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Colin Winter Named An “Everyday Hero” by NBC News

CongratulatioFB_IMG_1446727033640ns to BSSW student and veteran Colin Winter who has been recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by NBC News! WCMH-TV’s Everyday Hero feature honors men and women who are doing extraordinary work serving our community. Colin was selected for his exceptional work with veterans.

 

Colin serves as the College of Social Work’s Student Veteran Advocate. He is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Run Down the Demons, which aspires to promote a stigma-free atmosphere where all veterans who need help feel comfortable asking for it and to provide a network of resources to meet that need.

 

Way to go, Colin! Click here to read more about this Everyday Hero.

NBC Reports: Not “Just Another Teen Mom”: Foster Child Graduates College, Debt-Free

Janel2016 BSSW Graduate Janel Lanae Young made the news for overcoming tremendous odds to earn her degree. Check out her story by clicking here!

Buckeyes Helping Flint: College of Social Work Students Collect More Than 15 Tons of Water

When MSW student Terrahl Del Taylor heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, he wanted to do something to help so he contacted the College of Social Work to brainstorm ideas. The result: a student-sponsored water drive that extended way beyond Ohio State’s main campus and collected more than 15 tons of water.

For a month, both financial and water donations were accepted and a GoFundMe page was set up for those wanting to make a financial contribution to purchase water for Flint residents. Several days a week, College of Social Work students manned a table to collect donations in Stillman Hall. The donated water would help families who did not have clean water to drink, cook with, or bathe in.

“I wanted to do this because I think every single person needs to have clean, healthy water. Every day, I take having clean water to drink and bathe in for granted,” said Taylor. “When I heard about the water crisis I started to think about how much I rely on water daily and I knew how much it would mean to them to have additional help.”

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Social Work undergraduate student Melinda Shade thought this would be a great community outreach project for the after-school program she interns for at Directions for Youth & Families.

“The kids wanted to help the families in Michigan but weren’t sure how they’d buy the water,” said Shade. “With the help of staff, they made signs and stood outside the center asking for donations. It was a way for them to get involved with what’s going on in the world and feel like they can make a difference.”

And they did. In two days, the kids, ages 8-17, raised $170 and collected bottled water. After five trips to Kroger, they contributed 34 cases 32 packs of water, 47 one gallon jugs and 1 four gallon jug. Directions for Youth & Families is a resiliency-oriented/trauma-informed mental and behavioral health nonprofit organization serving Franklin and Delaware counties.

Even businesses participated. To support the students, Kroger discounted water and agreed to transport 10 pallets (84 cases of 24 bottles per pallet) totaling more than 20,000 bottles to Flint at no charge.

On the drive’s last day, regional campus students from Lima, Mansfield and Marion hit the highways to deliver more than six van fulls of water to the college. Hawthorne Elementary School of Westerville also delivered more than 588 gallons. In addition to many financial supporters, a Cleveland prep school donated more than $500.

A group of social work students, faculty, and staff delivered 263 cases and 266 gallon jugs of water—totaling more than 10,000 pounds—to Catholic Charities in Flint on March 16.

“As a land grant institution, it’s our mission to reach out to those in rural and urban communities and to places with great need,” said Lisa Durham, Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement. “A lot of our students come from such places as those, and in social work in particular, helping others is part of our core values. It doesn’t matter where someone needs help. We just go to where that need is.”

The significance of Buckeyes helping the Wolverines isn’t lost either. Taylor added “I also thought that coming from students at a rival university would help encourage a culture of connectedness. Together, we can make a difference!”

Check out some of the media coverage the water drive received:
Columbus CBS WBNS-10TV

Columbus NBC WCMH-TV4

Flint ABC WJRT-TV12

Flint CBS WNEM-TV5

Flint NBC WILX-TV10

Students Take Action for Flint: Water Drive Runs Through March 11

When MSW student Terrahl Del Taylor heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, he wanted to do something to help so he contacted the College of Social Work to brainstorm ideas. The result: a student-sponsored water drive running now through March 11.

Both financial and water donations are being accepted. Visit gofundme.com/8r3csurg to make a financial contribution to purchase water for Flint residents. Cases or gallon jugs of water can also be dropped off at Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd., on Saturday February 20, February 27, and March 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The donated water will help families who do not have clean water to drink, cook with, or bathe in. For specific donation requirements, click here.

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“I wanted to do this because I think every single person needs to have clean, healthy water. Every day, I take having clean water to drink and bathe in for granted,” said Taylor. “When I heard about the water crisis I started to think about how much I rely on water daily and I knew how much it would mean to them to have additional help.”

