VALERIE L. HOLTON
Congratulations to doctoral candidate Valerie Holton for her selection this week as the 2010 winner of the Hans S. Falck Doctoral Scholarship. Valerie’s dissertation will examine risk factors for homelessness among people who have experienced foreclosure. The timely research, steeped in concern for economic justice, has the potential to inform policy decisions regarding home ownership and help target services to prevent homelessness. Valerie will use the $1000 award to defray expenses for participant incentives as well support the cost of research assistants to help schedule and conduct interviews. Her nomination was competitively selected from five outstanding submissions by the review team of Dr. Marilyn Biggerstaff, Professor Emeritus and Dr. Nicki Lee, former doctoral research instructor, Ph.D. alum and current MSW adjunct instructor of research.
In addition, Valerie has been selected to receive a School of Social Work Leadership and Service Award for 2010.
SUZIE S. WENG
Congratulations to first year student Suzie Weng, who was selected earlier this semester by the Doctoral Program Committee to be the 2010-11 winner of the $2500 doctoral Phi Kappa Phi scholarship. Suzie’s intellectual curiosity, ability to “think outside the box,” and consistent high quality academic work was noted by the DPC in making the determination. Suzie is deeply committed to advancing knowledge about human services in the Asian community. She was honored along with other recipients around campus at a University reception on April 28th.
KEITA M. FRANKLIN
Congratulations to Keita Franklin for her selection for the $1000 Jesse Hibbs Award, a VCU scholarship offered by the VCU Women’s Club to outstanding female graduate students with dependent children. Keita is actively working on her dissertation The impact of wartime deployments and psychological well-being on family relationships. Her chair, Dr. Delores Dungee-Anderson wrote in her nomination: “Keita is a most unusual and amazing doctoral candidate in that she is bright, enthusiastic, and completely motivated and committed to scholarship and social work practice.” Dr. Matto also wrote, “Keita has a resounding passion and commitment to military families and is devoted to extending scholarly inquiry into understanding how to better support such families.”
Keita is also a recipient of the School of Social Work Leadership and Service Award for 2010.
JULIE J. OSGOOD
Congratulations to doctoral candidate Julie Osgood whose abstract, Moving toward culturally sensitive organization practice: Three cross- cultural perspectives (Abstract No.: 4IC0020), has been selected for Best Award (Student) at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development being held June 10-14, 2010 in Hong Kong. Julie’s presentation at this international conference is a major milestone in her social work career. The Outstanding Abstract Student Awards are sponsored by the University of Hong Kong. http://www.swsd2010.org/en/index.html
ROBERT S. BROCE
Congratulations to second year student Robert Broce and the other members of the community-university partnership who were recently awarded $11,000 on a grant proposal entitled, “Multiple Family Group Intervention for Students Transitioning to Middle School,” submitted to the Council for Community Engagement. The funds will be used to pilot-test a Multiple Family Group Weekend Retreat intervention with approximately 30 families of high-risk children rising to 6th grade in south-side Richmond Public Schools. The retreats will be held in August at YMCA Camp Thunderbird. The goal is to use data collected from this program to strengthen the manualized intervention and provide preliminary results in support of future funding.
The implementation team consists Robert, Melissa McGinn of Greater Richmond SCAN, Stephanie Grady of Richmond Public Schools, Damon Jiggetts of Communities in Schools, Michael Southam-Gerow of VCU’s Department of Psychology, as well as our own faculty, Melissa Abell, Timothy Davey, and Matthias Naleppa. The project also calls for significant involvement of numerous BSW and MSW students. The community-university team will be recognized at a reception to be held on April 30, 2010.
Congratulations to first year student Johnnie O’Neal who was recently awarded a scholarship to the HIV Research Catalyst Forum held April 20-23, 2010 in Baltimore, MD. 170 scholarships were awarded to advocates from around the country out of over 1,000 applications submitted. The scholarships, awarded based on the recipient’s willingness and ability to participate in a research advocacy network in an ongoing basis after the Forum, and its covers transportation, accommodations, meals, and most importantly, the forum. For more information see http://www.hivresearchcatalystforum.org/blog