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Alumni Association Networking Event

NOVEMBER 18, 2010
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Boston College, Campion 139

Join the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for an evening of networking and career exploration.

This fun event gives GSSW alumni and students a chance to explore careers and network with each other through informal conversation and a short formal career panel discussion. Come for all or part of the event. Appetizers and beverages provided.
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PhD Online Information Session

OCTOBER 6, 2010
5pm-6pm

We invite you to participate in an interactive Online Information Session to learn about our program and ask questions about the curriculum, the faculty, current student research, financial assistance, and more. Dr. James Lubben, Program Director, and a current PhD student will host this info session.
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Field Education Orientation 2010

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Diversity Initiative Breakfast: Confronting Poverty - A Panel Discussion with Students and Faculty

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
8:30am-12pm

Featured speaker Tiziana Dearing, Chief Executive Officer of Boston Rising, a new fund and grantmaking organization focused on fighting poverty in Boston. Practitioner panel discussants Yolanda Coentro, The Home for Little Wanderers; Kelly Turley, Mass Coalition for the Homeless; and Guy Appolon, Catholic Charities of Boston, Haitian Service Center.

Full-Time MSW Student Orientation

SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
8:00 am-2:30 pm
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Meet faculty and fellow students to learn more about the Full-Time MSW program, graduate student life, and Boston College resources.
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Three-Year MSW Student Orientation

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Murray Room, Yawkey Center

Meet faculty and fellow students to learn more about the Three-Year MSW program, graduate student life, and Boston College resources.
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Commencement

MAY 24, 2010
9:30 am:
 Academic Procession
10:00 am: University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00 pm: GSSW Diploma Ceremony

The 134th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 24, 2010. The University Commencement which is held in Alumni Stadium (rain: Conte Forum) will begin with the procession at 9:30 a.m. and will take approximately two hours. The GSSW Diploma Ceremony is held at noon on Burns Lawn.
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GSSW Accepted Students Reception and Resource Fair

MAY 12, 2010
4:30 -6:30pm
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Please join us to learn more about Boston College GSSW and its MSW Program. Specialists in all areas of our MSW program will be available to answer your questions and provide information on the following topics:

  • Social Work Library & Technology
  • Field Education
  • Financial Aid
  • GSSW Student Groups
  • University Resources/Housing
  • Registration & Course Schedules

RSVP by May 6, 2010
By Phone: 617 552-4024
By E-mail: swadmit@bc.edu

For more information and resources visit our Newly Admitted Students web page.

Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location:
Yawkey Center, Chestnut Hill Campus

Field interns and their supervisors are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the first Director of Field Education at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, the Breakfast is an opportunity for interns to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to the students' education.  more »

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture

MARCH 26, 2010
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Location: Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Featured Speaker: Dr. Usha George, Professor and Dean,  Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University,Toronto.
Topic: Immigrants and Refugees: Settlement Issues and Service Delivery Models
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GSSW Annual Alumni Event 2010

MARCH 25, 2010
Yawkey Center, Murray Room

6:00 Reception
6:30 Distinguished Alum Award
This year's award winner is Andrea Cohen, MSW '84
Houseworks Co-founder and CEO
7:00 Lecture
8:00 Networking
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GSSW Recruitment Fair

MARCH 19,2010
11:00am - 3:30pm
Yawkey Canter, Murry Room, 4th floor

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk to students about the employment opportunities at their agencies. BC GSSW students and alumni are invited to come and speak with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs. This event open to GSSW students and alumni only. IDs are required.

See tips for preparing for the 2010 Recruitment Fair (pdf).

Recruitment Fair Participating Agencies (pdf).

Women's Wellness Day with Abby Seixas

MARCH 12, 2010

The Deep River Within: Living a Soulful Life in a Speed-Obsessed World

School of Theology and Ministry Building, Room 100
9 Lake Street, Brighton Campus

Schedule:
12:00 Wellness Open House
2:00 Workshop with Abby Seixas
4:15 Breakout Groups
5:00 Shared Meal & Large Group Discussion

Women's Wellness Day is an event designed specifically for busy and over-worked women at Boston College and co-sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, Graduate School of Social Work, School of Theology and Ministry and Office of Employee Development.
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News Archive

2010

The NRCPDS Partners with Veterans Health Administration

NOVEMBER 16, 2010

Veterans of all ages with disabilities will gain additional support in 28 states under a new program designed to help them live independently, with more choice and control over the services they receive in their homes.
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University of Michigan Dean Speaks at GSSW about Women in Poverty

NOVEMBER 15, 2010

Laura Lein, Dean and Collegiate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, spoke on "Women in Poverty: Learning About Their Health” at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work on November 15.
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"Outstanding Scholar in Adoption" Awarded to Professor Ruth McRoy

OCTOBER 2, 2010

Professor Ruth McRoy, the Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been chosen to receive the SJU "Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award." This award recognizes scholars with substantial contribution to the field of adoption and whose research and publications have substantially advanced our understanding of issues affecting the adoption community.
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GSSW Alum Featured in the Boston Globe

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

Peter Ducharme, MSW '08, was featured in the Boston Globe for his work with a video game prototype used in therapy to help children develop anger management skills.

