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DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI

From the Board of Governors’ President

  • is fall has been an exciting and busy time for the

Board of Governors. e Alumni Relations Com- mittee has been actively exploring creative ways to strengthen the networking opportunities among alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the School of Social Work.

Board members participated in various school events throughout the fall, ranging from alumni outreach efforts in Detroit, alumni/student luncheons, and the SSW Homecoming Tailgate party.

A larger initiative underway is the design of a profes- sional development program for alumni, students, and friends of the School, planned for September 2007. An ad hoc committee charged with planning this intellectually and socially stimulating event is being co-chaired by Liz Danowski (’98) and Sean de Four (’01). Look for more details in May.

FIRST PRACTICUM AWARD CREATED

  • e Scholarship Committee has created the first

annual Practicum Award designed to help meet the growing needs of our students who pursue out-of- state and international field placements during the spring and summer terms.

On average, expenses related to such placements cost $5,000 or more. As traditional financial aid does not cover this cost, students must use personal resources and, more commonly, private loans if they wish to participate in this unique learning experience.

Because the Board of Governors recognizes the sig- nificant value that out-of-state or international field placements can have on today’s students—tomor- row’s social workers—we believe it is our responsibil- ity to create this award.

With 100% board participation and the generous support of Dean Paula Allen-Meares and many alumni, we are proud to announce that we will be offering several awards this spring.

If you would like to help make a difference in the life of a student, please consider making a donation to the Alumni Board of Governors Practicum Award fund.

BOARD MEMBERS’ ROLES AND REPRESENTATION

Of course, none of these activities or accomplish- ments could have happened without our committed board members who donate their time and resources in an effort to give back to the #1 school of social work. anks to Jane Dewey, chair of our Nominat- ing Committee.

We are continually diversifying and expanding the representation on our board, bringing together alumni from all walks of life from Michigan to Nevada.

If you would like to become actively involved in our efforts or learn more about the board, please contact the SSW Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 734-763-6886 or via email at ssw.development@umich.edu.

Together we can reach out, raise hope, and make a difference!

  • Sally A. Schmall, ’94, is president of the SSW

Alumni Board of Governors.

Sally Schmall

Supporting Student Internships: The Alumni Board of Governors Practicum Award

  • e Alumni Board of Governors

Practicum Award was established in 2006 to help meet the growing needs of our MSW students who pursue out-of- state and international field placements during the spring and summer term (see pages 18 and 19).

Members of the board have pledged to personally support this initiative, as well as help raise funds to support this award, to ensure that these opportunities are available to all students.

THE PRACTICUM AWARD WILL ASSIST WITH THE FOLLOWING:

  • Travel to and from the location

of the placement site

  • Room and board

  • Transportation while on site

  • Professional attire

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you would like to help support U-M MSW students with their field placement expenses by contributing to the Alumni Board of Governors Practicum Award fund, or if you have questions, please fill out the envelope enclosed in this issue of Ongoing, or contact the School’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 734-763-6886 or via email at ssw.development@umich.edu.

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