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SOCIAL WORK ANNUAL REPORT

2012–2013

Reaching out to others with the love of Jesus


SOCIAL WORK ANNUAL REPORT

2012–2013

T a b le o f Con ten ts

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Letter from Department Chair

2013 Social Work Advisory Council

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Olivet Nazarene University’s social work program has had another exciting year. Photos and stories in this report will tell you about the many great things our students and faculty are doing.

Faculty Update Student News

Underlying all that they are doing are the many program improvements we are making. Our vision is to be the very best undergraduate social work program in the region. We continue to work hard to improve the way we teach competencies that will give our students more opportunities to learn and practice social work. Creating the best possible experience and education for our students is our goal.

Diakonia Corner 2013 Graduates Upcoming Events Scholarship

This year, Diakonia, the social work club, revised their vision and refocused their energy to not only reach out to the community, but also to provide professional development opportunities for students. Professor Amber Residori has joined us to teach social work courses, and she brings another dimension of expertise to the program. We are discussing the possibility of offering a M.S.W. program at Olivet and plan to do a feasibility study this calendar year.

Our vision is to be the very best.

Congratulations to our seniors who are leaving us. This year’s class is the largest group of B.S.W. graduates in our history. While we will miss each of them immensely, we know God is going to do exciting things through their lives as they serve Him. Sincerely, Dr. Houston Thompson Department chair

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Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott Chief Judge 21st Judicial Circuit

S ocia l Wo r k A n n ua l R e p o r t 2012– 2013

Ron Jackson WKAN Talk Radio

Mike LaReau Retired ONU faculty

Matt McBurnie Riverside Health Foundation


Faculty update Dr. Houston Thompson, Ed.D., M.S.W., department chair Dr. Thompson joined the ONU faculty in 2006 as the chair of the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice. He is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Indiana. In 2012, Dr. Thompson co-presented with Breanne Bambrick, a junior social work major, at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work on the topic of “The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping.” He is currently working on two research projects: one related to generational trends in philanthropy, and the other on conflict management for faith leaders.

Amber Residori, M.S.W., associate professor Professor Residori joined the faculty this spring semester. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois, and has 20 years of experience working with severe emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescents. She has extensive administrative experience, and most recently has opened two inpatient acute psychiatric programs for adolescents presenting as an immediate danger to self and others.

Barry Lee, M.S.W., associate professor Professor Lee joined us in 2008 after a career in clinical social work. He holds designations as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. He is entering his final year in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He serves as the faculty sponsor for Diakonia, and has provided direction and support in the updates of the club this year.

Rachel Guimond, A.M., assistant professor Professor Guimond joined us in 2010 after working for several years in the social work field of aging. She completed her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. This year, she became our field education program director and began work on her Doctorate of Social Work degree at the University of Tennessee.

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SOCIAL WORK

  STUDENT NEWS Phi Alpha inductions

Faculty and students present at national conference In October, students Breanne Bambrick and Gabrielle Kirby attended the North American Association of Christians in Social Work Conference in St. Louis, Mo. Both volunteered as student workers at the conference. Breanne and Dr. Houston Thompson co-presented on the topic of “The Collaboration of Faith and Social Work in Creating a Gateway of Helping.”

Practice III class: A hands-on learning experience In October, 41 social work seniors visited Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, Ind., to learn more about community development. The trip included a guided tour around the near east side of Indianapolis. Several presenters shared with them about the many facets of community development to eliminate the effects of poverty.

Annual continuing education event On March 1, we hosted the 3rd Annual Continuing Education Event. More than 80 community social workers and social work students gathered to hear a presentation by Michael LaReau and Debbi Baldauff on the ethical issues surrounding dual relationships. A lively conversation ensued about the role of emerging social networking technologies and professional boundaries. A panel discussion featuring social work professionals with Peter LaMotte, Kari Alderson and Amber Residori looked at the specific issues facing the fields of medical, school and clinical social work.

