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Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society
Sigma Phi Omega is the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology. It's goals are to recognize excellence of those who study gerontology and aging and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons.
Student membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in gerontology/aging studies and related fields and are in at least their second term of enrollment. Also, to be eligible for membership in SPO:
- Undergraduate: 3.30 GPA or Higher
- Graduate: 3.50 GPA or Higher
For more information, visit: https://www.sigmaphiomega.org/become-a-member/
1) Applications can be found on the Sigma Phi Omega website.
2) Applications are accepted twice per year, in accordance to the National Office deadlines. Students who are not able to meet the deadline will be eligible to submit an application the next semester.
- Fall Application Deadline: Mid-September
- Spring Application Deadline: Mid-March
3) Information is sent out via email to eligible students.
4) Students submit application materials to the Gerontology office for verification and submission to the National Office.
For more information, contact Chapter Advisor, Dr. Lyn Holley.
Athletes & Elders
Since 2008, the Department of Gerontology, UNO Athletics and Omaha non-profit Community 360 have partnered to create a service learning program designed to connect college students with the city’s elder population. Every academic year, each UNO athletic team is paired with local a local residential elder care facility. The program was the first of it's kind in the United States.
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Become a H.E.L.P volunteer today! View the flyer
Intergenerational Poetry Slam
Each fall, the Intergenerational Poetry Slam is a venue for teenage and elder poets to share their creativity. This year's event is scheduled for September 19, 2016.
Poetry is the voice of the soul. Through poetry teenagers and elders can exchange information about the life span in relation to aging, examine their beliefs about aging and their role in their own aging. Poetry can connect generations and for both teenagers and elders, sharing poetry can expand their “known” worlds.
Applications are available here.
To view past winners' poems or for more information, you can visit our website: http://www.omahapoetsplace.net/
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