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April 2013

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Careers In Aging: Open House & Information Session

Careers In Aging: Open House & Information Session

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, USM Portland Campus

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USM is proud to bring Careers in Aging Week, April 7 to 13, celebrated by dozens of institutions across the country, to the Southern Maine community. Join us at USM Abromson’s Center on Thursday, April 11, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Light refreshments included.

Join Dr. Nancy Richeson and Dr. Mike Brady for a lively presentation about Careers in Agingand help celebrate the first year of our fully online Certificate in Gerontology program. We will share information about the expanding career opportunities in this stimulating and challenging field.

You will learn how you can make a difference in helping older adults maintain the quality of their lives and talk with area service providers about possible career options in aging. Meet the multi-disciplinary faculty and students who are currently enrolled in the certificate and join us for light refreshments.

The following community organizations will have representatives and information available at the Open House:
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Nancy RichesonDr. Nancy Richeson
Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies; Coordinator of Gerontology Certificate Program 

Dr. Nancy Richeson has been at the forefront of developing recreational therapy interventions for use in the care of older adults. “Non-drug, psycho-social interventions are important alternatives because pharmacological treatments have limited effectiveness for certain behaviors in older adults with dementia––and can have serious side effects.” 

Dr. Richeson’s research interests include creating evidence-based practice in recreational therapy by testing the effects of such interventions as animal-assisted therapy, Reiki, and pedometers. In addition to coordinating USM’s online gerontology program, she teaches a variety of courses in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department as well as health/geriatric-related course work, including wellness education and health in later years.

Recently Dr. Richeson and her colleagues developed a recreational therapy assessment in long-term care titled the BANDI-RT. She has been on the board of directors for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification. She was recognized as the American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Member of the Year in 2003 and in 2011 was awarded the Scholarly Achievement award. In 2012, Dr. Richeson took on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the American Therapeutic Recreation Journal

Mike BradyDr. Mike Brady
Professor and Department Chairperson

Dr. E. Michael Brady is Professor of Adult Education and Chairman of the Department of Human Resource Development. After early wanderings through a Roman Catholic Seminary (BA and MDiv from St. Mary's Seminary and University) and the profession of Social Work (MSW from the University of Connecticut), he earned his PhD in adult education and gerontology - also at UCONN - and has settled happily for the past twenty-one years into the life of a teacher and scholar.

Mike teaches graduate courses in the history and philosophy of adult education, action research, facilitating learning, and gerontology. In addition, each summer he teaches his only undergraduate course while traveling an average of 3000 miles by motor coach. "Baseball and American Society: A Journey," which began in 1996, has been the subject of dozens of media reports and has won a national award.

Mike is a founding member of what was known at the time as " Senior College" but later became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). In his role as senior research fellow at OLLI, he investigates a wide range of issues and questions related to learners over the age of fifty.


Careers in Aging Week

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Common Loon Conservation with Dr. Jim Paruk

Common Loon Conservation with Dr. Jim Paruk

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, April 29, 2013, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus

The inaugural presentation of the University of Southern Maine’s Environmental Science honor society, Kappa Alpha Omicron, will feature Dr.  Jim Paruk discussing “Common Loon Conservation and Behavior in Maine” on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. in USM’s Wishcamper Center in Portland. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jim Paruk is the Director for the Center for Loon Conservation and has been studying loons throughout North and Central America for nearly two decades. Dr. Paruk’s primary study focus is the social and breeding behaviors of the common loon. He has taught college courses in ornithology, zoology, ecology, and animal behavior. He is also an adjunct professor of biology at USM where he supervises graduate students involved in loon research.

USM’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Omicron is the first and only chapter of this student honor society in northern New England. The chapter will be hosting the guest speaker series with talks centered on important environmental topics in Maine.

For more information, please contact Travis Wagner of the USM Department of Environmental Science at 207-228-8450 or

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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