August 2015

Social Work Homecoming 2015




Please join us on Friday, October 23 as we celebrate Homecoming 2015!


Social Work iHelp Project


Wesley Food Pantry

1203 W. Green St.

Urbana, IL 61801


Kick off your Homecoming weekend by giving back through this food packaging event prior to the Homecoming Parade and Social Work Homecoming Reception 


Social Work Homecoming Reception

7:00-9:00 pm

School of Social Work

1010 W. Nevada Street

2nd Floor

Urbana, IL 61801


Join us for a reception following the Homecoming Parade, the night before the Illinois vs. Wisconsin football game and enjoy hot dogs, tailgate snacks, and beverages. $5 for alumni and friends. School of Social Work students and children under 10 are FREE.


Register online for both events at:



Contact Amy Frederick at or at (217) 244-1064.

Fall CEU Seminar
Friday, September 18, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL
$25 per session or $50 for both sessions, $10 for lunch (lunch is included if you are attending both sessions)

Join the School of Social Work for a full-day CEU seminar and earn up to 6.0 CEU credits. This seminar features two courses that will help fulfill the ethical practice of social work and cultural competency requirements for licensure in Illinois.

9:00am-12:00pm- "Practice Ethics Management" (3.0 CEU)
Speaker: Marilyn Oertley, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, Director of Multidisciplnary Care with OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

This course will explore the role of ethical standards in social work practice, challenges involving ethical practice, common ethical dilemmas, and best practice tips to avoid misconduct charges. 

12:00pm-1:00pm- Lunch Break

1:00pm-4:00pm- "A Growing Ally Practitioner" (3.0 CEU)
Speaker: Kimberly Hodges, MSW, Program Director, University Housing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This course will help participants learn about the core attributes of an ally, discuss theory and practices for social justice education, and identify markers of privilege in their practice.

To register for the Fall CEU Seminar, please click here.
Alumna Receives NASW Social Work Pioneer Award
SSW alum, Chia-Chia Chien, was selected and recognized as a member of the NASW Social Work Pioneers, a program that honors members of the social work profession who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession. Ms. Chien will be honored during NASW's 60th Anniversary Celebration on October 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Read more about the Social Work Pioneer Program here.
Study Finds Parents' Health Literacy Affects Child Weight-Loss Tactics

Associate Professor Janet Liechty is lead investigator on a new study which shows that parents who have low health literacy are less likely to choose government-recommended weight-loss strategies, such as increasing physical activity or serving more fruits and vegetables, to help their children control their weight than parents who are better able to understand basic health-related information. 


Read more on this study here

Dr. Lough Facilitates Global Workshop on Volunteering for Sustainable Development

On July 6-7, 2015 Assistant Professor Benjamin Lough organized and facilitated a workshop, together with Cliff Allum of Skillshare International, at the United Nations Complex in Bonn, Germany with the purpose of developing a strategic research agenda to communicate research priorities for 'volunteering for peace and sustainable development' over the next ten years.


Over the course of two days, participants identified areas for future research, including:

  • Volunteering and development
  • Diversified forms of volunteering (i.e. corporate, online, e-volunteering, mobile-volunteering, and faith-based volunteering)
  • Mainstreaming gender in volunteering research
  • Volunteering as an important contribution to youth employment
  • Volunteering during forced migration
  • Volunteering in the context of global climate change

The final outcome document from this workshop will be used to make the case for research to be included in UN member states' plans of action and to proposition governments to create wider spaces and enabling environments for volunteering to thrive. It will also be used as a roadmap to develop collaborative proposals in support of research on volunteering for sustainable development. 

School of Social Work T-Shirts

Just in time for ILLINOIS Homecoming! Interested in a Social Work t-shirt? Click here to place an order.

Homecoming 2015
Fall CEU Seminar
Alum Receives NASW Social Work Pioneer Award
Janet Liechty Leads Study on Parent Health Literacy and Child Weight-Loss Tactics
Dr. Lough Facilitates Global Workshop
Social Work T-Shirts