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Miami grad stresses importance of collaboration

11/11/2008

Miami graduate Ann Gillespie will speak on "Collaborating for Success" at the annual W. Fred Cottrell Lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Knolls of Oxford Healthcare Pavilion Auditorium. The annual Cottrell lecture is sponsored by Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center. The public is invited.

Gillespie, a senior associate specializing in organization and strategy with the international management consulting firm Booze/Allen/Hamilton, will emphasize the need for government, the private-sector, academic institutions and community organizations to work together to provide for an increasingly aging population and other social concerns of the 21st century. She describes a collaborative environment as one in which "leaders interact according to their common interests while maintaining their unique priorities."

As this year's honored Cottrell lecturer, Gillespie, who holds a degree in sociology from Miami, will also receive the Scripps' W. Fred ("Doc") Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award. The combined award presentation and lecture will be followed by a reception.

"The topic couldn't be more appropriate, given the lecture's namesake and the work we do here at the center," observed Suzanne Kunkel, Scripps director. "Collaboration has long been a hallmark of Scripps, whether working together with our colleagues and students inside the department or coordinating our efforts with other organizations in the local and national aging network. It was Doc Cottrell's genius for collaboration that, in very large part, shaped the Scripps Gerontology Center into the renowned research organization that it is today."

Cottrell taught sociology, political science and gerontology at Miami from 1930 to 1974. He oversaw the transition of the Scripps Foundation for Population Problems into one of the nation's first and foremost centers of gerontology in 1972, serving as Scripps Gerontology Center's initial director.

The W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award was initiated by Scripps in 1992. Honorees are selected for their scholarship, leadership and humanitarianism in the field of aging.

For more information, contact Buffy Hanna at 529-2653 or Hannae@muohio.edu.

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