4th GSSW Dean – Kenneth W. Kindelsperger (1914-2000)

KENNETH W. KINDELSPERGER (1914-2000)
4th GSSW Dean (1971-1978)
Interim Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1978-1979)
Acting Dean, Colorado Women’s College, 1980-82 (supervising its merger with DU)
Recipient, Outstanding Service to the University of Denver Award, 1986

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Ken Kindelsperger was born in Galesberg, Illinois. Ken received a B.S. and M.S. degree in social group work from George Williams College (Chicago) in 1942. He completed his doctorate at the Syracuse School of Social Service Administration in 1956. He held various social work positions in Chicago while attending college and graduate school. During WW II, Ken served as Lt. Commander, U.S. Naval Reserves, which included a stint as Fleet Morale Officer at Pearl Harbor. After the war, he was the Secretary for Planning and Research for the Council of Social Agencies at Syracuse, NY, and eventually joined the social work faculty at University of Buffalo in 1950. Subsequently, he served as dean of schools of social work at three universities: Syracuse University, University of Louisville (KT), and University of Denver.

Two major themes highlight his career as a social work educator and administrator. First, he was committed to international social work. He worked for two years in India, studying social problems and helping to establish schools of social work. Later, he made two visits to South Vietnam as a consultant for the Agency for International Development, studying social welfare conditions and making recommendations. He traveled to many other countries and served on numerous international committees at CSWE and other social work organizations. Second, he was deeply committed to the advancement of civil rights for oppressed racial and ethnic groups. As Dean of the Kent School of Social Work at Louisville, he participated in the march on the state capital to demand passage of civil rights legislation.

He came to GSSW during the time when student protests over the Vietnam War and racial discrimination were at fever pitch. Although faced with the loss of federal stipends for social work training, instituted by the Nixon administration, he nonetheless managed to increase significantly the number of MSW and doctoral students of color, and also increased the faculty of color. He was a widely respected administrator, known as hard working, compassionate, and fair.
Ken and his older brother, Walter, were both deans of social work at the same time–the only known set of “brother deans” in the history of the profession.

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18th Chancellor for the University of Denver named

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Dr. Rebecca Chopp

18th Chancellor University of Denver

Photo courtesy of: University of Denver

 

The University of Denver announced today, June 12, 2014 that the 18th Chancellor of the University of Denver is Dr. Rebecca Chopp.

Dr. Chopp comes to DU from from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where she has served as President since 2009 and will join the University of Denver community as Chancellor on September 1, 2014 as the first female chancellor of the university.

More information about Dr. Chopp’s appointment as Chancellor and her professional background can be viewed online: http://www.du.edu/chancellor-search/index.html and/or by reading her interview with the DU Magazine: http://magazine.du.edu/campus-community/university-of-denver-names-rebecca-chopp-president-of-swarthmore-as-18th-chancellor/

The Graduate School of Social Work looks forward to welcoming Dr. Chopp to campus tomorrow and again in the coming months. For more information on tomorrows events at the Anderson Academic Commons please visit: http://www.du.edu/chancellor-search/index.html.

 

Hasan Hasanović’s personal account “Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide”

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“Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide”

a first-person account

by: Hasan Hasanović

January 29, 2014

Graduate School of Social Work

Craig Hall Community Room

University of Denver

The world is full of many amazing individuals who have seen, heard, and felt loss, tragedy, and oppression. Many things in this world we wish would never continue and we hope don’t happen again, one of these is genocide.

The Graduate School of Social Work was honored to open the University of Denver’s Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary celebration lecture series with our guest Hasan Hasanović on Wednesday, January 29. Hasan is currently the Curator and Interpreter of Bosnia’s Srebrenica-Potočari Cemetery and Memorial Centre. As a survivor of the Srebrenica Genocide he provides the global community with one of many faces of courage, and strength.

His lecture entitled “Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide” brought a first hand account of the genocide in Srebrenica. His story brings the impact this genocide has had on Bosnia, his family, and the global community.

