Education & Social Sciences

Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice - Student Success

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Current Students

  • Dom Hastings '19 was awarded a Journey Fellowship for Summer 2018. As a Journey Fellow, Dom participated in leadership development and an internship centered on youth work.

  • Delaney McKesson '19 and Baylee Swank '19 are certified mediators through Education for Conflict Resolution.

Graduates

  • Gabi Carney '18 (double major in social work and criminal justice) was hired as a caseworker for Marion County Community Corrections in Indianapolis.
  • Mikayla Deisler '18 joined the Bowen Center's Fort Wayne office as a Skills Coach upon graduating from MU with her social work degree. Mikayla majored in social work and earned minors in criminal justice and gerontology.
  • Hannah Napier '18 (social work major, gerontology minor) used her social work major and gerontology minor to land the position of Director of Social Services at The Springs of Lafayette. She was also accepted into a Long-term Care Administrator Training Program. 
  • Paige Swary '18 became the Director of Social Services at Canterbury Retirement Community n Fort Wayne, IN upon graduating with her social work major and gerontology minor.
  • Blake Denton '18 was offered a position as a Child Protective Services case worker within one month of graduating from the MU Social Work Program.
  • Annika Harley '18 (double major in social work and peace studies, Spanish minor) studied off-campus in Ecuador and Chicago during her time at MU. After graduation, she entered a year of service with Brethren Volunteer Service.
  • Alexah Parnin-Choisne '16 and Tisha Grimme '15 were both accepted into the advanced standing MSW program at IU Fort Wayne.
  • David Fisher '15 was accepted into the Master of Social Service Administration program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
  • Kyla Daniels '15 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. She was then accepted into the competitive Accelerated Advanced Standing MSW Program at Indiana University Purdue University--Indianapolis. She began graduate coursework even before leaving Manchester and earned her master's degree in one year.
  • Lauren Feigel '15 Walters accepted a case management position with Aging & In-Home Services in Fort Wayne.
  • Haley Vallie-Laws '14 was hired by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan shortly after graduation and later took a position with Bethany Christian Services. She was also accepted into the Advanced Standing MSW Program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Kelli Weeks '14 was accepted into the competitive Accelerated Advanced Standing MSW Program at Indiana University Purdue University--Indianapolis. She began graduate coursework even before leaving Manchester and earned her master's degree in one year.
  • 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. Tracie later completed her MSW degree at Morgan State University in Maryland.
  • Chad Ulmer '13 quickly found a job he loves: being a probation officer for the Wabash County Probation Department. Chad also serves his community by coaching the Wabash Middle School wrestling team in his spare time. Go Apaches!
  • Tim Polakowski '08, MSW--Tim made the most of his time at Manchester.  He double-majored in Spanish and social work, earned a minor in gerontology, and spent a year abroad in Barcelona, Spain. He won MU's Capstone Outstanding Senior Leadership Award and the state-wide Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award. After graduating from MU, Tim was honored with a prestigious Fulbright grant, which allowed him to spend a year teaching English in South Korea. He then won a full-ride scholarship to the University of Michigan MSW program. In graduate school, Tim was selected as the NASW University of Michigan MSW 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, Ohio, Area Office on Aging. He later took a position with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Tim has been a member of the MU Social Work Program's Advisory Council since 2013.
  • Sarah Dillon '04 Lochner (social work major, criminal justice minor) was appointed Chief Probation Officer in Wabash County, IN.
  • Garry Hamilton '85 Garry is a former Fort Wayne Chief of Police. He majored in social work and minored in criminal justice at MU. Over the course of his career, he has been an Allen County (Indiana) Child Protective Services caseworker and worked in the offices of the Wayne Township Trustee. He has served on the Manchester University Social Work Program Advisory Council since 2007. Garry embodies Manchester's mission and social work values through his competent and humane leadership. See video.