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Gero Screagle Pride

By Thegenaboveme @TheGenAboveMe

Gero Screagle Pride

USI defeated West Texas A&M 94-84.
I was one of 7,330 fans at the Ford Center.

When my husband took a job in Evansville, I wasn't sure what opportunities I would have to work as a gerontologist.
I didn't need to worry.
The first week that I arrived, I met a neighbor who works in the administration building at the University of Southern Indiana. Their mascot is the Screaming Eagle: Screagle.
Stephanie told me that the College of Nursing and Health Professions (led by Dr. Ann White) regularly hired part-time instructors to teach gerontology classes.
A few weeks later, the director of the gerontology program, Dr. Katie Ehlman, hired me.
She had been using my post about elder speak to teach her students about the power of language to affect attitudes.
I started teaching in the Fall of 2016, and I have also beein helping with MAIA: Mid-American Institution on Aging and Wellness. Follow #MAIArocks on Twitter.
Here is a list of the courses I have been teaching:
Gerontology 215: Health Care Aspects of Gerontology. Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2018 & Summer 2019.
Basically, this is an introduction to aging course. The textbook is Aging, the Individual and Society (2015) 10th edition by Susan M. Hillier and Georgia M. Barrow.
Gerontology / Sociology 343: Death, Dying and Bereavement. Spring 2017, Spring 2018 & Spring 2019
The textbook is Death & Dying, Life & Living (2019) 8th edition by Charles A. Corr, Donna M. Corr & Kenneth J. Doka.
Gerontology 321: Sociological Aspects of Aging. Spring 2017 & Spring 2018
The textbook is Aging in the Life Course (2011) 6th edition by Jill Quadagno.
Here is a brief description of my roles with the Mid-American Institution on Aging and Wellness conferences (MAIA) from 2016 forward:
Gero Screagle Pride
MAIA 2016: Helped by live tweeting and writing blog posts.
MAIA 2017: Helped by live tweeting and writing blog posts.
MAIA 2018: Became a "blue shirt" and helped organize prior, helped with introducing speakers, and also live tweeted the event and wrote blog posts before and after.
Pomp & Circumstance:Wichita State University 
2018 MAIA Concurrent Sessions
Evansville Hosts Aging Avengers

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