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information for community members.

Our commitment toward community engagement amongst faculty and students of the School of Social Work is evident.  Recently, The University of Nebraska at Omaha earned national recognition for helping the neighborhoods that surround their campuses.  UNO and Creighton received the designation of “Best Neighbor University” during a presentation at a national higher education conference.  Only 25 colleges and universities nationwide are chosen for the honor, which rewards schools for long-standing efforts to rehabilitate the cities around them and prompt economic and cultural growth. UNO was singled out for the work done by the university’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service.  That college houses programs in social work, criminal justice and public administration and has won national awards for preparing students for public service. 

Please take a moment and look at some achievements in these areas.

Partnerships with Community Services and Agencies

Jeanette Harder: Program Evaluation/Research Options, Take the Next Steps website, and Research Partnership Brochure.

Karen Rolf is involved in an evaluation of outcomes for children at Ted E. Bear Hollow. This program is designed to promote positive outcomes for grieving children who have lost a caregiver

Karen Rolf is involved in an evaluation of outcomes for homeless individuals at Heartland Family Service in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The project involves following individuals for three years to examine housing, health, and financial outcomes.

Kerry Beldin has been working with the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to open their Family Justice Center.  This type of center will include comprehensive services for domestic violence victims.  The DVCC is a collaboration of domestic violence services in Omaha.  The DVCC is responsible for grant writing, data collection, and training.  She is a member of the evaluation committee of DVCC. 

Abbott Sisters Leaving a Legacy Project and The Quilted Conscience

Ann Coyne works with the Abbott Sisters Leaving a Legacy Project. This project includes the production of The Quilted Conscience, a film by John Sorensen, telling the story of the making of a mural created by Sudanese girls with the help of local women.

Special Appointments and Recognitions

Karen Rolf was appointment to the Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities at Council on Social Work Education Disability Council. The Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities is a part of the Commission on Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. The Council functions to develop social work education resources that are related to issues surrounding disability and the experiences of individuals with disabilities. The Council also works to facilitate the full participation of people with disabilities in social work education and is ready to assist in all endeavors related to issues of disability within this field. Finally, the Council advocates to include social, political, and economic matters involving disability and individuals with disabilities in the framework of social work education.

Patricia Carlson received the Teaching Commendation in Service-Learning award that honors a faculty/staff member who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to incorporating service-learning pedagogy in the college classroom and collaborating with community partners and/or students in course design. Click on the following link to read more about this recognition:

Amanda Randall was elected president elect of the Association of Social Work Boards in November 2008.  On October 31, 2009, she became president of ASWB.   The ASWB is the international association of the regulatory boards governing social work licensing and registration for the United States and Canada.

Social Work Students Engaged in Research with Faculty and Community Agencies

Social Work Research and Service Fair

Marabeth Kracher, MSW and Ivory Welbourn, MSW Student and Jeanette Harder partnered with Heartland Family Service to evaluate their compulsive gambling treatment program. The final manuscript has been submitted for publication.

Ryan Brennan, MSW Student, and Jeanette Harder are working on a project involving the Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADNet) to help promote the work of ADNet, which is to increase the accessibility to churches for people with disabilities.

Kristina Haynie, MSW Student, and Jeanette Harder are partnering with Region 6 Behavioral Health to provide program evaluation services for mental health and addiction treatment.

Janice Grottis, MSW Student, and Kerry Beldin are exploring acculturation experiences of The Lost Boys through qualitative research.