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2015 Annual Meeting

Williamsburg, Virginia

36th Annual Meeting

The 2015 Southern Gerontological Society Annual Meeting was held April 15-18, at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Theme: Communities Engaging Aging: A Two Way Street

SGS 2015 Annual Meeting

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2015 Award Recipients

Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD.

This award is given to SGS members in the academic milieu who have shown excellence in leadership within and contribution to professional organizations and organizations which serve older people, a strong record of scholarly publications, and significant teaching influence with students and/or training of service providers or educators.

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD.
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD., Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota (pictured at right) receives his award from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.

Applied Gerontologist Award

LaVona Traywick, PhD.

Christy Jensen, PhD.

This award is given to SGS members in the fields of applied gerontology in the South. Award winners have a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields, and generally, have positively impacted the quality of life of older persons through developing innovative programs such as applications of findings/approaches to research, education, management or services delivery (with emphasis on application).

LaVona Traywick, PhD. & Christy Jensen, PhD.
LaVona Traywick, PhD., Associate Professor, Gerontology, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture (pictured at left) and Christy Jensen, PhD., Director of Health Services Research at the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH) receive their awards from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.

Rhoda Jennings Distinguished Older Advocate Award

Bill Lamb

Several years ago, we named one of our special awards, the Older Advocate Award, for Rhoda Jennings, longtime SGS member and extraordinary advocate for older adults. Rhoda was the first recipient of the Older Advocate Award in 1987. The SGS Senior Advocate Award is given to recognize an older person whose retirement years have been devoted to community or legislative advocacy.

Bill Lamb
Bill Lamb, Consumer and Long-Term Care Advocate, North Carolina, receives his award from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.

Media Award

"Age In Action" by Edward F. Ansello, Ph.D., Director, Virginia Center on Aging, School of Allied Health Professions.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth" by Laura Connerly, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Science and Kerry Rodtnick, extension videographer, University of Arkansas Extension Service.

SGS offers Media Awards to recognize an outstanding media contribution to further understanding of aging in the region and to the mission of SGS.

Dr. Edward F. Ansello
Dr. Edward F. Ansello receives his Media award for "Age In Action" from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.

Best Practices Award

Awarded to: Betty Oliver, University of Arkansas Extension Homemakers Club Volunteer Coordinator, Family & Consumer Science.

This award is given to SGS members in the fields of applied gerontology in the South. Award winners have a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields, and generally, have positively impacted the quality of life of older persons through developing innovative programs such as applications of findings/approaches to research, education, management or services delivery (with emphasis on application).


Student Scholarship Award

VAA Scholarship Recipient: Christina Barmon, Georgia State University

SGS Student Support Scholarship Recipient: James Moorhead, Georgia State University

SGS Student Support Scholarship Recipient: Amy Schuster, University of Kentucky

The Virginia Association on Aging Student Research Scholarship Award is a grant that was established to encourage the presentation of the results of research or scholarly activity from student members of SGS.

The Southern Gerontological Society Student Support Scholarship Award was established in 2014 to support student members of SGS who have been accepted to present at the SGS annual meeting.

Christina Barmon
Christina Barmon of Georgia State University receives her VAA Scholarship Award from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.
James Moorhead
James Moorhead of Georgia State University receives his SGS Scholarship Award from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.
Amy Schuster
Amy Schuster of The University of Kentucky receives her SGS Scholarship Award from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.

2015 SGS President

Dan Bradley

Dan Bradley, PhD.
2015 SGS President Dan Bradley receives his SGS Gavel from SGS Awards Co-Chair, Wayne Moore.