Saturday, May 14, 2016

Congratulations, Social Work Grads!

The Social Work Program extends its congratulations to the following Social Work majors who are graduating today:
  • Jocelyn Bean
  • Bailey Fullwiler
  • Brad Gowins
  • Sarah Hayes
  • Ashley Hoffman
  • Stephanie Julian
  • Rena Parma
  • Jessie Ryder
  • Kayla Shaver

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Social Work Senior Field Experiences Wrap Up for 2016

Each spring, senior social work students complete a 500-hour in-agency internship during which students put into practice the skills they have learned throughout their time at Ashland while gaining valuable experiences to prepare them to go on to employment or graduate studies after graduation.

This year, 9 students interned in organizations across the counties of Ashland, Richland, Huron and Wayne, spotlights for 7 of whom are below.

To learn about each student and his or her internship, click on the corresponding link provided below.

For more information about Ashland University’s Social Work Program, please visit our website.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Social Work Academic Achievement, Leadership & Service Honored

The Academic Honors Convocation and the Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony, two annual events that recognize the achievements of Ashland University students, faculty and staff, took place on Sunday. 

Social Work Students Honored for Outstanding Academic Achievement
At the Convocation, one student at the sophomore, junior and senior in each department is recognized as an Outstanding Student, who has notable scholarly achievement, acts as an academic role model for other students within the department, and possesses an inquiring and/or creative mind. 

The following social work students were recognized for their outstanding achievements:

(from left to right)

Bailey Fullwiler,
     senior social work major

Leah Paxton,
      sophomore social work major

Alison Bartholomew,
       junior social work major

Social Work Students, Organization, Staff Honored for Service, Leadership
The Social Work Club and several social work students were recognized as being nominated for or for receiving awards in various categories at the Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony.

Bailey Fullwiler, who was nominated for several awards and received the Dr. Donald Rinehart Honor and Integrity award, addressed the audience as the Ceremony's keynote speaker.  Throughout her four years at Ashland University, Ms. Fullwiler has been involved in numerous organizations including Social Work Club, Campus Activities Board, and Theta Phi Alpha sorority.  Through these organizations and her time at AU, she states she was "shap[ed into] a more confident, joyful and skilled version of herself."

"Somewhere along the way," Ms. Fullwiler continued, "I had shifted from a freshman girl afraid to raise her hand in class to a senior woman thrilled to be around and helping others. This past semester I have been in a full time internship for [the Social Work] program and each and every day I have been able to use the skills I learned from my involvements, leadership roles and class work to benefit my clients and agencies."

Also recognized at the Ceremony was Stephanie Julian, a senior social work student who was nominated for the Volunteer Hall of Fame award, the Social Work Club's "Give a Meal" project, which was nominated for the Service Project of the Year award, and Sara Garska, the Social Work Program's Administrative Assistant, who was nominated for the Outstanding Female Staff Member of the Year award.

"I came to Ashland to earn a degree but what I got along the way was so much more. Ashland fundamentally changed my life, and, more importantly, it gave me an opportunity to have that same positive impact on others," says Ms. Fullwiler.  "Truly, this is a place where extraordinary things occur, each and every day."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Students Share Experiences, Recognized for Academic Achievement at Ethnic Potluck

Social work students in blue for blue for child abuse awareness
Each April, social work seniors host an ethnic potluck for their fellow students.

At the event, the seniors presented their internship experiences to their classmates over a potluck meal.  Eight soon-to-be graduating students shared the lessons they learned over the past four months while in the field with about 19 other social work students who will soon follow in their footsteps.

Also at the potluck, new inductees to the Epsilon Tau Chapter of Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society, were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements in their general and social work coursework.  New members are Bailey Fullwiler, Ashley Hoffman, Stephanie Julian, Rena Parma and Jessie Ryder.

Senior Students (L-R):  Jessie Ryder, Jocelyn Bean, Kayla Shaver, Brad Gowins,
Bailey Fullwiler, Ashley Hoffman, Stephanie Julian, Sarah Hayes; not pictured: Rena Parma

Congratulations, Seniors and Phi Alpha Inductees!

For more information about AU's Social Work Program, check out our website.
For more information about Senior Field Experiences, view our Field Experience page. .

Friday, April 15, 2016

Kayla Shaver, Intern with Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilites

Kayla Shaver is an intern with Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities, which is the primary agency in the county that provides support for adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Tell us a little bit about your internship placement, job duties, and the activities you've been involved in.
I have sat in on Individual Support Plan meetings, Individual Education Plan meetings, a court hearing for an individual with developmental disabilities, and I even got to sit in on an expulsion hearing.  I have also participated in developing annual goals for individuals with developmental disabilities, performed annual assessments, and gone on outings with community recreation through the Board. I have been able to go on home visits, to the county workshop, and to the school for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as mainstream schools.  I was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer at the Ohio Statehouse for the Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day.

How has Ashland University's Social Work Program prepared you for your internship?
In my agency, there are not a lot of people who have social work degrees. As a result, they were not familiar with the "person-centered" approach until new adult assessment criteria were introduced last year. I had a head start because I already knew this idea and understood what it meant for the client.

What have you enjoyed most about your internship?
I have really enjoyed getting to know the individuals and learning what is important to them. I have also been able to get to know quirks about individuals that are unique to them.

More information about Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities can be found here

All social work students undergo a 500-hour internship in their senior year, during which they put into practice the skills they have learned throughout their time at Ashland University while gaining valuable experiences to prepare them for employment or graduate studies after graduation.  For more information about Ashland University’s Social Work Program, please visit our website.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Social Work Professor Attends Session on Mass Violence

At the BPD (Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors) Conference a couple of week ago, Professor Nancy Udolph attended "Mass Violence and Social Work Education," a panel session designed to delve into the issues related to teaching about mass violence.

"As Social Workers, our responses to social injustice and mass violence are often tempered by the positions we hold and the communities we serve," reads the description of the session. "However, as educators, we are challenged to explore theses issues as they occur in society and prepare students for the populations that they will serve." 

Professor Udolph adds, "as Social Work educators, we really have to begin to include content that helps students understand the impact that violence has - on themselves and on their clients. A very effective way of accomplishing this is to approach teaching from a trauma-informed care perspective, which calls for practitioners to understand effects of all types of trauma."

Professor Udolph is an Associate Professor and Field Director for AU's Social Work Program.  In the fall, she led a workshop on how to create trauma-informed organizations and communities in an effort to avoid re-traumatizing survivors at the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Ohio Chapter Annual Conference. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Social Work Student to Present at AU Symposium

Stephanie Julian, a senior Social Work major, will be presenting at the 2016 annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium here at Ashland University.

The Symposium, which will include multiple sessions throughout the day starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, features scholarly and creative works from 70 students in departments across the fine and performing arts, humanities, natural science and social science disciplines.

Ms. Julian, whose work was sponsored by Dr. Michael Vimont, Associate Professor of Social Work, focuses on factors that impact the decision of gay and lesbian individuals to disclose their sexual orientation, specifically on older gay and lesbian individuals in Ohio.  Julian notes the importance of learning more about this population as "not much is is left out of both gerontological and LGBT studies."

The Department wishes Ms. Julian the best of luck as she presents the findings of her qualitative study at the 2016 URCA Symposium!

For more information about the Symposium, including a list of session times and locations, visit the URCA blog.  AU students: remember that all College of Arts and Sciences classes beginning before 4:30 p.m. are cancelled to allow you to attend the Symposium.