Sigma Phi Omega
Sigma Phi Omega is a national academic honor and professional society in Gerontology. The goal of ACU's chapter (Alpha Chi Upsilon) is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, and excellence in gerontology and aging services, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in these areas.
Members promote the advantages of the study of aging in their respective fields. They engage both students and older adults by encouraging healthy intergenerational relationships and exploring options for careers and ministries in aging. Recent activities organized and sponsored by ACU's chapter of Sigma Phi Omega include the following:
- Guest speaker Libby Embry, member of the National Early Stage Alzheimer's Advisory Group. Libby was diagnosed with Early Stage Alzheimer's when she was 57.
- Free Hugs Day, in which four older adults volunteered to give "free hugs" to students in the ACU Campus Center.
- Careers in Aging Week, a week-long event held in the ACU Campus Center that included both gerontology students and professionals sharing their experiences and views on the future of aging services; an aging simulation course that offered students a glimpse of what it feels like to be old; and another free hug session with older adults.
- Games and Wii Night with residents of Christian Village, a retirement community adjacent to the ACU campus.
Members of the Alpha Chi Upsilon chapter of Sigma Phi Omega must be pursuing completion of the undergraduate certificate and be currently enrolled in gerontology classes. Undergraduates must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher to apply.
Want to become a member? Contact chapter president Julie Reeger at 325-674-2350.