September 2014
New Look, Same Great Newsletter
We've freshened up our look, but we strive to continue bringing you news and updates about happenings at the School as well as information that is applicable to the world of social work.

Have a story idea or something you would like to see us feature in an upcoming issue of the e-Column?

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Providing Powerless People With Clout: Fixing Illinois Human Services Through Litigation
Join Us For The 8th Annual Brieland Visiting Scholar Lecture
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
School of Social Work
1010 W Nevada Street
Auditorium, Room 2027
Urbana, IL 61801

Guest Lecturer:
 Benjamin S. Wolf, Associate Legal Director and Director of the Institutionalized Persons Project, Children's Initiative, and Juvenile Justice Initiative, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

Attorney Benjamin S. Wolf has been the Director and chief legal counsel of the ACLU of Illinois' Institutionalized Persons Project since 1984. The Project provides legal representation to Illinois residents of prisons, jails, mental health centers, developmental centers, government funded nursing homes and children who are wards of the state. He supervises the Project's legal and educational work and provides legal backup on such issues for the ACLU's lobbyist in Springfield.

Lecture Abstract: The State of Illinois has a long history of refusing to allocate sufficient resources for essential human services such as mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare.  The inadequate funds that are available often are distributed based on political clout rather than evidence indicating where those limited resources would do the most good.  The lecture will explore how many of Illinois' most powerless citizens, neglected by the elected branches of government, have turned to the courts to fix broken state agencies.  Mr. Wolf, who has served as lead counsel in groundbreaking class action lawsuits challenging a broad range of state policies and programs, will describe how the blunt instrument of litigation can bring together vulnerable communities, experts and policymakers to hold elected officials accountable and trigger lasting reform.

This event is free and open to the public. A complimentary reception will follow the lecture.
Save the Date!
2014 Homecoming Tailgate

Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:30 - 11:00am
School of Social Work
1010 W Nevada Street
2nd Floor
Urbana, IL 61801

The School of Social Work invites you to join us for a pre-game tailgate party prior to the Illinois vs. Minnesota football game. You will enjoy a breakfast buffet, snacks, and beverages for 
ONLY $5 a person.

Alumni & Friends: $5 per person
SSW Students & Children Under 10: FREE

Register online at:

The first 50 alumni to register will receive a FREE School of Social Work fleece stadium blanket. (Blankets will be distributed at the event).

Contact Brianna Rossbach at or at (217) 244-1064.
CEU Opportunity for Area Alumni
Concealed Carry and Revealed Obligations: The Mental Health Professional's Legal and Ethical Obligations to Report Clear and Present Danger
Speaker: Sandra Kopels, JD, MSW '83, Professor, University of Illinois, School of Social Work

3.0 CEUs
Friday, September 26, 2014
1:00 - 4:00pm
I-Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S 1st Street
Champaign, IL 61820

This CEU session is hosted in conjunction with Field Education Day, an internship fair which provides an informal opportunity for organizations to talk with students who will soon be eligible to enter into their BSW or MSW internship. A limited number of seats have been made available for the CEU portion of the day to alumni in the Champaign-Urbana area who are not participating in Field Education Day.

Field Education Day Details:

11:45am - CEU Check-in & Registration

12:00 - 1:00pm -  Buffet Luncheon with Field Education Day participants
1:00 - 4:00pm - Concealed Carry and Revealed Obligations: The Mental Health Professional's Legal and Ethical Obligations to Report Clear and Present Danger



CEU Course (3.0 CEUs) - $10.00
Lunch (Optional) - $15.00

To register, contact Amy Frederick at (217) 244-5229 or at by Friday, September 19th.

Please note there are a limited number of seats available.

CLL Offers Volunteer Opportunities to UofI Med Students
The School of Social Work's Community Learning Lab (CLL) recently participated in a volunteer EXPO for first-year University of Illinois medical students.

MSW student Morgan Tarter (pictured right), successfully engaged over 30 students who expressed interest in volunteering in the Champaign-Urbana community. The CLL will act as a resource for these students to help find a volunteer opportunity with an agency or organization that best aligns with their area of interest. 
Partner With The School of Social Work
Field Education Placement Opportunities
Interested in having an impact on the next generation of social workers?

If so, consider becoming a Field Education placement site for a BSW or MSW student. Visit the School of Social Work's website to learn more and to apply to become a Field Education Placement site.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the School of Social Work's Field Education Office by directing all BSW related questions to Sherrie Faulkner, Director of BSW Field Education, at and for all MSW related questions to Mary Maurer, Assistant Dean for Field Education, at

The School looks forward to hearing from you!
And The Winner Is...
School of Social Work Instagram Contest
To help launch the School of Social Work's new social media campaign, the School called on all Social Work students to participate in an Instagram contest. Beginning at the end of August, students were asked to post images to Instagram with the hashtag #ILLINOISsocialwork while wearing their new School of Social Work t-shirts. Students brought out their creativity and the picture with the most "favorites" won a gift basket filled with Social Work swag and gift certificates from businesses in the area.

Congratulations to BSW student, 
Emily Bauman! Emily won the contest with 193 "favorites" for her t-shirt photo, seen below.
A consolation prize went to MSW student, Lyssa Barth, for her creative photo submission captioned, "Taking social work to new heights in Steamboat Springs, Colorado...Labor Day weekend!"

Take a look at some other contest submissions!

School of Social Work 70th Anniversary Shirts for Sale
Get Yours Today!
The School of Social Work is celebrating its 70th anniversary this academic year. Help us represent 70 years of strengthening vulnerable families by purchasing a limited edition t-shirt.

Cost: $10.00 each

Stop by the School of Social Work's Advancement Office in Suite 2002 to purchase yours today.

These limited edition t-shirts will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. You better hurry! They won't last long!

Visit the School's website for more information.

New Look, Same Great Newsletter
8th Annual Brieland Visiting Scholar Lecture
2014 Homecoming Tailgate
CEU Opportunity for Area Alumni
CLL Offers Volunteer Opportunities to Med Students
Partner With The School
Instagram Contest Winner Announced
Limited Edition T-shirts For Sale

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