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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 McLainShelbie McLain

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

When I signed up for my first Gerontology courses, it was out of curiosity. What started out as curiosity, turned into a really big passion of mine. What I love most about studying Gerontology is that it has provided an opportunity for me to study my future self because everyone ages, and it allows me to learn different ways to break all the stereotypes surrounding aging. Through my time in the program, I have really found my passion for working with older adults. I have made connections with a local retirement community in the Manhattan area that has helped me realize how much I love working with older adults. The Gerontology program has given me a clearer vision for the path I want my career to take through the hands on opportunities & connections I've been able to make!

I am super excited to start as an ambassador because I want to help spread the word about aging. I want all prospective students to have access to the same opportunities I have had and hopefully they will be able to share my passion as well!

Madison RockersMadison Rockers

Major: Human Development & Family Science
Year: Junior

My love for older adults has only been growing since high school. While in National Honor Society, we would frequently volunteer at our local Nursing Home to spend time playing games, watching TV, or chatting with the residents. Through these experiences, I became aware of the knowledge and insight older adults have to offer to young people, and how entertaining it can be to simply spend time with them and listen to their life experiences. My passion for gerontology grew when my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Seeing the horrible effects of this disease on not only my grandmother but my family, made me eager to be a part of bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s disease and getting closer to finding a cure.

After taking the Intro to Gerontology course at K-State, I knew that I wanted to know more about positive aging. With my time as an ambassador, I hope to spread awareness of the many opportunities offered by the Center on Aging and Gerontology as a secondary major. This is an exciting field and I hope to spark curiosity in other students about aging and how important it is to be educated on the topic!

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
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.