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Division of Social Work

College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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Division of Social Work Recognizes Faculty and Student at 2017 Graduation Reception

The Division of Social Work held its 2017 Graduation Reception on May 12 at the Elks Lodge in Laramie, WY. This celebration included honoring forty BSW graduates and twenty-three MSW graduates. Also honored were students, faculty and field instructors who have demonstrated outstanding growth and leadership. Here is a list of those recognized at the reception:

Recognition for Exemplary Community Service and Good Citizenship.  This recognition is given to the MSW or BSW student who has taken an extensive leadership and service role within the community.  The Recipient for 2017 is Joseph Gonzalez one of the MSW students. 

Recognition for Innovation and Creativity.  This special recognition is given to an MSW student who has developed a creative and innovative project during his or her academic studies.  The recipient for 2017 is Marissa Albat, one of the MSW students.

MSW Student of the Year. This special recognition is given to a graduating MSW student who has gone above and beyond the minimum requirements of the Social Work program.  This student should be a good student colleague, should show strong or outstanding growth as a social worker through his or her studies, and have taken on leadership and service roles.  This student should also show imagination, resourcefulness, and uphold the Code of Ethics.  The Recipient for 2017 is Reinette Tendore.

Phoenix Award.  This special recognition is given to a graduating BSW or MSW social work student who has persevered to graduate in light of great personal challenges.  This year the DOSW recognized a BSW and a MSW student.  The recipients are Helen Meadows, BSW Student and Lauren Smith, MSW Student.

Recognition for Student Research:  This special recognition is given to a graduating MSW student who has developed and undertaken an exemplary research study in accordance with current Division policies for Plan A or B research.  The student must be in or beyond the data analysis stage in the research project. The DOSW recognized two students this year: Megan Wild, MSW Student and Laura Zander, MSW Student.

Field Instructor of the Year.  This special recognition award is given to a field instructor who has provided mentoring, supervision, and support for a student throughout his or her field placement.  This field instructor balances the learning objectives and needs of the agency, assists with creative ideas for a broad base of experience at multiple levels of practice, provides consistent and constructive feedback while balancing task and process during weekly supervision, models and teaches professionalism and ethical behavior, applies research and best practices, and has a commitment to social justice. The recipient of the Field Instructor of the Year Award is Cody Emmett.

Faculty Mentoring Awards. Students nominate faculty members who have exemplified mentoring.  This year the DOSW honored two faculty:  Neely Mahapatra and Valerie Thompson-Ebanks.

A Celebration for Students, Faculty, Family and Friends

Social Work student poses with her family at the 2017 SOWK Graduation Reception. Social Work student with her mother and a child.
Social Work faculty member Neely Mahapatra (L) with graduate. Parent attending reception with small child.
Dean Mary Burman (L) with Valarie Thomson Ebanks A family has thier photo taken at the SOWK Graduation Reception.

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Division of Social Work

College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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