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                                                                   Spring 2009

                                                     In This Issue ...
                                                     Special Issue on
                                                     Center on Urban Poverty
(left to right)                                      and Community Development
James McCafferty, MSSA '90, Cuyahoga County
Administrator, winner of Distinguished Alumni        Dean’s Note                             p. 2
Award; Dean Grover C. (“Cleve”) Gilmore; Professor
Pranab Chatterjee, winner of the Herman D. Stein     Doctoral Program                        p. 4
Distinguished Social Work Educator Award; Robert
P. Madison, BAR ’48, commencement speaker.           Class Notes                           p. 14
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  DEAN’S                                                    NOTE
                                                                                     about their families and where their
                                                                                     M.S.S.A. or Ph.D. has taken them
                                                                                     in the social work profession. We
                                                                                     talk about their work and how their

 T  he month of May is a very
    busy time for all of us
 around the Mandel School.
                                                            158 men and wom-
                                                            en walked down the
                                                            aisle at Temple Tifer-
                                                                                     studies at MSASS have been applied
                                                                                     in practice -- especially in group
                                                                                     work. Our older alumni, even those
 Students and faculty are                                   eth Israel to receive    long past retirement, still have vivid
 focused on the final projects,                              their diplomas and       memories of their careers and all
 grades, and completing field                                a pin to display their   have had amazing experiences in
 assignments. Our recruiters                                achievement of the       the field. Occasionally, our alumni
 are on the road seeking out                                Master of Science in     will come back to MSASS and offer
 the next cohort of master’s                                Social Administra-       a lecture for continuing education.
 students. We spend time                                    tion degree. Eleven      Our younger alumni who are trying
 thanking our donors by intro-      Dean Grover C. Gilmore  more received a          to get established in the profession
 ducing them to the students                                Master’s in Non-         sometimes call to be put in contact
 who have received scholar-                                 profit Organization,      with other MSASS alumni in their
 ships over the last two years. In this    and across the CWRU campus, ten           city. Wherever MSASS alumni go,
 issue of MSASS Action, you will see       MSASS doctoral candidates received        they remain connected to us, and we
 some photos from one of those events      their diplomas and hoods. They are        wouldn’t want it any other way!
 when we hosted a special luncheon         no longer students – they are now
 at Alumni House for Jack, Joe and         alumni of MSASS, and we are ex-
 Mort Mandel to thank them for their       tremely proud of each one of them.
                                           One of my favorite things to do
 The culminating event in May, of          when I am travelling is to meet with
 course, is graduation day. This year,     MSASS alumni over dinner and learn

Faculty News
 Victor Groza, Ph.D., was award-           Professional and Student Conference       the Lifetime
 ed a five-year training grant from         on Aging on March 27 at Miami             Achievement
 the National Child Welfare Work-          University in Oxford.                     Award for
 force Institute with funding from the                                               Region III of
 U.S. Children’s Bureau. The grant,        In April, Dr. Hokenstad made a            the National
 entitled “Ability-Based Child Welfare     presentation on behalf of the United      Association
 Training Fellows,” provides full schol-   Nations Commission on Aging at            of Social
 arships for 25 public child welfare       the Human Rights Advocacy Global          Workers in
 workers in the Intensive Weekend          Social Work Student Conference            March at       Gerald A. Strom, M.S.W.
 program over the next five years. The      at Fordham University. Over 300           Cleveland
 grant was one of only nine awarded        students from other countries were        State University. Strom directs
 in the U.S.                               in attendance.                            MSASS’ Intensive Weekend program.

 Merl C. (“Terry”)                         Debby Jacobson, Ph.D. will                The National Institute of Drug Abuse
 Hokenstad, Jr., Ph.D., MSASS                                          present       has awarded Professor Elizabeth
 Schmitt Professor and Professor of                                    “Short        Tracy a three-year research grant
 Global Health at CWRU, presented                                      Term Inter-   entitled “Role of Personal Social Net-
 “Social Integration for Displaced                                     national      works in Post Treatment Functioning.”
 Persons: The Social Work Role”                                        Study         The project extends and advances
 at the NGO workshop sponsored                                         Tours” at     earlier work by Dr. Tracy under the
 by The International Association of                                   the third     sponsorship of NIDA.
 Schools of Social Work on February                                    annual
 5 in New York.                             Deborah R. Jacobson, Ph.D. Confer-       Dr. Tracy was chosen winner of the
                                                                       ence on       Mather Spotlight Series Prize for
 The Ohio Association of Gerontol-         International Social Work in Jersey       Women’s Scholarship for 2009.
 ogy and Education has presented Dr.       City, NJ on July 10-12.                   The award was established in 1989
 Hokenstad with the 2009 Educator                                                    by the CWRU Mather Centennial
 of the Year Award. The recognition        Congratulations to Gerald A.              Celebration Committee of the Flora
 was given at the 33rd Annual Ohio         Strom, M.S.W., who received               Stone Mather Alumnae Association.
                                                                                                     MSASS Action        Page 3