One of Hasan’s opening slides is the Flower of Srebrenica.

ImageThe flower of Srebrenica. A symbol to help us not forget the Srebrenica Genocide.  Photo courtesy of Nick Ota-Wang

Hasan’s lecture brings forward a piece of world history that not many are aware of. His first hand account, and survival demonstrates the strength that individuals’ can carry. Getting the chance to hear him speak and meet him in person is extremely special and something I will never forget. ~Nick Ota-Wang, Admission Assistant, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

A warm DU welcome to Hasan!

Many community members came to welcome Hasan to the University of Denver campus! Over 300 individuals from the DU community, Denver community, and global community came to welcome Hasan to Denver, and campus.

Pictured below is Hasan with Ann Petrila, Director of Field Education, and Director of ISL Bosnia & Herzegovina for the University of Denver. Ann is one of the many people who helped to bring Hasan to campus and give him a wonderful welcome!

ImageFrom left to right: Ann Petrila (Director of Field Education for the Graduate School of Social Work, and Director of ISL Bosnia & Herzegovina for the University of Denver),Hasan Hasanović (Guest lecturer). Photo courtesy of DU Marketing & Communications.

GSSW is pleased to thank Chancellor Robert Coombe, Provost Gregg Kvistad, Dean James Herbert Williams and Ann Petrila for welcoming Hasan to campus.

ImageFrom left to right: Dean James Herbert Williams (Dean, Graduate School of Social Work), Ann Petrila (Director of Field Education for the Graduate School of Social Work, and Director of ISL Bosnia & Herzegovina for the University of Denver), Hasan Hasanović (Guest lecturer), Chancellor Robert Coombe (Chancellor University of Denver), Gregg Kvistad (Provost, University of Denver).Photo courtesy of DU Marketing & Communications.

Following his lecture and the reception Hasan and Ann were able to debrief and celebrate an amazing visit to Denver. Thank you to Hasan Hasanović for making it to campus and sharing his story with our community.

ImageFrom left to right: Hasan Hasanović (Guest lecturer), Ann Petrila (Director of Field Education for the Graduate School of Social Work, and Director of ISL Bosnia & Herzegovina for the University of Denver). Photo courtesy of Nick Ota-Wang.

The University of Denver will have more lectures throughout the school year in celebration of the Universities Sesquicentennial.  Please visit: http://www.du.edu/DU150 for all happenings in 2014 at the University of Denver. #UDenver150

Questions about this posting and its images can please be directed to Nick Ota-Wang via email Nick.Ota-Wang@du.edu.

Sesquicentennial Event: Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide.

The first time that I walked through the Genocide Memorial Cemetery in Srebrenica-Potočari, Bosnia, I was struck by how peaceful it felt.  The surrounding hills were beautiful, wild flowers were everywhere and the sky was impossibly blue. Rows of thousands of white tombstones, however, made me quickly realize that what happened in that place in 1995 was anything but peaceful.  It was there that thousands of men and boys were slaughtered in the worst genocide in Europe since WWII.

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As the Director of DU’s International Service Learning Bosnia & Herzegovina (ISL BiH) program, and the faculty lead for The Social Work Response in Post-War Bosnia course, I have since had the opportunity to visit Srebrenica many times when I bring DU students to Bosnia each summer.  During these trips, we have the honor of working with Hasan Hasanović, the curator and interpreter at this memorial.  Mr. Hasanović survived the 1995 genocide, although most of his family did not.  I have always hoped that he could come to DU where he would be able to have an impact on so many more people than just those who come with me to Bosnia. We are so fortunate to be hosting him as part of the DU Sesquicentennial.

The world promised that the Holocaust would be the last genocide.  Fifty years later, it happened again in Bosnia.  The world knew it was happening, and the world stood by.  Mr. Hasanović has an important story to tell about the human experience of war, genocide and resilience of spirit.  After listening to him speak, we will all be challenged to think about our responsibility toward the innocent victims of war, genocide and other human rights violations.

