This item originally appeared in the January 21, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.
By MELISSA WALKER
A perfect match has been made at Tech -- Delta Chi fraternity and senior citizens.
Jeremy Walker, community service and public relations officer for Delta Chi and a sophomore health and physical education major, said Delta Chi is excited about its recent involvement with the Council on Aging.
"We are excited about being more involved in the community," Walker said. "It's different than just giving money to a charity."
Walker said Delta Chi's involvement includes purchasing and building computers the chapter will use to instruct senior citizens about daily computer use.
"A class of five or six older men and women meet three times a week, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., to learn about the basics of computer applications," Walker said.
Walker said the first class began in October and lasted until Christmas break. The second class began in early January and will continue until March or April, Walker said.
"Most of the people we work with have never used a computer before," Walker said.
He said his fraternity tries to focus on how to turn a computer on and off and how to use the Internet.
The fraternity also teaches the senior citizens about how the keyboard and the mouse function.
Walker said some programs are favorites among the senior citizens.
"The senior citizens really enjoy playing games," Walker said. "The genealogy program is also popular because they learn about their ancestry."
Walker said the main reason why the senior citizens are excited is not because of a particular computer program.
"They are excited because they are learning," Walker said.
Klark Kent, a member of Delta Chi and a junior aviation major, has also seen the significance of the fraternity's computer literacy class.
"We are basically getting them acquainted with the basics of computers," Kent said.
Kent said it is important for the senior citizens to be able to do simple tasks on a computer, such as setting up an e-mail account.
"[With e-mail] they are mostly concerned with talking to their grandchildren," Kent said. "They are not banking online, but they are taking steps."
Although the fraternity is focusing on small computer tasks, Kent said it is beneficial for the senior citizens to become [computer] literate.
"It is good to give back especially now when everyone is so dependent on computers," Kent said.
Brandon Zeringue, former president of Delta Chi and a senior chemistry major, said the senior citizens are not the only people benefiting from this program.
"This is helping us out personally," Zeringue said. "It is making Delta Chi better."