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S ocia l Wo r k A n n ua l R e p o r t 2012– 2013

Since 2002, ONU has been the Iota Alpha chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. The Phi Alpha serves to “provide a closer bond among students of social work, promote humanitarian goals and ideals, foster high standards of education for social workers, and invite into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.” On April 11, 2013, we inducted 14 social work juniors and seniors into Phi Alpha. These are students who have exhibited high standards of academic achievement and personal integrity. Dr. Dennis Crocker, dean of the School of Professional Studies, addressed the students and their families, and encouraged them to continue their efforts for Christian service through excellence. These students will enjoy lifetime membership in the society. Congratulations!


DIAKONIA CORNER Diakonia taking a new direction

2012 Leadership President

Diakonia, a Greek word meaning “service,” is a foundational element of the practice of social work. Social work students at Olivet model the spirit of service in many capacities with their involvement in diverse projects.

Gabrielle Kirby

Vice President

Kenzie Edwards

Treasurer

When the 2012–2013 academic year began, the Diakonia council members and Barry Lee, faculty sponsor, met to discuss ways the club could evolve while retaining the mission of service. The following stated goals will support the continued mission of Diakonia:

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Secretary

Melanie Toppmeyer

Historian

Rachel Devine

• Sponsor an early December Christmas party for foster children to One Hope United.

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Rebecca Goodman

• Collaborate with other clubs to provide community residents with staples of daily living, such as toiletries.

NASW Representative Sarah Condreay

• Organize social gatherings and offer all social work students opportunities to mingle and become better acquainted.

2013 Leadership President Rachel Devine

• Help social work students develop requisite professional skills prior to entering the workforce or graduate school. This will be accomplished by offering students the opportunity to attend continuing education seminars that will focus on areas such as essay writing, professional dress and overall presentation, codes and regulations, interviewing, and role play of challenging client-social worker relationships.

Treasurer

Taryn Dahlquist

Secretary

Lindsey Shoemaker

Publicity

Shelby Moreland

Networker

Becca Goodman

Please continue to pray for our club members as we pursue excellence in our field!

NASW Representative Katelyn Boicken

One Hope United Christmas party Santa joined several of our social work majors during a Christmas party for children. Every year, Diakonia hosts a party for foster children who are a part of One Hope United in Kankakee. Following the party, they deliver gifts to One Hope United for distribution to the children on Christmas Day.

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2012–2013 GRADUATES B ACHELOR’ S OF SOCIAL W OR K D E G R E E Ashlan Rose Allison j

Ashlan is finishing her field placement this summer. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work and business administration. She hopes to utilize her education in both fields to contribute her best to macro-practices and administration of an agency. She would like to thank her family for their support, encouragement, prayers and continual love over the years. She especially wants to thank her parents and two sisters for the blessing they are and have always been in her life. She attributes much of her success, high ambitions and belief in herself to the examples they have demonstrated

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and lived out. She would also like to thank her professors, coaches, teammates and friends at Olivet who not only gave her a wonderful educational experience and continuous support, but lifelong friendship and memories she will always hold close to her heart.

Annie L. Atwater

Annie is finishing her field placement experience this summer. After graduation, she plans to pursue advocacy in social work. She would like to thank her parents, and also Beyoncé, for all their encouragement.

Lineah I. Borggren j

Lineah finished her field placement experience at Kankakee County’s Center Against Sexual Assault. After graduation, she plans to begin her career as a social worker with the hope of obtaining a master’s degree within the next five years. She would like to thank her parents, Michael and Robin, as well as her family, friends, Jeffrey and the Carrolls, for all of the love, support and guidance they have given her.

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Jacob Caldwell

Jacob is finishing his field placement experience at United Way of Kankakee County this summer. After graduation, he plans to find a job, gain some experience, and eventually return for a master’s degree in social work. He would like to thank his family and friends for being there every step of the way, and for making these last four years an enjoyable experience.

