Holy Cross College honored as 2014 Business of the Year
NOTRE DAME, IN (May 12, 2014) --- While making strides to educate and form its students, Holy Cross College also realizes the importance of supporting those who have paved the way for future generations. At the REAL Services, Age of Excellence Luncheon held on May 8th, Holy Cross College was graciously rewarded for its efforts, being selected as the Business of the Year 2014.
Holy Cross’s desire to help the aging community was sparked by president emeritus of the college, Br. Richard Gilman, CSC who reached out to the Michiana community eight years ago to see if businesses providing services to seniors needed professional development in gerontology. The nomination was submitted by Patricia Adams and highlighted the wonderful work the college has done over the past year in regards to the Michiana Gerontology Institute (MGI).
In 2013, a few of the developments made in this initiative included: the gerontology consortium became the Michiana Gerontology Institute of Holy Cross College, making it a 501c3 status; the college provided business office personnel support and set up MGI accounts for memberships, events, sponsorships, and conferences which helped to triple the membership; and, the college designed a gerontology minor, making these courses available for both professionals and community members.
Holy Cross students have also completed internships within several MGI organizations, increasing awareness and the possibility of a career in gerontology. On May 3, MGI had its first annual senior fair and experienced tremendous success with approximately 1,200 attending from the community, as well as almost 90 vendors.
As a means to provide continuing support to these exciting endeavors, the college will start a new Center for Aging Studies and is in the process of hiring a founding director who, among other duties, will expand the college’s academic curriculum in the field of aging studies.