Gerontology Work Leads to Award for Mason Student

Posted: March 15, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

Mary Leary, a George Mason student pursuing a graduate certificate in gerontology, recently won the Virginia Association on Aging Outstanding Student–Certificate Level award for work in the field of gerontology. The association’s Awards Committee pointed to Leary’s accomplishments, dedication to the field, and community service.

“I am honored by this kind award and recognition by the Virginia Association on Aging,” Leary said upon receiving the award. “I will use it to further my efforts to support quality of life, independence, and dignity for Virginia’s older adults.” Leary also is pursuing a doctorate in public policy with concentrations in organizational informatics and public governance.

Frieda Butler, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science and coordinator of the Gerontology Certificate Program, nominated Leary for the award. “Mary has functioned superbly in the role of SAGE (Services in Aging to Gerontology Employees) program administrator, while initiating and developing other significant gerontology projects,” she says. “I attribute a great deal of her success with program development and implementation to her savvy in marketing, her enthusiasm and dedication to the program, and her willingness to do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal.”

Leary has helped revive George Mason’s chapter of the Gerontology Student Association and George Mason’s Gerontology Committee. In addition, she has assisted with several geriatric training events.

An awards ceremony will be held in April.

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