College of Social Work News

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner


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


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.

News Sentinel: Study: Fewer military veterans among area’s homeless

The News Sentinel this week highlighted the College of Social Work and its efforts to help East Tennessee residents and officials better understand the issue of homelessness. The number of homeless individuals who identified themselves as military veterans during interviews with researchers is among the lowest since the mid-1980s in Knoxville and Knox County, according

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


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 Charles Glisson in the News

Social Work Professor Charles Glisson recently was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation for his work in helping children and young adults receive effective mental health treatment Glisson, who established the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in the College of Social Work,  received the 2013 Ruth

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