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U-M Photo Services: Scott Galvin

U-M Photo Services: Scott Galvin

Commencement celebrates students

  • e December 16 commencement filled much of

Hill Auditorium as family and friends gathered to celebrate with the 209 August and December 2006 MSW degree candidates and 5 PhD degree candi- dates. e graduating class selected as their speaker Brandon Jessup, president of the youth and college division of the NAACP Michigan State Conference. Jessup thanked the School for being an advocate for others, and he challenged the graduates to continue the fight for diversity and equality.

Top: Dean Paula Allen-Meares is seated after introducing speaker Brandon Jessup, while Professors John Tropman, Lydia Li, and Lorraine Gutiérrez applaud. Bottom: Graduates are congratulated by their fellow students.

Dissertations defended

INNA ALTSCHUL | Social Work and Sociology

“Establishing an evidence base for policy and pro- gram intervention: Testing a combined model of family, school, and individual processes underlying the academic outcomes of Mexican American youth”

MICHAEL J. MACKENzIE | Social Work and Psychology

“Parent-infant relationship disturbances and child maltreatment in the early years: e impact of risk and stress on parental perceptions and behavior”

WILLIAM RUSSELL “SKIP” BARCY | Social Work and Psychology

“Computer self-efficacy and computer anxiety in a hospital social work and nursing case management department”

Doctoral student awards

Bowen McBeath is the recipient of the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Outstanding Social Work Dissertation Award for his dissertation entitled “Shifting Principles in a Sacred Market: Nonprofit Service Provision to Foster Children and Families in a Performance-Based, Managed Care Contracting Environment.”

Dana Levin is the recipient of the Shapiro Award, as well as the Power Fellowship (University Center for the Child and Family). During the summer, she was awarded a student research grant from the Center for the Education of Women.

Two students have been selected for the 2006-07 Henry J. Meyer Award, which is awarded each year to a PhD student whose paper most effectively integrates social work and social science knowledge. Alex Crampton’s paper was entitled “Mediation as intervention to empower older adults and families in caregiving decision-making: A case study and implications for social work practice.” Katherine Luke’s paper was entitled “Toward empowering sexual violence prevention strategies: Interrogating the technologies of gender deployed by and between binge-drinking college women.”

  • e Network has named Katherine Luke the 2006

winner of the Margaret J. Barr Student Research Award for her entry “Toward prevention of alcohol- related sexual violence among binge drinking college students.”

MSW student earns award

MSW student Rabindar Subbian (pictured far right in the bottom photo) and two students from the Ross School of Business and the School of Education won a Dare to Dream grant from the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. eir business idea is a network of outpa- tient mental health clinics, which they call “Caring Counseling,” that would offer high-quality, low-cost care to underserved or unserved populations.

Ongoing Winter/Spring 2007



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