September 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.

Social Work Fleece Pre-Order


Get your Social Work fleece just in time for Homecoming! You can pre-order yours by using this form by October 2nd, 2015. 

Focal Point Monthly Brownbag Seminar Series

Doctoral student Lenore Matthew, Associate Professor Chi-Fang Wu, and their interdisciplinary team of colleagues from the Departments of Food Science, Educational Policy, and Philosophy have been awarded a Focal Point Grant for $15,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. According to the Graduate College, the Focal Point Grant is a graduate student-driven initiative "designed to stimulate new interdisciplinary research through collaborations among faculty and graduate students from multiple fields." Over the 2015-2016 academic year, the Women's Empowerment and International Development research group will host a series of Brown Bag lectures and two symposia, all of which are open to the UIUC community and the broader public

If you are interested in more information and a list of upcoming events, you may view them here
NTU Student Exchange 2015

Since 2013, the School of Social Work has partnered with National Taiwan University's Department of Social Work and has offered their students a 6 week social work practicum experience during the summer.  This summer we had the pleasure of hosting two of their students - Ting-An Lin (BSW student) and Nai-wen Liang (MSW student). During their time with us, Ting-An and Nai-wen took part in many activities including:
  • Spending 4 days a week at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, where they became acquainted with the programs and services offered at DMBGC and had the opportunity to work directly with children and adolescents
  • Visiting social service organizations in the Champaign/Urbana area, where they learned about the wide range of services that are offered in the community
  • Exploring the U.S. culture with a trip to Chicago where they visited the Hull House (a definite favorite!), a trip to Arcola to experience Amish Country, where they saw their first horse and buggy and ate homemade fried chicken (another favorite!) and a trip to Springfield to learn about the roots of Illinois history.

Over the course of their visit, Nai-wen and Ting-An gained a greater understanding of social work in the U.S., and likewise, we gained a greater understanding of social work in Taiwan and made two new friends in the process!

Study by Illinois Social Work Professor Featured in APHA Publication: The Nation's Health

Janet Liechty's recent study on the effects of parents' health literacy on kids weight loss was featured in The Nation's Health, a publication of the American Public Health Association. Read it here.

Homecoming 2015
Social Work Fleece
Focal Point Monthly Brownbag
NTU Student Exchange 2015
Professor's Study Featured in APHA