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.
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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
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.
Sungkyu Lee and Elizabeth Strand in the College of Social Work are making an impact. Lee is working to improve mental health services for diverse populations and Strand is breaking new ground in veterinary social work.
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.
Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
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 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
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.
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.