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CSW Student Tom Wike Named Tillman Military Scholar

Congratulations U.S. Marine Corps veteran and BSSW student Tom Wike who has been named a 2020 Tillman Military Scholar. Wike is a senior with plans to earn his MSW. He is one of 60 scholars selected from thousands of applicants by the Pat Tillman Foundation for the prestigious award.
In recognition of their service and leadership potential, the new class of Tillman Scholars will receive scholarship funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of healthcare, business, law, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.

Read more about Wike here.

Click here for the news release.

College Holds First-Ever Virtual Graduation Celebration Amidst COVID19

More than 5,100 people tuned into the College of Social Work’s first virtual celebration of its 2020 graduates on Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m. The Evening of Recognition was live-streamed and interactive, including live tweets to and from students, families, friends, college staff and faculty as well a message from Dean Tom Gregoire.

From Germany to Egypt, and as far away as Pakistan to India, people from all over the world including the United States watched and participated by sending 2020 CSW graduates off in grand style. A record number of more than 600 people remarked and sent well wishes via Twitter, along with another 1,000 reactions, including likes, hearts, cares and more.

Solving the distance problem is nothing new for the college. For years, it has allowed loved ones from across the country or ocean join the on-campus graduation celebration via live stream and Twitter. This year, it applied learned lessons and adhered to social distancing guidelines to host this special event for its graduates and their families.

Background: The college is known for its live-streamed graduation ceremony allowing faraway guests from all over the United States and world to watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage. Previously, onlookers, both via a live feed and in person, tweeted shout outs and well wishes to graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus.

The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

To view this year’s virtual Evening of Recognition, click here.

Age-Friendly announces Friendly Phone Line for Isolated Older Adults

To assist isolated older adults, the College of Social Work’s Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County initiative is partnering with Columbus City Council, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center and other local organizations to establish the new Friendly Phone Line.

The Friendly Phone Line at 614/993-3614 is created for older adults in greater Columbus who are looking for informal conversation and social connection. It is staffed by social work students, staff and faculty volunteers.

The partnership also launched a program that packs and delivers 200 necessity bags each week to older adults across Franklin County. Bags contain three-to-five days’ worth of shelf stable food, dependent upon availability through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, as well as other necessities like soap, shampoo and toilet paper. Educational materials, such as Files of Life (a list of contact information used in emergencies), community resources, notes of encouragement and Census 2020 information, are included in the bags as well.

Click here to learn about resources for older adults.

Yoon’s New Research Links Childhood Physical Abuse, Neglect to Teen Smoking

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Yoon who recently published research linking childhood physical abuse and neglect to heavy cigarette use among teens. Read more here!

Press Release by Ohio State Research Communications

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For more information about Yoon, click here.

Jarrott Collaborates with Partners to Release Publication, Toolkit

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Jarrott on two recent accomplishments impacting intergenerational research and programs.

Generations United has released a new publication that includes partners Jarrott, the Champion Intergenerational Center and The Eisner Foundation. It is entitled “Piecing It Together: What We Know About the Funding Puzzle for Spaces that Connect Young and Old.”

Jarrott has also partnered with Generations United and The Eisner Foundation to release a new Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. A compilation of 15 years of collaborative research, the toolkit offers resources to help program providers and researchers impact intergenerational programing and practices. To view the toolkit, click here.

Also supporting intergenerational research, Jarrott is collaborating with faculty at Oregon State University to develop a measure of intergenerational contact. The study is supported by a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation.

For more information about Dr. Jarrott, click here.

For more information on the Champion Intergenerational Center, click here.