Ducharme, a clinical social worker in the department of psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston, is running the study. While playing the video game, trial patients wear a monitoring clip that allows them to succeed at the game only when their pulse dips below a resting rate. Ducharme teaches players deep breathing techniques that bring down their heart rates.
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Sloan Work & Family Research Network in ForbesWoman's Top Websites
AUGUST 11, 2010

With the help of the ForbesWoman community, Forbes has searched the Web for the most dynamic, inspiring, and helpful websites for women. Included in this list is the Boston College Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network website.

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network is widely recognized as the premier online destination for current, credible, and comprehensive research and information on work and family issues.
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Doctoral Program Grad to Present at Paris Seminar in July

JUNE 23, 2010

Rocio Calvo, PhD, GSSW doctoral program graduate and adjunct faculty member has been invited to attend the QMSS2 seminar in Paris in July. This seminar is organized to support research networks in quantitative social sciences. This seminar is small‐scale and attendance is based upon invitation only. In session I, Ms. Calvo will be presenting her paper entitled "Two Sides of the Same Coin? The Impact of the Welfare State on the Incorporation and Discrimination of Third Country Nationals in Europe."

A maximum of twelve papers were accepted, preferably written by young scholars. Ms. Calvo is currently doing her post-doc work at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

GSSW Visiting Scholar Receives Order of Australia Honor

JUNE 22, 2010

Dr. Maryanne Loughry, RSM, associate director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Australia and visiting research scholar at both the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Graduate School of Social Work, has been awarded the honor of AM (General member of the Order of Australia). The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognize the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. Dr. Loughry’s award was for her service to the community as an advocate for displaced persons and refugees.

Adjunct Faculty Member Receives Honorary Doctorate from Curry College

MAY 26, 2010

Suzin Bartley, executive director of Children's Trust Fund (CTF), recently received an honorary doctorate in public administration from Curry College. Ms. Bartley is a member of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Advisory Board and serves as an adjunct faculty member. As Executive Director of the Children's Trust Fund (CTF), Ms. Bartley oversees the organization's mission to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families.
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3rd Annual Policy Poster Session

MAY 6, 2010

Final year GSSW students from the advanced policy courses participated in the 3rd Annual GSSW Policy Poster Session held in Gasson Hall on May 6th. Students from the Children, Youth, and Families; Health and Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families concentrations showcased policy analyses on posters at the event.
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Professor Rowland to receive Louis Lowy Award 

APRIL 28, 2010

The Mass Gerontology Association will present Associate Professor Richard Rowland with the Louis Lowy Award at the Annual Meeting of the Association on May 6, 2010 at the Florence Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. Professor Rowland teaches Macro Practice in the Older Adults & Families, Health and Mental Health Concentrations.

The Mass. Gerontology Association Louis Lowy Award was created in memory of Louis Lowy the founder of MGA. Louis Lowy was a pioneer in the gerontology field, a holocaust survivor and a long time professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Dick Rowland was one of Professor Lowy's students at the BU School of Social Work.

The criteria for this award is a lifetime of leadership and measurable contributions to the field. "Dick not only teaches theory, practice, and programs, but also exposes his students to the actual workings of legislative bargaining and what it takes to be successful," said James J. Callahan, Ph.D., a Professor Emeritus from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Dick Rowland started as an advocate for low-income populations during the Great Society years of the 1960s. He then went to work for the Mass Association of Older Americans and the Legislative Council of Older Americans as the association's person on Beacon Hill. In 1983, Governor Dukakis named him Secretary of Elder Affairs where he advocated for better programs for elders, increased financing for local councils of aging (grassroots), and higher salaries for the employees of home care agencies. He taught at UMASS Boston in a special program to educate older persons to be effective advocates in their own right.

GSSW Hosts Social Work NIH Grant Directory Website

APRIL 21, 2010

The Social Work NIH Directory provides an overview of NIH grants awarded to social work principal investigators between 1993 and the present time. The listing includes researchers at social work programs or those at other institutions that were identified as having a social work degree.

The Directory was launched in 2004 by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR). When IASWR dissolved in October 2009, the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work committed to continuing to keep the Directory up to date.

We recognize that the information in this directory may not be as comprehensive as we would like and therefore ask that you provide us with updates on past and current grants.

View the SW NIH Grant Directory website.

Graduate Student Association Awards

APRIL 20, 2010

The GSSW is proud of our MSW students who were honored on April 20th at the 2010 Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet.