I hope that you will join us to hear this remarkable man tell his remarkable story.  He will be speaking at the DU Graduate School of Social Work in Craig Hall on Wednesday, January 29, at 4:30.  Please click here for information and registration.

 Ann Petrila
Clinical Associate Professor
Director of Field Education at GSSW
Director of International Service Learning Bosnia & Herzegovina

Reminder: Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide on January 29, 2014

The Graduate School of Social Work in partnership with the University of Denver is pleased to announce Mr. Hasan Hasanović to the Graduate School of Social Work for this unique visit.

2014 marks the University of Denver’s Sesquicentennial and “Surviving the Srebrenica Genocide” a first-person account is one of many events honoring the university’s anniversary.

Hasan Hasanović is currently the Curator and Interpreter of Bosnia’s Srebrenica-Potočari Cemetery and Memorial Centre.

This remarkable event will be happening on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 starting at 4:30pm in the Boettcher Foundation Community Room of Craig Hall, home of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.

Craig Hall is located at: 2148 South High Street, Denver CO 80208.

Please direct questions to Richard Bishop at (303)-871-3615 or Richard.Bishop@du.edu.

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Click here for information and registration.

2014 is here! Is your application in?

Happy 2014 from GSSW Office of Admission & Financial Aid!

2014 is going to be a great year for GSSW! For more information on why 2014 is going to be a great year (at least from a historical perspective) visit: http://wp.me/p1bIUQ-p2.

With the New Year our admission staff are back to work getting applications downloaded, reviewed, completed, and making decisions. If you haven’t submitted your application yet please do so today! You can apply by visiting our websites: see below for information on application link and directions.

Application Directions & websites for our MSW programs and PhD program

MSW Denver campus:Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/ApplicationInstructionsMSW2014.pdf

Application website: https://myweb.du.edu/mdb/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

MSW Durango campus: Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/admission/msw/applyfourcorners.html

Application website: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/fourcornersapplication.pdf

MSW Glenwood Springs campus: Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/admission/msw/applywcolorado.html

Application website: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/westerncoapp.pdf

PhD Denver campus: Priority application date was December 15, 2013. Please apply if you are still interested!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/ApplicationInstructionsPhD2014.pdf

Application website: https://myweb.du.edu/mdb/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

Additional helpful information resources:

Is my application complete? It might be!

Denver campus applicants:

If you applied for our MSW on our Denver campus or our PhD program on our Denver campus visit: https://myweb.du.edu/mdb/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage and log in using your self created username & pin. If you have trouble logging in contact our Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or gssw-admission@du.edu

Durango & Glenwood Springs campus applicants:

Please contact Nick Ota-Wang in our Admission Office to check on the status of your application. He can be reached at Nick.Ota-Wang@du.edu or (303)-871-2779.

How will I be notified of my admission decision?

For all of our applicants you will be getting a formal letter to the address you applied to GSSW with. Typically you’ll receive this letter 4-6 weeks after your application is complete.

How does Financial Aid awarding work?

Depends on the program you applied to. Contact our Office of Financial Aid at gssw-finaid@du.edu or (303)-871-2841 to ask about your Financial Aid package details and further information.

I got an offer admission and want to pay my deposit, how do I do that?

In your admission letter you’ll receive instructions on how to pay your deposit online. If you lost this information or if you would rather pay by check/money order contact the Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or gssw-admission@du.edu so we can provide you with the necessary address & directions.

When is my deposit due? 

Deposits for all programs are due by April 15, 2014.

How much is my deposit?

Your deposit is $300.00.

I wasn’t offered admission. Can I reapply?

Yes! Please contact our Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or gssw-admission@du.edu to find out how to re-apply for the next academic year.

I want to visit campus & see a class before I make my admission decision. How can I visit campus & see a class?

Campus visits & class observations can be done by contacting Nick Ota-Wang at Nick.Ota-Wang@du.edu.