Mark G. Chupp, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant professor at the                                           Elizabeth M.
                     Mandel School of Applied Social as of July 1. Dr. Chupp                                  Tracy, Ph.D.
                     teaches community development and is research associ-                                    has been ap-
                     ate with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community                                       pointed Grace
                     Development. He is interested in systems design that                                     Longwell Coyle
                     increases citizen participation, social inclusion, and                                   Professor in
                     democratic decision-making and has extensive experi-                                     Social Work.
                     ence in intervening in inter-group conflict and facilitating                              Dr. Tracy
                     Appreciative Inquiry in organizations and communities.                                   teaches courses
                     Dr. Chupp came to MSASS as a visiting professor in                                       in direct social
                     2006 from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban           work practice methods and child welfare
                     Affairs at Cleveland State University. He received his        in the master level program and models
doctorate in social welfare from MSASS and master’s in social work from the        of social work practice in the doctoral
University of Michigan. Most recently, Dr. Chupp has worked with city govern-      program. She has also directed the
ment and community organizations in East Cleveland to conduct a house-by-          school social work program that leads
house survey to assess its housing stock and organize residents around health,     to licensure through the Ohio Depart-
safety, and other social issues affecting the community.                           ment of Education for master level and
                                                                                   post master level students. Dr. Tracy has
                                                                                   been Chair of the Doctoral Program at
David Crampton, Ph.D., MSASS associate professor has received                      MSASS since January 2006. Reflect-
tenure. Dr. Crampton came to MSASS in 2002 from                                    ing her interest in schools and families,
the University of Michigan where he taught at the                                  she serves on the advisory board to the
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School                              Center for Math and Science Education,
of Social Work. His scholarship is dedicated to                                    UCITE and the Schubert Center for Child
finding effective ways to engage communities, families,                             Development and as a member of the
and social workers in the care and protection of vulner-                           Effective Practice Integration Council,
able children. His primary research interests concern                              promoting expanded school based men-
the evaluation of family-centered and community-                                   tal health services in Ohio.
based child welfare practices, and specifically the use
of family meetings in cases of child maltreatment. He                              Dr. Tracy’s research focus has been the
has done extensive work on Family Group Decision                                   development and evaluation of social
Making (FGDM), which includes a plan for the care and protection of children       work practice models and methods
at risk developed in a meeting of family members, social workers and other         which support families, make use of nat-
interested community members. Dr. Crampton teaches courses in child welfare        ural helping networks, and incorporate
policy, policy analysis, program evaluation, public management and theories        environmental helping strategies. Her
of social welfare. In 2007, he was given the Outstanding Teacher Award by          scholarly work has focused on clinically
the student body.                                                                  useful ways to assess social support and
                                                                                   social networks, the development of key
                                                                                   practice skills for social network interven-
Sonia Minnes, Ph.D., MSASS ’98, will join the School as assistant                  tions, and the role of social network and
                    professor on July 1. She has been a member of                  other environmental helping strategies
                    the Department of General Medical Sciences in the              in program implementation. She is co-
                    CWRU School of Medicine for the last five years                 author of “Person-environment practice:
                    and is leading a major longitudinal study on the               The social ecology of interpersonal help-
                    effect of crack cocaine on child development. Dr.              ing” which addresses a core but long
                    Minnes has collaborated in the past with MSASS                 neglected dimension in social work – en-
                    faculty on both teaching and research projects.                vironmental assessment and intervention.
                    At MSASS, Dr. Minnes will teach human development:             Another text, “Social Work Practice with
                    child, adolescence and adult.                                  Children and Families,” offers help to
                                                                                   social work students and practitioners in
                                                                                   understanding and working with vulner-
Professor Emerita Ilga Svechs returned to her homeland this spring to              able families and children, and interven-
give the commencement address at the University of Latvia. Dr. Svechs and her      ing at multiple levels and with different
family fled Latvia during WWII. Since 1992, she has been welcomed back as           systems.
a visiting professor, lecturer and commencement speaker.
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  News from the Doctoral Program
                                                  Student Honors                   Diwakar Vadapalli (Cohort
                                                    and Awards                     2006) was
                                                                                   selected as the
                                        Moon Jeong Choi (Cohort 2005)              recipient of the
                                        was one of the top five finalists in the     2008-2009
                                        "Social Work and Aging YouTube             Lenore A. Kola
                                        Contest" sponsored by the John A.          Graduate Student
                                        Hartford Foundation and the Asso-          Community Service
                                                         ciation for Geron-        Award. His
