Alumni Spotlight

Alumna Pat Lager and the Establishment of FSU Social Work International Programs

International Programs at the FSU College of Social Work began with efforts of one faculty member, Patricia (Pat) Lager (MSW, 1983, BA 1967). Pat transitioned from work in the areas of mental health and child welfare education, teaching at Florida A&M University before being hired by [then] Dean Ray Bardill. “I graduated from FSU, so I’ve always loved this university and the College of Social Work. It’s a passionate program,” Pat related about taking on her first academic role at FSU as a part-time field faculty placing students in their internships.

Alumni Profile: Dr. William Anderson, First Social Work Doctoral Graduate at FSU

William (Bill) Anderson came out of the U.S. Army in 1972 looking for a social work MSW degree program. He had three to choose from, and it was the financial support FSU offered that first brought him to Tallahassee. It would be his experiences in the program and faculty support that made him stay.

Former faculty member Dr. Harris Goldstein encouraged Bill to pursue a doctoral degree. It was his fond memories as an MSW student and teaching assistant with faculty member Curtis Krishef that helped Bill decide to pursue his Ph.D. at FSU.

100 Years Celebration: Student Reflections

In the hours leading up to the 100 years celebration, I was incredibly nervous but excited. A college that I’m a part of is celebrating 100 years of dedication and achievement to students, social work education and profession. From the excellence of my curriculum to the academic opportunities provided by the college, I understood how noteworthy and important this celebration was too many. I was the only student attending that was speaking in front of my professors and other distinguished social work alumni.

MSW Graduate Receives Competitive Interprofessional Postgraduate Fellowship

Social Work graduate, Savannah Hipes, credits her extracurricular activities and mentors during her time at the College of Social Work for steering her towards the unique experience she will be starting after graduating with her MSW degree this spring. Savannah was awarded a competitive Social Work Fellow position with the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Pensacola, Florida.

Doctoral student Sarah Rakes awarded Lifelong Learning Scholarship

Second-year social work doctoral student and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Sarah Rakes is a lifelong learner in her own right. She spent more than ten years in the field in roles focusing on older adults. These roles included activity consultant at a memory care facility, social services director in a long-term care facility, and an as an inpatient psychiatric social worker working with older adults.

FSU Alumna to Evaluate Experiences of Older Incarcerated Adults

Dr. Stephanie Grace Prost and a team of Investigators at the Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville received recent approval from the Commissioner at the Kentucky Department of Corrections to conduct a comprehensive multi-site and multisystemic study regarding older adults in Kentucky state prisons. From a strengths-based perspective, the study seeks to identify and describe the experiences of incarcerated older adults’ through self-reporting, institutional record review, and focus groups conducted with several stakeholder groups in Kentucky state prisons.