Michelle Remold is the first recipient of the Adele Whitenack Davis Gerontology Service Award. Remold, who will graduate in December with a degree in Gerontology: Social Sciences, won the award for meritorious service to the Gerontology program, the UNI campus, and the local community.
During her time at UNI, Remold has taken on numerous leadership roles in student organizations. She has been active in the Northern Iowa Family Services Organization and Advocates for Alzheimer's.
Remold also founded a popular Memory Trunks program that provides a discussion activity for individuals living with Alzheimer's and related dementias in local nursing homes and assisted livings. She and her team have visited facilities across the Cedar Valley.
Remold, who is from Faribault, Minnesota, is currently an intern with the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer's Association. She assists with community education and outreach. She also spent the summer of 2011 as an intern at the Faribault Senior Center in Faribault, Minnesota.
Her desire to help those with Alzheimer's disease stems from helping her family care for her grandfather after his Alzheimer's diagnosis.
"Michelle has made fantastic contributions to our program in the last few years," said Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of Gerontology. "She is so committed to helping older adults with dementia, and she's really helped to promote our program. She is one of the most impressive students I've worked with in terms of community and campus involvement."
In addition, Remold has assisted with campus events such as Major in Minutes, where students share their experiences in their major with deciding students. She has been a guest speaker at several university events and coordinated a training on Alzheimer's through the Alzheimer's Association in the fall of 2012.
"What really sets Michelle apart is her passion for the field," said Dr. Bill Henninger, instructor of Family Studies. "She has a lot of initiative to start projects outside of the classroom."
After graduation, Remold plans to attend graduate school in Gerontology at Mankato State in Minnesota.
(Photo is of Michelle Remold--center--and the Memory Trunks team.)