Abby Schwartz received the Academic Achievement Award for demonstrating outstanding academic excellence, intellectual rigor and scholarship in her studies. Marie Noel and Sarah Williamson both received the Contribution to Community Award for their exceptional commitment to the Boston College community. Alison Quinn received the GSSW School Award for demonstrating leadership and excellence in academic performance and field placement and embodying the values of the Social Work profession. Dwayne Bartholomew received the John Courtney Murray, S.J. Award for his substantial contribution to the betterment of student life and showing great care for others. Jorge Santana, Judivelly Torres and Damian Waite all received the Sr. Thea Bowman Award for their exceptional leadership and/or service to the graduate AHANA community.

Donahue and DiFelice Professor's excitement about joining the GSSW

APRIL 15, 2010

See recent issue of Boston College Chronicle to read about Professor Ruth McRoy's 'encore performance' at the BC Graduate School of Social Work.

GSSW Professor attends White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility

APRIL 15, 2010

See recent issue of Boston College Chronicle to read about the Director of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work and GSSW Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes' experience as an expert panelist at the White House Forum. 

Boston Neighborhood Fellows Award

MARCH 7, 2010

GSSW student Alicia Mooltrey, MSW '11 was honored with a Boston Neighborhood Fellows Award on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. This award is presented annually to six individuals that are making a difference in their community through unusual creativity, vision and initiative. The Philanthropic Initiative designed this program for an anonymous donor that wanted to recognize unsung heroes and remind others that hope and possibility exist.

Alicia Mooltrey works with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and GOTCHA, a youth employment program. She is dedicated to working for grassroots community organizations and is a positive role model, advocate and counselor for youth.

New Faculty Appointment in Children, Youth, and Families Concentration 

MARCH 3, 2010

We are pleased to announce that Linnie Green Wright will be joining the GSSW Children, Youth, and Families Concentration this Fall. Linnie is currently in the final phase of her dissertation at the School Psychology Program at New York University. She earned an MA in Developmental Psychology at Columbia Univesity with a concentration on risk and resiliency. She has a BA in Psychology from Spelman College.

Linnie's dissertation focuses on an intervention for low-income, African-American preschool families. She is currently the Project Manager for PEARLS, a NIH funded study at NYU that focuses on how Black families foster the social and academic success of young children in low-income communities. It is Linnie's intention to pilot her intervention program with Boston families while continuing her collaboration with partner communities and agencies in NYC.

Diversity Series: "Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times"

FEBRUARY 27, 2010

As part of this year's Diversity Series Initiative on Refugees & Immigrants, the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is exhibiting photographs taken by Penny Alexander, GSSW Director of International Programs, during her site visits to agencies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Thailand from 2006 to 2009.  more »

Former Faculty Member and GSSW Alum to Receive NASW Awards

FEBRUARY 17, 2010

Robbie Tourse will be receiving the NASW "Lifetime Achievement Award". Robbie was an administrator and faculty member at GSSW from 1980-2006. She served in various functions in the School's Field Office, first as a Coordinator, later as an Assistant Director, and finally as Director of Field Education. In her role as Adjunct Associate Professor she was a Faculty Advisor and taught courses such as "Racism, Oppression, & Cultural Diversity" and "HBSE".

Michelle Butman MSW '07 will be awarded by NASW the "2010 Greatest Contribution by a Social Worker with Five Years or Less Experience Award". Michelle has worked since 2007 as a program coordinator at TRACS, Transition Resources and Community Supports, a program of South Shore Mental Health.

The NASW Symposium 2010 awards luncheon will take place on Friday, April 16th at the Sheraton Framingham.

Cash & Counseling Program cited as model in Wall Street Journal

FEBRUARY 10, 2010

Newt Gingrich presented his "10 GOP Health Ideas for Obama" in an article in the the Wall Street Journal where he cited the Boston College Cash & Counseling Program (now known as the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services-NRCPDS) headed by GSSW faculty member Professor Kevin Mahoney.

Dr. Mahoney is an expert on state government and long-term care innovation, he speaks and writes extensively on consumer direction, the roles of the public and private sectors in financing long-term care, long-term care insurance and care management. "The Cash & Counseling Program has received bipartisan support since the days of the Clinton administration."

New Faculty Appointment in Children, Youth & Families Concentration

FEBRUARY 3, 2010

The GSSW is pleased to announce that Jessica M. Black will be joining the Health/Mental Health faculty concentration this Fall. Jessica is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford University School of Medicine. She earned an MA and PhD in Education from Stanford University. Jessica's dissertation work focused on academic self-concept, subjective task value, and beliefs about intelligence in dual-language and English-only elementary school students. She is currently the Project Manager for a longitudinal study of kindergartners with high-risk for developing reading disabilities.

International Learning

JANUARY 31, 2010

This January, Penny Alexander, Director of the GSSW International Program, together with 13 students from the "Changing Roles of Women & Children" course travelled to Lesotho, Africa.  more »