Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Established in 2013, Distinguished alumni awards are presented to five graduates of the College of Social Work at the annual student scholarship dinner. These alumni show an exemplary commitment to social work, service, the College and their communities.

Alumni awards will be presented at the Student Scholarship and Distinguished Graduate Dinner on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

  • Distinguished Emeritus Alumni Award – awarded to alumni that graduated more than 50 years ago or more and demonstrate outstanding leadership and extraordinary contributions to social work.
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award – awarded to alumni that graduated less than 10 years ago and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to social work.
  • Distinguished Social Work Educator Award – awarded to alumni that currently hold a teaching/leadership position with an educational organization, post-secondary educational institution or educational policy-making/review board and have made significant contributions to the area of social work education.
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Work Practice Award – awarded to alumni that have shown a deep commitment to high ethical social works standards, have developed/implemented major innovations to improve the quality of life of community members and have shown significant contributions to clients, the professional community and the social work profession via advocacy or professional/civic/community involvement.
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Policy and Administration Award – awarded to alumni that have shown meritorious efforts to serve or have served the social work profession in policy making with professional or political associations at the state or national level.

Past Award Winners

2015

  • Distinguished Emeritus Alumni Award – John P. Carter
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award – David Albright
  • Distinguished Social Work Educator Award – Nicholas F. Mazza
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Work Practice Award – Art Cleveland
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Policy and Administration Award – Carol Preston

2014

  • Distinguished Emeritus Alumni Award – Robert Disbennett
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Jerrold Jackson
  • Distinguished Social Work Educator Award – William Meezan
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Work Practice Award – Paula Clark
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Policy and Administration Award – Dominic Calabro

2013

  • Distinguished Emeritus Alumni Award – Joyce Laidlaw
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Dana Morris-Brooks
  • Distinguished Social Work Educator Award – Sharon Maxwell-Ferguson
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Work Practice Award – Jeanene Janes
  • Distinguished Alumni in Social Policy and Administration Award – Guy Spearman