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State Senator Gwen Howard
Rusty Gunter
Martin Steele
Scot Adams
Mark Giesler
Beatriz Gonzalez
Erin Porterfield

Alumni Success Stories

Click on an alumnus picture to read about their experience with the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social work.

Grace Abbott school of social work alumni.

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To help engage & foster communication for alumni of the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work, an electronic mailing list has been created. The purpose of the mailing list is to post discussion items & other areas of interest for alumni. This will also help alumni keep in contact with each other. To subscribe to the email listserve, please click on the link below.

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Please let your colleagues who have also graduated from the program know about the mailing list. The school is very interested in keeping in contact with alumni. We would also like to start verifying e-mails and addresses to help keep in contact. Keeping in contact with the school is also beneficial to alumni for support. They can contact any one of the following individuals or can go to the website link below.

Jean Beda, 554-2793,
Michelle Nelsen, 554-2792,
Dr. Theresa Barron-McKeagney, 554-2923,

Thank you for your support of the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work!

Maggie Kalkowski, winner of the 2011 CPACS Outstanding Alumni Award

Maggie Kalkowski

Maggie earned her MSW from UNO, following degrees in psychology and sociology at Washington University in St. Louis.  A native of Omaha, Kalkowski is the director of the International Center of the Heartland and Refugee Services with Lutheran Family Services. In her 20 years of experience withing with social service agencies in Omaha, she has concentrated her efforts on minority populations and youth at risk. Kalkowski is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and Certified Master Social Worker. She and her staff provide culturally competent case management, advocate for clients, educate the community about new populations and partner with agencies to leverage scarce resources. Kalkowski regularly volunteers for her children's schools. She and her husband Kevin O'Connell have four children, Claire, Bridget, Sean and Liam O'Connell.