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Gerontology Community Resources

2019 SPO inductees lined up for photo with certificates.

Sigma Phi Omega, Gamma Chi Chapter

The Sacramento State Gerontology Program is a member of the only national honor and professional society in gerontology, Sigma Phi Omega. Since 1980, the Sigma Phi Omega National Honor and Professional Society has recognized the excellence of those who study gerontology/aging, as well as professionals in the field of aging service. The purpose of the program’s Gamma Chi chapter is to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship and services to older persons, and to recognize extraordinary achievements in gerontology, aging studies, and related fields. Eligible Sacramento State and American River College students will be invited to membership each year shortly before our Annual Induction Ceremony in the Spring. Interested community members should contact our office.

Congratulations to our 2021 Initiates From Sacramento State:

  • Dianne-Barrelle Atienza
  • Ashley Bradley
  • Brenda Cantero
  • Marcos Gomez
  • Gaitlin Groark
  • Jennifer Nicholson
  • Wendy Pangilinan
  • Suhair Siraj
  • Sung Trias

Sacramento State Student Requirements: Undergraduate Gerontology Major or Minor students must have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher and be enrolled in the second term (or later) of declared gerontology studies. Graduate students must have completed at least 6 units of graduate level Gerontology courses, and must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

American River College Student Requirements: Students must have completed at least 20 units and have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Membership Fees: $25.00 initial fee for students. $40.00 for community members. Renewable annually.


Privileges of Membership in Sigma Phi Omega include:

  • Acknowledgement of your academic and professional excellence.
  • Opportunities to meet, network and socialize with others in the aging field.
  • Gain professional support in your career.
  • Apply for certain scholarships.
  • Invitation to attend local and national conferences, lectures and special events.
  • Receive a subscription to the national newsletter.
  • Receive a certificate and lapel pin.
  • Buy special graduation attire.

2019 SPO Induction Ceremony Program with Gamma Chi Chapter Members

Online Gerontology Resources

Gerontology Department board.

Advisory Council Roster

Advisory Council members meet annually to discuss the Gerontology Program, its future, and its role in the community.

The Council aids in raising awareness of the Gerontology Program in the Sacramento area, helps to strengthen the Program, and provides important community connections for our graduates.

If your contact information needs to be updated, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the Council, please contact us.