Institute for Retired Professionals names Volunteer of the Year
Institute for Retired Professionals names Volunteer of the YearJune 15, 2009Eileen Jevisejevis@uc.syr.edu
The Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) named Suzanne Gladys the Volunteer of the Year at its recent annual meeting and luncheon.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an individual whose commitment to a variety of civic and cultural organizations, spent in the service of others, greatly benefits countless Central New York residents. Gladys has volunteered her time at the Everson Museum of Art as a docent and as a volunteer during the museum’s Festival of Trees. Over the past 15 years, Gladys has worn many different hats as a volunteer at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. She is currently a leader on the zoo’s puppet committee, has hosted sleepovers at the zoo, participated in “ZooBoo” activities, presided as Mrs. Claus during the holiday season, and worked as an education volunteer.
Gladys received dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and education, and a master’s degree in education from Syracuse University.
Gladys was a science teacher for the Syracuse City School District for 32 years. She has served on the board of the New York State United Teachers and Syracuse University Alumnae Association. She also served two terms as president of IRP.
“I’m most appreciative of this award,” says Gladys. “It was totally unexpected. IRP is an educational and informative program and keeps seniors aware of all the things going on in our area. The diverse speakers representing all areas of the community-education, law enforcement, charitable institutions and politics-keep us updated on the issues that affect us all. I am happy to be a part of it.”
The Institute for Retired Professionals, established by University College of Syracuse University, provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, to expand interests and make new acquaintances. Subjects for programs have included public and community events, political and social issues, fine arts, science and the environment. Presentations are made by SU faculty and specialists within the community.
For more information on this program, call University College of Syracuse University at 443-4846 or visit http://www.yesu.syr.edu/IRP.