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October 7, 2002
Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to Drs. Michael Kane and Wes Hawkins for their most recent acceptance:

Kane, M., Hamlin, E. & Hawkins, W. “Investigating the factor structure of a brief instrument to measure practitioners’ perceptions of preparedness for current service environments” in Journal of Social Service Research.

October 7, 2002
Peace Conference

Read all about it by clicking here.

October 15, 2002
MSW Graduate Survey

The results of our 2002 MSW Graduate Survey indicated that the following are the strengths of the MSW Program: 1. Faculty 2. The ability to be flexible and understanding when needed 3. The quality of the curriculum 4. The union between faculty and students 5. The way professors show concern and convey the information in classes 6. How the professors educate and provide students with a sense of confidence.

Thank you for your feedback. We will keep building on our strengths.

October 18, 2002
MSW Candidate, Jeff Demario receives Employee of the Year Award from the OAPP

Mazel Tov to MSW Candidate Jeff DeMario, who, on October 11, 2002, Jeff DeMario, Program Supervisor for the Transitions Mentoring Program received the Employee of the Year Recognition Award from the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs (OAPP). Mr. DeMario was selected from more than 500 eligible employees nationwide and was invited to Seattle to accept this prestigious award.

He has been the Program Supervisor for the Transitions Mentoring Program since December 2000. He jumped into the new program as the first employee hired. He contacted national and community resources, such as the Mentor Center of Palm Beach County, a program funded by Children’s Services Council, to determine the best practices in mentoring. “Jeff has demonstrated a commitment to youth mentoring and is an asset to the network. He is open to the resources available and is always looking to improve his mentoring program,” says Leslie Langbert, Coordinator of the Mentor Center.

With his volunteer coordinator and case manager, he stays actively involved in all the matches. “The right match is the key to a successful mentoring relationship,” says Jeff DeMario. He takes the time to assist his staff with making the mentor match.

“Jeff enjoys working with youth and is naturally good at it. He combines genuine passion for his work with a best practice approach mentality,”
comments Steve Bardy, Program Director for Transitions. “His engaging
presentation style, dynamic personality and professional attitude make him a popular presenter at community events, United Way presentations and area service organizations,” continues Mr. Bardy.

On a personal note, Jeff is a new father and has the ability to share his experiences. This makes him more accessible to the teen parents. He can relate to the struggles the new parents are having, such as day care. His personal experiences with his son have furthered his commitment to strengthening the fatherhood component of the mentoring program.

Two semesters from completing his master’s degree in Social Work, Jeff began graduate school after being hired as the supervisor in order to offer more informed guidance to his staff and clients. He has juggled a full time job, a wonderful, new baby and his school schedule while maintaining his professionalism, positive outlook on life and sense of humor. This truly makes him a positive role model for the teen parents, mentors and his co-workers.

October 18, 2002
Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to Drs. Diane Alperin and Nick Richie for their latest
publication: Innovation and Change in the Human Services, 2nd Edition.
Ill: Thomas Publishing

October 22, 2002
Announcment from Acolyte

Fellow MSW students,

The student organization, Acoltye, will be painting a block of cement in the name of our club and the School of Social Work on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 9 to 4pm. This little event is a social event for all clubs that is hosted and funded by Student Activities and Development department. Pleasee come out for the fun, painting, socializing, and free food, too. You don't have to be a member to come out, though we always welcome new students to join.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Lorinda
President of Acolyte
lwood@fau.edu

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