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Sixty Plus turns 30

May 25, 2005

Photo of scholarship recipient Tiffany BrooksSixty Plus at SFSU, an organization that supports the lifelong pursuit of learning and personal growth for people over 60, celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. More than 260 guests attended the luncheon, held on May 16 at the Irish Cultural Center.

"30 years is a milestone; this event marks a lasting relationship between Sixty Plus and the University," said Margaret Grant, vice president of the club's Joint Executive Board.

To broaden this partnership, Sixty Plus awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Tiffany Brooks, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice. This is the first Sixty Plus scholarship given to a student outside of the gerontology program.

SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan, who could not attend the event because of out-of-town business, sent his praise and appreciation to Sixty Plus.

"As impressive as this group's three-decades-long record of continued strength, fellowship and activity, is the evolution of this organization. You have sought out opportunities to partner with the University -- and in doing so, you are helping both the University and Sixty Plus itself," said Corrigan in his speech, read by Chief of Staff Don Scoble.

Corrigan also said he hopes to continue working with Sixty Plus and applauded the organization's generous contributions to the University, which included grants and scholarships worth $4,600 to the Gerontology Program and co-sponsorship of classes with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

"The University and Sixty Plus can work together more closely, and we will," Corrigan said. "I anticipate that in the coming months, we will join in efforts to make Sixty Plus even stronger, and to cement its long-standing relationship with this campus."

Sixty Plus was established in 1975 by then Dean of Continuing Education Shepard Insel. In 2001, Sixty Plus became a self-supporting and self-governing organization, moving away from its initial sponsors, the Gerontology Program. However, the organization continued to partner with the University through programs such as OLLI and Eldercollege. All 550 members of Sixty Plus are students at SFSU and meet twice a month on campus to hear speakers and attend cultural community events.

-- Student Writer Audrey Tang with Ellen Griffin



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