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BSSW Student Maggie Griffin Wins Ohio State’s First President’s Prize

maggieCongratulations to College of Social Work BSSW student Maggie Griffin who has been selected as a winner of the first-ever President’s Prize. This is the highest university recognition bestowed on exceptional students committed to social change. Special recognition also goes to the college’s Dr. Michelle Kaiser, Griffin’s mentor.

The President’s Prize is given to two graduating seniors whose proposal has the most potential for bold impact on a significant societal challenge. Griffin’s winning project addressed the reality that 20 percent of children in Franklin Country live in a food desert. Her intervention, The UNITY Fridge project, will establish community gardens and place outdoor refrigerators at public schools in food desert regions across Columbus. This will allow students to bring home a bag of fresh produce for 40 weeks.

As an inaugural recipient of this award, Griffin will become a full-time employee of The Ohio State University for 12 months and receive a salary as well as an additional $50,000 for operational expenses for her yearlong project.

Griffin won a rigorous, multi-round competition that saw applications from 57 students across campus. The College of Social Work had three semi-finalists and two finalists.

For more information, check out the following:
Video and Press Release
OSU Website Announcement

How Do Young People Decide When They’ve Had Enough To Drink? Clapp Researches the Answer with Engineers

CLAPP JOHNCongratulations to Dr. John Clapp who was recently featured in the article “Here’s how young people decide when they’re drunk ‘enough,’ according to math” for his research and unique collaboration with engineering.

College of Social Work doctoral student Danielle Ruderman collaborated with Clapp on the research. Other collaborators include Ohio State engineer Kevin Passino, Universidad de los Andes engineer Luis Felipe Giraldo, a San Diego State University research team and Ohio State doctoral student Hugo Gonzalez.

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2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

CSW 2016 HOF Luncheon StillsThe College of Social Work honored its 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame recipients at its annual Induction Ceremony, held on Friday, September 30, at Ohio State’s Fawcett Center. Each year, the college honors alumni who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the world. These leaders are nominated by our alumni—nearly 14,000 social workers living in the United States and abroad.

This year, five alumni received the Distinguished Career Award and one alumnus received the Distinguished Recent Alumus/a Award. The 2016 Hall of Fame Award recipients are:

Distinguished Career Award

  • David R. Grove
  • Dr. Annette Jefferson
  • Ami Peacock
  • Jim Stahler
  • Kay Werk

Distinguished Recent Alumus/a Award

  • Jimmy Portner

 

Congratulations to these inspiring ambassadors! For more detailed information on each recipient, click here.

 

 

2016 Orientation Packed with Info, Food & Fun!

DSCF2445Nearly 300 College of Social Work students kicked off the 2016-17 school year during orientation at Stillman Hall on August 22. Staff and faculty were on hand to provide plenty of information and resources to undergraduate, MSW and PhD students throughout the day and answer students’ questions one-on-one. In between sessions, students were also invited to enjoy a cookout in the back lot. A group of staff, faculty and students even had time for a quick picture in front of the building. A good time was had by all! Have a great year, students!

 

Dr. Michelle Kaiser Addresses Food Security in Ohio State Alumni Magazine

MichelleKaiserlowresWhy should where you live determine how long you live? That’s one of the food security issues Dr. Michelle Kaiser addresses in the Ohio State Alumni Magazine’s July/August issue featuring a special report on food security.

Click here to check out her story. Also read the entire special report.

Kaiser was recently honored with The Ohio State University’s highest teaching award, the 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. She was chosen out of more than 3,000 Ohio State faculty.