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Scoville awarded national fellowship

Christopher ScovilleChristopher Scoville has been awarded the Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Oriented Services, a program created by the US Department of Veterans Affairs with four sites nationally. Beginning in fall 2019, Scoville will work with the VA Hospital in Durham, N.C.

SSW honors outstanding alumni for 2019

Each year at graduation, the UNC School of Social Work presents the Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize alumni who have achieved distinction in the social work field, who embody social work values and who carry our mission of service into the world. Alumni can be nominated by peers, faculty members, staf, fellow alumni or students and are chosen by a committee.

This year, five social work professionals were selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. The honorees are: Susanna Stepp Birdsong (Raleigh); Noel Sebastian Bost, Ph.D. (Greensboro); Jessica Nakell Burroughs (Durham); Mia Ives-Rublee (Washington, D.C.); and Marcia Lynn White (Raleigh).

Graham named Outstanding Doctoral Student 2019

Laurie Graham has received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for 2019 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Associate Dean for Doctoral Education Mimi Chapman presented the award, which recognizes a doctoral student who demonstrates exemplary scholarship, teaching, service, leadership and collegial support of fellow students.

Dean Gary Bowen, Laurie Graham, Rebecca Macy, Mimi Chapman

Laurie Graham (second from left) receives congratulations from Dean Gary Bowen, Rebecca Macy and Mimi Chapman.

Class of 2019 to graduate

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work will graduate 133 students during its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The graduates include 130 students who will receive Master of Social Work degrees and three students who will receive Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degrees.

In addition, one of the MSW graduates will receive a dual degree in law from UNC,  one will receive a dual degree in divinity from Duke University, one will receive a dual degree in public administration from UNC, and nine will receive a dual degree in public health from UNC.

“Celebrating our graduates and their achievements is a highlight of the year,” Dean Gary Bowen noted.

SSW faculty work with Uzbekistan task force to develop alternative care programs for children

Sharon Hirsch of Prevent Child Abuse NC speaks to members of a task force from Uzbekistan.

School faculty are working closely with a task force from the nation of Uzbekistan to help prevent children from being placed inappropriately in residential care, such as orphanages.

The work is part of a larger effort to design new social services programs in the Central Asian nation.