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Presidential seminar to discuss intergenerational alliances

Date of release: 04/07/00

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — C. Oren Renick, associate professor in the Health Administration Department at Southwest Texas State University, will deliver the 33rd Presidential Seminar beginning at 2 p.m. April 18 in Alkek Library rooms 105 and 106.

Renick will discuss Intergenerational Alliances: Leading the Way to Healthier Communities. In his discussion, Renick will address the two and a half year old Mutual Adoption Pact program, which is a multicultural, multigenerational service and mentoring program that teams university and high school students with older adults. The program provides practical services to the adults to increase their quality of life and maintain their independence.

“Teams of two or more youth provide several hours of interaction weekly to a care recipient,” Renick explained. “Services include light housework or yard work, assistance with correspondence, transportation to receive medical services, meals on wheels delivery, companionship and social interaction, telephone contact and an oral history project. The older adults serve as mentors to the youth.”

Prior to joining the faculty in 1990, Renick was executive director of the Equicor Health Plan in Chicago. Renick’s teaching and research interests include health law, managed care and total quality management, which earned him SWT School of Health Professions’ Teacher of the Year Award in 1994.

Renick received his J.D. from Mississippi College, M.P.H. in health care administration from Tulane University, Th.M. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A. in history and B.A. in political science from Mississippi College. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Bar Association and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

Each year at SWT, a faculty member is chosen to present the Presidential Seminar. The event provides faculty members the opportunity to present their research to other members of the faculty and the general public. The event is free and open to the public.