Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Shirley Jones Honored at Southern Mississippi School of Social Work

Distinguished Service Professor Shirley Jones Distinguished Service Professor Shirley Jones was recognized at Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Social Work in November on the school’s 40th anniversary. Dr. Jones served as Dean in the late ’70s and was honored for her service. USM set a precedent when it hired Dr. Jones as the first African-American academic dean appointed to Mississippi’s public university system.

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SSW’s 8th Annual Donor & Awardee Scholarship Luncheon

Stephanie Wacholder On December 4, 2014, the School of Social Welfare honored scholarship awardees and the generous donors who made scholarships possible at our annual awards luncheon and celebration. Scholarship awardees Yvette Boafo and Maria Mastroianni, both second-year MSW students, expressed gratitude to donors and the School for providing them with scholarships. They also expressed the desire to “pay forward” the assistance they have received once they are in a positon to do so.

This year’s luncheon also celebrated our very own Stephanie Wacholder who retired from the School of Social Welfare at the end of December 2014. She has been honored with an endowed scholarship to celebrate her historic work as well as the many contributions made to the School and the University over the past 14 years. Stephanie’s scholarship will be awarded to a School of Social Welfare student enrolled in our MSW Program who demonstrates financial need and a commitment to building collaborative partnerships and advocating for policy innovations in both the public and private sectors to promote well-being.

The luncheon is one of many celebrations which will mark the School’s 50th Anniversary in 2015, marking 50 years of Building Knowledge and Changing Lives.

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Dr. Heather Larkin Holloway’s Article Featured in Most Downloaded Articles

Heather Larkin HollowayAssociate Professor Heather Larkin Holloway’s article, ‘Social Work and Adverse Childhood Experiences Research: Implications for Practice and Health Policy,’ published in Social Work in Public Health has been included in an online article collection featuring the most downloaded articles published in Routledge Health & Social Care journals in 2014. The collection features the top three most downloaded articles that were published and downloaded in 2014 in each Routledge Health and Social Care journal. The article will be freely available on our website until June 30, 2015, via the collection homepage here: http://bit.ly/health-social-care-most-read

The Gathering Series, Spring Semester 2015

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This semester’s The Gathering Series – “A Walk In Your Shoes” – has incorporated others’ lives and features SSW alumna Florence Frazier (Social Work Activism); high school senior Sonya Rio-Glick (People with Disabilities); David Chancey (Gay Parenting); James Thomas (Racism Through the Eyes of An African American Male); and Sarah Gauthier (Transgendered Individuals). The series, part of the School’s commitment to shed the light on racism and engage in critical dialogue about racism in our society, includes a three-fold purpose:

  • To bring deeper understanding to social justice issues in an effort to gain a better awareness of yourself, and knowledge about the clients that you work with through open discussion in a safe forum.
  • To form a group with the ultimate goal of making inclusiveness a habit practiced by everyone in the School of Social Work and beyond.
  • To create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice.”

Meetings are held bi-weekly for students, with the “A Walk In Your Shoes” presentations open to faculty and staff.

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Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson Receives National Award

UAlbany School of Social Welfare Dean and Professor Katharine Briar-LawsonDean and Professor Katharine Briar-Lawson was selected to receive the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award from the National Association of Social Workers. This award is given to an individual, group, or organization that has significantly advanced the public image of professional social work. More information about the award and a list of previous awardees can be found at: http://www.naswfoundation.org/recognition/sarnat.asp. The award ceremony is scheduled in Washington, D.C. at the end of April.

Congressman Paul Tonko Observes SSW Navigator Enrollment

Congressman Paul Tonko observed a live enrollment in health insurance by UAlbany Navigator Katie Merrill, a second-year MSW student, as she helps UAlbany alumus Brandon Bissell-Evans navigate and enroll on the New York State of Health Marketplace.Congressman Paul Tonko observed a live enrollment in health insurance by UAlbany Navigator Katie Merrill, a second-year MSW student, as she helps UAlbany alumnus Brandon Bissell-Evans navigate and enroll on the New York State of Health Marketplace. This live enrollment highlighted the importance of enrollment in health insurance and the step-by-step help a UAlbany Navigator can provide to each customer.

The University at Albany's School of Social Welfare (SSW) is playing an integral role in helping individuals, families and businesses in the Capital Region and Columbia and Greene counties understand their healthcare options through the Affordable Care Act. The School has a subcontract with the Community Service Society (CSS) to support enrollment efforts via the NY State of Health marketplace. Navigators can be reached by calling (518) 442-3854 or by email at navigator@albany.edu.

Through the ‘Navigator’ program, SSW graduate students serve as frontline support to help community members navigate the health exchange enrollment process. Navigators at UAlbany provide free and unbiased information, with the objective of matching each person with an ideal plan that meets their physician, prescription, or other medical needs.

"There is still a basic need for support in the Capital District as compared to other communities and regions," said Kelly J. Gross, director of UAlbany's Navigator Program. "Our navigators address the unmet needs of enrollment by putting in the time and commitment to help community members understand all of their options, and secure the best plan for themselves and their families."

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Continuing Education (CEU) Program

Beginning January 1, 2015, New York State is requiring each Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State to complete 36 hours of approved continuing education courses for each three-year registration period. The School of Social Welfare is committed to supporting the continued growth and development of social workers and other human service professionals in New York State by providing quality workshops and training opportunities. University at Albany faculty experts and other professionals are utilized to disseminate current promising practices and evidence-based knowledge so that social workers will have the latest social work information at their fingertips. A list of courses currently offered may be found at https://www.albany.edu/ssw/ceu.php. More information on what is required to meet this new requirement is found at the New York State Education Department.