Social Work Department

Gilman Scholarship Sends Two Students to Rwanda

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University students are studying in Rwanda this summer thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Kerry Worley, a junior social work major from Omaha, and Rachel Konvalin, a first-year global studies and modern language studies major from Boise, Idaho, have each been awarded the prestigious scholarship.

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Faculty Scholarship Presentation Addresses Student-Athlete Grief

The court, the field, the track, the mat, the pool — these are the places where student-athletes often feel the most alive. When dealing with the death of someone dear to them, student-athletes often turn to these same places for a sense of normalcy.

Lisa Borchardt, professor of social work at Nebraska Wesleyan University, spent the 2017-2018 academic year conducting research of student athletes to explore how tangible and intangible losses experienced in sports carrier over into the classroom, and what support faculty and staff can offer to student-athletes in their dual role.

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Inmate Outreach Earns Professor "Love of Neighbor" Award

Nine years ago, Associate Professor of Professional Studies James Perry started a book club bringing NWU students together with Nebraska State Penitentiary inmates.

The shared eagerness of their interactions led Perry to expand the club into something more.

Today, “College Is the Key to Inmates’ Tomorrow” gives both groups college credit: NWU students help teach introductory criminal justice while inmates earn credit and plan for better lives after prison, said Perry.

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Screening of "Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian" Returns to NWU

Nebraska Wesleyan University will screen the documentary “Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian” on Friday, February 3.

The film follows the lives of three men and their families as they struggle to overcome alcohol addiction on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwest South Dakota and the conflicting issue of alcohol sales and consumption in nearby Whiteclay, Neb.

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Students Travel to Flint, Michigan to Explore Water Crisis

Sophomores Michaela Wells and Laurel Withee recognized Earth Week last April by attending at lecture about the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Little did they know a 60-minute lecture would lead them to an 11-hour drive.

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NWU Students Help Produce Presidential Debate Questions

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University students will be watching the presidential debates ever so closely.

Not only because they feel college students should be civically engaged, but the questions asked of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will likely have some familiarity.

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NWU Senior Finds Calling From Indian Reservation Experience

Passions can be inexplicable.

Nebraska Wesleyan University student Emily Clement uncovered her passion for Native American heritage early. So it was only natural for her to spend her college years pursuing that interest even further.

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Alums Implement Program to Empower Middle School Students

Middle school is a new, exciting time for students, but it also comes with challenges.

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University graduates recently launched a project to help make the transition to middle school smoother.

"We felt that a program like the YWCP would have been so beneficial to us when we were that age, facing many new, exciting, and challenging times during these years," said Rebecca Brune ('14).

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NWU Senior Wins National Social Work Scholarship

A Nebraska Wesleyan social work student has been awarded a national scholarship honoring her service, scholarship and leadership in her academic field.

Senior Brooke Schipporeit of Merna has received the National Phi Alpha Honorary Individual Scholarship. Each year the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors and the Phi Alpha Honorary Society present three scholarships to social work undergraduates across the country.

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