Announcements — October 2008 Archives

October 31, 2008

Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting 2008

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Registration for Spring 2009 under way !

Early on-line registration for Spring 2009 classes is under way ! 1st & 2nd year students can register for core curriculum classes according to their PhD Program Planning Form. Students undertaking Independent Study or Directed Research projects need their project proposals approved by the PhD Program Director before registerig for these electives. Students continuing Dissertation Research and those with Independent Study and Directed Research projects should contact the PhD Program Assistant for registration assistance.

October 24, 2008

Doctoral students off to CSWE!

Over half of our current 39 doctoral students will represent the VCU School of Social Work at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting next week in Philadelphia. They will be joining more than thirty other faculty and PhD alumni, many of whom will be presenting papers or chairing sessions at the event.

October 16, 2008

Field applications now due !

Field applications are due for all B.S.W. and M.S.W. students beginning field in spring 2009 – deadline is Monday, October 27th !

October 14, 2008

MSW Alumnus featured in Style Weekly

MSW Alumnus Beth Bonniwell is featured in Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under Forty (October 8, 2008). The link below will take you to the piece about her.

October 3, 2008

Former Dean, Frank R. Baskind, New VCU faculty/staff Ombudsperson

Former dean, Frank R. Baskind, Ph.D., has been appointed as VCU’s faculty/staff ombudsperson. Dr. Baskind ended his 16-year tenure as dean of the School of Social Work in June. He remains a professor in the School.

As the faculty/staff ombudsperson, Dr. Baskind is a confidential resource for all faculty and staff at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to providing assistance in problem, complaint and conflict resolution, Dr. Baskind will monitor the policies, procedures and practices of the University for fairness and equity. For more information on the role of the faculty/staff ombudsperson visit:

Dr. Baskind brings a wealth of experience and insight to his new role. Prior to becoming dean of the School of Social Work, Dr. Baskind was the founding dean of Social Work and Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University and associate head of Human Services and Social Work Programs at the University of Tennessee. He has served as president of the board of directors for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), as chair of the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation, and as a consultant and member of various community organizations such as United Way Services of Richmond, Leadership Metro Richmond, and United Way of Greater New Haven, Conn. He also has served VCU through numerous assignments and committees, including serving as a member of the advisory board and faculty mentor for the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, member of the university’s strategic planning committee, University Council co-chair and several search committees.

Dr. Baskind graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He earned a master’s of social work and a Ph.D. with specializations in curriculum and higher education administration from the University of Connecticut.

October 1, 2008

Retired Professor Rosa Jimenez-Vazquez Profiled on NASW web site

Retired VCU School of Social Work Professor Rose Jimenez-Vazquez, MSW, ACSW, is featured on NASW’s consumer site,, as a part of Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2008).

NASW asked several outstanding Hispanic social workers to tell them why they chose social work as their profession and what they see as challenges to serving the Hispanic community today.

Click here to go directly to the web site: