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Center on Aging

Center on Aging
Kansas State University
253 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5504 fax

Gerontology Student Ambassadors

Gerontology ambassadors represent the Gerontology program by recruiting new students throughout the year, networking with students, faculty, alumni and business professionals. 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. Ambassadors may be asked to meet with student groups or to give a short presentation in a class about the secondary major in gerontology. To schedule an ambassador to speak please contact the Center on Aging at gerontology@k-state.edu.

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 applications are accepted in February/March and notified about selection in April for the following academic year.

Congratulations to our new ambassadors for 2018-2019!

Shelbie McLain

Major: Human Development & Family Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy
Year: Junior

Madison Rockers

Major: Family Studies & Human Services
Year: Junior

Megan OchoaMegan Ochoa

Major: Nutrition & Health, Pre-Occupational Therapy
Year:  Junior

I discovered my passion for gerontology after taking the Intro to Gerontology course at K-State. This class introduced me to all of the wonderful opportunities gerontology has to offer. I enjoy hearing about the stories, discoveries, and experiences older adults share with me. Gerontology allowed me to see the importance of learning about older adults and what we can do to not only increase longevity, but to increase the quality of our lives. 

I have enjoyed learning and engaging in various opportunities through my classes and major. As an ambassador, I would like to share my experience and motivate other students to become excited about this field. We will all become older adults one day and to be knowledgable and understanding of gerontology will be essential!


Desiree Schippers

desiree274@k-state.eduDesiree Schippers
Major:  English, Pre-Physician Assistant
Year:   Junior

Before I started working with older adults, I had the same biases, stereotypes, and expectations that most people have about aging. However, from the moment I started my job as a CNA, every preconceived notion and idea I had  about older adults was shattered. Working with the aging population taught me more in a few short weeks than I had learned over the course of my entire high school education. Not only did this allow me to view the world through a whole new lens, but it helped me find my place in it. By pursuing an education in Gerontology, I am able to expand my horizons and understand more and more about aging and our society. I have made it my goal to use my career in writing to find creative ways to shed light on the problems and truths of aging. Along the way, I aspire to help others discover the true value of Gerontology.

Through my ambassadorship, I want to help others find a way to use Gerontology in their prospective fields. I want to show people that Gerontology is for everyone, not just pre-health students. Through an education in Gerontology, we can work toward breaking down harmful stereotypes and shatter society’s aging expectations. More than anything, I hope I am able to help guide and inspire other students to use Gerontology to help find their place in the world.