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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Sigma Phi Omega: The National Academic and Professional Society in Gerontology


About Sigma Phi Omega

    • Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology, was established in 1980 to recognize excellence of those who study gerontology and aging and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons. The formation of a society provides a much needed link between educators, practitioners, and administrators in various settings where older persons are served.
    • Mission: To promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship and services to older persons and to advance the education of those individuals in aging related fields.
    • SPO welcomes you to meet our members and share news reflecting excellence and outstanding service within our gerontology profession.
    • Official Website of Sigma Phi Omega: CLICK HERE

Membership Eligibility

  1. Undergraduates with a GPA of at least 3.3
  2. Graduate level students with a GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Those who do not have the required GPA can still participate under probationary status while attempting to raise the GPA. Alumni and professionals in aging related fields are also welcome to join.


Membership Fees

$ 25.00 per year

(includes membership pin and certificate)

Meeting Schedule

  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:00 PM

However, the meeting schedule may vary from semester to semester.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Mr. Goeller at beforehand or our immediate past-president John Fay (

  • Usually to be held in FCS room 108/110

We may have additional meetings during the month dependent upon needed event planning.


Upcoming Event

  • Elections: Board of Directors 2014-2015

It’s your time to be a leader! Get involved and make a difference!

Candidate for one of the board member position: President, Vice-President, or Treasurer.

For more details please contact our Faculty Advisor, Mr. Goeller at or any of our past board members. (Please note: Mr. Goeller is our SPO Faculty Advisor for Fall 2014 until Dr. Claver will be back from sabbatical)

National Newsletter

Read about our chapter in the SPO National Newsletter on page 14.

Past Events

  • Spring 2014

Canned Food Drive

Outstanding Campus Involvment Award 2013-2014- Student Life and Development, CSULB.

  • Fall 2013

Coastline Gerontology Networking Event

CHHS Health and Safety Fair @ The Beach

Canned Food Drive & Long Beach Senior Center

Alzheimer's Walk- Huntington Beach; Anaheim

Senior Santa & Friends


Faculty Advisor

Dr. Maria Claver

Dr. Maria Claver

During Fall 2014 semester, Dr. Claver is in sabbatical. Please address your questions, concerns, and ideas related to GAHPS to Mr. Goeller at


John Fay

John Fay, MSGc

Vice President

Elena Ionescu

Elena Ionescu, MSGc


Desirae Gamboa

Desirae Gamboa


Steven Grande

Steven Grande, MSGc


Joy Miller

Joy Miller