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Inside this issue:


From the Gerontology Program Director Coordinators’ Messages


ADA 25th Anniversary


HEROES Summer Program


Day of Convocation 3

Helping Seniors in Crisis


New Faculty Affiliates, Drs. Schmidt & Hayslip


Welcome to the new academic year. This year, the UNC Charlotte Gerontology program will celebrate its 25th Anniversary and I encourage you to participate in this celebration. I also invite all graduate students to attend an orientation meeting on Tuesday August 25th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in CHHS Room 131. It will be an opportunity to meet other students and the new leadership team for Gerontology: Dr. Anita Blower (new Graduate coordinator), Dr. Mike Turner (new Research coordinator), and Dr. Cynthia Hancock our Undergraduate coordinator. Also, you will receive a Gerontology T-shirts for free! Hope to see you there.

Alzheimer’s Conference The Gerontology Program will co-sponsor the Alzheimer’s Association of Charlotte’s 2015 Dementia Care Education Conference -”Engage, Connect, Empower” on Thursday, August 27th, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. This event will bring together 300+ caregivers, healthcare professionals, and consumers, in 17 sessions featuring local and national speakers specializing in cognitive impairment. Visit for info.

UNC Charlotte Gerontology Club/Sigma Phi Omega Elects New Officers The Gamma Psi Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega/UNC Charlotte Gerontology Club has elected new officers for the 2015-2016 school year: Undergraduate Co-President Jessica Eudy

Graduate Co-President Maryam Kazempour-Esmati

Secretary Bare'a Hood

Treasurer Nour Qomaq

Historian Sarah Stevenson

For information on joining and our meeting schedule, please contact any of our officers.

The groups’s first event is participation in the Alzheimer Organization’s 2015 Charlotte Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 26th. ANYONE can sign up to walk with our team or to make a donation. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Organization’s, “Walk” page or contact Jessica Eudy.



Dr. Cynthia Hancock

From the Undergraduate Coordinator… Welcome back! I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are ready for another academic year. This is indeed an exciting year as we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Gerontology at UNC Charlotte! If you are a gerontology minor or interested in becoming a gerontology minor, I encourage you to stop by and visit me. Office hours will be Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am -12:00 and 2:00 -3:00 pm or by appointment. I am located in Fretwell 460F inside the Sociology Department. I also encourage you to get involved in our Gerontology Club/Gamma

Psi Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega. The officers have been planning all summer for some exciting events and opportunities this upcoming year. Please watch your email and the newly updated website for announcements and information. I can best be reached at for appointments or questions.

Dr. Anita Blowers

From the Graduate Coordinator… Welcome to the new academic year! I am excited to begin the role as the new Graduate Program Coordinator, where I have primary responsibility for graduate program admissions and advising graduate students. My home department is Criminal Justice & Criminology and my primary research focus is on issues pertaining to elders and the criminal justice system. Although I have been a faculty member in the Gerontology Program for many years, I will have a bit of a learning curve as Dr. Shenk is a difficult act to follow, so please be patient as I grow into this role.

few weeks to set up advising appointments so that I can get to know all of you. I am also working on establishing periodic "coffee chats" for graduate students to network informally with other students and faculty. More details on this will be provided at the orientation on August 25th. Dr. Turner and I will also be creating lots of opportunities for graduate students to engage with the community and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UNC Charlotte Gerontology Program.

I will be contacting all current students in the next

Here’s to an exciting year!!

I look forward to working with current and prospective graduate students. My office is located in Colvard 5079. I can be reached at 704-687-0743 or .

From the Research Coordinator…

Dr. Michael Turner

For several years I have been a faculty member in the Kinesiology Department, but I have also been involved in the Gerontology program. Now as the new Research Coordinator for the Gerontology MA Program, I'll work to help Master’s students select a thesis or research topic that works within their interest area and connect them with faculty at UNC Charlotte who will serve as their committee members. I'll be in contact with second year graduate students within the first couple weeks of the fall semester to get things started. I look forward to the amazing research activities that will be completed throughout the academic year. Any student interested in contacting me should feel free to email me at, call me at 704-687-0867, or stop by my office in Cameron 253. I look forward to meeting you all throughout the coming year.



