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Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Social Work


2013-2014 Outstanding Seniors. The Social Work Program nominated senior Joanne Babcock for Mansfield University's Outstanding Senior Award. She will be honored at the Academic Honors Reception on April 14th and at the Graduation Brunch on May 5th. Joanne is completing her internship this semester with Bradford County Children and Youth Services in Towanda, PA. Also being honored as At-Large Candidates for the Outstanding Senior Award are social work majors Matthew (Matt) Berkowitz, Farai Chigama, and Elizabeth Farnham. Matt is completing his internship at Bradford County Children and Youth Services in Towanda, PA, Farai is completing his internship at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY, and Elizabeth is completing her internship at the Child Advocacy Center in Elmira, NY. Congratulations to all!

Best Paper on Aging Competition. The Social Work program sponsored its Third Annual Best Paper on Aging competition during the 2012-2013 academic year. Cynthia Sullivan, a senior Social Work major, won with her entry on the topic of hope for Alzheimer's Disease. She was presented with a check for $250 and a plaque. The contest requires that the paper be written by one Social Work major (not a group). It can be written for any class or just for this competition. Congratulations, Cindy!  

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Mentor Appreciation Celebration
. The President's Commission on the Status of Women held its annual mentor appreciation celebration on April 9, 2013 in 307 Alumni Hall. Students from across campus nominated their "Outstanding Menor." Dr. Nancy Sidell was honored by senior social work major Alaysha Glover at the celebration.





Louvin GraySocial Work student earns U.S. citizenship. Congratulations to me!  My name is Louvini Gray, a social work senior at Mansfield University. I am glad and honored to share my experience in becoming a U.S. citizen. Coming from a third world country and living in the U.S. is a great privilege for me and my family in Liberia. Becoming a U.S. citizen is a great opportunity because it gives me the right to vote in federal elections, run for federal office if I want, and many more rights. It's not an easy process for becoming a U.S. citizen, especially when money is not available. It cost $680 to file for citizenship. There was a lot of paperwork to complete. I had to do a finger print and wait for the results, which didn't worry me because I have a clear record. It was by the help of the Mansfield TRIO program that I was able to file for my citizenship. I had the opportunity last semester to participate in a $500 TRIO scholarhip, which I won. I remember being asked the question about what I was going to do with the money and I answered that I was going to file for my citizenship. After completing the necessary paperwork and fingerprinting, I was given a book with questions & answers to study for the examination. The book contained hundreds of questions about U.S. history and the Constitution. Out of the hundreds of questions, the exam asked ten and I had to get six correct in order to pass.  

After graduation in May, I know for sure that I want to work with the elderly. I also plan to pursue my Master's in Social Work. My friend Victoria Pittman and I are working on founding a charity organization in West African Liberia to provide children and youth with the opportunity to have an education, shelter, food, clothing, and a safe environment. We are doing this in collaboration with staff members on campus and hope to have it established in the near future.

Ina Tabor Award. The late Ina Tabor believed in rural social work. She also believed in children and the importance of keeping families together. Tabor left an ongoing legacy combining her love of rural social work and children. The Ina G. Tabor Scholarship was established by the trustees of the Earl W. and Ina G. Tabor Foundation to provide perpetual financial assistance to worthy students pursuing a degree in social work at Mansfield University. Ina Tabor was the first full-time employed social worker in Tioga County with the Master of Social Work degree. Her degree was obtained in 1952 from Case Western Reserve University. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career as Director of Children's Services in Tioga County, serving for 18 years in that capacity. Near the end of her career, Tabor and Children's Services were approved by Mansfield University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology as field placement supervisor and agency for students in the casework track in the Sociology major. She regularly had students from the department serving as interns under her direction.

When Larry Miller came to Mansfield University in 1978 to teach and direct the establishment of a social work program, he recruited Tabor to serve as a guest lecturer in classes that he taught. During her association with Mansfield's social work program and until her death, Tabor was a regular contributor of social work journals, books and selected social work literature that was made available to students for their study. She also served as a volunteer consultant to the development of our social work curriculum providing information on child welfare legislation and regulation, child programs, knowledge and values consistent with social work and the PA Department of Welfare. She became a member of the program's professional advisory committee during the initial years of accreditation.

The Tabor Scholarship is presented annually to a Mansfield University social work major who has completed 91 credits with a minimum 3.0 QPA to qualify. Selection by Social Work faculty members is based on demonstrated high moral and ethical standards and a commitment to rural social work practice. Preference is given to students residing in Tioga, Potter or Bradford counties. This year's Tabor Award (2012-13) goes to Joanne Babcock.

