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October 23, 2014
FAU Graduate Fellowship Awards

4 Social Work graduate students were recognized at the FAU Graduate Fellowship Awards event on October 23rd. Anne-Marie Brown and Abbey Stagliano were awarded the Provost Fellowship. Ana Perez was awarded the Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship. Not pictured is Joanna Blasi who was awarded the Alice Griffin AAUW Graduate Fellowship. Click here for a slideshow from the event.

September 22, 2014
Families First accepting applications for the Betty Bell Scholarship

Families First is proud to accept applications for the first Betty Bell Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an individual who is currently enrolled in a Masters of Social Work program at an accredited university in Florida. The individual must have a history of and currently maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have intentions of seeking employment in Palm Beach County. The scholarship will be given away once a year at the annual Children's Day Awards Luncheon. This year's luncheon will be held on October 3, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please submit applications by mail to:

Betty Bell Scholarship
Attn: Bari Goldstein, President of the Board
Families First of Palm Beach County
3333 Forest Hill Blvd. 2nd Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Application link and more information:

Applications must be postmarked by September 5 or email your application to JSwindler@FamiliesFirstPBC.org.

Septemeber 20, 2014

Dr. Juyuong Park
Christina Hirz Christina Hirz
Dr. Juyuong Park Dr. Juyuong Park

Dr. Juyuong Park and her co-authors are co-winners of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work Outstanding Article Award for 2013. The award will be presented at the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) Reception at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, November 2014. This article, titled “Nonpharmacological Pain Management by Ethnically Diverse Older Adults with Chronic Pain: Barriers and Facilitators” was co-authored with two graduate students (Christina Hirz & Karen Manotas) at FAU and Dr. Nancy Hooyman at University of Washington.

September 10, 2014
Two $1250 Scholarship Opportunities

The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at Florida Atlantic University and the Florida Association of Business Tax Officials are pleased to be able to award two Adriana Castellano Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1250 to two students within the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Click here for more details on how to apply.

September 4, 2014
Research Conduct of Ethics Series for MSW students

Florida Atlantic University MSW students are cordially invited to participate in any or all of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)s, as per the attached flyer. The RCR series is comprised of 4 modules and covers topics pertinent to graduate student research. For all students participating in federally funded research such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or National Science Foundation (NSF), completion of the RCR series is a requirement. The workshops are free and include lunch.

Click here http://tinyurl.com/l4tfveo to register and here for the RCR schedule.

August 6, 2014
Student Essay Contest – Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

Click to read about a Student Essay Contest – Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

May 19, 2014
New Director of the School of Social Work announced

The FAU School of Social Work is very pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. John Graham as the new Director of the School of Social Work. Dr. Graham comes to FAU from University of Calgary, where he established himself as a very effective teacher and administrator, as well as a productive researcher and author (with 9 books and over 100 scholarly publications). Dr. Graham has served as the director of University of Calgary’s PhD program, which will be very useful experience as the FAU School of Social Work moves forward on its plans to develop a DSW program. Dr. Graham also brings extensive international experience, having developed an international social work program and international field placements, as well as collaborating with University of Bristol (in the United Kingdom) and Ben Gurion University (in Israel). Dr. Graham will be joining us as of August 3, 2014. We look forward to extending him a warm welcome.

May 1, 2014
Student Scholarships

The FAU School of Social Work is pleased to announce that four fellowships/scholarships are now open for applications for students enrolled as of August 2014. Click here for more information on the scholarships.

7th Unified Family Court Summit

May 16, 2014 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jury Room -Central Courthouse
201 SE 6th Street, Room 380, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Free "court summit/one-day conference" on issues pertaining to the family court, including domestic violence and culture. Click here to view registration form and agenda.

April, 17, 2014
Distinguished Student Award

Social Work BSW student Cindy Bucci was selected as the University's Distinguished Student for 2014. She accepted the award at the annual Honors Convocation on 4/16. Click here to see photos from the event.

March 27, 2014
NASW Broward Award Ceremony

At the NASW Broward Award Ceremony a Social Work faculty member and student were honored. Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne was awarded Educator of the Year and Cathleen Mauricette was awarded Student of the Year. Click here to see pictures from the event.

March 24, 2014
Congratulations, Tod Marshall!

Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall, Program Assistant for the School of Social Work, has been nominated to be the Phi Alpha Honors Society Honoree for the 2014 Induction Ceremony. He has been nominated for this award because of the many services he offers to Phi Alpha. His leadership, dedication, and knowledge have helped lead to the success of many social work students within Florida Atlantic University. Phi Alpha Honors Society is excited to officially welcome him to their growing community and call further attention to his accomplishments. The Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014. The ceremony will commence at 6:00 pm.

March 19, 2014
International Social Work in the United Kingdom Elective Summer 2014

We are excited to announce that the London Social Work Study Abroad course has been approved and we are ready to accept reservations and have students register for the course. The course will include one class meeting and a pre-departure orientation as well as the trip to London from 7/10/14 - 7/19/14. A number of exciting activities have been planned including, but not limited to: visiting a child welfare agency and going out in the field with London social workers; a private tour of the Freud museum; a visit to the largest community-based HIV program in London; a visit to a homeless shelter as well as other educational activities. Please refer to the attached flyer for additional information. We will be having two information sessions so that students can learn more about the course. The information sessions are strictly for informational purposes only and to answer any questions students may have about the course. There is no obligation to enroll in the course. For more information about the trip and on the information sessions please click here.

Click here for flyer.

March 7, 2014

MSW Student Sara Matsuzaka

Social Work MSW Student Sara Matsuzaka was honored with the "Palm Beach NASW Student of the Year Award" at their awards ceremony this month.

December 15, 2013

NASW FL is now accepting nominations for social worker of the year, social work student of the year, and social work educator of the year. Please see the attached file for further information for the Broward Unit (or go to www.naswfl.org for similar information from other Florida units).

October 19, 2013
MSW Students Acknowledged in Awards Ceremony

On October 19th, MSW students Ellen Cooperrider and Brittany Couturier were honored by the Graduate College as recipients of the Graduate Fellowship for Academic Excellence. This program is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of a fellowship to outstanding graduate students. The fellowship provides $5,000 for one academic year.

MSW Students Acknowledged in Awards Ceremony

October 1, 2013

Congratulations to Trish Hartog, director of clinical services at The Volen Center (and supervisor of FAU School of Social Work students), whose program for seniors was quoted in the Sun-Sentinel.

July 9, 2013
Betty Bell Scholarship for MSW Students

Families First is proud to announce they are currently accepting applications for the first Betty Bell Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an individual who is currently enrolled in a Masters of Social Work program at an accredited university in Florida. The individual must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have intentions of seeking employment in Palm

May 03, 2013
MSW Graduates In The News

MSW Graduates Josh Mavica and Ester Arelus are mentioned in the Sun Sentinel article below.

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