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    Maureen Kelly (MSW '79) Retires from Cathedral Counseling Center

    Maureen Kelly, MSW ’79, has been the executive director of Cathedral Counseling Center for 20 years. The non-profit mental health agency has doubled its capacity to 25,000 visits per year to meet the pressing need. 

    • July 10, 2014
    Aubrey Patino (MSW '05) Selected to Participate in Transatlantic Practice Exchange

    Aubrey (Williams) Patino, MSW '05, was selected to participate in the Transatlantic Practice Exchange.  Aubrey spent two weeks placed at a homeless assistance organization in the exchange country.  She developed a research proposal and explored the work of the "Making Every Adult Matter Coalition" which is based out of Cambridge.  Aubrey met with providers so that she could bring her findings back to the U.S.

    • July 9, 2014
    Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell (MSW '71) Retires from Eastern Michigan University

    Betty Brown-Chappell, MSW ’71, retired from Eastern Michigan University on September 1, 2013. She also published Open Secrets: A Poor Person’s Life in Higher Education. In addition, Dr. Brown-Chappell has a chapter review of Marcus Hunter’s Black City Makers in the Spring 2014 SSA Review published by the University of Chicago.

    • July 9, 2014
    JoAnne O'Rourke (MSW '86) Director of Research at Western Michigan University

    JoAnne O’Rourke, MSW '86, accepted a new position as the Director of Research for the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. 

    • July 9, 2014
    Jordana Muroff (PhD '04) Promoted at Boston University

    Jordana Muroff, MSW ’99, PhD ’04, was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Boston University. 

    • July 9, 2014
    Rebecca Kenderes (MSW '12) Recognized for Neighborhood Assistance

    Rebecca Kenderes, MSW ’12, was recognized in the Detroit Free Press for her partnership in "Lots of Love Detroit." The project aims to beautify neighborhoods and give back to Detroit by lending out lawn equipment and tools such as lawnmowers and weed whackers at no charge. The project has received several grants for addressing this need.

    • July 9, 2014
    Marianne Yoshioka (MSW '86) Named Dean of School of Social Work at Smith College

    Marianne Yoshioka, MSW ’86, has been named Dean of the School for Social Work at Smith College. She is stepping down from her position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Columbia University School of Social Work. 

    • July 3, 2014
    First Annual Program Evaluation Symposium Highlights Emerging Trends in Evaluation

    The Curtis Research and Training Center at the School of Social Work hosted the first annual Program Evaluation Symposium on Friday, February 14, 2014.  This day-long event was organized by the Program Evaluation Group and culminated with a keynote address by the President of the American Evaluation Symposium (AEA), Dr. Beverly Parsons.

    Dr. Parson's keynote, "Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future," highlighted the need for systems thinking, buidling new relationships, and an emphasis on sustainable, equitable living in evaluation. After the keynote address, attendees were invited to participate in small group discussions based on the topic of the keynote. Dr. Parsons will use feedback from the event to inform the direction of the AEA Annual Conference.

    Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group Announces First Place-Based Evaluation Fellowship

    The Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group (CC-PEG) received a grant from the New York Community Trust to improve the macro social work profesion.  The awarded Place-Based Evaluation (PBE) Fellowship project was developed to better understand the needs and challenges related to building internal evaluation capacity within non-profit organizations.  The project will place three (3) PBE Fellows into community-based non-profit organizations in southeast Michigan for 20 hours per week for a period of eight (8) months.

    The aims of the PBE Fellowship are to: (1) provide recent MSW graduates with the skills and experience necessary to work as professional evaluators in the field of social work; (2) provide communtiy-based non-profit organizations with quality evaluation services at a reduced cost; and (3) build and test the internal capacity for evaluation at each organization.

    CC-PEG is happy to announce the selection of the PBE Fellows and non-profit organizations they will be placed in:

    • Phylicia Allen, MSW, will be placed at Detroit Parent Network
    • Ashley Eason, MSW, will be placed at Detroit Police Athletic League
    • Lauren Emerson, MSW, will be placed at SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti

    For more information on the PBE Fellowship project, contact

    • February 5, 2014
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    Sue Ann Savas Presents at APPAM National Conference

    Assistant Clinical Professor Sue Ann Savas presented on a panel titled "Innovative Approaches to Child Support Enforcement: Evidence from Field Research" at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 35th Annual Fall Research Conference on November 9, 2013.  Sue Ann Savas and Jeremy Gaertner, MSW presented on the Re-tooling Michigan's Child Support Enforcement Program project in conjuction with representatives from Washington and Iowa who received the same grant from the Office of Child Support Enforcement (DHHS).

    The APPAM Fall Research Conference was held in Washington, DC from November 7-9, 2013.

    • November 11, 2013

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