Nazareth College is pleased to announce that the Sigma Phi Omega chapter of the Professional Society for Gerontology has awarded David Steitz, assistant professor of psychology and director of the gerontology program, and students Jennifer Lounsbury, Joshua Mendez, Jessica Montalbano, Victoria Russell, Sarah Segal, and Emily Shatas, the Service Project Award for Undergraduate Education. The award recognizes the work they initiated last Fall with St. John’s Meadows, an independent living enhanced assisted living community in Rochester.
Together with Gerry Stryker, vice president and chief administrative officer at St. John’s Meadows, Nazareth faculty and students worked with Meadows elders in the areas of continuing education, mentoring, volunteering, and vocational training. The collaboration between the Nazareth College gerontology program and St. John’s Meadows worked to represent the programs goal to create a unique and dynamic learning environment that allows the free exchange of ideas and experiences between younger and older adults.
During the project, students organized a lecture series that has continued into the Spring 2010 semester, and a volunteer fair that exposed Meadows residents to various volunteer opportunities from more than ten local agencies and organizations. Students also designed surveys that helped local high school principal and guidance counselors to learn about the willingness for elders to mentor students about career options. The group also worked with RochesterWorks, a Rochester-based job training, career development, and business consultant to organize a job fair focused on older adult workers. They hope to put together a program that will address older workers unique needs including resume preparation and identifying employers seeking specific workers with unique skill sets.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.