School of Social Welfare News

Hal LawsonProfessor Hal A. Lawson Receives National Cooperative Leadership Award

The National School Development Council has bestowed one of its two annual National Cooperative Leadership Awards upon School of Social Welfare Professor Hal A. Lawson. The award recognizes an outstanding national leader, with demonstrated success in improving school leadership preparation and practice, facilitating collaboration with educational partners, and investing in research frameworks that benefit educational practice.

Lawson also was honored by the Capital School Development Association at its April 16th Annual Award Dinner.

SSW Welcomes Visiting Professor Li Qianghua, Ph.D.

Li Qianghua, associate professor and director of the Social Work Undergraduate Program in the College of Humanities at Shanghai Ocean University, is collaborating with School of Social Welfare faculty. Qianghua will serve as a visiting professor for the next year and focus on undergraduate education in social work. His scholarly interests involve community-based caregiving of the aging.

Youth Summit at Albany High School‘Rising Stars’ Program Hosts Youth Summit at Albany High

At a Youth Summit at Albany High School, students strategized solutions for reducing drop-out rates caused by teen pregnancy and bullying at the School of Social Welfare’s Liberty Partnerships Rising Stars Program (LLP). The summit is spotlighted by local PBS station WMHT on its American Graduate Youth Voices website.

Videos produced by the students are part of a national media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Co-principal investigators on the LLP grant are School of Social Welfare Associate Professor Lani V. Jones and Assistant Professor Heather Larkin.

Signing a letter of agreementLetter of Agreement for Cooperation and Exchange Signed with Mongolian University

The School of Social Welfare recently hosted two visitors from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology’s School of Social Technology: Purevsuren Byambakhishig, the school’s director, and Bolormaa Oyunchimeg, its academic secretary.

School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson and Director Byambakhishing signed a letter of agreement for future academic cooperation and exchange between the two Schools. This past year, School of Social Welfare Distinguished Professor Ron Toseland visited the Mongolian university to meet with their faculty and lectured.

Graduate Student and Alumna Lisa Wilson-Good Receives Progressive Women Champions Award

Lisa Wilson-Good, current Ph.D. student and a 2013 MSW graduate, received the Progressive Women Champions Award on May 15 from the Capital District Working Families Party. Wilson-Good, the former director of Albany SNUG (a community-based violence prevention program) received the award for her work as a community leader for leadership in trauma and violence reduction.

The Social Workers Radio Show Featured on Political Social Worker Web Site

A January broadcast of the School of Social Welfare’s The Social Workers Radio Talk Show was featured on the Political Social Worker. Founded by domestic violence advocate and community development consultant Rachel L. West, the segment included was a video from The Social Workers broadcast that highlighted an interview with Deona Hooper, founder and editor of the professional networking community, Socialworkhelper.com.