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Department awards honor graduate students’ scholarship, service

The Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston presents five annual awards to deserving graduate students. Four of the awards include a $200 prize to be used for the students’ professional development. Winners of the Capstone Project Award are honored with… Continue Reading →

‘Treat employees as assets’: Dan O’Leary shares nearly four decades of management wisdom with MAS students

Dan O’Leary entered the aging services field by happenstance nearly 50 years ago. He was fresh out of school with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in international relations. Facing a tight job market in the Boston… Continue Reading →

Lighting a spark: Fueled by scholarship, MAS student embraces return to higher ed

Early in the pandemic in 2020, Doreen Connelly decided she wanted to advance her education past her undergraduate degree. Searching online, she found UMass Boston’s Management of Aging Services graduate certificate program. The five-course program is designed for professionals who… Continue Reading →

The Makings of a Mentor – Meet Ellen Birchander

This article originally appeared on the UMass Boston News web page. We all take different paths in life and, if we’re lucky, we have mentors guiding us along the way. As an undergraduate psychology major, 20-year-old Ellen Birchander was on… Continue Reading →

Through UMass Gerontology program, Advocate for Rhode Island Seniors Finds Her Voice

By Taryn Hojlo Where can I get help? Older adults and caretakers sometimes struggle with that question, unsure how to find aging services and other kinds of assistance they need. Deborah Burton realized there was a thriving demand for those… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston Gerontology Grad’s Journey From MAS Student to Assisted Living Executive

By Taryn Hojlo After years working in management and hospitality, Catherine Williamson was confident she knew how to serve people. For a decade, she had overseen the care of hotel patrons and spa-goers at The Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons…. Continue Reading →

UMass Gerontology Students Selected as Capstone Award Winners

By Taryn Hojlo Two gerontology students researching a multi-generational approach to community senior centers and property tax relief programs for older homeowners have been selected for the 2018 Capstone awards. Students Beth Duggan Rouleau and Norma Strack were selected by… Continue Reading →

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