College of Social Work News

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.

Big Idea: First-Generation Mentoring Program

Sherry Cummings had a big idea about how to help first-generation students be more successful at UT. Let first-generation faculty and staff members mentor them. Cummings, associate dean and chair of the Gerontology Certificate Program in the College of Social Work, said the idea grew out of her involvement with Higher Education Resource Services.

Study: Number of First-Time Homeless Decreasing in Knoxville

The number of Knoxville residents who are homeless for the first time decreased by 14 percent last year, according to a UT study released this week. Agencies serving the homeless, however, have seen a 4 percent increase in the number of active clients who receive services, according to the report prepared by members of the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System. The system is housed in the College of Social Work.

UT to Host International Veterinary Social Work Summit April 11-13

The relationship between humans and animals—from pets to food—will be explored during the International Veterinary Social Work Summit April 11 through 13 at UT. All health and welfare professionals who treat humans or animals are invited to the summit. One session, featuring the two keynote speakers, Temple Grandin and Hal Herzog, will be free and open to the public. The College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Social Work are sponsoring the event.

Inspiring Ideas: College of Social Work

Get to know Matthew Theriot and John Wodarski from the College of Social Work. Theriot teaches a variety of courses, from undergraduate social work classes to honors seminars about gender roles on TV to freshman seminars about maniacs and psycho killers. Wodarski’s research focuses largely on the wellbeing of children and adolescents, especially those at risk for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.