AGES, Aging & Gerontologic Education Society, is the official Ithaca College gerontology student organization. Founded in 1991 by a dedicated group of students with an interest in serving the older population, the club has grown into one of the most industrious student organizations on campus. The club sponsors the Harvest Moon Dance each fall, an event which brings over 100 older adults from around Tompkins County to the campus for an evening of music, dance, and fun. An equal number of IC students also attend, making it a very large and wonderful intergenerational event.
The Gerontology Institute provides office space for members of the club. It is a great way to meet other students, spend meaningful time with older adults, and learn about career opportunities in the field of aging studies
Sigma Phi Omega
Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology, was 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. The formation of a society not linked directly to any of the major professional associations appeared to be a fruitful avenue to provide a much needed link between educators, practitioners, and administrators in various settings where older persons are served.
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. The chapters provide opportunities for personal and professional interaction, sharing of concerns, discussion of issues, service activities, and so forth.
SPO seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship, and services to older persons, and to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields.