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Social Work Student Injured in Car Accident Recovering. Christine Welles, one of our fifth year students, was badly injured in an accident in February. Several fund raisers have been held and Christine's classmates, as well as social work students in other classes and many faculty and staff of the School of Social Work have done wonderful things to support her. They have held bake sales, a pancake breakfast, and collected donations to help Christine and her family (who live in New Brunswick) get through this difficult time. Christine has a long road ahead of her, but she continues to improve every day and we're all rooting for her! Donations are welcome and may be dropped off at the School of Social Work, St. John’s College.

New Dean starts term. In mid-August 2010, Dr. Alean Al-Krenawi started in his new position as the Dean of Memorial's School of Social Work. Dr. Al-Krenawi can be reached at

New hires and two retired. Over the summer, two faculty from the School of Social Work decided to retire. The School wishes Dr. Nancy Sullivan and Dr. Michelle Sullivan all the best in the future. On the upside, the School has welcomed one new staff member, Ivy Burt (MSW Students Services and Continuing Education Coordinator), and three new faculty: Raymond Neckoway, Sobia Shaikh, and Brenda LeFrancois. Our new recruits are busily preparing for the first fall semesters with the School. Visit our contacts page to find out how to reach these folks.

Dr. Gail Wideman defends dissertaion. School of Social Work professor Gail Wideman recently defended her doctoral dissertation titled "Strengthening Rural Social Work Practice with Older Persons: The Relevance of Intermediate Resources in one Newfoundland Community". Congratulations to Gail for her accomplishment! Click here for a photo from the event.

School unveils new BSW as a Second Degree program! Applications are currently being accepted for the new program which is set to start in May 2010. For info about the program and the application process, go to the program's page: BSW as a Second Degree.

SSW faculty member Ross Klein authors major report for Friends of the Earth. The report, Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution (, is the most comprehensive treatment available of the issue of cruise ship pollution and is being used, in part, in Friends of The Earth’s campaign to build support for the Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2009.

Social Work students hit the road! Dr. Mike Devine's 5th year Community Development class recently took a road trip to rural Newfoundland. Read the full article.

School of Social Work supports COATS FOR KIDS campaign. Read the full article or visit the campaign's website to find how to participate.

BSW Students advocate for change in donation policies at Canadian Blood Services. Read the full article "Blood Policy Under the Microscope" (Part 1 & Part 2) from the July 24th, 2009 edition of the Evening Telegram.