Alumnae Bulletin November 2008

News from The Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research

Message from the Director
These are exciting times at the School! We have been fully reaccredited by CSWE, the College has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to graduate social work education and the strong sense of community that exists at the School, and we have launched a nationwide search for a new director. Yet, as the cost of graduate education at private institutions like Bryn Mawr continues to increase, scholarship money is vital in allowing us to attract students who are academically strong, experienced, and diverse. In this issue you will read about four alumnae whose legacies of service to the profession of social work are being honored through financial assistance to current students. It is my hope that our general scholarship fund will continue to grow through the leadership each of us as graduates of the School can provide by contributing to the Graduate Fund.

—Marcia L.Martin, PhD '82

Extending the Legacy

The Bernard Fund

The Bernard Fund was created to provide scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students, in addition to supporting individual student research projects in the areas of gender and/or human sexuality, enhanced field placements for students working with LGBT populations, and speakers addressing LGBT, gender and sexuality issues.

L. Diane Bernard, Ph.D. '67, contributed significantly to social work education, as a professor, dean and interim executive director of the Council on Social Work Education, where she played a leading role with the Commission on the Role and Status of Women. In 2004, CSWE recognized her work with its prestigious Presidential Award. The Award specifically acknowledged Bernard's profound influence on the field by bringing women's, feminist's, and sexual orientation issues to the forefront of social work education.

Alexis Lake, a Bernard Scholar and alumna of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is entering her final year of the M.S.S. program. She is a “careerchanger,” having worked in the field of aeronautics for more than two decades. Lake undertook a first-year field placement at Lancaster General Hospital in its acute care mental health unit. She is doing her second-year field placement at the Mazzoni Center's Open Door Counseling Program, where she will help provide accessible and culturally affirming psychotherapy services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals, couples and families.

Amy Hostetter, a Bernard Scholar and graduate of Mount Holyoke College, is in her final year of the M.S.S. program. Hostetter worked this summer at the Mazzoni LGBT Community Health Center, helping research protocol content from other similar centers for transsexual hormone therapy in order to write a new,more effective protocol for Mazzoni.Hostetter, who is doing her second-year field placement at the Pennsylvania Prison Society, is a member of a subset of the Student Association that is developing a mentorship program for entering students. She is also the creator of the School's first-ever blog, http://socialwork.blogs.brynmawr.edu.

Tony Morelli, a Bernard Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Dickinson College, is a part-time student in the first year of the M.S.S. program. He has worked for the past 10 years as a coordinator of volunteer programs for non-profit organizations in Philadelphia, spending most of that time at ActionAIDs, Inc., an organization that provides direct services, education and advocacy for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDs. At ActionAIDs, Inc., Tony oversees a comprehensive program involving more than 300 volunteers annually.


The Mayden Scholarship

The Mayden Scholarship recognizes students in the Policy, Practice and Advocacy concentration who have made a commitment to serve urban disadvantaged populations.

Ruth Mayden, M.S.S. '70, was a part of the School's administration for 22 years, 14 of them as dean. Before coming to Bryn Mawr,Mayden was the executive director of the Day Care Association of Montgomery County. On the national stage,Mayden served as president of the National Association of Social Workers and as a director on the NASW National Board. Currently, Mayden is director of the Program for Families with Young Children at The Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she is responsible for the Foundation's emerging work in child care, early childhood development, and child health and mental health services.

Wanda R.Moore, the fourth Mayden Scholar and an alumna of Barnard College, is in her final year of the M.S.S./M.L.S.P. program. She is director of Peace in the Streets…Peace on Earth a Chester-based nonprofit organization that partners with Chester Eastside Ministries and works to end violence in the community. Under Moore's leadership, Peace in the Streets was a 2006 recipient of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church's Eugene C. Bay Award for urban ministries.Moore is the School's student representative to the College's Board of Trustees and is doing her second-year field placement at the Center for Resolutions in Media.


The Lewis Scholarship

The Lewis Scholarship honors students who reflect in their lives and work a spirit of acceptance, openness, and inclusion.

Joyce Lewis, M.S.S. '54, began her career as a social worker at Children's Aid Society of Pennsylvania and later worked at Norristown State Hospital, Gloucester County Guidance Center, Horizon House, Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Center, and Southern Home. She joined the faculty of the School in 1965, and for 29 years taught courses in clinical practice. Lewis initiated a lesbian/gay support group at the School, and for years was its advisor and advocate. She was a founder of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, where she served as a director and teacher for almost 20 years. Following her retirement in 1994, Lewis returned to school, receiving her master's degree in theological studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lewis died in 2006.

Sarah Sterling '05, the first Lewis Scholar, is in the final year of the M.S.S. program. As part of her first-year field placement at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Sterling helped provide case management, advocacy, and sexual health education services to Philadelphia youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system. In addition, she led a book drive in conjunction with CHOP and Books Through Bars that not only was significant to the youth incarcerated at the Youth Study Center, but also strengthened relations between YSC and CHOP. Sterling is doing her second-year field placement at CHOP's Adolescent Medicine Department.

The Winneker Award

The Winneker Award celebrates students who returned to graduate school at a later point in their lives, bringing both passion and experience to their work.

Fern Winneker, M.S.S. '96, began her social work career counseling families with the Salvation Army Family Service in Philadelphia in the early 1970s. She took time off to raise her own family and in 1985 returned to work at Bucks County Children and Youth as a caseworker in its general protective services and intake units. In 1994, she entered our M.S.S. program as an interdisciplinary child welfare trainee. Following graduation, Winneker continued her work at Children and Youth as a supervisor and remained in that position until 2001, when she joined the staff of JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.Winneker died in 2007.

Elisabeth Mamourian Corona, the Winneker award winner, is in her first year of the M.S.S. program. An alumna of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, she completed her undergraduate social work education as a married mother of three. She undertook internships with a county child welfare agency, providing services to children in their own homes and in foster care, and with a middle school,managing cases and facilitating groups. For the past year, Corona has worked for a non-profit educational organization focusing on internet safety, and bullying in public and private schools. She is doing her first-year placement at Philhaven Hospital.

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