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Want to know what our social work students are up to? They’re changing lives through their work in the community, on campus, with legislators, and much more. But don’t take our word for it. Read about the difference social work students are making for yourself!
Featuring Our Students:
2012 Student Thesis Showcase Topics Range from Disabilities to Contraception
Lauren Persin, BSSW
Social Work Students’ Exposure to and Attitudes Towards Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Laura Smales, BSSW
Women's views on contraception use and their decision making power: a comparative study between India and the United States
Erin Cruze, MSW
An Exploratory Study of Toxicology Screening Policies in Outpatient Pain Clinics
Katie Eickholt, BSSW
Non-medical Services for Caregivers of Children Experiencing Amputation
Norman McNeal, BSSW
A Literature Review of Employment Programs and Recidivism
Lori Murphy, MSW
PTSD Symptoms and Coping Strategies Used by Women Affected by the Mt. Merapi Eruption
Does Working Affect Your GPA? What are the Effects of Sex Ed? Students in Nate Doogan's SWK 576 Class Present End-of-Year Research Covering Wide Range of Topics
What does an iPad have to do with research?
Nicole Rowe, Emilie Burton, Brenden Wright, Brandi Harrison, and Meghan Mathews used an iPad to assist them in conducting their research project, "Does Attractiveness Lead to Higher Levels of Life Satisfaction?" The group used the Ugly Meter app on its iPad to measure facial attractiveness as an independent variable. What a great way to apply mobile technology to research!
Amanda Poole, Alex Sankey, Tara Harte, and Antonique Dunbar composed the winning group in the class for their research on "The Relationship between Depression and Class Attendance."
Haleigh McClure, Nora Skotko, Monica Davis, Bailee Taylor, and Kelly Kaminski presented on "An Analysis of Alcohol, Sex, and Condoms at Ohio State."
Jamie Taylor, Susan Abukwiek, Jillian Lenz, Kelli Anderson, and Monique Bingham presented on "The Impact of Employment on Undergraduate Social Work Students' Ability to Engage in Self-Care Activities."
Lauren Dugal, Ariel Meigs, Stephen Schwegman, Aliza Brooks, and Shelby Schwartzwalder researched student debt and subsequent job choice post graduation.
Jillian Stewart, Emily McDonnell, Melissa Rotblatt, and Julie Spohn researched "The Correlation between Binge Drinking and GPA in Relation to Year in School."
Samantha Hamner, Monica Ray, Elizabeth Bean, Dawn Bartley, and Janice Howell presented on "A Look into the Effects of Working while in College on GPA."
Victoria Sossa, Megan Graham, Michael Queen, and Lauren Moore presented on "The Lasting Effects of High School Sex Education on College Contraceptive Use."
PHD STUDENT JAMES R. CARTER SELECTED AS COLUMBUS-ATHENS SCHWEITZER FELLOW
Congratulations to College of Social Work PhD student James R. Carter who has been selected for the 2012-13 class of Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows—16 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, developing lifelong leadership skills, and living famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer’s message of service.
Carter will join approximately 230 other 2012-13 Schweitzer Fellows at 12 program sites throughout the U.S.; the newly selected Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows represent 10 academic disciplines. They will partner with local community-based organizations to develop and implement yearlong, mentored service projects that improve the health and well-being of underserved people—all on top of their regular graduate school responsibilities.
Carter’s service project will focus on HPV risk prevention in Columbus’s gay and lesbian community. He is addressing human papilloma virus (HPV) screening and detection, monitoring, lowering behavioral risk, and vaccination in the adult gay and lesbian community in Columbus, Ohio. He plans to adapt a social-network based, CDC-approved program called Popular Opinion Leader currently used to lower HIV risk to the emergent public health concern that HPV presents. He is exploring a partnership with the Columbus Public Health Department to carry out this work. His faculty mentor is Dr Randi Love, who has been on the forefront of HIV education in central Ohio.
Do the research!
Congratulations to Courtney Elroy and Lauren Persin, who were among more than 500 undergraduates who showcased their outstanding research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC). Here Courtney (left) is pictured with Jennie Babcock, the college's undergraduate program director.
Courtney’s research project was titled “Patterns in Visitation with Ohio Prisoners.”
