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Alumnae/i In The News

Felice Perlmutter, PhD '69,  has been informed by The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), that its Theory, Boundaries and Issues Section (TBIS) is inaugurating an Annual Best Paper Award which is being named for her. 

ARNOVA is  a U.S.-based, national and international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society.
The winning Felice Perlmutter TBIS Best Paper will be interdisciplinary, and contribute to the epistemological, philosophical or political dimension of the field of nonprofit studies. 

Rachel Yutzy MSS `15 has won Third Prize in the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) Awards for Clinical Excellence competition.  PSCSW gives awards annually to graduating master’s level social work students who submit a case based paper for review by a panel of judges.  Ms.Yutzy's outstanding paper was titled “Working with People and Theory: A Clinical Case Assessment."  Her practice professor was Donna Harris. Ms. Harris is also the liaison between GSSWSR and the PSCSW for students and professors. Ms.Yutzy will be recognized at the PSCSW Annual Dinner to be held Friday, November 6th  at the Germantown Cricket Club. She will receive $200 and membership in PSCSW.

Maria Capobianco Ferst, MSS, MLSP '12 has been named executive director of ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth, a nonprofit organization serving low-income seniors and disabled adults.  Ferst succeeds Ruth Sperber, MSS '94, who is retiring after serving as executive director for 15 years. 

Cheryl Parks, GSSWSR, PHD '97 appointed Dean of School of Social Work, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Derrick Perkins, MSS'98, Male Engagement makes difference at CCP: Derrick Perkins is the director of the Center for Male Engagement at the Community College of Philadelphia. Perkins said his program tries to undo years and sometimes decades of damage African-American males undergo, from harsh life experiences to negative portrayals in the media.

“At the end of the day, we want our students to take their rightful place in this world,” Perkins said. “Keep focusing on what you do. Be resilient, be faithful, and have an open mind to new opportunities that come your way.”

The program started in 2009 with a goal of raising the retention rate and academic achievements of African-American males. Through the program, students build a sense of brotherhood, become familiar with resources available to them on campus and figure out the kind students they are, Perkins said.


Committee  PA Society for Clinical Social Work, Ethic Seminar, "Leadership and Ethics", presenter Dean Bailey February 21, 2015
Alumnae committee: Lisa Reedich MSS '07, Elizabeth Greco, MSS '14, Dean Bailey, Joanna Morrissey, MSS '06 (not shown: Abby Potash, MSS '14)

Dolan Kneafsky, MSS, published essay "Only as Complicated as You Make It" on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: A Practical Guide (Christine Michelle Duffy ed. Bloomberg BNA 2014)

"In this essay, Dolan Kneafsey, a child welfare worker, recounts his experiences while “coming out” in the workplace and demonstrates why it is important for companies to infuse the sterile words of their written antidiscrimination policies with visible management support
for LGBT employees so that the message of being welcome
and valued is unmistakably clear to the entire workforce."

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