Announcements — October 2009 Archives

October 29, 2009

BSWSA Clothing and Food Drive

The BSW Student Organization (BSWSA) will begin collecting clothing and nonperishable goods at the next BSWSA meeting, on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 pm in Rodney’s (Shafer Court). Afterward donation boxes will be placed in the Raleigh Building until November 20th. The clothing will be donated to the Daily Planet and the food will go to Central Virginia Food Bank. Questions should be addressed to BSWSA officer Mary-Kristin Lennox at

October 16, 2009

SSW alumni profiled in Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40

Alumna and adjunct instructor Mary Dunne Stewart and alumnus Marc Cheatham were recently profiled in Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40.

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Marc Cheatham

Mary Dunne Stewart

Congratulations to Marc & Mary!

October 12, 2009

Meeks and Chen to Defend Doctoral Dissertations

Geraldine Lewis Meeks will defend her dissertation on Monday, October 26th from 1:00 -3:00 pm in the Raleigh Building, Room 101. Gerry’s title is Environmental and organizational factors influencing similarities and differences between faith-based and non-religious human service providers. Dr. Patrick Dattalo is chairing the dissertation with support from committee members within the School, Drs. Ellen Netting and Mary Katherine O’Connor, and outside member, Dr. Kevin Allison, VCU’s Associate Dean of Community Activities in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Gerry’s draft is available in the Ph.D. office for loan until October 26th, and afterwards in the Ph.D. offices in the basement.

Hsing-Jung Chen’s dissertation defense will be held on Wednesday, November 18th from 10:00 AM – Noon, also in Room 101. Hsing-Jung’s title is Robust protective factors that help youth with a parent experiencing depression achieve positive adjustment. Dr. Pamela J. Kovacs is chairing the dissertation with support from committee members here in the School, Drs. Patrick Dattalo and Sarah Kye Price and outside member, Dr. Gene H. Brody of the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia. Hsing-Jung’s draft will be available in the Ph.D. office two weeks prior to her defense date.

Congratulations to both these women on reaching this final stage! You are invited and encouraged to attend these events, so please mark these important dates on your calendar !

October 7, 2009

VCU and Community Partners Awarded $190,000 Jessie Ball duPont Fund Grant to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty

Congratulations to Dr. Tony Mallon, VCU School of Social Work, Principal Investigator.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has awarded a $190,580 grant to Virginia Commonwealth University on behalf of a coalition of several VCU educational units and Richmond groups working to prevent and reduce poverty in the Richmond region.

The three-year grant will be used to create a VCU-United Way Financial Stability Alliance to develop a systematic and comprehensive approach for reducing poverty in the Richmond area. The effort is an extension of a planning grant from an earlier duPont Fund grant that assessed the needs and opportunities for collaborations in the Richmond region.

In addition to the United Way, community partners have been The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Petersburg, the Greater Richmond Earned Income Tax Coalition and New Visions New Ventures.

The alliance is working to expand the capacity of existing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) organizations to provide free tax preparation services to low-income residents, while also linking them to asset building organizations and services in the area and evaluating the impact of the effort, according to Anthony J. Mallon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Work and principal investigator of the effort.

“It’s an excellent example of a community-university partnership designed to address a pressing need,” Mallon said. “This initiative involves multiple units within the university – the School of Social Work, the School of Business, the Department of Mass Communication and the Division of Community Engagement as well as several service organizations located across the Richmond-Petersburg area.”

The DuPont Fund grant also will support the implementation of a service-learning course in tax preparation, the development of an annual daylong “financial stability fair” to kick off tax season and the creation of annual community forums to discuss project outcomes.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a national philanthropic foundation that offers financial awards to promote community problem solving and accountability, asset-building and the independent sector.

October 6, 2009

SSW Professor Liz Cramer to Walk for Neighborhood Resource Center

Professor Liz Cramer will participate in the Rocketts Landing Run to the River 5k Walk to benefit the Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) on Saturday, October 17, 2009. When Dr. Cramer was asked why she participates in this event every year, she said,

“I have watched the NRC grow from when they met at Joyce’s Beauty Salon, to the purchase of the old post office, to the renovation of the building, to the development of youth and adult programming, to the Montessori school, to the community garden, and to the cafe. I have been very impressed with the dedication of people in the Greater Fulton Hill community to creating positive and healthy services for community members. I believe that the staff and volunteers treat everyone who walks through the door with respect and compassion. It has been easy for me to support this tremendous organization.”

If you would like to participate in the event or want to volunteer to help on race day, please visit