Student Spotlight

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


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!

College of Social Work Students, Faculty & Staff March for #BlackLivesMatter, #CBUS2Ferguson Solidarity with Baltimore

On Saturday, May 2, College of Social Work students, faculty, staff and friends marched as part of the #CBUS2Ferguson Solidarity with Baltimore, also in support of #BlackLivesMatter. More than 300 protesters marched from The Ohio State University campus to the Short North. Click here to see it on Storify.

Honors Student Erica Jacoby Places 3rd at Ohio State’s Denman Research Showcase

ericaCongratulations to College of Social Work senior honors student Erica Jacoby who was awarded 3rd place in the 2015 Denman Award showcase! She was among more than 600 undergraduates who presented their outstanding research at the 20th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum this year. Erica’s research was titled “Community Attitudes Towards Autism Spectrum Disorder–A Comparison of Personal Experience, Knowledge, and Comfortability.” Special thanks to Dr. Joe Guada who served as Erica’s thesis advisor and mentor.

Today is Thank a Donor Day! Our Students and Our College Thank You!

WApril 8th is “Thank a Donor Day” at The Ohio State University! On behalf of our students and the College of Social Work, we’d like to thank the countless dedicated benefactors who make our work possible. Social work is a calling, and our goal is to make sure students do not have to sacrifice their passion because of financial difficulties. Your contributions make a daily difference in the lives of our students, our college and the world. For that, we thank you!

BSSW Student Emma Kowal Selected for Ohio Aging Program

Congratulations to BSSW Student Emma Kowal! She has been selected to participate in the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program during the spring 2015 semester.  Emma was chosen because of her passion and commitment to serving older adults.  She will be working with the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education and Ohio Department of Aging to explore the positive differences she can make in the lives of older adults and supporting agencies. Emma is an honors student and is also a research assistant for Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny for her OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences grant.  Her appointment will serve as part of her field placement at Goodwill Columbus where she serves adults with developmental disabilities. Way to go, Emma!