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Friends, family and the future of aging

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USC Kazan Taiko drummers perform at the USC Davis School of Gerontology's SGA Alumni Dinner. Photo/Kurt Schelin

Reinforcing the strong ties between the USC Davis School of Gerontology and its strong allies in aging research in Japan, China and Korea, the Student Gerontology Association (SGA) chose “Aging in Asia” as the theme for its 12th annual alumni dinner.

With the help of evocative music, paper dragons hanging from the trees and decorative fans on every table, SGA secretary Alice Kim helped members give the USC Davis courtyard an Asian makeover to match the food and entertainment, which included USC TCDance and USC Kazan Taiko drummers.

“The dinner was a great success thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, including our guests. This is my last year as an undergrad at USC, so it meant a lot for me to not only help plan and execute the alumni dinner but also to take part in the festivities with our gerontology community,” Kim said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better time with everyone!”

Serving as the evening’s hosts, SGA president Ashley Phillips and vice president Emily Loynachan gave speeches and praised outgoing USC Davis dean Gerald C. Davison, presenting him with an award and card thanking him for his years of service.

Other award recipients included Susan Enguidanos (Faculty Member of the Year), Kurt Schelin (Staff Member of the Year), Greg Bearce MA ’02 (Alumnus of the Year), Felicia Wheaton (Teaching Assistant of the Year), Patrick Beck (Ph.D. Student of the Year), Laura Corrales-Diaz Pomatto (Graduate Student of the Year) and Sahar Edalati (Undergraduate Student of the Year).

After receiving a special award, Country Villa president Michael Torgan gave a speech addressing the changing state of American health care in which he called for an infusion of a fresh perspective.

As attendees feasted on a giant strawberry-cream-and-almond cake, Phillips announced next year’s SGA board, including the incoming president, Cameron Chalfant, who ended the evening with a look toward the future.

“The board and I are really excited for the upcoming year. We have immense pride in our School of Gerontology, and we want SGA to reflect that,” Chalfant said. “We have very big and ambitious plans, and we can’t wait to get started.”

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