The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) is an organization of educators, researchers, professionals, and students in Ohio dedicated to gerontological education, research and practice. The organization promotes gerontological education, supports Ohio’s aging network as a resource for research and practice, and provides professional development for students, faculty and professionals. OAGE serves as the official technical advisory body of the Ohio Department of Aging on issues of education, training and research in aging. The Ohio Department of Aging is a major sponsor of OAGE. Daniel J. Van Dussen, PhD, President of OAGE introducing Director McElroy. The department of Aging and OAGE partner in ways that support the development and growth of gerontological careers and fostering interest in students’ selection of professional careers that include a focus on gerontology, education and research. Key initiatives include: Ohio Scholars in Aging – A collaborative program that provides scholars of all academic backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about aging-related policy-making; establish career-long professional contacts; and gain valuable career knowledge and skills in the field of aging. Practioner of the Year Award – A joint recognition of individuals and organizations that either have improved services to older adults through research and evaluation or have developed noteworthy partnerships with institutions of higher learning for the betterment of Ohio’s elders. Short-term research projects dealing with nutrition and evidence-based practices. More photos from the conference: Gerontology educators, researchers, practitioners and students listening intently to Director McElroy’s remarks. Director McElroy took questions from the audience. Topics included the State Budget, nutrition programs and the role of gerontologists in aging services. Director McElroy networked with local service providers and coordinators. Director McElroy discussed trends with staff from Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center.