College of Social Work News

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

Daniels outside of the prison in Uganda.

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.

UT Students Collect 500 Coats for Disadvantaged Knoxville Area Residents

The campus community is playing a part in helping disadvantaged Knoxville area residents stay warm this winter. Students in the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work organized the UT Coats for the Cold project, which collected more than 500 coats from the university community. The coats will be distributed from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 7, in the KARM Thrift Store parking lot, 733 N. Hall of Fame Drive.

Social Work Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Charles Glisson, who has dedicated his career to helping children and young adults receive effective mental health treatment, has been recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.

Noted Physician, Best-selling Author Abraham Verghese to Give Mayhew Lecture

The first doctor to admit AIDS patients to Tennessee hospitals will talk about his experiences as a physician, professor, and best-selling author when he delivers the fourth annual Anne Mayhew Distinguished Honors Lecture at UT on September 25. Abraham Verghese has been senior associate chair and professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine since 2007.

Online Master’s in Social Work Ranked Among Nation’s Top Programs

UT’s online Master of Science in Social Work is one of the nation’s top accredited online programs when it comes to value and affordability, according to newly released rankings from the GetEducated consumer organization. UT’s program is ranked second among public schools’ Master of Social Work programs on the organization’s 2013 “Best Buy Online Master’s in Psychology and Human Services” listing.

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.