Bethany College Social Work Program Celebrates 25 Years of Accreditation

 

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Social Work Department presented its 2009 Annual Social Work Honors Banquet on April 24. This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the Social Work Department’s accreditation and featured an awards ceremony and dinner, as well as an address given by Bethany President Scott. D. Miller.

“The annual Social Work Honors Banquet provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the work of students, faculty and college staff in support of the Social Work program,” stated Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work. “We highlight and celebrate the department activities, student field placement accomplishments and volunteer work that help the Social Work program carry its vital message of service to the Bethany campus and the greater community.”

In addition to a variety of student honors for outstanding performance, the Department recognized a staff member and field instructor of the year. 4655Social20Work20Banquet.jpgSpecial awards were also given for participation in activities recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled “25 Acts of Random Kindness.” The Acts of Kindness included recycling, giving blood, donating clothing and assisting with diversity activities and a story hour for children.

Social Work alumni were in attendance and added to the celebration by establishing a Junior Class Honors Day award. Students also invited family members and friends to share in the festivities.

The Social Work Program is a member of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and houses the Nu Epsilon Chapter. Sophomore social work students are eligible for membership in the honor society after completing nine credit hours towards the social work major with a 3.25 grade point average, an overall grade point average of 3.0 and active membership in the Social Awareness Club. Bethany College is the only private college in West Virginia with a Social Work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Award winners are listed below:

SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM AWARDS
  • Field Instructor of the Year - Terry McCormick, Executive Director of the St. John's Home for Children, Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Staff Member of the Year - Jackie Hudson, Chartwells Catering Manager; and John Wroten, Director of Safety and Security
  • Sophomore Student of the Year – Rebecca Ehrlich, Sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio
  • First Admission to Social Work - Marissa Perelstine, Sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Junior Student of the Year - Alicia Boyer, Junior, Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Outstanding performance in field placement - Justin Miller, Junior, West Liberty, W.Va.
  • Senior Fellow –Renee Jones, Senior, Columbus, Ohio
  • Senior Student of the Year – Jennifer Naylor, Senior, Eighty Four, Pa.; and Renee Jones, Senior, Columbus, Ohio
  • Outstanding Performance in Field Placement – Jennifer Naylor, Senior, Eighty Four, Pa.
  • Outstanding Performance in Senior Project – Renee Jones, Senior, Columbus, Ohio

SOCIAL AWARENESS CLUB AWARDS

  • Social Awareness Club President – John Green, Sophomore, Sykesville, Md.
  • Social Awareness Club Member of the Year – Justin Miller, Junior, West Liberty, W.Va.; Stephanie Laine, Sophomore, Sanford, Maine; Jennifer Naylor, Senior, Eighty Four, Pa.; and Rebecca Ehrlich, Sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS AWARDS

  • Most Impressive Act of Random Kindness - Amy Van Horn, Administrative Assistant for Social Work
  • Most involvement with Random Acts of Kindness - Alicia Boyer, Junior, Bridgeport, Ohio

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • Distinguished Honors Professors Award (25 years service) – Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work
  • Distinguished Honors Professors Award (5 years service) – Melanee Sinclair, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of Field Placements
  • Bethany College Resolution in Recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Accreditation at Bethany College of the Social Work Program, adopted by the Board of Trustees and presented by President Scott D. Miller

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.