BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Social Work Department presented its 2009 Annual Social Work Honors Banquet on April 24. This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the Social Work Department’s accreditation and featured an awards ceremony and dinner, as well as an address given by Bethany President Scott. D. Miller.
“The annual Social Work Honors Banquet provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the work of students, faculty and college staff in support of the Social Work program,” stated Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work. “We highlight and celebrate the department activities, student field placement accomplishments and volunteer work that help the Social Work program carry its vital message of service to the Bethany campus and the greater community.”
In addition to a variety of student honors for outstanding performance, the Department recognized a staff member and field instructor of the year. Special awards were also given for participation in activities recognizing the 25 years of accreditation, titled “25 Acts of Random Kindness.” The Acts of Kindness included recycling, giving blood, donating clothing and assisting with diversity activities and a story hour for children.
Social Work alumni were in attendance and added to the celebration by establishing a Junior Class Honors Day award. Students also invited family members and friends to share in the festivities.
The Social Work Program is a member of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and houses the Nu Epsilon Chapter. Sophomore social work students are eligible for membership in the honor society after completing nine credit hours towards the social work major with a 3.25 grade point average, an overall grade point average of 3.0 and active membership in the Social Awareness Club. Bethany College is the only private college in West Virginia with a Social Work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
SOCIAL AWARENESS CLUB AWARDS
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS AWARDS
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.