In her note accompanying two generous donations to the College of Health and Human Sciences, Joanne Grabinski ’63 (Home Economics Education) wrote “The gifts I made today to the Gerontology Program and the Center for Healthy Aging Research are in honor of Karen Hooker and Tammy Bray, who each received awards from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) at our recent 2010 Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference held in Reno. Karen Hooker, Director of OSU’s Gerontology Program and Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research, was selected as one of two AGHE Distinguished Teachers and she delivered the best Distinguished Teacher Lecture I have ever experienced. Tammy Bray received AGHE’s 2010 Administrative Leadership Award given to a higher education administrator who has gone above and beyond in supporting gerontology education, acknowledging OSU’s Gerontology Program and the Center for Healthy Aging Research.”
Also at the AGHE annual meeting, Joanne received the Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition to honor her significant contributions to gerontology and geriatrics education and the work of AGHE across her career. “It made receiving the Seltzer Recognition even more special to have it presented in the same year that Karen Hooker and Tammy Bray were also honored by AGHE,” said Joanne.
Joanne authored 101 Careers in Gerontology that was published by Springer in 2007 and recently wrote Finding Your Gerontology Career Niche pp.12-14 which appeared in Age in Action, the quarterly newsletter from the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is president, educator and consultant of AgeEd in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and adjunct professor of Gerontology at both Eastern Michigan University and Saint Jospeh College in West Hartford, Connecticut.
“As an alum of Oregon State and a gerontology educator for the past 30 years, I am so proud of my alma mater’s strong involvement and increasing national-level visibility in gerontology education and research through such efforts as the Petersen Scholars in Gerontology program, the Center on Healthy Aging Research, and OSU’s Gerontology Conference. It is even more special that these efforts have evolved within the College of Health and Human Sciences that incorporated my original college, the College of Home Economics.”
“I send sincere congratulations to Joanne for her award and heartfelt thanks for her generosity that supports our important programs in the growing field of gerontology,” said Tammy Bray. “Joanne and thousands of our alumni around the world are truly living our mission of Taking Care of Life!”