The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 04, 1975, Image 6

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Page 6 THE BATTALION WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1975 Sociologists study old dancers Innovations in the care of the aged and teaching about the care of the aged are coming from the new Institute of Gerontology founded this month at Tarleton State Uni versity. The program, headed by Dr. Mary Sue Staig, is trying to cope with an increasing shortage of trained staffers needed in nursing homes, hospitals and social work agencies, particularly in the West Texas area, bordered by Abilene, Ft. Worth, Midland, Odessa, Wichita Falls and Waco. Dr. Staig uses consultants from the State Health Department and Welfare Department and adminis trators of state nursing homes to complement the faculty of the TSU Sociology Department. Their task is to get potential emp loyees in the gerontology field to stop thinking of the people in their care as “patients,” she noted. “They’re residents and these re sidents aren’t sick — they’re merely infirm,” Staig stressed. To prove this, she can field a Di xieland Band, square dance club and a chorus from the nearby Stephenville Senior Citizen Center whose youngest members are over 65 years of age. “One of the square dancers is 86, ” she added. “These residents de monstrate their skills to our trainees so they can go back and teach their Thompson receives jet honor A Texas A&M University profes sor of mechanical engineering has received a unique honor from the aerospace industry. Dr. J. George H. Thompson, an instructor here for 37 years, was named as a major contributor to the success of the YF-16 jet fighter program, yet the professor has had absolutely no personal contact with the program. The surprise came this month when the engineer in charge of the F-16 project presented a hand built scale model of the aircraft to Thompson before a meeting of en gineers from the southwest. The model was presented as a gesture of appreciation from Gen eral Dynamics for Thompson’s con tribution to the F-16 project. “I was puzzled about this at the time of the presentation because I had not been aware of any personal contact with the program,” Thomp son mused. The G. D. representative went on to explain that Thompson had had more than one-fifth of all the engineers involved in the YF-16 project in his classes at some time. In the opinion of those in G. D., Thompson had significantly influ enced the skill of these engineers. Thompson shook his head in wonder at the award saying, “I don’t know why they gave it to me. I was awfully mean to those boys, particu larly the guy that gave me the award. ” “What is significant about this award is not that it went to me but that the company made a gesture of recognition of the importance of the work that classroom teachers do in preparing engineers for industry,” he explained. “We don’t solve the problems for industry, but we do do something for the boys that allow them to solve the problems.” Thompson talked with pride of the aircraft, noting that it can accel erate past the speed of sound going straight up. Dr. George H. Thompson Coal lands susceptible to erosion Duane Garner, district conser vationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, said Monday that the coal-bearing land in the Steephol- low area of Brazos County is “highly susceptible” to erosion. After extensive study, Garner es timated that the cost of revegetating the land after strip-mining would be $105-$ 110 an acre. Garner limited his research to the same area that a TAMU Environmental Studies Workshop team made a study of during the past few months. residents. It also shows some of the capabilities of the retired commun ity. “Our program, the Institute of Gerontology, came out of the search for job-oriented programs for social scientists, Staig explained. “The vocational aspects of sociology fit the field of geriatrics since, for in stance, the problems for the white aged are far different from that of the brown aged. And, the black aged have problems that differ from them both.” “This need for the liberally oriented social service designee is to have someone, such as social service workers, recreation directors in re tirement communities and nursing homes, directors of senior citizen programs, and rehabilitation work ers, who can enrich the lives of the residents,” she pointed out. “Through the institute we have already started workshops on such subjects as hearing impairments in the aged — establishing and keep ing communications with them —t and medication administration where nursing aides with no train ing and no license can learn the basic administration of medicine,” Staig said. “These workshops will teach those involved with the aged how to help them and how to keep them leading happy meaningful lives,” she noted. “Gerontology, the science of aging, is one of the fastest growing sectors of the social work profes sion,” Staig added. “It’s expanding for two reasons: first, services are expanding and, second, the aged sector of the population is growing. “Only recently has specialized theory and practice been developed in this important area of know ledge,” she observed. Tarleton offers a four-course “track” of study in gerontology: Sociology of Aging; Biology of Senescence; Sociology of America’s Multi-Culture; and Management of Institutions for the Aging. These tracks are optional within the sociology degree plan, but comple tion of the four-course track is suffi cient for vocational certification and entry into the field. Luckenbach’s fair in Fredericksburg The Second Annual Luckenbach World’s Fair will be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg this weekend. Scores of craftspeople will be in attendance, including whittlers, weavers, leatherworkers, silversmiths, music- makers, painters, sculptors, blacksmiths, beadworkers, quilt- ers, and tail-tale tellers. Folk art trophies will be awarded for following feats of skill and cunning: Hot Air Balloon races, dominoes, checkers, horse shoes, chicken flying contest, thoroughbred armadillo races, buffalo chip toss, watermelon seed spitting and the great laughing contest. 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