Another 25th Anniversary! Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Gerontology program was an advertising sponsor for a 25th Anniversary media event put on by the Disability Rights & Resources organization of CharlotteMecklenburg County. The event, held at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, featured a thought provoking and entertaining viewing of how people with disabilities have been portrayed in movies. The audience was able to participate in a “Talk-Back” panel discussion that explored how things have (or haven’t) changed. Volunteers (pictured Jennifer Laster and Shannon Dixon) were on hand to offer information on the university and the Gerontology program.

HEROES Health Careers Summer Program Gerontology program adjunct Dr. Judy Walsh spoke about Careers in Gerontology to a group of high school students participating in the Charlotte AHEC HEROES Health Career Summer Program. This program provides academic preparedness to middle and high school youth interested in healthcare careers, with an emphasis on underrepresented minorities, and economically/educationally disadvantaged populations. It offers math and science critical thinking skill enrichment, student computer/internet skills, clinical observations, and healthcare system site visits.

UNC Charlotte New Student Convocation Typically, an academic "day of convocation" is a celebration to mark the start of a new school year. Plan to join us on August 24th as the faculty and students come together to celebrate the opening of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2015-2016 academic year. There will be universitywide activities, as well as CLAS-specific events such as academic and career counseling services and informative speakers. Dr. Cynthia Hancock , undergraduate coordinator of our Gerontology program, will be giving a presentation entitled "How would you like to live forever?" Get in the swing for the new school year and show your 49ers pride!

Helping Seniors in Crisis Training was recently held for students and community professionals who will serve as assessment interviewers and session facilitators for a study on grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Research on these grandparents is the focus of an article entitled “Seniors in Crisis; helping those who are raising grandchildren”. It appeared in the summer issue of Exchange magazine (CLAS) and on the CHHS website. Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez’ project works with grandmothers to help them establish effective strategies and communication skills to achieve their goals. If you know of grandmothers who would like to be a part of the study, contact Dr. Montoro-Rodriguez or Dr. Judy Walsh.



Dr. Winsor C. Schmidt Announced as New Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Policy on Health The College of Health & Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is pleased to welcome Dr. Winsor C. Schmidt as the new Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Policy on Health (left vacant with Dr. Bill Brandon’s retirement last year). Dr. Schmidt has had a distinguished career in academia, most recently at the University of Louisville where he was Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine in the School of Medicine, and Professor of Health Management and Systems Sciences in School of Public Health and Information Sciences. From 2009-2014 he also served as Endowed Chair/Distinguished Scholar in Urban Health Policy. Professor Schmidt’s publications include the books, Public Guardianship and the Elderly (Ballinger Publishing Company) and Guardianship: Court of Last Resort for the Elderly and Disabled (Carolina Academic Press), as well as over 50 book chapters and articles on health and mental health law and policy issues. With his focus on elder law, particularly public guardianship in the United States, Dr. Schmidt is a welcome addition to the CHHS faculty and to its Gerontology program.

Dr. Bert Hayslip Appointed as Affiliated Research Faculty with Gerontology Dr. Bert Hayslip is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America, and his expertise includes aging research on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Death and Dying, Hospice Care, Aging, Widows and Widowers, Adult development and aging, Memory and aging. He has authored numerous books, including Adult Development and Aging and Psychology of Aging, over 80 research articles and more than 50 presentations at professional meetings. He serves as an editorial consultant for Educational Gerontology, Experimental Aging Research, and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, among others. During the past five years he has collaborated with Dr. Montoro-Rodriguez on project COPE (Caring for Others as a Positive Experience). This study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health is a multisite, four-year clinical trial that developed mental health interventions for grandmothers. As affiliate research faculty with the Gerontology program, Dr. Hayslip will help implement a demonstration pilot research study aimed to develop a socio-cognitive intervention for grandmothers raising grandchildren in Charlotte. He will be an excellent resource for graduate gerontology students, affiliated faculty and colleagues interested in developing research proposals.

UNC Charlotte Gerontolgy summer 2015 newsletter  
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