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Sarah Elizabeth Condreay j

Sarah finished her field placement experience at PLOWS Council on Aging, Palos Heights, Ill. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in a warmer state. She would like to thank her parents, family and friends for their love and support, her professors for their encouragement and dedication, and God for His guidance and ability to make everything possible.

Sarah J. Cook

Sarah is finishing her field placement this summer. After graduation, she plans to pursue both a M.S.W. degree and Arabic classes to become an overseas missionary working with child welfare in the Muslim world. She would like to thank her parents. She would not have made it through without them — and the long calls to her mother that began in tears but ended in laughter, and reminders from her father “not to take everything so seriously.” She also thanks her friends for all of their encouragement and for making college a blast. Most of all, she thanks God for saving her, inspiring her to action and carrying her every step of the way.

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Ashton finished her field placement experience at One Hope United, a child welfare agency in Kankakee. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in child welfare. She would like to thank her parents for their financial support, and her friends for their constant laughter and putting up with her many procrastination-induced freak-outs.

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Kierra Ann Dunlap

Kierra is finishing her field placement this summer. After graduation, she plans to work as a child welfare specialist and attend graduate school at Governor’s State University. She would like to thank her husband, Aaron Dunlap, for his love and support, and the Greater New Hope Church family for their prayers.

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Ashley A. DeVries

Ashley is finishing her field placement experience this summer. After graduation, she plans to begin working and saving for graduate school. She would like to thank her parents, Butch and Deborah DeVries, for being such an amazing blessing to her, and contributing to her spirit, work ethic and drive to succeed. She would also like to thank her brothers, Austin and Aaron, for being able to make her laugh and believing in her when she did not. She would also like to thank her professors, who have been so thoughtful and a true inspiration in helping her become a stronger person through education.

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and always encouraging her to do her best for the Lord. She also thanks her fiancĂŠ, Kyle, for encouraging her over the past three years.

April is finishing her field placement experience at All Saints Hospital in Racine, Wis., this summer. After graduation, she plans to get married and move to southeastern Kentucky. She would like to pursue a career in medical social work upon completing a master’s degree. She would like to thank the Lord for His blessings and the abilities that He has given her to be able to complete this program. She would also like to thank her parents, Michael and Donna, for instilling in her a hard strong work ethic

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Katlyn Farris j

Katlyn is finishing her field placement experience this summer. After graduation, she plans to work with children in a social work agency or through Christian ministry. Eventually, she hopes to do full-time missions and work in an orphanage overseas. She would like to thank her family for always supporting her in whatever she does, and her roommates for being great encouragers these past four years.

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Jen finished her field placement experience at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, in Kankakee. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school and pursue employment in geriatric social work. She would like to thank all of the amazing social work professors who have taught her so much, her parents and sister for their encouragement, and her husband for supporting her and loving her through everything.

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2012–2013 GRADUATES, continued

Jacquelyn Christine Ford

Jamie Hill

Neil Thomas Frazer

Katelyn Elizabeth Holmer j

Jacquelyn finished her field placement experience at Indian Oaks Academy. After graduation, she plans to happily grow old and wrinkly with people she cares about, while somehow utilizing her social work degree. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love, laughter, lisping and support.

Neil is finishing his field placement experience this summer. After graduation, he will be serving with the Peace Corps. He would like to thank his parents, David

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and Suzanne, along with his brother, Nathan, and sisters, Nicole and Naomi.

Kelly Christine Hedtcke j

Kelly finished her field placement experience at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. After graduation, she plans to get married, and then move to southern Illinois until her future husband enters the Air Force next year. She hopes to work with military families. She would like to thank her parents, friends and family for their continuous support and love, her fiancé for his encouragement and respect, and her professors for being incredible mentors.

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Jamie is finishing her field placement experience at The Community Crossing, Charleston, W.V., this summer. After graduation, she plans to work full time with that organization in the Parents as Teachers program. She would like to thank her parents, family and friends for their support and love.

