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Patrick Beck

Southern California students who are interested in helping older adults have a new statewide voice. Patrick Beck, a doctoral student at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, was named the Southern California student representative to the Board of Directors of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG).

“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to serve as a representative of the collective interests of the many students who share my passion for this wonderful field,” Beck said. “I greatly look forward to helping move our ever-changing field forward.”

Beck’s ascension to the two-year position is personally meaningful, since his decision to enter the field came about during the 2008 CCGG conference held at his alma mater, California State University, Northridge.

“The passion and talent of students like Patrick Beck bode well for the future of gerontology,” said Maria Henke, president of CCGG and assistant dean of the USC Leonard Davis School. “Seeing such dedicated up-and-coming leaders like Patrick helps inspire us all to redouble our efforts to improve the lives of older adults in California and beyond.”

CCGG is the only statewide association that links academic institutions to legislators, service providers and older adults and their families. Its membership is representative of California’s cross-educational systems, spans a wide array of disciplines and seeks to strengthen the quality of gerontology and geriatrics education as well as increasing advocacy for and access to programs and services.

“Southern California represents the future of the field of aging,” Beck said. “I am very proud to join the Board of CCGG to help do my part in making it a better one.”

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