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.

 

MSW student fights stigma around mental illness

Andrew Steward

Photo courtesy of: Andrew Steward

 

Current MSW student Andrew Steward is helping to fight the stigma around mental illness in unique ways.

Originally coming to DU as a music student, and graduating with his Bachelors in Music Steward is going to graduate this week from the Graduate School of Social Work with his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

Recently featured in the DU magazine Steward shared: “I feel like ever since I’ve been at DU I have been empowered more,” says Steward, who received a BA in music at DU before being accepted to the social work school. “I’m not just living under this cloud of stigma, but I really do feel more empowered to more confidently share my experiences and my story for the benefit of helping others who are still under that cloud or even really suffering like I was at one time.”  Quote from DU Magazine article

Not only has Steward fought mental illness in his personal life he also reached out to the global community by sharing his story on the TED stage. In 2011, Steward joined the TedXDU to share his story about mental illness and help to bring a unique perspective around mental illness and the stigma that society places on individuals who have a mental illness. Please watch his entire TedxTalk by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyQxQ7KaU1s.

Steward was honored with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Inspiring Hope Award, which recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary tenacity in battling serious mental illness. This award was awarded in Washington D.C. in May 2014, and received a $10,000 grant which he is donating to the BringChange2Mind.

GSSW, the University of Denver, and the Lamont School of Music congratulate Steward on his accomplishments and see a bright future for him in making a difference in our community.

Congratulations Andrew!

 

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site GSSW visit

GSSW’s Historical Trauma and Healing class recently took a field trip to the San Creek Massacre Memorial Site on Wednesday, May 14.

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The tour of the site was led by Jeff Campbell with the National Park Service, Sand Creek National Historical Site.

GSSW Deans and Directors Series: Emil M. Sunley – 3rd GSSW Director/1st Dean

EMIL M. SUNLEY (“Sun”)

(1906-1977)

3rd GSSW Director/Dean

(1947-1971)

Dean Emeritus

NASW Foundation Social Work Pioneer

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Following college, Sunley worked at the United Charities of St. Paul, MN, and eventually was promoted to Assistant Secretary. Later, he was appointed to a teaching position with the Department of Social Administration, State University of Iowa while also earning his MSW. Convinced of the need for doctorates in a growing profession, which then had only a handful, he entered the doctoral program of the School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago, completing his Ph.D. in 1938. Prior to coming to GSSW, he headed social work departments at West Virginia University and University of Louisville.

Was the first head of social work at DU to be appointed Dean. Dramatically increased the size of the student body and faculty. Sunley secured Templin Hall as GSSW’s home in 1954. When GSSW outgrew Templin, he worked to raise funds for its eventual new home in Spruce Hall. A tireless fund-raiser, he obtained many federal training and research grants for GSSW. During his tenure, GSSW achieved what only 4 other schools of social work had accomplished: accreditation of course sequences in psychiatric social work, group work, school social work, and medical social work. Sunley created a pre-professional undergraduate social welfare program in 1948, and the doctoral program in social work in 1968. Active in national, regional, and local social welfare organizations. Served on CSWE national committees. Suffered a severe heart attack in 1960, but was back to work within two months. At the time of his retirement, was the longest serving dean of social work in the country.

The DEAN EMIL M. SUNLEY MERIT AWARD is given by the Dean, in consultation with the faculty, to a June MSW graduate in recognition of meritorious service to the School or to the profession of social work.

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Professor Dorothea Spellmann described Dean Sunley as follows:

“A quick smile, a Southern drawl, anything but a Southern pace in walking, in the office in the morning before everyone else. Straight leveling, tough argument, hard words, even disagreements. Then, the next morning: the quick smile greeting, and – ‘I’ve been thinking it over and…. Faculty members could count on him for an honest exchange, given and received, and returned in a spirit of respect, with humor.”

MSW students release a book with Assitant Professor Ramona Beltran: Entitled J(our)ney: Genpowerment

MSW Students Publish Empowerment Anthology

MSW students in Assistant Professor Ramona Beltrán’s winter quarter course, “Empowerment Practice with Diverse Communities,” didn’t just read books to complete their assignments. They wrote one themselves. Now their book is attracting national attention as a resource for students in other universities’ social work programs.

Entitled J(our)ney: Genpowerment, the book is a community-based anthology that includes poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, digital photography, drawings and sketches representing student and student-curated reflections on power, privilege, oppression and the meaning of empowerment.

“The book is an example of using narrative techniques to engage critical and creative consciousness for social change,” Beltrán explains. Within days of its publication, social work professors from three universities expressed interest in incorporating the anthology into their syllabi.