A group of social work students, faculty, and staff will deliver the donated water to Catholic Charities in Flint during the week of March 15.

The significance of Buckeyes helping the Wolverines isn’t lost either. Taylor added “I also thought that coming from students at a rival university would help encourage a culture of connectedness.”

Together, we can make a difference!

CSW students present at Buckeye Soup competition and win!

Congratulations to CSW undergraduate students Paige Yerger and Sierra Mollenkopf, for BuckeyeSoupwinning the Fall 2015 Buckeye Soup competition! Yerger and Mollenkopf are co-presidents of STRIDE, a student organization that raises awareness of sexual violence through running. They were among five finalist who presented in the Buckeye Soup competition and received $565.00 to fund a walk to honor survivors of sexual violence, and raise awareness/prevention of sexual violence in our community. The walk will be Friday, April 15, so stay tuned for more details.

“Paige and Sierra are truly amazing leaders,” says Andréa Severson, STRIDE advisor. “STRIDE won Buckeye Soup because of their ability to build a narrative about sexual assault that resonated with the folks in the audience. They took a taboo subject and moved people in the audience that night to understand that survivors need to know they are not alone.”

“Soup” events happen in communities throughout the country as a means for individuals and organizations to earn one-time grants for various community development projects. Buckeye Soup is the official soup event for student organizations at The Ohio State. To learn more about Buckeye Soup, click here.

Started in 2015, STRIDE (Seeking To Reclaim our Identity, Direction, and Energy) is a student organization at OSU that brings awareness of sexual violence through running/jogging. They offer a wide variety of activities, from short runs and walks to teas, wellness events and open dialogues. All levels of athletic ability are invited and encouraged to join. For more information visit STRIDE on Twitter @OSU_STRIDE.

National recognition for doctoral student Kathy Lee

Doctoral student Kathy Lee recently presented at The Gerontological Society of America  conference in Orlando. Lee was also one of twelve doctoral students across the nation to be selected as an Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, 2015 Pre-Dissertation Awardee. Way to go Kathy!

College of Social Work Students & Staff Volunteer at Shalom Zone

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A group comprised of Ohio State College of Social Work students and staff volunteered at the Shalom Zone on Saturday morning, October 3. They helped spiffy up the place and left it spick and span, just in time to start the fall season. Thanks for your hard work everyone!

The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone is a group of residents and faith-based organizations operating in partnership with other non-profit entities, educational institutions and city and county government agencies to revitalize and improve the lives of the residents of the Greater Hilltop area of Columbus, Ohio.

2015 Orientation Packed with Information, Food and Lots of Fun!

DSCF0432This year, the College of Social Work pulled out all the stops to make Orientation 2015  everything any student could ask for. In addition to making information and resources available to undergraduate, MSW and PhD students, the college also offered food, raffle prizes and giveaways for all to enjoy. A DJ added to the high-energy event as CSW faculty and staff made themselves available to answer students’ questions one-on-one. Students also shared why they want to “Be the Change” and wore trendy CSW bandanas to show college camaraderie. A good time was had by all!

Alumnus Khalid Bowens Wins 2015 NASW BSW Student of the Year Award

DSC_0101Congratulations to Khalid Bowens (’15) who was selected as the 2015 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Ohio Chapter Region 5 Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) Student of the Year. Bowens is a native of Akron, Ohio, and began his career at The Ohio State University in August of 2012 as a psychology major. However, during his first semester, he took Social Work 1100 and immediately realized that social work was the route for him.

Bowens will be attending the University of Michigan this fall as a graduate student with their Detroit Clinical Scholars Program. Through this program, he will work with underserved racial and ethnic minority children, adolescents and transitional age youth living with physical and behavioral health conditions.

Following graduation with his MSW, Bowens plans to work in the field with racial and ethnic minority children and adolescents living in urban areas who identify as part of the LGBTQA community. Bowens plans to continue his connections and relationships with staff and fellow alumni of Ohio State, especially through the College of Social Work.

Bowens was nominated by Andrea Severson, an academic counselor in the undergraduate (BSW) program at the college. He was presented with his award on July 23 during a regional awards banquet.

Rain or Shine—College of Social Work Students, Faculty & Staff March in Pride Parade to Show Support #CSWPRIDE

On Saturday, June 20, College of Social Work students, faculty, staff and friends marched in the 2015 Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade. It was a rainy day but a proud one, too, as the group also carried a banner to show support for the LBGTQQ community. A special thanks to those who joined in by marching or participating via social media!