Lauren’s research project was titled "Social Work Students’ Exposure to and Attitudes Towards Individuals with Developmental Disabilities."
Here's what OSU President E. Gordon Gee says about the undergrads participating in the forum:
"They are working at the frontiers of their respective fields, and they do so with unmatched creativity and determination. I take enormous pride in their enthusiasm, tenacity, and diligence. These undergraduates embody the intellectual curiousity, social awareness, and unwavering determination that together are propelling the university from excellence to eminence."
Two New Sphinx Inductees are from College of Social Work
Congratulations to BSW juniors Dorothy Martindale and Melissa Rotblatt! Both were inducted into the 106th class of Sphinx Senior Class Honorary at The Ohio State University. The College of Social Work is the only unit at Ohio State to have two students represented.
The objectives of Sphinx are to recognize and honor no more than 24 students who, by the end of their Junior Year, have attained success in various fields of endeavor, particularly leadership, scholarship, and service, and to create a bond of fellowship in which each individual will use his or her attainments to enhance and promote the best interests of the University. Sphinx was founded at The Ohio State University in 1907 and is the oldest honor society on campus. Throughout the years since its inception, Sphinx has remained one of the most prestigious honoraries at Ohio State.
Listen to what Dorothy and Melissa have to say about being inducted.
Students Share Experiences from Global Social Work Student Conference, Social Work Day at the United Nations
Nine College of Social Work students and two faculty traveled to New York to participate in “Social Work Day at the United Nations” in March. The student group included Victoria Venable, Sylvester Lamin, Nicole Klimas, Lexi Potter, Taylor Stewart, Hannah Bonacci, Amanda Poole, Tara Harte, and Laura Smales. They were accompanied by faculty members Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah and Dr. René Olate. To read more, click here. Below two students share their experiences:
Tara Harte, BSW Student
What I found very interesting in both the workshops I attended was the ingenuity and passion the speakers demonstrated for addressing the local needs of people across the globe and how to meet those needs through programs that focus on sustainability and awareness. In addition, both workshops highlighted traditional and nontraditional ways in which we can use our existing skill-sets to target populations in need, regardless of cultural differences or geographical location.
The UN conference was a wonderful experience as well! Just being in the UN building demystifies where the powerful leaders of this global world work out of. The conference focused of the Global Agenda for Social Work, which was communicated for the first time through UN speakers of a high caliber who came in from all over the world for this event. They focused on “Promoting Social and Economic Equalities; Ensuring the Dignity and Worth of the Person; Promoting Sustainable Communities and Environmentally Sensitive Development; Promoting Wellbeing though Sustainable Human Relationships; and Ensuring an Appropriate Environment for Practice and Education.” The trip was wonderfully planned and very well organized. As well, it was a wonderful opportunity for each of us who attended to get to know one another better.THANK YOU SO MUCH, COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK!
Victoria Venable, PhD Student
The Global Social Work Student Conference (GSWSC) was a great experience. It was made up of really engaging and innovative workshops largely presented by students from all over the country. I appreciated that there were learning opportunties that focused both on domestic and international issues.
Social Work Day at the United Nations was truly an unforgettable as well. I felt extremely blessed to be present for the presentation of the Social Work Global Agenda to the Ethiopian Ambassador, which was an extremely significant event within our profession.
The messages promoted at these events really underscored that change can begin with a small few who are dedicated, focused, and committed to seeing the strengths of others. It is time for global communities to work together. I believe that the Global Agenda has positioned social workers to become part of a driving force that promotes social justice,compassion, and empowerment for people all over our world.
Hunger Doesn't Take A Spring Break
More than 40 Social Work students volunteered to serve lunch to East Side kids at Barnett Recreation Center this year. The event provided lunch and fun activities to those who otherwise might not have a mid-day meal during Spring Break.
Spring break may be a welcomed respite for school-aged kids, but it may also place an extra burden on families already struggling to make ends meet. During spring break, many kids miss out on the free- and reduced-price lunch programs at school—and their families may not be able to budget for the additional expense of lunch while they’re home. To remedy the situation, students at OSU’s College of Social Work have volunteered for three years for the project.