Northwestern's social work program students attend state conference

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Northwestern's social work program students attend state conference

April 14, 2009

 Northwestern social work students
Students from Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Social Work Program attended the National Association of Social Work (NASW) in March. Students and sponsors are pictured with Martha Holmes, NASW-OK executive director. (First row, L to R) Kristin Claypole, Enid junior; Holmes; (second row) Patti Jo Vazquez, Woodward junior; Shanna Alger, Woodward junior; Rehder; (third row) Sherie Byrd, Woodward junior; Bethany Redman, Enid junior; Michaela Green, Woodward junior; (top row) Wilson; and Kate Holdeman, Enid junior.
Students from the Social Work Department at Northwestern Oklahoma State University were busy March 29-31, gathering all knowledge possible at the National Association of Social Work (NASW) state conference during National Social Work Awareness month. The students were accompanied by Kylene Rehder, social work program director, and Rae Wilson, assistant professor of social work.

During the conference students listened to keynote addresses and plenary sessions covering all different aspects of social work including 26 different topics.

Northwestern had the second largest number of students in attendance following the University of Oklahoma. During the welcoming statements on Monday morning, Dr. Lanny Endicott, NASW-OK president and program director for Oral Roberts University Social Work, acknowledged the achievement of the Northwestern Social Work Program in attaining accreditation for the program from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in February.

“Professor Rehder and I found the conference experience this year to be very rewarding,” Wilson said. “We were able to attend a variety of presentations that helped inspire us with new ideas for both classroom and service learning/community engagement activities.”

“This conference opened my eyes to ideas, concepts, and the endless opportunities for social work practice arenas,” Patti Jo Vasquez, Woodward junior, said.

To learn more about the Social Work Program at Northwestern, contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or kdrehder@nwosu.edu.  
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