UW School of Social Work E-news
July 2009

In the Spotlight

2009 Distinguished Alumna Award

2009 Distinguished Alumna Award
The Schoof of Social Work presented its 2009 Distinguished Alumna Award on June 1 at the School's end of year celebration and recognition event. See who took home the honor this year.

SSW Professor Peter Pecora

Study Finds Costlier Foster Care Model Could Save Billions Over Time
UW researchers discover that a more expensive private model of foster care could save money in the long run and improve service to children in state care. More.

Plus: Savings plan helps teens leaving foster care.

SSW Assistant Professor Amelia Gavin

UW Study Hints at Link to Depression, Premature Births Among Blacks
Preterm births are one of the most significant health disparities in the U.S. says UW researcher Amelia Gavin, who looked at race and mood as factors in preterm birth. More.

How to Lower the Cost of Climate-Change Policies
As part of her advanced practicum, MSW student Kate Barber examined the cost of proposed climate-change policies and their effect on consumers, particularly low-income populations. More.

Lo Leang, MSW '08

SSW Alumni Join Faculty in Cambodia
UW Social Work alumni Dalin Meng, MSW ’08, and Len Montiel, MSW ’08, are teaching two foundation courses in the new Department of Social Work at Cambodia's Royal University of Phnom Phen. More.


Two Honored for Academic Achievements
Jaimee Marsh and Tashina Willard were recognized for their personal and academic performance by the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity's Educational Opportunity Program. At a celebration banquet in May, Marsh, now a BASW graduate, received the President's Achievement Award, EOP's highest honor. Willard, a Merit Recipient, was cited for her outstanding work as a current BASW student.

2009 UWRA Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Ashley Jones, this year's UW Retirement Association scholarship winner. Jones, enrolled in the Multigenerational track of her MSW program, is specializing in gerontology and the families of seniors. For three years while completing her undergraduate degree in Public Health, Jones worked at a skilled nursing home. This experience directly led to graduate study and her goal to work on issues of aging.

In the News

See which alums, faculty and SSW students are making news.


Our 75th Anniversary Celebration Is Coming!
In 2009-10, the School celebrates its 75th anniversary! A special Web site containing a historical timeline, an opportunity to reconnect with alumni and faculty and a detailed celebration event schedule will be included. Please visit our site for more information the third week of September and we look forward to your participation!


I want to thank the advancement office for creating the opportunity for alumni to connect with one another and reconnect with the school. I hope that connecting with fellow alumni and the SSW via Facebook will give us a new, real-time way to communicate about our programs, successes, challenges and the ways we can support one another in our work.Rebecca Hutcheson, Public Health-Seattle/King County, HIV/AIDS Program

Join UW SSW Alums on Facebook!
Rebecca Hutcheson, MSW ’98, and Jennifer Brower, MSW ’02, collaborated with the SSW Advancement office to launch SSW ALUMS on Facebook. We want to engage with our online alumni community locally, nationally and internationally. We'll post UW SSW activities, events and news to keep in touch with you and to help you network with your peers. Check us out!

In Memoriam

We remember friends and colleagues we've lost. More.

Share Your Good News

Please send word about your professional activities and accomplishments, an award, a new job, or other news you'd like to share with the School of Social Work community in the next issue of E-news. Just e-mail your news to jeeykim@u.washington.edu.

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