September is a month to remember the past, the present, and the future. In September 1977, I was a freshman at Northeastern Illinois University, when I enrolled in my Sociology 101 with Professor Samuel Betances from Harvard University who was originally from New York City and relocated to Chicago, the Windy City. In Dr. Samuel Betances’ Introduction to Sociology, all students had to become involved in their community and research social issues from personal experience.

I was in Sociology 101 with three classmates Mirtha Quintana, Suzie Bianchi, and Grace who decided to study nursing homes and services provided to the elderly in three (3) different neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. This Sociology Study was a great opportunity to explore social issues and services provided to the elderly in Chicago. I always remember Professor Samuel Betances for his great insights into the human condition and social services provided according to such social variables as social class, profession, ethnic background, religion, gender, age, wealth, education, geographic location, real estate, etc. which vary across communities, even now in the 21st century.

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.
Consulting Social Media Arts Communications