Student Donates Award Winnings to the Emeritus Institute

Emeritus Director Sandra Marzilli, Elizabeth Busick and President Tod Burnett

Emeritus Institute student Elizabeth Busick took the money she received when she was named a winner of the California Senior Leaders Award from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and put it right back into education – she donated it to the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute.

Earning the award was a real honor for Ms. Busick, who was one of 30 seniors selected among nominees throughout the state.  The award has earned her a spot on the California Senior Leaders Alliance for the next two years, in addition to $500, which was to be put toward a non-profit program of her choice.  We are glad and thankful that Ms. Busick chose to donate the funds to the Emeritus Institute.

Ms. Busick, a resident of Mission Viejo and a Saddleback College student for 38 years, believes strongly in the importance of the Emeritus Institute and the difference it has made in the lives of so many seniors.  She said, “I am a strong advocate of life-long learning.  That’s part of the reason I chose to give the Emeritus Institute the $500 I won from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. The classes the Emeritus Institute offers help seniors remain active, alert and independent and function as vital members of their community rather than dependents of their families or the State of California. These classes…are vital to keeping seniors mentally and physically fit. I can attest to their validity having taken a variety of the stimulating classes.”

She’s not exaggerating when she says she has taken a variety of classes.  Just some of the classes Elizabeth has completed include Pilates Conditioning, Birds of the World, Intro to Opera, Beginning Digital Photography, and Intro to Philosophy. She looks forward to taking Tai Chi, Aquatic Fitness,  and Jewelry Metal Fabrication in the near future.

Saddleback College thanks Ms. Busick for her generous gift, which will help other seniors gain valuable experiences in the Emeritus Institute!

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