College of Social Work News

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.

UT to Honor State Children’s Services Commissioner, Wife March 25

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Jim Henry, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and his wife, Pat, travel the state championing the cause of children and families at risk. They meet with Children’s Services employees and service providers, sharing their experiences as parents of a child with disabilities. The College of Social Work will honor the Henrys for their work and advocacy March 25 with the 2014 Senator Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk.

Student Translating Twelve-Step Materials for Recovering Alcoholics in Africa

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Anna-Claire Daniels, a senior studying social work, was one of nine UT students who went to northern Uganda for five weeks last summer for the Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program. She returned to Uganda over winter break—on her own dime—to continue her work helping recovering addicts incarcerated in Gulu Prison. After observing the program, she realized a problem many of the inmates were facing—they couldn’t read the English materials in front of them.