Marylhurst alumni and faculty in the music therapy program took an active role in the planning and presentation of the 2014 Western Regional American Music Therapy Association conference in Portland.
Dr. Sasser's article, A Gero-Punk Manifesto, also served as introduction to a presentation she gave at the AGHE annual meeting. Niro wrote a reflection piece in response to that presentation.
Excerpt from A Gero-Punk Manifesto by Jennifer Sasser:
To be a Gero-punk is to bravely and critically reflect upon, interrogate, and create new ways of thinking about and experiencing the aging journey. A Gero-punk resists normative aging ideology and challenges others to do so as well, or at least to better understand the implications of normative aging ideology before they live by its rules. And as (British Critical Gerontologist) Simon Biggs entreats us, as Gero-punks we resist "simple states of consciousness" about aging and later life, and choose, instead, to dwell in the messiness, the undeniable complexity, of the life-long journey of deep human development and aging.
Excerpt from Reflection by Natasha Niro:
What [Dr. Sasser] demonstrated for the lecture attendees was the fluid and dynamic way in which she engages students in the learning process, creating an intentional learning community where collaboration is highly valued and all voices are respected. ...The framework through which Dr. Sasser enacts her work as an educational gerontologist demonstrates her dedication to nurturing each student's development as a critical thinker and lifelong learner.