Moya Duplica

Unquestionably the professor who made the greatest impression on me during my days at the UW ('79-'81) was Moya Duplica. At that time I was an undergraduate in the School of Social Work. After a year of classes in Kane Hall, I was more than ready for some higher learner on a more "personal" note.

I took at least three or four classes from Moya over a two-year span. What impressed me most was the genuine interest she had in her students, not to mention her obvious love for teaching. She was the perfect role model for any young, aspiring social worker -- caring, professional, poised and quietly confident.

The last course I took under Moya's tutelage was an independent learning class. I chose to do my report on the history of one of the most well-known social service organizations -- the Salvation Army. In fact, my first job upon graduating was working as a counselor at a shelter for abused women and children, funded by the Salvation Army. Nearly 10 years passed and when I once corresponded by mail with Moya Duplica, I was more than flattered to find out she still uses my report in teaching one of her History of Social Welfare classes. If I hadn't already been sold on her, the fact she could remember this undergrad some 10 years later blew me away! It's an honor to "tip my hat" and give my personal tribute to this fine professor.

Jill Wright, '81

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