Announcements — Alumni

May 16, 2012

Perkins is 2012-2013 Falck Scholarship Recipient

NathanPerkins 2 May 2012.jpgDr. Kia J. Bentley recently announced that the 2012-2013 Hans S. Falck Scholarship has been awarded to doctoral candidate Nathan H. Perkins.

Nathan’s application was among four outstanding projects submitted for review by Ph.D. alumna Dr. Lori Thomas (UNC Charlotte), and Assistant Professor Dr. Miriam M. George. Nathan plans to defend his proposal during the summer 2012 semester and begin data collection in the fall. He will use the $1,000 award to help defray costs of his research project.

In her support letter, Nathan’s dissertation chair, Dr. Mary Katherine O’Connor, commented, “I have seen Nathan grow to become a scholar with a consistent focus on making a difference. He is making great progress on a very complex research project that is certain to do just that. Importantly, Nathan’s work fits very well within the tradition that Dr. Falck established for both his students and his colleagues.”


March 8, 2012

Kim Flournoy DiJoseph Joins Office of Student Success

Kim 2.JPGWe are delighted to announce that Kim Flournoy DiJoseph has joined the school as the Director of Student Success. In her new role, Kim will serve as a resource to students in all programs at the School of Social Work. Kim will coordinate our Advising Center, which will open later this year. She will further develop student engagement and support activities, emphasize scholarship opportunities, coordinate student awards, and advise the school’s various student organizations.

Kim earned her B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a field instructor and adjunct instructor in addition to having provided course development for the School of Social Work and the Department of Sociology’s Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention Program. She provides consultation and training in areas such as domestic violence, play therapy, non-profit program development, and the effects of trauma on children, families, and clinicians. Kim serves on the board of the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work and is an active member of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Kim!

March 15, 2011


Show your ‘Rams Spirit’ ! Please join us for these special events ~

Friday, April 1, 2011, 9:00 AM

Pinkus Schwartz Symposium

On April 1st the VCU School of Social Work, in partnership with the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. will sponsor the annual Pinkus-Schwartz Symposium at the University Commons. This year’s program, entitled “Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice,” will feature Michael A. Gillette, Ph.D., president of Bioethical Services of Virginia, Inc. The six-hour ethics seminar will provide an introduction to some of the most interesting and difficult ethical issues that emerge in the provision of clinical services with an emphasis on issues revolving around boundaries and dual relationships. Dr. Gillette will demonstrate a practical approach to ethical reasoning that can be applied to a variety of sub-topics with the goal of improving attendees’ abilities to identify, analyze and resolve difficult ethical issues.

Sunday, April 3, 2011, 1:00 PM

SSW African American Alumni Reunion and Reception

The SSW is sponsoring the African American Alumni Reunion to promote the reconnection of past and present African American students, alumni, and faculty. The reunion be held on Sunday April 3rd at 1:00 PM at the Byrd Theater, in conjunction with the viewing of the film “The Other City” [see below]. The event will serve as the kick-off event for the African American Alumni Association. Make reservations online at The Other City – VCU SSW, or call 804/828-6760 for further information.

Sunday, April 3, 2011, 1:45 PM

“The Other City”

Free screening of the documentary film “The Other City” at The Byrd Theatre to promote awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C. The film tells the stories of people in our nation’s capital who have not let lack of government assistance stop them from standing up to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS every day. This event is co-sponsored by The VCU School of Social Work, SSWAN, and The Fan Free Clinic. Especially for SSW students, alumni, faculty, and friends. Must RSVP to attend! RSVP online at The Other City – VCU FFW, or, RSVP by email or obtain further information by contacting Katherine Dolvin at

Friday April 29, 2011, 6:00-9:00 PM

Hearst Scholar Reunion- Scott House

The Hearst Scholarship is offered to students interested in social work practice in the area of aging. Over the past 8 years, over 50 students from the VCU School of Social Work have benefited from this scholarship program. To acknowledge them and their efforts in serving the aging community, the SSW is hosting a William Randolph Hearst Reunion on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 6-9 pm at Scott House on the Monroe Park Campus of VCU.

Friday, April 29, 2011, 12:00-2:00 PM

Community Partners Appreciation Luncheon

This annual event held in the Richmond Salons at the VCU Student Commons on the Monroe Park campus recognizes community partner agencies and field instructors. The following 2011 awards will be presented: Wurtzel Community Partner Award, Amy Rosenblum Field Instructor Award, and the Grace Harris Community Engagement Leadership Award.

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 3:00 PM

Memorial Service for retired faculty member Dr. Charles Bernard “Bernie” Scotch

Dr. Scotch passed away on Monday, December 13, 2011, in Richmond, Virginia, at the age of 91. He joined the faculty of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in 1968 and retired in 1986. Bernie taught community organization, social planning, and social policy at VCU for over 20 years, and was much beloved by his students and colleagues. Bernie was active in Richmond community affairs, taking a special interest in advocacy for the homeless and community mental health programs. Bernie was a board member of the Daily Planet for many years and was a fierce advocate of the homeless. He met with Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1950s as she was traveling about promoting her agenda to end poverty and discrimination. He also worked with Saul Alinksy, the iconic community organizer in Chicago, in fighting discrimination in suburban Chicago in the 60s.

The service will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23236.