caitlin Dale Nicholson and Leona Morinn-Nelson for “Niwechihaw/I help” in the primary reader (pre-K to 2nd grade) category, and Ann Grifalconi and Jerry Pickney for “Ain’t Nobody A Stranger to Me” in the elementary reader (3rd to 5th grade) category.

This award recognizes portrayals of meaningful aging in children’s literature.