For campus visits please send Nick your availability by day(s) and time(s). Please keep your times between 9:00am – 3:30pm Monday – Friday.

For class observations please indicate what area(s) of Social Work you are interested in and what day(s) & time(s) work best in your schedule. Nick will do his best to accommodate your needs!

I applied to GSSW and see you have an upcoming Information Session. Should I sign up? 

You can but our Information Sessions are for students who have not yet applied to our program. If you are interested in visiting campus please see above for campus visit information.

My question wasn’t answered on this blog posting… who do I contact to get my question answered?

Contact our Admission staff! By phone to (303)-871-2841 or by email gssw-admission@du.edu. We are happy to help answer any question or concern you may have!

DU celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150 years)

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The University of Denver will celebrate its Sesquicentennial (150 Years) as a university in 2014.

Below is a picture of campus as it would have looked in 1864.

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Photo courtesy of: http://blogs.du.edu/magazine/files/2013/11/OldCampus-2c892s3.jpg

Below is what campus looks like today (2014):

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Photo courtesy of: http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg112/MobyLL/DU/UniversityHall2.jpg

Both photos are of University Hall which was is currently the oldest building on the DU campus. Ground breaking on University Hall took place around 1890 (http://hdl.handle.net/10176/codu:55330)

As part of the larger university celebrations the university is hosting many events throughout the year to help the DU community, supporters, and alumni celebrate this momentous moment in the universities history. The main university blog posted a great article about the history of the university that we at GSSW think you all should go read and share. Their blog can be viewed at:  http://blogs.du.edu/magazine/campus-community/university-to-celebrate-150th-anniversary-throughout-2014.

In addition to this great article the university has a Sesquicentennial website with all the events and information that will happen over the next school year. We encourage everyone to visit: http://www.du.edu/live/eventseries.html#sesquicentennial.

The GSSW Class of 2014 is graduating in an unique year for the university and are also our last class to graduate under our old curriculum. Lots of changes are happening at GSSW and at DU and we hope everyone is ready for the journey with us!

Happy Sesquicentennial DU! We’re glad to be a part of such a great university!

GSSW closed for Holidays & New Years

Happy Holidays from GSSW!

We hope the Holiday season is treating everyone well! We just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

GSSW & the University of Denver will be closed from December 25, 2013 – January 1, 2014 re-opening in 2014 on January 2, 2014 at 8:00am.

GSSW applicants for our MSW programs (Denver, Durango, and Glenwood Springs), and our PhD program will have any/all emails & voicemails returned when our Admission team returns on January 2, 2014. If you have a question on your application however please do email our Admission team via email gssw-admission@du.edu.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

GSSW Faculty & Staff

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

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Photo courtesy of ABC News.

The recent passing of Nelson Mandela brings a unique historical moment for the University of Denver and the Graduate School of Social Work. Our Dean James Herbert Williams, adjunct faculty member Bruce Guernsey, and staff member Ethan Crawford took a group of nine students to South Africa as part of our International Courses & Internship opportunities.

Dean Williams, and the rest of the GSSW family were in South Africa when Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013. Some of the students who took the opportunity to blog about what they were experiencing on a first hand basis. A wonderful example written by MSW student Aaron Earley can be read at: http://gsswblog.du.edu/globalpractice/2013/12/06/nelson-mandela-it-always-seems-impossible-until-its-done/. The author of this posting also took this photo of the South African flag at half-staff in memory of and to honor the life of this remarkable individual.

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Photo courtesy of Aaron Earley

The rest of the blog postings from this unique trip and opportunity for the GSSW students can be viewed at: http://gsswblog.du.edu/globalpractice/category/blogs/south-africa/.

Nelson Mandela will not be forgotten and what he did for South Africa and the world is a true gift. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. The world is a better place for having you lived among the human race.

*** This posting will be updated with further links to student blog postings or thoughts upon the students return to campus.