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8th Annual Careers in Aging, April 2, 2012

MU's Department of Applied Socio-Behavioral Studies and Pi Gamma Mu (social science honor society) again hosted a program for Careers in Aging Week. Careers in Aging Week is sponsored by GSA (Gerontology Society in America) and AGHE (Association of Gerontologists in Higher Education) to bring awareness of the need for professionals to enter careers that work with older adults and the needs of older adults. The U.S. population is living longer and there is a growing need for people to work in the field of aging. Some people work directly with older persons in a wide variety of programs and services in the community. Others work on behalf of older persons in areas such as research, advocacy, and teaching about aging. The goal of Careers in Aging Week nationwide is to showcase these types of work to bring people to the field that will work toward increasing the quality of all our lives as we age.

The Careers in Aging program this year had a presentation from Dr. Mary Ann Erickson, Chair of Ithaca College Gerontology Program. Dr. Erickson addressed the housing issues of older adults. Her talk covered a wide variety of themes, including the meaning of home, aging in place, age-friendly communities, and issues in senior housing.

Marx in Soho

The Sociology/Anthropology Club and the Political Science Club hosted a presentation of Marx in Soho on March 23 in Straughn Auditorium.

This is the critically acclaimed performance of Howard Zinn Marx in Soho performed by Bob Weick. The presentation was about the life and writing of Karl Marx and how that would be experienced in modern society. The play was more than just a political discussion; it was the experience of the life and mind of Karl Marx. Weick's powerful performance portrayed the largeness of the ideas and the human nature of man. The 90 minute performance was followed by an open discussion. Free t-shirts were available for the first 100 students through the door.

Gwendolyn ZugarekSociology/Anthropology student studies abroad.

My name is Gwendolyn Zugarek. I am a 25 yr. old non-traditional, sociology/anthropology major with a minor in political science. I love traveling abroad, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures.

In the fall of 2010 I was able to study for a semester in Volgograd, Russia. This is when I got hooked on studying abroad and learning Russian. This school year, 2011-2012, I am excited about my next study-abroad adventure; the University of Tartu, Estonia, through ISEP (International Student Exchange Program). This awesome university has been open since the seventeenth century and not only allows me to study a new culture, but also to continue my Russian language studies. Though many people do speak Russian there, the main language is Estonian, which means I will be learning some of another language as well. Immersion is a huge part of getting to know other societies, as well as gaining a global perspective.

I would recommend study abroad to every student, and I am grateful to be a part of such a helpful, encouraging, and exciting department!

MU Sociology majors at the Eastern Sociology Society meeting

Students from the Sociology/Anthropology program again traveled to the Eastern Sociology Society meetings. This year they were in New York City held at the Millennium Hotel on Times Square. Three students presented posters on their research:

Sarah Mickey presented her work on Rediscovering Feminist Perspectives: A detailed Analysis of the Past and Present Issues of Feminism.

Erika Focht presented her research Satisfaction of University Students with 15 Services Provided on Campus

Kristen Badeau-Hauptmann presented her preliminary work on Compassion and Wellbeing.

The students were able to attend conference sessions to increase their understanding of the discipline.

Both Sociology faculty attended as well. Dr. Madigan presented a paper entitled Exploring the Gap Between Chinese and American Students’ and Dr. Purk presented a paper entitled Seusslogy, Using Dr. Seuss to Teach Sociology: a content analysis.