Fall 2012 Issue

We are inaugurating an electronic newsletter to keep you up to date with CSUSB's School of Social Work. We hope that a quick look at our activities will strengthen our ties with you and encourage you to stay in touch with us. Our main phone number is 909-537-5501 and our email is socialwork@csusb.edu. Our website: http://socialwork.csusb.edu/ has additional information. In future editions of the newsletter we hope to feature more faculty and alumni news and highlight our work in the community. Read on below for the contents of our fall 2012 Newsletter. If you want to be placed on the mailing list for the electronic newsletter, please send an email to socialwork@csusb.edu.

Laurie A. Smith, Director
CSUSB School of Social Work

CSUSB School of Social Work Faculty

We welcomed Dr. Cory Dennis (front row, second from left) to the faculty this fall. Dr. Dennis will be teaching foundation year micro practice courses to MSW students this year. His research interests are substance abuse and aging. He has a strong clinical practice background.

Coming soon: The School of Social Work Pathway Distance Education Program, which includes a three-year Distance Education MSW program. Contact Dr. Teresa Morris at tmorris@csusb.edu for more details.

2011/2012 Academic Year News

In February, the MSW program was reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The BASW program was reaccredited last year.

We currently have approximately 170 MSW students and 100 BASW students. Applications for MSW and BASW admission hit record highs this year. On a special note, graduating MSW students participated in CSUSB’s first Graduate School Commencement Ceremony this year.

On March 2, the school co-sponsored the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Summit on Aging. The School was well represented on the planning committee and among presenters (Dr. McCaslin and Dr. Chang). The event was part of an emerging emphasis on aging at the School. We are also partners in a newly approved multi-disciplinary Center on Aging at CSUSB.

In December, we were delighted to have Ms. Rachel Allinson-Strydom join the faculty as field director. Rachel worked with the School for many years as a field liaison and highly regarded part time instructor. She is the past recipient of the “Heart of Social Work” award, given to the top field instructor in California. She is a licensed clinical social worker with many years of practice at Patton State Hospital and in private practice.

In April, a record number of our social work students participated in NASW’s California Lobby Days. Melinda Anderson, the president of SWSA (the MSW student club) worked hard with her officers to accomplish this. Zoila Gordon, IV-E faculty,accompanied the students. BASW students were featured in five articles in local newspapers for their community advocacy work under the direction of Dr. Margaret Hughes.

In a ceremony last spring attended by CSUSB's President Albert Karnig, Ken Sawa, CEO and executive vice president of Catholic Charities of San Bernardino and Riverside, renewed the Catholic Charities Non-profit Fellowship for another three years. The fellowship supports four social work students annually to enhance their knowledge of and commitment to non-profit organizations in the region. Students receive a stipend equal to approximately half their tuition costs and participate in quarterly events with the many fine programs at Catholic Charities.

We look forward to the new academic year. Please send e-mails to socialwork@csusb.edu with suggestions for the newsletter as we continue to develop it.