President’s Note

December 2019

Welcome to winter and the Holiday Season!  Soon spring will arrive and our sights will turn to our gathering with the Southern Gerontological Society in Norfolk, Virginia.  We have some exciting things planned for these meetings including:

  • Recognizing our President’s Student Paper Award winner
  • Recognizing our Service Project Award winner
  • Recognizing our Video Award winner
  • Saying thank you to outgoing board members
  • Installing new board members
  • Offering a workshop to answer all of your Sigma Phi Omega questions

SPO is pleased to let you know that both SPO Board Member Nominations and Award Nominations are now open.

SPO Board Nominations:

SPO Awards:

  • We have three excellent award opportunities this year and we hope you will consider nominating yourself/your chapter for one or more.
  • Some include cash prizes!
  • The SPO President’s Student Paper award is given to a student who submits a manuscript accepted for presentation at the Southern Gerontological Society meetings this spring.  Students then submit their full paper to SPO for review.  Students must let SGS know of their interest in being considered for this award.  Contact SGS at
  • The SPO Service Award is available as a way to recognize exceptional service to older adults.
  • Back for a second time, the SPO Video Award will recognize outstanding visual efforts to inform about aging.
  • Submission Information can be found here:
  • Please email with any questions you might have
  • Nominations close on January 31st and awardees will be recognized at the spring Southern Gerontological Society meetings in Norfolk:

So grab your SPO pin, pick up a member ribbon, and we will see you in Norfolk!

Cynthia Hancock, PhD

SPO President 2018-2020