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2009.07.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Professor to Participate in Gerontology Panel

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Assistant Research Professor of Social Work Nancy Kelley-Gillespie, has been selected to participate in the Anita Rosen Panel for Best Practices in Gerontological Infusion at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 2009 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The panel will represent two bachelor of social work (BSW) programs and one institution with both a BSW and a master of social work (MSW) degree program that have exemplified leadership by infusing aging content into their curricula. In addition to Kelley-Gillespie, panelists are Crystal Dea Moore of Skidmore College and Greta Yoder Slater of Ball State University. Each panelist will choose one student panelist to join them, based on who they deem most qualified out of their institution’s classes.

The UNO School of Social Work was selected through a competitive process as one of three schools from across the nation to represent best practices for infusing gerontological content throughout its curriculum. Doing so will better prepare social workers to have basic knowledge and competencies to serve older adults and their families more effectively. "It is a great honor to be selected for the panel and to receive the monetary award," said Kelley-Gillespie.

"We, as a school, have deliberately worked on these efforts during the past several years and it is great to be recognized nationally for our successes. The panel presentation will allow us to share our accomplishments and strategies for success with others interested in building their social work programs." To be chosen for the panel, BSW and/or MSW social work programs must demonstrate that aging content is infused specifically into foundation or generalist social work classes.. The social work program selected receives a $200 cash award for resources to increase gerontology awareness.

About the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country. To learn more about the Anita Rosen Panel, visit www.gero-edcenter.org .

For more information contact Tim Kaldahl at (402) 554-3502.

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