Announcements — School news

August 20, 2013

M.S.W. Foundation field orientation on Aug. 27

All M.S.W. Foundation students (full-time first year or part-time entering first field placement) must attend field orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note the meeting location below:

Tuesday, August 27
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Student Commons, Commons Theater

Opening meeting for field instructors on Aug. 29

All field instructors are invited to come to the annual Opening Meeting for Field Instructors on Thursday, Aug. 29 in the Student Commons, Virginia rooms A-B-C, beginning at 9 a.m. New field instructors are asked to stay until 3 p.m. to receive important information about preparing for field instruction. Seasoned field instructors are also welcomed to stay, but may leave after morning activities at 11:30 a.m.

Field instruction begins on Sept. 3

Field instruction for the fall 2013 semester begins for all students in their agencies the week of Sept. 3.

May 3, 2013

Spring 2013 doctoral program graduates

Please join us in congratulating our Spring 2013 doctoral program graduates!

Dr. David Axlyn McLeod successfully defended his dissertation on Feb 26, 2012. Dr. McLeod’s dissertation, entitled “The Impact of Perpetrator Gender on Child Protective Services Sexual Abuse Cases: A National Picture,” was chaired by Dr. Sarah K Price. Dissertation Committee members were Dr. Liz Cramer, Dr. Pat Dattalo, and Dr. Janet Warren. Dr. McLeod has accepted a position as Assistant Professor, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, The University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Suzie S. Weng successfully defended her dissertation, “Dimensions of Informal Support Network Development in an Asian American Community in the “New” South defense on April 16, 2013. Dr. Weng’s dissertation committee included Dr. Mary Katherine O’Connor (Chair) and attended by many members of the Asian community. Dissertation Committee members were Dr. Peter Nguyen, Dr. Youngmi Kim, Dr. Rosalie Corona. Dr. Weng heads to the University of North Florida where she has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Social Work for fall 2013.

Dr. Carmen Monica successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Implications of Child Abduction for Human Rights and Child Welfare Systems: A Constructivist Inquiry of the Lived Experience of Guatemalan Mothers Publically Reporting Child Abduction for Intercountry Adoption” on April 25. Dr Humberto Fabelo, with Dr. Karen Rotabi, chaired the committee. Other members were Dr. Mary Katherine O’Connor and Dr. Rosalie Corona. Dr. Monica will join the Department of Human Services Studies at Elon University, N.C., beginning this fall as Assistant Professor.

Dr. Katherine Cohen-Filipic successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Guilt, Blame, and Responsibility: The Experiences of Parents and Clinicians Providing Services to Adolescents with Co-Occurring Mental Heath and Substance Abuse Challenges.” On April 18th. Her dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Kia Bentley; members were Dr. Sarah Kye Price, Dr. Joseph F. Walsh, Dr. Evelyn Reed, and Dr. Robert Cohen. Dr. Cohen-Filipic is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ithaca College in New York.

December 6, 2012

Congratulations, Doctoral Program Graduates!

Please join us in congratulating our newest doctoral program graduates!

Dr. Linda Love successfully defended her dissertation, The Multiple Perspectives on the Lived Experience of Civil Detainment, on November 2, 2012. Committee members included Dr. Mary Secret (chair), Dr. Kia Bentley, Dr. Michele Nelson, and Dr. Mary Katherine O’Connor. Dr. Love currently serves as the substance abuse section head in the Marine and Family Programs Division, Marine Corps Headquarters.

Dr. Shane Brady successfully defended his dissertation, Discovering How Community Organizing Leads to Change: Developing Formal Practice Theory for Social Workers Engaged in Empowering Community Organizing, on November 14, 2012. Committee members included Dr. Mary Katherine O’Connor (chair), Dr. Cornelia Ramsey, Dr. Mary Secret, and Dr. Traci Wike. Dr. Brady serves as a client services manager with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Project Outreach Team and as an adjunct professor of social work at the University of Michigan.

August 21, 2012

M.S.W. Foundation Field Orientation on August 28 and 29

All M.S.W. Foundation students (full-time first year or part-time entering first field placement) must attend field orientation on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please note the meeting locations below.

Tuesday, August 28:
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Student Commons, Commons Theater

Wednesday, August 29:
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Student Commons, Richmond Salons

Field Instruction Begins on September 4

Field instruction for the fall 2012 semester begins for all students in their agencies the week of September 4.

Opening Meeting for Field Instructors on August 31

All field instructors are invited to come to the annual Opening Meeting for Field Instructors on Friday, August 31 in the Student Commons, Commons Theater beginning at 8:30 a.m. New field instructors are asked to stay until 12:30 p.m. to receive important information about preparing for field instruction. Seasoned field instructors are also welcomed to stay, but may leave after morning activities at 11:30 a.m.

June 20, 2012

Laura Napky Joins Dean’s Office

Laura Napky.jpgWe are delighted to announce that Laura Napky has joined the Dean’s Office as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans. Laura has over six years of experience working for VCU in various departments and roles, beginning as a student worker. In her new role, Laura will be assisting the associate deans with maintaining calendars, processing travel, helping with special events, and general Dean’s Office duties.

Laura earned her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. She is a very active volunteer and enjoys community service. Laura assists in the production of the Richmond Folk Festival as a fourth-year volunteer with Venture Richmond, teaches a free hula hoop class, and occasionally works with Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities in partnership with the Let’s Move! Richmond initiative. She is also a member of RVA Hoop House, a local nonprofit focused on fun and fitness with a hula hoop.

Please join us in welcoming Laura!

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.”

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