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MU Social Work Student Achievements

Hilary Leeper '14 was named Social Services Director at Livingston Health and Rehabilitation Center in Livingston, MT, just a few weeks after graduation.  Hilary majored in social work and minored in gerontology.

Haley Vallie-Laws '14 was hired by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan shortly after graduation.  She eagerly accepted the position of Adoption Specialist and will make a real difference in the lives of so many children and families.

Kelli Weeks '14 (pictured) was accepted into the competitive Accelerated Advanced Standing MSW Program at Indiana University.  She will begin her graduate coursework even before leaving Manchester and have her master's degree in about a year's time. Kelli is pictured here in her senior Field Instruction placement at Edge Alliance, a public housing program for veterans and people with HIV/AIDS in Chicago.

First year student Macie Minier '17 was awarded a Journey Fellowship for Summer 2014.  As a Journey Fellow, Macie will participate in leadership development and and internship centered on youth work.

Megan Birky '13 accepted a position with the Porter-Starke Mental Health Center 2 weeks before graduation!  She helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled youth and their families make positive change in their lives.  And she was accepted into the MSW Program at Indiana University Northwest!  At Manchester, Megan double-majored in social work and sociology, with a minor in criminal justice. 

Congratulations to Kyla Daniels '15 who was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Wabash County as a sophomore at MU.  She was also awarded a prestigious Journey Fellowship which gave her special training and internship opportunities to develop as a leader in youth development.  She later secured another summer internship with Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis.  Kyla double-majored in political science and social work. 

Libby Rhoades '13 and Alyssa Dibley '13 have been accepted into the MSW program at Indiana University South Bend.  Both were granted advanced standing.  Way to go!!

After completing a successful field placement serving homeless families at Vincent Village, Stacy Koch '12, who earned a double major in social work and economics, was hired by Healthy Families in Indianapolis to assist new parents and their young children. 

Keyana Fitzpatrick '13 and Tracie Doi '13 spent the 2012 spring semester studying abroad in Chennai, India. They took social work courses at the local university, helped at a community service organization, and took excursion to many other parts of India.

Brit Betz '11 was named 2011 BSW Student of the Year by NASW-Indiana. Her accomplishments at Manchester led to this prestigious honor. Among other things, Brit wrote grants bringing in over $20,000 to Living Well in Wabash County COA, Inc., for elder services.  Brit went on to graduate from the presitgious University of Chicago Master of Social Service Administration program in 2014.

Katie Hileman Foster '10 loves her work as a Mental Health Technician at Oaklawn in Goshen, IN. She was also the only applicant in her cohort accepted into the advanced standing track of the Indiana University-South Bend MSW Program!

Kristen Patz '10 was tapped for a leadership position within a few months of graduation as the Director of Social Services at Miller's Merry Manor in Peru, IN.

Nora Heggen '09 landed a job working with exactly the kind of people she most wanted to help: children and adolescents who have autism.

Tim Polakowski '08, MSW (double-major Spanish/Social Work, minor in Gerontology) was honored with a prestigious Fulbright grant. He spent a year teaching English in South Korea. While at Manchester, Tim won MU's Capstone Outstanding Senior Leadership Award and the state-wide Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. He then went on to win a full-ride scholarship to the University of Michigan MSW program. In graduate school, Tim was selected as the NASW University of Michigan Student of the Year! He passed his LCSW exam and started his career in gerontological social work in the Caregiver Support Program at the Toledo, OH, Area Office on Aging. Tim is pictured above in his MU senior field placement - the Dr. Jorge Prieto Family Health Center in Chicago.

Kim Sandor '05, MSW was accepted into the top-ranked MSW program at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis. In her graduate studies, Kim combined her commitment to social work with her interest in law.

Whitney Gray Stillson '08 rose to the rank of Director of Social Services at Miller's Merry Manor in Wakarusa, IN, just two years after graduating with a social work degree from MU.

Tyffany Hippensteel '08, MSW and Carrie Darnell '08, MSW were both accepted into the advanced standing MSW Program at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Tyffany concentrated in school social work, and Carrie focused on social work in health care settings.

Mandee Russell '07, MSW was so successful in her senior field placement at Sarah's Circle in Chicago, she promptly landed a full-time position there. She was later promoted to Program Manager, overseeing all the agency's services to homeless women. All this while completing her MSW at Loyola University!

Kimberly (Thiede) Sons '07 accepted a position as a therapist with the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism in Indianapolis after graduating from MU.

Kate Jastrzemski '07 found meaningful work with Aging and In-Home Services, Inc. in Fort Wayne immediately after graduation. She was soon promoted to supervisor!

Danelle Henry '07 loves working for First Steps. She helps children with developmental delays and finds deep satisfaction in seeing their progress.

Congratulations to Jamie Charvat '07 for landing a position working with surgical rehabilitation patients at Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport, LA!

Shortly after graduating with a social work major and a gerontology minor, Eric Berger '07 accepted a position as a Family Case Manager at the Dept. of Child Services in Lake County, IN.

Bruce Orr '08 - social work major and collegiate athlete - set a Manchester University school record in the indoor 400m run then landed a position working with emotionally troubled youth at Crossroad.

Melinda Harris '06, MSW, LSW earned her MSW degree at the University of Denver, completing the "At-Risk Youth" concentration. She was then hired by the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau to lead their Rape Awareness Program.

Brooke Pyles '06
served as an Americorps volunteer in two Indianapolis high schools before being accepted into the MSSA Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Crystal Waggy '05, MSW worked as a bilingual counselor at the YWCA RISE Children's Center in Chicago before entering the Jane Addams School of Social Work for her MSW degree.  She later worked as a researcher for the Illinois Dept. of Family and Children's Services.

Eddie Miller '04 loves living in Arizona and working for Child Protective Services.

Jenn Morris '04, MSW spent a year serving the homeless in northern California through Brethren Volunteer Services. She then completed her masters degree and began working for the Homeless Initiative Program in Indianapolis.

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