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Issue: Summer 2019                                   View the newsletter    

 Dean Jenkins

A Message from Dean David Jenkins





Psychosocial Oncology Presidential Meet and Greet

Dean Jenkins President Bendapudi LaRoccas

A Presidential Meet and Greet was hosted by Dr. Renato and Lisa La Rocca for the Psychosocial Oncology Program.Dr. Renato La Rocca is an oncologist at Norton Healthcare who has supported the La Rocca Endowed Chair in psychosocial oncology since 2009. This is the only endowed chair in psychosocial oncology in the nation. Read more...


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Volunteers of America Mid-States (VOA) Scholars Program

Volunteers of America Mid-States has partnered with the Kent School of Social Work to offer a unique scholarship and career opportunity. The VOA Scholars program started in 2017 and has had three students participate in the program, two of whom are now employed full-time at VOA. VOA seeks talented, compassionate, committed students who want to fulfill a practicum school credit that can lead to a full-time job at Volunteers of America.   Read more...

Credit for Learning (CFL) Program: A National Model for University-Child Welfare Agency Partnerships

Credit for Learning staff


CFL continues with its mission to professionalize the child welfare workforce by offering child welfare employees education and training that meet on the job training requirements and the opportunity to earn up to 12.0 hours of MSSW elective credit that can be applied toward a master’s degree in social work at UofL, UK, or WKU if admitted to those programs . Read more...


Faculty Announcements

U of L Distinguished Faculty Awards



Congratulations to Kent Faculty for recent promotions, appointments, and tenure. Also, several Kent Faculty received University awards for Faculty Service Recognition and University Distinguished Faculty.  Read more...


Kent Alumni News

De'Anna Benson

Kent Alumni are actively working and involved in our community. Learn more about what fellow alumni are doing to make a difference! Featured alumni: De'Anna Benson, Andrea Scott, Becky Montague, Justin "Jay" Miller, and David Weathersby. Read more...


2019 University of Louisville Alumni Fellow, Kent School of Social Work

Ruby Gordon

The Alumni Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the University of Louisville Alumni Association. These awards recognize distinguished graduates who are exemplary ambassadors for the university and their college or school. The Kent School is honored to recognize Ruby Gordon 66’, 72’ as our 2019 Alumni Fellow. Read more .



Enhancing the Health and Quality of Life among Older Adults Incarcerated in the Commonwealth

Older Adults Incarcerated Study

The ‘graying’ of the prison population relates to human rights, and correctional and public health. The Kentucky Department of Corrections (KYDOC) saw a 30% increase in the population of adults age 55 and over between 2012 and 2016 (Crime and Justice Institute, 2017). These individuals face numerous vulnerabilities related to health and well-being in prison  Read more


Photo exhibit captures LGBTQ community needs, strengths

James and Sterrett-Hong

The House Ball and Drag Scenes research photo exhibit shows the daily needs and strengths of the LGBTQ community from its own perspective. The photo exhibition is at the North Lime Coffee and Donuts shop. This project is funded by the U of L Collaborative Consortium for Trans-disciplinary Social Justice Research and the exhibit was co-hosted by Sweet Evening Breeze Inc. Read more...



 Interview with Doctoral Graduate: Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith



Dr. Lisa Smith is a recent Kent School Doctoral Program graduate and recipient of the Guy Stevenson Award. The Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies is awarded to an outstanding doctoral degree recipient. The award recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership (service), and teaching which are the three main cornerstones of a career in academia.   Read more...

Kent Doctoral Students Attend ICQI conference

Doctoral students at ICQI



A group of Kent Doctoral students gave presentations at the 16th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) conference held in May at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) is a congress held annually at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Read more...


U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth Visits MSSW Students

Yarmuth MSSW class visit

U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth visited with MSSW students in Larry Michalczyk's Issues in Social Policy and Delivery class for an engaging question and answer discussion. Six students asked the Congressman various questions about the current political climate.  Read more...



PCWCP Program Participants


University of Louisville students prepare for the challenging and rewarding work of child protection through the Public Child Welfare Certification Program. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) has been implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and eleven university undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in Kentucky. Read more...


VOA Family Stabilization Retreat

Kent faculty, Liz Dumbaugh Martin, was recently invited to be a guest speaker at a retreat held for staff at the Volunteers of America (VOA) Family Stabilization Program by 2018 BSW graduate, Camile Hood who works in the program. The Family Stabilization Program serves families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Read more...




2019 Graduation Party

If you missed all pomp and circumstance of the May 2019 Spring Commencement ceremony you can view pictures of the graduates and the preceding Kent graduation party online.

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