Br. Richard Gilman Receives Education Award
Br. Richard Gilman, C.S.C, Ph.D., President Emeritus of Holy Cross College was honored at the Real Services Age of Excellence Luncheon with the Education Award for his work in developing the Center for Intergenerational Learning and the Gerontology programs at Holy Cross College in cooperation with Holy Cross Village. The Center for Intergenerational Learning is a unique program in higher education which links the learning needs of college students with the vast life experience and wisdom of the retired adults in the retirement community of Holy Cross Village.
The Center offers gerontology seminars, conferences, classes, continuing education opportunities, for students, service and health professionals, as well as, an academic Minor in Gerontology. Gerontology education increases a graduate's competitiveness for many career positions by demonstrating knowledge, experience, and ease in working with society's dominant population - the older adult. Thanks to Br. Richard's leadership, Holy Cross students have also logged hundreds of hours in compassionate service to the older adults living in Holy Cross Village.
Academy Award-winning actress, Patty Duke presented the awards and delivered the keynote speech about her own challenges in caring for an elder parent. WNDU Anchor (and Holy Cross College Alumnus), Terry McFadden was the Master of Ceremonies. Other award winners included Catholic Charities of LaPorte County (Volunteer Group of the Year), Ernestine Jones (Caregiver of the Year for an Older Adult), the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care (Business of the Year), April Inman (Professional of the Year), Cindy Sikora (Caregiver of the Year for the Disabled), Edward Lind (Kimble Volunteer of the Year), Tom Vinsek (Volunteer of the Year), and Paula Gonzalez (Hoosier Lifetime Award).