News from the UGA School of Social Work
March 2017

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March 2017

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March is Social Work Month, a time to celebrate the powerful work done by the more than 640,000 social workers across the country. Here at the School of Social Work we have much to celebrate. Our alumni are making positive change happen in settings as varied as mental health centers, assisted living facilities, nonprofits, and the General Assembly. Our faculty tackle the tough questions in society through research and scholarship, having an impact in both practice and policy. Our students are amazing—intellectually curious, dedicated, and innovative. There is lots going on, and lots to be proud of.

At the start of Social Work Month, we unveiled a banner outside the school celebrating social work (pictured above) and shared MSW student Dashawna Fussell-Ware's description of the scope of social work.

In addition,

  • Students shared their research at the UGA Integrative Research & Ideas Symposium, and we showcased recent faculty and student research at the school.
  • Karen Russell spoke to students about activism and social media. Dr. Russell is the Jim Kennedy New Media Professor and associate professor of public relations at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and was just named to the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
  • The International Social Work Student Association celebrated global social work practice with presentations, guest speakers and arts demonstrations. Students also made paper hand cutouts to raise money for the Youth Uplift Challenge, a program sponsored by the Bezos Family Foundation that helps educate children in Nicaragua and Indonesia.
  • The Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Religion presented a lecture titled “Mobilizing the Constructive Moral Power of Faith” by David Gushee, the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and founder and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Professor Gushee described his post-lecture conversation with students as “truly delightful.”
  • The UGA chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work inducted 47 new members.

And we paid attention to stress-busting:

  • Graduate students held “Self-Care Day,” an annual event that included art projects, music, and even a chance to pet puppies (my personal favorite!).
  • Shena Brown, a first year doctoral student, spoke about how to avoid burnout with members of UGA’s OneHealth Club and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wellness Program. The club facilitates discussion and collaboration between various disciplines to implement positive change in the local Athens community and abroad.
  • Graduate students also had the opportunity to attend a free, daylong workshop at the Athens campus on how to recognize and help individuals showing symptoms of mental illness or stress.
  • We offered a continuing education workshop titled “Self-Care for Workers in Helping Professions: From Ways of Living to Ways of Being” on the Gwinnett campus.

So Social Work Month has been both inspiring and productive. Next comes the end of the semester and graduation!

As always, thank you for caring about the School. Stop in a visit us whenever you can, and stay in touch.





Social Work Case Management: Case studies from the frontier, edited by Michael Holosko, published by Sage Publications. Many chapters are authored by members of the school's faculty, doctoral students and alumni.

Shari Miller was inducted into the National Academies of Practice.

Kristina Jaskyte Bahr was awarded a Study in a Second Discipline Fellowshipfrom the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Llewellyn "Lee" Cornelius met with a team of researchers from Ghana, NIgeria, Mexico and Guatemala at the 2017 Global Health Research Forum, held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to focus on developing interventions that can export from one locality to other countries around the world.

Jane McPherson received a $5000 grant from the Office of International Programs to create a sustained relationship between the school and the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Orion Mowbray was profiled in Columns.

Tiffany Washington co-led a spring break service trip to the Dominican Republic with members of Cru, a faith-based campus organization, to provide families with clean water filters. BSW student Chloe Fullerton also participated and raised over $3000 for filters.

Anna Scheyett presented a talk about social work challenges in the U.S. and the United Kingdom at the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Bath, and the British newspaper The Guardian published her article on how social workers can heal society's deep divisions.




Alumni Trailblazer Suzanne Wright Green (MSW '68) shared her memories of the school.

Alumni, students, faculty and staff won the Women's Basketball Dean's Challenge by bringing nearly 400 people to the Feb. 9 game against Kentucky.

If you have news you'd like to share, please contact Jennifer Abbott, alumni director, at

Saturday, April 1: Chess & Community Conference, Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Friday, April 7: BSW Capstone Presentations, SSW Building

Monday, April 24: Film and Discussion: Resilience, The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, Athens Clarke County Library

Thursday, April 28: Admission Deadline for full time MSW students

Friday, May 5: Commencement and School Convocation


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