School of Social Welfare Honors Distinguished Teaching Professor Jan Hagen Upon Retirement

Dr. Jan Hagen, the epitome of the cross-century scholar activist who was honored as a Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University of New York in 2002, announced her retirement this year.

In her nearly 30 years with the School of Social Welfare, Dr. Hagen was at the forefront of poverty research, leading critically acclaimed studies on welfare recipients and workers. In addition to her many articles, book chapters, and research reports, she served as associate editor of the 20th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Her leadership role in the School included terms as associate dean and director of both the Ph.D. and undergraduate programs. A leader of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she was elected State Chapter President in 2000. Her numerous awards include the NASW President’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2003; Educator of Year from the New York State Social Work Education Association in 2000; SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999; and Bread and Roses Award, Council of Women’s Groups, University at Albany, in 1999.

Katherine Maciol ’88 Appointed CEO of the Commission on Economic Opportunity; Kathy Coons ’84 Appointed Commissioner of the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health

Katherine Maciol, MSW ’88, SSW adjunct professor, has been appointed the new president/CEO of the Commission on Economic Opportunity. Maciol, who had been the commissioner of the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health, assumed her new post in early December, taking lead of the agency employing over 250 individuals with a $21 million budget.

She is succeeded in the commissioner of the Department of Mental Health post by another School of Social Welfare alumna, Kathy Coons, MSW ’84.

Arlene Lev ’86 Receives American Family Therapy Academy’s Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award

Arlene Lev, MSW ’86, is the 2013 recipient of the American Family Therapy Academy’s Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award. Lev is a part-time lecturer and director of School of Social Welfare’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI).

SOGI aims to enhance the clinical skills of graduate students working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals (LGBTQ) clients and their families, and to develop educational and campus-wide access for students across disciplines interested in LGBTQ studies.

Doctoral Candidate Nicole McFarland appointed new CEO of Senior Hope Counseling Inc.

Nicole S. MacFarland, currently School of Social Welfare doctoral candidate in the area of geriatric addictions, has been named the new executive director of Senior Hope Counseling Inc., which provides services to older adults with addictions. MacFarland has been a pioneer and advocate in the field of geriatrics, lecturing nationally on the topic of geriatric addictions and co-occurring disorders among older adults.

Honored as the Social Worker of the Year at the 2010 New York State National Association of Social Workers conference, MacFarland is well published and her work has been awarded regionally and nationally.