Temple University Commonwealth Master of Social Work students celebrate achievements in Mansfield

MANSFIELD – On Jan. 25 the Commonwealth Master of Social Work (MSW) program held at Mansfield University celebrated the graduation of its third cohort of graduating students.

In the summer of 2010, 10 students began education to complete their advanced degree in social work.

All 10 completed Temple’s part-time program in social work. Many graduates are providing clinically-focused care in a variety of human service settings.

Fran Hendricks, president of Mansfield University, opened the event with remarks about the importance of providing access to higher education, collaborating with community and university partners and bringing advanced level social workers to the area.

He congratulated the graduating students who were joined by 80 of their friends and family members, along with Temple faculty and staff.

He continued by acknowledging the hard work and commitment that was involved in achieving this milestone.

Dr. Nancy Siddell, professor of social work at Mansfield University proceeded as the student-elected keynote speaker.

Jovana Thompson and Donna Woods, student speakers, gave inspirational speeches about the pride associated with being a social worker. They spoke of the importance of what they learned, how much they have grown and thanked the people in their lives who have positively influenced them.

Link Martin, director of Temple University Harrisburg and assistant dean of the college of health profession and social work, was the Master of Ceremonies. He thanked individuals from Mansfield University who have welcomed Temple into their school and to Temple faculty and staff for their support, commitment and efforts needed to implement a community-based graduate program.

The students earning a graduate social work degree are Jamie Herkel, Elizabeth Jeffrey, Krisa Johnson, Michele Kenyon, Karin Lewis, Susan McFaddin, Miranda Schrader, Jovana Thompson, Donna Wood and Kristi Zellers. These graduates are now “Temple-Made Social Workers.”

For more information on the Commonwealth MSW program, please contact Maria Paradiso, program director at m.paradiso@tem