Joanne will be starting the CWEB (Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates) program in the fall of 2013.  She hopes to complete her field experience at Bradford County Children and Youth Services next spring and plans on starting her career as a social worker there as well. When eligible, she'd like to take advantage of the CWEL (Child Welfare Education for Leadership) program to obtain her Master's in Social Work degree.

Social Work Club Field Trip, February 2012
Social Work Club Field Trip, February 2012
How are the Social Work Club, immigration policy, laughter, ferry rides, Alexander Hamilton's gravesite, and Chinese tofu dishes connected? All were part of the February 26-27 Social Work Club-sponsored bus trip to New York City! Coordinated by Dr. Mary Daly, the trip began with a guided tour of the Chinese-American Museum, free time to explore Manhattan, and a homestyle-served Chinese meal full of yummy dishes (except for the tofu!). Boarding the New Jersey ferry to Ellis Island, the group spent time learning about immigration policy and viewing the interesting exhibits there. Returning on the ferry to Battery Park, the group walked to the Twin Towers site and the recently-opened 9/11 memorial. With a bit of time left before the bus arrived to return to Mansfield, students were free to explore the Wall Street area, Zuccotti Park, and Trinity/St. Paul's Church (where the grave of Alexander Hamilton can be found). It was a whirlwind few days, but everyone agreed that the experience was worthwhile and wonderful! Accompanying the students on the trip, in addition to Dr. Daly, were the Kevin Murphy family and Dr. Nancy Sidell.

BSW Visibility Day

Suppport for BSW licensure in Pennsylvania. Seven social work majors participated in BSW Visibility Day on October 24, 2011 at the state capitol in Harrisburg. The purpose of the event was to increase visibility for BSW social workers, and ask legislators to support licensing of BSW's in PA. Gabby Bottone, Katelyn Briggs, Whitney Hoke, Catiyah Jones, Sarah Jones, Kayla Mapes and Frank Salatino attended, along with BSW students from nine other BSW programs across the state. The students provided fliers explaining the need for BSW licensure to members of the legislature and their staff members. Coordinated by the PA chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the event was attended by over 100 students from across the commonwealth. Students, wearing their school logos and identifying themselves as social work majors, interacted with staff of legislators across the state. The event provided students with an opportunity to advocate for an issue of importance to their future careers. 

Students shared the following information:

  • A license for bachelor's level social work reflects the academic work and professional competency that BSWs have successfully completed.
  • Just to receive a bachelor's degree, at least 400 hours of direct social work practice within a supervised placement must be completed, more than nearly every other academic major.
  • Upon graduation, a BSW has the ability to serve a variety of client populations in public, private or non-profit settings including: hospitals, family service agencies, homeless shelters, residential treatment facilities and more.
  • Licensure would demonstrate to clients of BSW's that the social work passed a rigorous exam, met nationally established competency standards and were dedicated to the social work profession.
  • By holding a social work license, BSW's can be held accountable by the state board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors should professional codes of conduct be violated.
  • By licensing bachelor's social workers, PA would join a majority of states (33) and the District of Columbia. Neighboring states that have bachelor's level licensure for social workers are: Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, W. Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Temple University MSW Program at Mansfield. Many of you know that we've worked for years to offer the MSW Program in this area. Temple University Harrisburg has made it happen, as they began offering MSW classes in August, 2010. The degree comes from Temple, but all classes are taken on MU's campus. Since their first group of students, they have committed to continuing the program, as long as there is a need for it. If you are interested in applying for the next cohort, contact Temple at 1-866-769-1860 or visit to learn more.

Nancy Sidell was named to the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation, beginning in the fall of 2012. In her role as commissioner, she is charged with reviewing and helping make decision regarding accreditation of BSW and MSW programs across the country. Additionally, she conducts commissioner visits to programs who are in the planning stages of beginning a new BSW or MSW program. Sidell is one of 24 commissioners, and is serving a three-year-term.

Nancy Sidell serves as north central division chair by NASW-PA, beginning in July of 2011.

Recent Faculty Publications
Daly, M.E. & Sidell, N.L. (2013), Academic advising: A developmental approach. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 18, 37-49.

Daly, M.E. & Mansfield, J. (in review). A Study of Social Network's Relevance and Ethics Involving Social Work Students. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Purk, J.K. (2013). Internship Assessment. TRAILS.

(Encyclopedia Entry) Purk, J.K. (2014) entered Home Economics, Assisted Living, Caring for the elderly, Caregiver burden, and Healthcare power of attorney to Social History of American Families: An Encyclopedia . Sage.