Fond Farewells for the Department of Social Work
The end of the academic year is a great time for us for us to look back and reflect on all we have accomplished. This May, we graduated our biggest senior class ever. Our new graduates are heading off to work and to MSW programs across the country. You will find our grads in graduate programs at the University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, Texas State University, and Howard University. Closer to home, our students have been accepted to Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University, and the University of Connecticut.
Every summer, we say farewell to our graduates. This summer, we also said goodbye to Dr. Kit Hinga, who is leaving the department after 12 years of devoted service to the University, the Department, and the students. We wish her well in her retirement. At our annual Field Instructors Appreciation Breakfast, Kit received a touching send off from alumni, faculty, and students. Here’s a slide show with some funny moments shared by students: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hfvntp8qwgKWsYeFcxPUx8TOoR0R57TEUxQajaIi3_I/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=15000
It has been a busy summer!
We are expanding! We now have over 150 majors and 6 full-time faculty. As a result we added an office to our suite and there has been some reshuffling of space. Lots of hard work but impressive results! Come visit!
Early in the summer we co-hosted (with NASW) a workshop on play therapy given by our colleague Dr. Gabriel Lomas, the Department of Education and Education Psychology, offering CEU’s to NASW members.
This Fall are co-sponsoring a conference on Child Rights and Sights, that will be held at Yale University. Watch our Facebook page for more forthcoming information.
We will also embark on the process of revising all of our course learning objectives and evaluation tools to align with the Council of Social Work Education’s new competencies and practice behaviors, and initiate our new Mentoring Program that was started by our Community Advisory Committee.
The Department has lead a Poverty Simulation in the School of Professional Studies for the past 2 years. In September we will take it on the road to community based agencies and in the Spring we will once again host it on campus.
We continue to spend time seeking out alumni. If you are a program graduate or know of any program graduates who are not on our mailing list, please help to connect us. As a result of these we have received wonderful news from many alumni updating us about their lives, careers and reflecting back on their time at WCSU, and great support for our new Community Advisory Committee/Alumni Scholarship.
Two of the more exotic experiences include graduate Jamie Matarazzo (2014) who is in the Peace Corps and arrived in Swaziland in July to begin her 2 years of service and Marcela Campo (2015) who is the first WCSU graduate to be accepted to World Teach (Harvard University) and began teaching school this summer in Micronesia.
To receive ongoing information about Department activities, employment opportunities, events, and learning opportunities be sure to “Like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/wcsusocialwork.
Fall 2015 semester brings a flurry of activities for social work students.
We welcome Karen Brown as our newest full-time faculty member. We also welcome Joanne Santiago (Cultural Diversity) and April Moreira (Social Welfare as an Institution) as new adjuncts. Returning adjuncts include Sean Richards (Research) Ann Cook (Human Behavior and the Social Environment), Courtney Cullinan (Social Welfare as an Institution) and Nadine Dechausay (Senor Seminar on Social Policies and Issues).
This Fall will also see the start our new mentorship program, participation the WCSU Day of Service (Social Worker will sponsor a Voter Registration Drive), the Professional Development Day, a Graduate School Expo, Phi Alpha the national social work honor society will induct its newest members, there will be a series of APA style workshops, the Department will conduct a Poverty Simulation at New Milford Social Services, and is a co-sponsor of a conference on Child Rights and Sight at Yale University, and the seniors will display posters about their field placements.
As you can see, the Department is very involved in student activities and with the community.
Check out the Facebook page for more information on these events: facebook.com/wcsusocialwork.
The Spring semester will bring more great events and activities for students. Before graduation in May, our students will take part in an on campus poverty simulation, attend the annual social work symposium, participate in education and outreach tables, and so many more activities.