Katelyn finished her field placement experience at The Bridge Teen Center. After graduation, she plans to work at a community center in Delavan, Ill., leading youth programs

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and assisting in a community assessment in order to develop more programs. She would like to thank her wonderful parents, Ron and Kellie Streitmatter, for all of their love and support.

Gabrielle Elizabeth Kirby j

Gabrielle finished her field placement experience at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, in Kankakee. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in social work, then find a job working as a geriatric social worker. She would like to thank God for all the opportunities He has given her. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their never-ending love and support, and her social work professors for their strong commitment to preparing their students for life after Olivet.

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JoAnna Knepper

JoAnna is finishing her field placement experience this summer. After graduation, she plans to find an entry level social work job to help her determine exactly what area she wants to study in her pursuit of a master’s degree in social work. She would like to thank her grandparents for their financial support, her parents for their encouragement, her sisters for keeping her sane throughout college, her boyfriend for being a constant seeker of joy and peace, and God for leading her to this area of study.

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Whitney finished her field placement experience at United Way of Kankakee County. After graduation, she plans to go and do what God has planned for her and her husband, Seth. She first and foremost would like to thank God for the life He has given her and the lessons she has learned! She would also like to thank her husband, family, friends, and the amazing faculty and staff at Olivet for supporting her in what God has called her to do. She feels truly blessed by the experience she has had at Olivet and could not have asked for a better place to receive her college education. God is so good!

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Bethany Knight

Bethany finished her field placement experience at Bethany Christian Services Global, LLC, Grand Rapids, Mich. After graduation, she plans to demonstrate God’s eternal love and compassion by working with impoverished children overseas. She would like to thank her parents for being wonderful Christian role models who showed her what faith in Christ truly means in their day-to-day lives. She is also grateful for her church family; immediate and extended family; and her social work professors who never gave up on her, invested their time in her and helped her remain confident in God’s provision in her life.

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Whitney M. (Swick) Means

Kyle finished his field placement experience at Bethany Christian Services Global, LLC, Grand Rapids, Mich. After graduation, he plans to become a foreign diplomat to speak on behalf of the people groups of the world. He would like to thank his wonderful family, friends and all of the magnificent people who have so selflessly invested into his life.

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He had a better plan for her than she could have dreamed of, and she is excited to see what He has planned next!

Amy Jan Ratliff j

Amy is finishing her field placement experience this summer. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in the fall. After she earns her master’s degree in social work, she would like to work for a residential program for women recovering from abuse, self-harm, addiction or mental illness. She would like to thank her parents, Tim and Petrea Ratliff, for being the best supporters through all obstacles, and also the rest of her family (Sarah, Joe and Matt) for loving and supporting her while she pursued her social work degree. She would also like to thank her roommates for becoming amazing twin sisters, and her friends for being encouragers and motivators.

Sarah Michele Reynolds

Sarah is finishing her field placement experience at United Way of Kankakee County this summer. After graduation, she plans to get her master’s degree at the University of Illinois. She would like to thank her husband, parents and sisters for all of their support throughout her time at in college.

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2012–2013 GRADUATES, continued

Kimberly Roggendorf Kim finished her field placement experience at the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault. After graduation, she plans to use her social work skills to provide help for children and vulnerable populations. She would like to thank God for all of the blessings in her life, and her parents, siblings, family and friends for all of the support they have given her. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

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Paige Rochelle Schwartz j Paige finished her field placement experience with the Kankakee County Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. After graduation, she plans to stay in the Bourbonnais area and continue to work with marginalized populations. She would like to thank each social work professor for the time, knowledge and energy each poured into her during her time at Olivet. She would also like to thank her parents for their emotional, spiritual and financial support. Meredith Rae Spainhour j Meredith is finishing her field placement experience this summer. After graduation, she plans to find a social work position in the St. Louis area and pursue a master’s degree in social work within the next few years. She would like to thank her family and friends for being a constant support.

