Many of our volunteers, including board members, instructors, coaches, IT staff, and office staff, have received awards that recognize their accomplishments and dedication. Some of them are described below.
Austin Senior Resource Alliance: 2014 Senior Honorees
The Austin Senior Resource Alliance is made up of professionals across many fields of service in the Austin, Texas area. Seniors today have a vast array of decisions to make and options to choose from. Their specialists are not only at the top of their field, but have specialized knowledge in the benefits available to seniors and are experienced in working with senior clients.
They recently recognized one of our volunteers Bill. Bill is an active participant in our classes and is often a coach. Bill is an excellent example of how you can impact lives while retired. Bill is the resident photographer at the retirement community The Conservatory, taking pictures at all events. Every month he presents an hour long slideshow to music, featuring those pictures. Bill is also known as the computer expert and lends his assistance to residents. Once asked why he does it, he explained he really enjoys it! When others are asked what word would sum Bill up, they say: Generous, Helpful, Gracious, Dedicated, and Caring.
Click here for a list of all the 2014 Honorees.
The photo below shows Bill receiving the award from local (retired) newscaster, Judy Maggio.
Viewbug is a popular online photo community with contests.
Roberta, the Director of the AGE Computer Lab and instructor for most photography and many other classes, is an award-winning and nationally-known photographer. Here is a sample of one of her recent acknowledgements on the ViewBug website for photographers: link.
Les, one of our outstanding members of the lab technical team and an instructor, won a ViewBug award for this picture (link.)
Dewey Winburne Community Service Award
The Dewey Winburne Community Service Award is awarded every spring to "Digital Do-Gooders" at the SXSW Interactive Conference. This honor helps draw attention to wonderful people in Austin who are using technology to improve this city in many different ways. This award celebrates the spirit of community in Austin that is entirely unique to this city and unique to SXSW.
Congratulations to a 2011 honoree, our own Roberta. She is the Director of the Austin Computer Learning Center (now called the AGE Computer Lab), a non-profit program of Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) and a technical education center for adults. After instructing and writing curriculum for eleven years, she became the Director in July 2010. Her focus is on narrowing the digital gap to make seniors feel more relevant and knowledgeable about computers and applications.
AGE Community Service Award
The AGE Community Service Award was awarded in 2009 at the 15th Annual AGE Awards dinner to our Chief Technology Officer, Carl. Carl is the leader in the complex job of keeping our lab up and running. That includes making sure our computers have up to date hardware and software, and the network is operational.
We are sad to report that Carl Pingry,one of our founding volunteer members, passed away on July 8th, 2016. Click here for memorial service details. Obituary.
AGE Computer Lab Bill Boland Award
"We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn." - Peter F. Drucker
Bill Boland was one of the founders of SeniorNet Austin, which was later named the AGE Computer Lab, in 1998. The AGE Computer Lab is totally driven by volunteers who spend countless hours and mental energy getting our older student base into the 21st tech century. Each year, we give this highest award to one of our outstanding volunteers. This award has been received by the following:
- Cheryl in 2013
- Annette in 2014
- and others who will be mentioned after details are confirmed
Real Men of the Lab Award
This award goes to the Lab Maintenance Crew, who go above and beyond the call of volunteer duty to keep our lab in tip-top condition.
Real Women of the Lab Award