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 2014-2015

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.

Katlyn Smith

Katlyn Smith

katlyn14@k-state.edu

Major: Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy

Year: Sophomore

"What I love most about gerontology are the relationships I establish with older adults and their families and the differences I can make in their lives. Gerontology is more than just a secondary major and will benefit anyone who goes into this field for the rest of their lives. It is so important to know and understand the process of aging not only to benefit others, but ourselves as well. Gerontology has already changed my life for the better and I encourage anyone interested to become involved in our club or enroll in one of our courses. I promise you will not regret it!"

Sarah Truman

Sarah Truman

smtruman@k-state.edu

Major: Life Science, Pre-Optometry

Year: Senior

"The study of aging holds a very special place in my heart. As a future optometrist, I hope to focus my practice in geriatrics. I would encourage any student to select a secondary major in gerontology because everyone either dies young or goes through the aging process, and in any profession there will be some point that a professional will need the skills to work with the growing aging population. Gerontology is not all about physical changes, but also changes in spirituality, mentality, emotions and psychological health, along with many other aspects of the human person."

Laura Haines

Laura Haines

ldhaines@k-state.edu

Major: Public Health Nutrition, Pre-Optometry

Year: Senior

"To me, gerontology is more than the study of aging; it is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of a process. This process begins before infancy and moves through childhood, young adulthood, midlife and late adulthood with each age group facing their own challenges and successes. The study of gerontology focuses specifically on the hurdles being faced by people of the older population. As a gerontology ambassador I hope to not only spread awareness about gerontology as an area of study but also become more involved with this age group to better understand the care and needs of this increasingly large segment of our society."

Maren Ozier

Maren Ozier

marenozier@k-state.edu

Major: Life Sciences, Pre-Med

Year: Senior

"The study of aging has quickly captured my heart. To me, studying gerontology helps me to understand people more deeply. As an aspiring physician assistant, understanding people and how they work is essential to success. Not only is aging fascinating on a biological level, but on a personal level as well. Interacting with older adults has been rewarding in multiple ways. There is so much to learn from older generations, and studying gerontology is a tool that enables me to make those connections."