Some of its youngest Buckeye fans enjoyed the college's annual OSU vs. Michigan party, held right before Thanksgiving and the big game. (Pictured l to r): Hallie Fargnolli, Dr. Tamara Davis, and Dr. Scottye Cash surround Scoytte's son, Jake, with lots of love; Meghan Peters, Andrea Severson, and Andrea's daughter, AnnaSofia, enjoy each others' company amidst all the game talk; Rebecca Fellure's son, Shawn, is caught in a precarious situation between two rivals.
Watch for Elon Simms—He’s Everywhere!
The face of Elon Simms, new Field Placement Coordinator, is turning up everywhere—in Stillman Hall in college’s Field Education Office, in Ohio State’s Human Resources magazines, and even on television!
Elon recently appeared on the Big Ten Network’s LiveBIG program on November 7. He was featured for his organization of the Guardiola Scholarship Foundation in honor of his longtime friend and track teammate, David John Guardiola, who was killed in a car accident. Since 2005, Elon has helped organize a track meet in his hometown of Fremont, Ohio, annually attracting about 400 people and raising money for the foundation. The money raised is used to send students from Fremont Ross High School to college.
If you’re an Ohio State employee, you probably recently received HR’s new Benefits Open Enrollment booklet for 2012. Flip to the inside back cover and you’ll see Elon there, too.
Here in Stillman Hall, Elon is responsible for the planning, coordination, and implementation of student placements for all undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Social Work's Columbus campus. Over the course of a year, Elon will place approximately 500 students, with anticipated growth over the next few years. That’s no easy task! In addition, Elon will assist with recruiting new agencies and evaluating and streamlining the placement process for the expected growth.
Away from work, Elon enjoys spending time with his new wife, family, and friends. He is also the assistant coach at Columbus School for Girls. Many of the activities in which he involves himself seem to go hand in hand with his social work background. Elon finds excitement in helping others. He has come to realize that the compassion he has toward clients and the profession, the self-awareness, the appreciation of diversity, and his own emotional stability are some of the many highlights and qualities that have contributed to his growth.
While pursuing his MSW here at Ohio State, Elon was also a four-year, four-letter member of the Men’s Track and Field Team, serving as captain during the last two years. He is also a McMurry Citizenship Award and Mary C. Manning Scholarship recipient.
“What excites me most about being in this role is that I can contribute to a future change maker’s growth, just how other social workers have contributed to mine.”
(l to r): Jenny Kreinbrink, Nathalie Johnson, and Andrea Whittington enjoy lots of hugs and hobnobbing with Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee during Dianna Barrett's retirement party this fall.
The Grandview Middle Schools Girls’ Soccer team recently won their middle school league soccer tournament. The girl’s team finished their season with a record of 12-2-1. The team is coached by three of the College of Social Work’s own: (l to r) Misti Rogers (’11 MSW graduate), Allie Riley (current PhD Student), and Becky Wade-Mdivanian (current CSW staff member and ’05 MSW graduate). Misti, Allie, and Becky are also involved with LiFE Sports at OSU and enjoying using sport as an avenue to impact the lives of youth.
(Pictured left to right) Hallie Fargnolli, Program Associate for Continuing Education, makes sure facutly, students, and staff are all in place before they march or hit the stage. Field Coordinator Mike Madry hard sells the college's t-shirts and hats to graduates and their families. Most of the proceeds will go to the Mwanafunzi student group.
One of the newest staff members to join the college is Becky Fellure, who works as an Accountant/Registrar Assistant in the Fiscal Office. Becky received her BA in Criminology from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy and Management at Ohio State. She previously worked for the College of Engineering as a Procurement/Payroll Coordinator, and handled a variety of registrar functions. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her two-year-old son, Shawn, and husband, Ben. They love traveling and cheering for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Welcome aboard, Becky!
Field Coordinators (l to r) Jorie Schwartz, Chrissy Gilbert, and Teri Kinsway helped facilitate the World Cafe hosted by the Office of Community Engagement on Wednesday, April 13 at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. During the event, field instructors and CSW students, faculty, and staff held meaningful conversation that will help shape the future of lifelong learning in our local and global community. Attendees contributed to helping transform the practice landscape of our communities.
Sherri Rinderle, Graphics Designer in the college's Communications Office, visited Faith Mission as part of a photo shoot and stayed to serve lunch to the women on Wednesday, February 9. Photos were taken of the some of the social work students who participated in the Point in Time Count of the homeless on Tuesday, January 25.
Andrea Severson, Academic Counselor for the OSU College of Social Work (right), joined the college as it participated in the January 25 World Café conversation about the future of Queer, Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Allied people on campus. The conversation was hosted by members of the campus Art of Hosting Community, the Multicultural Center, and the GLBT Alumni Society. Special thanks go to Lauren Haas and Dean Tom Gregoire of the College of Social Work. Both played a major role in organizing the conversation.