Monthly Archives: January 2015
Mary Jane “M.J.” Hutchins has always loved dogs and is a self-described “animal nut.” Her two wolfhounds, Flynn and Donovan, are her beloved companions. As a 1961 BSSW graduate, M.J. also loves Ohio State and social work. So it is only fitting that the marriage of these three great loves—Ohio State, social work and her animal companions—would result in financial support for a program designed to recognize and honor the human-animal bond. #BuckeyeLove
Honoring the Bond is a program and fund that supports grief counseling and pet loss services for Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center clients and animal owners at no cost. In 2003, M.J. endowed a stipend in the College of Social Work to provide a paid field experience to a graduate‐level social work student intern in the center‘s Human‐Animal Bond‐Centered Education and Practice Program. She has also provided the program with in‐kind gifts, including furniture and a stereo system, for the center’s “comfort rooms”—where family members can go with their pets or veterinary staff to discuss difficult decisions or to have private time. Not only is this program unique, it is also especially meaningful because paid internships in the College of Social Work are rare.
“People love their pets and people who have difficult decisions to make regarding their pets’ lives or health often need some help in making them. That’s where the College of Social Work comes in–we sponsor a social work student at Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center,” said M.J. “Having a social worker there not only impacts the clients and owners, it impacts the entire staff–the doctors, technicians, and everyone involved. Social work has given me a chance to express what I feel strongly about and to support something I stand behind.”
Combining social work skills and a love of animals with Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center is a true testament of #BuckeyeLove for M. J. Hutchins!
If you are interested in learning more about or giving to this fund, click here.
A record breaking number of College of Social Work faculty and doctoral students will be presenting at this year’s Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 19th Annual Conference, held January 14-18, in New Orleans, LA. The presentations will range from topics such as “Exploring the Promotion of Social and Economic Justice through Community Gardens: A Systematic Review of the Physical, Mental and Social Benefits” (Michelle Hand & Michelle Kaiser) to “Exploring Wellbeing to Support Success of LGBTQ and Questioning Students in Higher Education” (Tamara S. Davis & Susan Saltzburg).
To see the full list of presenters, click here.
As the director of Ohio State’s new Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, Dr. John Clapp recently served as a reference for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s article “Why Colleges Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking: Decades of Attention without Much Difference.”
The center will serve as the premier alcohol and drug abuse prevention and recovery resource for colleges and universities across the nation. It is funded through a $2 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. HECAOD is a collaboration among Ohio State’s College of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Life, Generation Rx Initiative and Collegiate Recovery Community. Clapp also serves as the associate dean for research at Ohio State’s College of Social Work.