Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) is the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology, established in 1980 to recognize the excellence of those who study gerontology/aging and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons.
SPO seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship, and services to older persons, and to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields.
The goals of SPO are achieved primarily through the activities of local chapters and secondarily through efforts of the national office and officers. Local chapters serve as links within their respective communities to promote interaction between gerontology educators, students, alumni, and local professionals, providing opportunities for personal and professional interaction, sharing concerns, discussion of issues, and service activities.
Delta Gamma is the local SPO Chapter at UNCG. All UNCG Gerontology students and Delta Gama SPO members are invited to attend local chapter meetings. Most meetings are held in the UNCG Gerontology Library, Ferguson Building Room 214. Information about SPO Delta Gamma Chapter events for the 2013-2014 academic year will be posted here as soon as they are available from Delta Gamma’s incoming President, Katie Thompson.
Katie Thompson, Delta Gamma SPO Chapter President 2014-2015
The Delta Gamma Chapter at the University of North Carolina At Greensboro (UNCG) is excited to begin the fall semester, welcoming many new graduate students and future SPO members into our Gerontology Program.
During out successful spring 2014 Careers in Aging Week events, SPO members engaged undergraduate students during a campus-wide health fair and hosted a booth in our student center and where we used secure Aging kits to encourage pursuit of careers in aging.
Throughout April 2014 we exhibited a fantastic Careers in Aging display in the university Library, highlighting career goals of two current SPO members — Jamie Foust, M.S. in Gerontology with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management and Okjae Lee, M.S in Gerontology/MBA dual degree program. We also showcased our colorful new Careers in Aging Map designed by SPO Delta Gamma Chapter president Katie Thompson.
As the fall 2014 term commences we look forward to attending local conferences and engaging local community members to discuss “booming” older adult populations. We are also excited to announce our first Careers in Aging Tour through which newly inducted SPO members and incoming graduate students tour facilities of our partners and alumni in and near Greensboro. Later in the semester we’ll initiate a Socks for Seniors holiday fundraiser and celebration with older adults in our community.