College of Social Work News

Two Professors Named Fellows of Society for Social Work and Research

Two professors who have advanced social good and welfare through their work have been honored by the Society for Social Work and Research. Bill Nugent and John Orme, both faculty members in the UT College of Social Work, are 2015 fellows of the national organization.

In Memoriam: Ben Granger

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Ben Granger, former dean of the College of Social Work, passed away January 9 following complications from an illness. He was eighty-three.

UT Joins Forces with Peace Corps for Fellowship Program

The Peace Corps announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program in partnership with UT. The program will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies.

Social Work Associate Director to Participate in White House Summit June 23

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JoAnna Cheatham, associate director of the Office of Research and Public Service in the College of Social Work, will share the university’s successes in uplifting and supporting the state’s families during a White House summit in Washington, DC, next week. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the White House Summit on Working Families, a one-day, invitation-only meeting on Monday, June 23.

College of Social Work Graduates First Class of Online Doctoral Program

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Lisa Harmon aims to reduce the stigma many military service members associate with seeking help for psychological and mental health needs. A licensed clinical social worker at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Harmon also is a member of the inaugural graduating class of UT’s online Doctor of Social Work degree program.

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner

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Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

Social Work Faculty, Student, Alumna Lauded Statewide for Achievements

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A faculty member, student and alumna of the College of Social Work received statewide honors this spring for exceptional work in their field. Terri Combs-Orme (pictured left), the Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor, received the Social Work Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Annie Farris, a master’s student at the college’s Nashville campus, received the Middle Tennessee Branch and the Tennessee State Master of Social Work Student of the Year awards. Alumna Alyce Benson received the State of Tennessee Social Worker of the Year Award.