The Springfield College School of Social Work (SSW) hosted its 25th Anniversary Alumni Professional Development Conference and SSW Scholarship Fund Introduction event on Sept. 26 at the Brennan Center. More than 75 alumni, faculty members, and friends attended the festivities, which concluded with a networking reception for attendees.
During the formal program, Springfield College School of Social Work Dean Francine J. Vecchiolla and Associate Vice President for Development Scott Berg presented information about the SSW Scholarship Fund to attendees. The newly established SSW Scholarship Fund will provide financial aid support for students of the School of Social Work. The fund will be administered by the School of Social Work Scholarship Committee, which will be composed of faculty members who will review student applications.
SSW currently has more than 1,200 master of social work alumni who understand that the field of social work is a deeply rewarding one and reflects the compassion and caring of the dedicated practitioners who are vital in order for the profession to succeed. Every day social work professionals deal with the principles of economic and social justice, dignity, and human rights.
Joining the festivities was keynote speaker Dr. Angelo McClain, chief executive officer for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). McClain leads efforts that grow and support the social work profession in the United States. Dr. McClain joined NASW after serving six years as commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick.
Currently, more than 350 SSW students are enrolled in the full-time weekday program, part-time weekend program, and post-master's program in both Springfield and Worcester. The Springfield College School of Social Work, has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1989, and most recently in 2013, SSW was granted full national reaccreditation from the CSWE for the next eight years with no conditions.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News Media Group, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.