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2012.01.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Social Work Professor to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Omaha - A professor from the Grace Abbot School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is being honored with a lifetime achievement award for over five decades of work to help those in need.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recently named Ann Coyne, who has been with UNO since 1975, as the recipient of the 2011 National Lifetime Achievement Award. NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with over 150,000 members.

Coyne has spent a majority of her life dedicated to assisting children in areas like welfare, adoption and developmental disabilities.

In addition to her time at UNO, Coyne has worked as substitute teacher; a volunteer foster care and adoption recruiter; a consultant for the Nebraska State Foster Care Review Board; the director of the Nebraska Child Welfare Training Institute; deputy director of the State Department of Public Welfare (now Health and Human Services); and a volunteer for over a dozen organizations across the country.

NASW’s Nebraska chapter has previously honored Coyne as “Social Worker of the Year” in 2000 and its lifetime achievement award recipient in 2010. She will receive this latest honor at the NASW’s leadership meeting in April in Washington, D.C.

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