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SWAS 2014 Spring 007

2013-2014 Outstanding Seniors. The Social Work Program nominated senior Joanne Babcock for Mansfield University's Outstanding Senior Award. She will be honored at the Academic Honors Reception on April 14th and at the Graduation Brunch on May 5th. Joanne is completing her internship this semester with Bradford County Children and Youth Services in Towanda, PA. Also being honored as At-Large Candidates for the Outstanding Senior Award are social work majors Matthew (Matt) Berkowitz, Farai Chigama, and Elizabeth Farnham. Matt is completing his internship at Bradford County Children and Youth Services in Towanda, PA, Farai is completing his internship at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY, and Elizabeth is completing her internship at the Child Advocacy Center in Elmira, NY. Congratulations to all!

Pictured (L to R) at the Academic Honors Reception: Elizabeth Farnham, Farai Chigama, Joanne Babcock, Dr. Mary Daly (Program Director), and Matt Berkowitz.

 Ina Tabor Award (2014-15). The late Ina Tabor believed in rural social work. She also believed in children and the importance of keeping families together. Tabor left an ongoing legacy combining her love of rural social work and children. The Ina G. Tabor Scholarship was established by the trustees of the Earl W. and Ina G. Tabor Foundation to provide perpetual financial assistance to worthy students pursuing a degree in social work at Mansfield University. Ina Tabor was the first full-time employed social worker in Tioga County with the Master of Social Work degree. Her degree was obtained in 1952 from Case Western Reserve University. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career as Director of Children's Services in Tioga County, serving for 18 years in that capacity. Near the end of her career, Tabor and Children's Services were approved by Mansfield University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology as field placement supervisor and agency for students in the casework track in the Sociology major. She regularly had students from the department serving as interns under her direction.

When Larry Miller came to Mansfield University in 1978 to teach and direct the establishment of a social work program, he recruited Tabor to serve as a guest lecturer in classes that he taught. During her association with Mansfield's social work program and until her death, Tabor was a regular contributor of social work journals, books and selected social work literature that was made available to students for their study. She also served as a volunteer consultant to the development of our social work curriculum providing information on child welfare legislation and regulation, child programs, knowledge and values consistent with social work and the PA Department of Welfare. She became a member of the program's professional advisory committee during the initial years of accreditation.

The Tabor Scholarship is presented annually to a Mansfield University social work major who has completed 91 credits with a minimum 3.0 QPA to qualify. Selection by Social Work faculty members is based on demonstrated high moral and ethical standards and a commitment to rural social work practice. Preference is given to students residing in Tioga, Potter or Bradford counties. The Tabor Award for 2014-15 goes to Sarah Dibble.

Sarah is an outstanding student who is committed to her education. She has a high qpa and has been active in the Social Work Club, the Phi Alpha National Honor Society, and in the TRIO program where she is a tutor for social work classes. In her candidacy application, she wrote that she found a way to major in heroism: through Social Work. "I have a heart for people who are hurting, especially those who feel lonely in this world and unloved. I have always sought to be the person who shows compassion to others when they feel like no one else cares."

Social Work Club Field Trip, February 2012
Social Work Club Field Trip, February 2012
How are the Social Work Club, immigration policy, laughter, ferry rides, Alexander Hamilton's gravesite, and Chinese tofu dishes connected? All were part of the February 26-27 Social Work Club-sponsored bus trip to New York City! Coordinated by Dr. Mary Daly, the trip began with a guided tour of the Chinese-American Museum, free time to explore Manhattan, and a homestyle-served Chinese meal full of yummy dishes (except for the tofu!). Boarding the New Jersey ferry to Ellis Island, the group spent time learning about immigration policy and viewing the interesting exhibits there. Returning on the ferry to Battery Park, the group walked to the Twin Towers site and the recently-opened 9/11 memorial. With a bit of time left before the bus arrived to return to Mansfield, students were free to explore the Wall Street area, Zuccotti Park, and Trinity/St. Paul's Church (where the grave of Alexander Hamilton can be found). It was a whirlwind few days, but everyone agreed that the experience was worthwhile and wonderful! Accompanying the students on the trip, in addition to Dr. Daly, were the Kevin Murphy family and Dr. Nancy Sidell.

Temple University MSW Program at Mansfield
. Many of you know that we've worked for years to offer the MSW Program in this area. Temple University Harrisburg has made it happen, as they began offering MSW classes in August, 2010. The degree comes from Temple, but all classes are taken on MU's campus. Since their first group of students, they have committed to continuing the program, as long as there is a need for it. If you are interested in applying for the next cohort, contact Temple at 1-866-769-1860 or visit to learn more.

Nancy Sidell was named to the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation, beginning in the fall of 2012. In her role as commissioner, she is charged with reviewing and helping make decision regarding accreditation of BSW and MSW programs across the country. Additionally, she conducts commissioner visits to programs who are in the planning stages of beginning a new BSW or MSW program. Sidell is one of 24 commissioners, and is serving a three-year-term.

Nancy Sidell serves as north central division chair by NASW-PA, beginning in July of 2011.

Recent Faculty Publications
Daly, M.E. & Sidell, N.L. (2013), Academic advising: A developmental approach. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 18, 37-49.

Daly, M.E. & Mansfield, J. (in review). A Study of Social Network's Relevance and Ethics Involving Social Work Students. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Purk, J.K. (2013). Internship Assessment. TRAILS.

(Encyclopedia Entry) Purk, J.K. (2014) entered Home Economics, Assisted Living, Caring for the elderly, Caregiver burden, and Healthcare power of attorney to Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia . Sage.

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