Center on Aging
Kansas State University
253 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5945
785-532-5504 fax
gerontology@k-state.edu

Gerontology Student Ambassadors

Gerontology ambassadors represent the Gerontology program by recruiting new students throughout the year. They also network with students, faculty, alumni and surrounding business professionals. Furthermore, ambassadors assist with the "Majors, Minors and More" fair, the annual "Amazing Careers in Aging Race," Open House activities, as well as participating in other student events.

How do I become an Ambassador?

To become a Gerontology ambassador, you must first declare the secondary major in Gerontology.

Students who have a genuine interest in gerontology and interacting and networking with other students, faculty and professionals in the community are encouraged to apply for an ambassador position. Ambassador selections occur at the beginning of the spring semester.

Lauren Graber

Lauren Graber

lauren30@k-state.edu

Major: Public Health Nutrition, Pre-Physician’s Assistant

Year: Junior

"I have come to appreciate the importance of the field (of gerontology) and how useful it will be in my future. I am extremely passionate about the healthcare field and believe that gerontology is so clearly intertwined with it. If you think about it, almost everything relating to healthcare connects to the human body aging and how this affects the everyday life of aging people."

Casey Leister

Casey Leister

cleister@k-state.edu

Major: Public Health Nutrition, Pre-Physician’s Assistant

Year: Sophomore

"I chose to have a secondary major in Gerontology because I have always had a sincere interest in the aging process and love working with older adults as a volunteer and as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at nursing homes and retirement communities. My career goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant and I want to have the skills and knowledge necessary to work with older adults because I will be working with them every day. Understanding how we age will be critical when working with people, especially in the field of medicine."

Misha Modiri

Misha Modiri

pups7339@k-state.edu

Major: Kinesiology, Pre-Occupational Therapy

Year: Senior

"The main reason why I chose to do the Gerontology secondary major was because of the experiences I have had with my grandma growing up. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease about six years ago and also has Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis. Before Gerontology courses, I could say these disorders but could not have told you what they meant. Gerontology is relevant to our real world today, whether we are touched in our personal lives, or just as an encounter in the grocery store."

Ashley Ott

Ashley Ott

ottash@k-state.edu

Major: Life Sciences, Pre-Dental

Year: Senior

"I personally chose to have gerontology as my secondary major because my entire life I’ve been involved with older adults, including being raised by my wonderful grandparents. I have loved and valued the things I’ve learned from these experiences, so much so, that I plan to dedicate a large portion of my life to older adults by continuing volunteering geared toward the older adult population and focusing on how to better serve that population as a dentist."