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March 2, 2014

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Social workers honor profession

On March 1, the National Association of Social Workers began its annual celebration of one of the nation’s largest professions. March is National Professional Social Work Month and this year’s theme, “All People Matter,” emphasizes global belief that all people have dignity and deserve respect.

This year’s theme and logo are selected to raise awareness about the American social work profession’s 116-year commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for everyone.   

As field coordinator of Indiana State University’s Department of Social Work, I would like to recognize the following people, our current field instructors and task supervisors, for their generosity and professional guidance to our social work students. Without them, we simply could not offer the quality of education that we try to uphold.

Most special thanks to: Amy Atterson, Karen Barnaby, Brenda Barnett, Randy Berg, Tai Blythe, Cathy Brimner, Robert Brown, Scotia Brown, Elizabeth Butts, Heidi Carlson, Sara Collins, Carissa Colvin, Pam Connely, Lacey Dabelow, John Day, Heidi Decker, Laura Dever, Kelly DiCenso, Tasheena Duncan, Diana Edwards, Jim Edwards, Zoe Frantz, Kelli Fuller, Nikki Furhmeister, Melissa Grinslade, Jackie Haddix, JoBeth Haviland, Lacey Heaton-Skwortz, Craig Hedrick, Emberly Helming, Helen Houle, Bradley Huffey, Aimee Janssen-Robinson, Julie Johnson, Kara Jones, Christine Knight, Wendy LaBate, Hailee Lauritzen, Jodi Lemmon, Bill Livers, Rev. Tim Long, Linda Lonneman, Jillian Martin, Jana Mishler, Diana Newnum, Justin Newton, Amanda Otieno, Emily Owens, Walter Padgett, David Pearson, Kim Pepelea, Jody Pomfret, Sheila Priester, David Pryor, Eleanor Ramseier, Patty Robinson, Jaimie Royal, Sarah Schroeder, Jenny Scott, Laurie Setliff, Debra Stenson, Michelle Striegel, Christa Sutton, Jack Tanner, Jennifer Todd, Tyra Trueblood, Chrystal Turchi, Shelly Vicars, Gretchen Wallace, Nichelle Washington, Christine Watson, Tara Weidenbenner, Cristina Werremeyer, Myra Wilkey and Christine Wilkey.

Recognized as a top growth profession, social work professionals continue to influence and improve services in hospitals, schools, businesses, military branches, government and thousands of non-profit and community organizations across the country. There are currently more than 650,000 professionally trained social workers in the United States, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth to 800,000 by the year 2020 .

I wish the best to each of our 24 senior students as they will soon join the ranks as social work professionals.

— Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey, field coordinator, Indiana State University, Department of Social Work

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