Beltrán’s MSW course explores empowerment practice and community organizing as social work intervention methods. Students examine the challenges and promises of community practice in today’s world and with diverse groups, while learning community organizing techniques and community capacity-building models. Other topics include critical, progressive and liberatory approaches to community practice, narrative and creative expression practice skills, ethical issues in community practice, and social work for social justice.

J(our)ney: Genpowerment is available for purchase online at Createspace and Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to Cafe Cultura, a Denver nonprofit organization that promotes unity among Indigenous peoples through creative expression, and to the As/Us Reach the Rez Campaign, which provides outreach to youth and community by sending copies of an indigenous women’s literary journal to schools, libraries, community centers and reservations.

– Text borrowed from: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/gsswnews/2014/14-4-student-anthology.html J(our)ney Genpowerment book releaseAuthors of the anthology: Keighley Bailey, Kara Brehm, Haley Couch, Lindsay Ganassa, Alice Hacker, Theresa Hayes, Michelle Johnston, Kassondra Long, Alison McCarthy, Emily Melby, Elizabeth Murphy, Shayna Patron (with guest authors Samantha Gault & Michelle Neuman), Jame Rud, Cassidy Sauter, Jill Schmidrt, Emily Sumner, Martiza Torres, Mallory Webb, Shelly Woodson, Benjamin Worrall, Annie Yterrock

Photos from the book signing are below:

photo 1photo 3photo 4Front Row (Left to Right): Dr. Ramona Beltran, Jamie Rud, Shelly Woodson, Keighley Bailey, Alison McCarthy, Haley Couch

Back Row (Left to Right): Kara Brehm, Jill Schmidt, Christine Jarlstrom, Theresa Hayes, Cassidy Sauter, Benjamin Worrall, Annie Yterrock

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Front Row (Left to Right): Dr. Ramona Beltran, Jamie Rud, Shelly Woodson, Keighley Bailey, Alison McCarthy, Haley Couch

Back Row (Left to Right): Kara Brehm, Jill Schmidt, Christine Jarlstrom, Theresa Hayes, Cassidy Sauter, Benjamin Worrall, Annie Yterrock

Photos courtesy of: Dr. Ramona Beltran.

Dancing with the Dean 4.0

While GSSW Dancing with the Dean 4.0 is planned for students, the entire GSSW community is welcome to attend. Some staff and faculty attended including staff from the Office of Admission, and Office of Outreach. Many faculty also came to support the students and have a fun night out! A few alumni of GSSW surprised us with a visit along with all the partners, and family of our faculty, staff, and students.

One fun activity was the photo booth where students, staff, and faculty could have fun. Below are some sample pictures of how creative our students, staff, and faculty can be with their photo booth photos.

Dancing with the Dean is a program that is becoming a tradition here in GSSW. The staff, faculty, and students thank everyone for coming out and having a fun night!

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Acknowledgements:

A BIG thank you goes out to the planning committee which included:  Linda Clark – Assistant Dean for Administration, Lynda Ricketson – Director of Development and Alumni Giving, Nick Ota-Wang, Admission Assistant,, Ann Petrila – Director of Field Education & Clinical Associate Professor, Lisa Ingarfield – Director of Career & Student Development.

Our photo booth which is owned and operated by 5280 Events, 720.789.8978 or www.5280parties.com

Food was catered by Gourmet Fine Catering. Visit them online at: http://gourmetfinecatering.com/

DJ Services: Quality DJ

 

GSSW Deans & Directors Series: Director Florence Hustinpillar (1934-1947) – 2nd Director of the School of Social Work

 

GSSW’s celebration of DU’s Sesquicentennial continues with our next Director/Dean of what is today the Graduate School of Social Work.

Meet Florence Hustinpiller who served as the 2nd Director of GSSW from 1934-1947.

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Picture & text written & researched by John Kayser, GSSW Faculty Member

Blog posted by Nick Ota-Wang, GSSW Social Media

 

Watch in May for our next Director/Dean.

If you have any questions about these or any postings please contact GSSW via email to gsswinfo@du.edu.

Dancing with the Dean 4.0

Dancing with the Dean 4.0

Country Line Dancing practice sessions will also be held during in the Community Room during the lunch hours on March 25 and 27 for anyone wishing to participate!
This event is for adults 21 and over only.

Attendees are invited to bring school supplies to benefit the Bridge Project (backpacks, pencils, glue, etc.)

Costumes Optional!

A wide variety of music will be played, to accommodate different tastes.

To RSVP please click the picture above or visit: http://alumni.du.edu/dwd4

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.