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Krystle L. Strubhar Krystle finished her field placement experience at Miller Rehabilitation Center at Sojourn, Kankakee. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to complete a master’s degree in social work. She would like to thank her parents for always encouraging her to keep going and for playing such an active part in her life. Zachary Mitchell Thomas Zachary finished his field placement experience at Trilogy Health Services. After graduation, he plans to find a job in the community and bring home the bacon. He wants

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to eventually get his master’s degree in health care administration, and lead a simple life in which he gets paid to help people. He would like to thank his family for encouraging him to get his degree, his professors for removing his ignorance, and his friends for taking care of him over the past four years. Mackenzie Brooke Tooper Mackenzie finished her field placement experience at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and pursue her dream job of working with children who suffer from mental illness and frequent hospitalizations. She would like to thank her amazing husband and family who have supported her dreams from day one. Also, she would like to thank the ONU professors who have made a huge impact on her life.

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Melanie Anne Toppmeyer j Melanie finished her field placement experience at Riverside Medical Center Mental Health Unit, Kankakee. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school at Aurora University and enter the advanced standing program concentrating in school social work. She would like to thank her family for their continuous prayer throughout her life, especially the past four years. She would also like to thank her professors for their support and encouragement. Finally, she would like to thank God for never leaving her side. He truly knew what He was doing when He led her to Olivet. She prays that He will

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Sara Jean Warner j Sara is finishing her field placement experience at Child and Family Charities, Lansing, Mich. this summer. After graduation, she plans to pursue a social work job and eventually get a master’s degree in social work to become a hospice social worker. She would like to thank the social work faculty for being so encouraging and always there to help, her family for always supporting and loving her, and her fiancÊ for being there for her through good times and bad.

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continue to guide her steps as she continues with her social work career. Olivia Uthiawat Olivia is finishing her field placement at Veritas this summer, serving a variety of populations in Romania. After graduation, she plans to obtain a master’s degree in social work at Aurora University. She would like to thank her mother for the infinite amount of discipline, support and patience she has received throughout her entire academic career, and for teaching her that giving up is never an option during difficult times and that God is the potter and leader of life. She would also like to thank all her professors for raising her up as one of their own in the social work family. Kurt Viedhorfer Kurt finished his field placement experience at Miller Rehabilitation at Sojourn, Kankakee. After graduation, he plans to use his education to start a career and continue to gather field experience. He would like to thank his friends, Mike, Chris and Nate; all of his responsible and intelligent professors; and Christopher Hitchens.

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Hannah E. Weitzel Hannah finished her field placement experience at Avalon Springs Health Campus, Valparaiso, Ind. After graduation, she plans to start her career in long-term health care as a social worker. She would like to thank her mom, dad, Holly and Brad for their support during her journey to graduation! Rebecca J. Williams Rebecca finished her field placement experience at Indian Oaks Academy, Manteno, Ill. After graduation, she plans to work with young adults or juvenile victims, encouraging them to build their self-esteem. She later plans to work toward an M.S.W. degree. She would like to thank her mom, dad and brother for always encouraging her to follow her passions and to be a strong woman of God.

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SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914-2345 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

U P C O M I N G EV ENT S Check out the ONU website for these exciting events in 2013–2014! During fall semester: Advisory meeting Diakonia One Hope United Christmas party During spring semester: CEU event Advisory meeting Advocacy Day Phi Alpha inductions Social Work graduation pinning ceremony

Social Work Scholarship A few years ago, an anonymous donor funded the start-up of a scholarship for social work students. Each year, this scholarship has grown and blessed several students with a scholarship. Donations to the Social Work Scholarship fund are open to anyone who wants to bless social work majors. If you would like to discuss the possibility of making a donation, please contact Dr. Houston Thompson at 815-939-5135 or hthompson@olivet.edu. If you desire to make a donation, you may contact Dr. Thompson or Olivet’s Office of Development directly at 815-939-5171 or development@olivet.edu. Your donation, regardless of the amount, makes a huge impact in the lives of our students.


Social Work Annual Report 2013