                                                         tology Education in       extensive service     Diwakar Vadapalli
         Professor Elizabeth M. Tracy                    Social Work. Her          work within the
             Chair, Ph.D. Program                        video creatively          school, University and Cleveland
                                                         showed why geron-         community is being recognized. The
 T  his past academic year has been
    a busy and productive one.
 Seven students passed the qualifying
                                                         tology is important
                                         Moon Jeong Choi to the field of social
                                                                                   award was created to recognize Dr.
                                                                                   Kola’s contributions to the School
                                                         work. The video           of Graduate Studies. We are very
 exam and have become P.h.D. can-       was highlighted at the 2008 Council        pleased to have one of our own
 didates. Nine prospectus hearings      on Social Work Education's Annual          MSASS doctoral students receive this
 were held. Ten students successfully   Program Meeting in Philadelphia.           award named in honor of one of our
 defended their dissertation research                                              own faculty.
 and earned a Ph.D from MSASS dur-      Derrick Kranke (Cohort 2006)
 ing the 2008-2009 academic year;                                                       Doctoral Alumni News
                                        was a first place poster winner at
 the median time to degree for these    Research ShowCASE, April, 2009.
 students was 4.5 years! A number                                                  Amy Krenztman (Cohort 2003)
                                        His poster, “Stigma Experience
 of our students received awards in     amoung Adoles-                             has been awarded a post doctoral
 recognition for their research this    cents Prescribed                           position at the University of Michigan
 year (see list below). Five full       Psychiatric                                Addiction Services Center.
 time and four part time students for   Medication” was
 Cohort 2009 will begin studies with                                               Lisa Townsend (Cohort 2004)
 us in August (watch for information    by Jerry Flo-                              has accepted an assistant
 on our incoming class in the next      ersch and                                  professor position at Rutgers Univer-
 newsletter).                           Lisa Townsend                              sity. She was also selected to partici-
                                        (MSASS Ph.D.,                              pate in a competitive program CHIPS
                                        August 2008).                              (Child Intervention, Prevention and
              Graduates                                    Derrick Kranke, Ph.D.
                                        Derrick was                                Services Award), created to enhance
            2008-2009 AY                also the recipient of the Eli Lily Rein-   career development for scientists
                                        tegration Scholarship for the 2008-        pursuing research in the areas of
                                        2009 academic year.                        intervention, prevention, and the
 August 2008                                                                       provision of services for children
 Mary Rawlings, Cohort 2001             Heehyul Moon (Cohort 2006)                 and adolescents. Acceptance in
 Melody Stewart, Cohort 1999            was a finalist in the 2008 Geronto-         CHIPS provides new faculty mentoring
 Lisa Townsend, Cohort 2004             logical Society of America's Social        and training.
                                        Gerontology Award competition.
                                        Her winning paper "Refining the             R. Thomas Sherba (Cohort
 January 2009                                                                      2004) presented his dissertation
                                        Activity Theory of Aging and Well-
 R. Thomas Sherba, Cohort 2004          Being" was co-authored with Dr.            findings at the 21st National Sympo-
 Ken Stoltzfus, Cohort 2005             Kathryn Betts Adams and Dr.                sium on Doctoral Research in Social
                                        Sylvia Leibbrandt. Heeyhul was also        Work at The Ohio State University.
                                        awarded an honorable mention at
 May 2009                                                                          Trista Piccola (Cohort 1995) is
                                        the 2009 Research ShowCase for
 Mandy Fauble, Cohort 2005              her poster, “Predictors of Perceived       back in Ohio as Director of Chil-
 Derrick Kranke, Cohort 2006            Benefits and Drawbacks of Using             dren’s Services in Huron County.
 Frida Mahoney, Cohort 2004             Paid Service among Daughter and
 Rosyln Richardson, Cohort 2000                                                    Li-Yu Song (1993 graduate)
                                        Daughter-in-law Caregivers of Older
 Lauren Stevenson, Cohort 2005          Adults with Dementia” with co-             is now teaching at the Department
                                        authors Dr. Aloen Townsend and Dr.         of Social Administration and Social
                                        Mary Ann Stephens.                         Work, National Cheng Chi University.
                                                                                                             MSASS Action           Page 5
Ken Stoltzfus (Cohort 2005)
                   was awarded a
                   Fulbright Senior
                   Scholar award
                   to teach and do
                   research in Russia
                   for five months next
                   academic year. He
                   will be teaching
                   at the Russian
   Ken Stoltzfus   American Christian
University (RACU), and English-
Speaking University in Moscow.
His research will focus on the role          Doctoral student Sue Brown greets Creasie Finney Hairston, Ph.D., ’78, Dean of the Jane
spirituality and religion played in           Addams School of Social Work at University of Illinois, and Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D. ‘78,
the development of the social work             University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, at the MSASS booth at the SSWR
profession in post Soviet Russia and          Conference in New Orleans (left). Kathleen Wells, Ph.D. (right), also visited the MSASS
on the role they play in the current         booth. Dr. Wells retired from the MSASS faculty in 2008 and now resides in Colorado.
practice of Russian social work.
                                                                        2nd Annual Dollars for Scholars

   Mandel Scholars Luncheon

                                                                              “Two Guys & a Grill” chefs Jim Llewellyn (left) and
                                                                           Tom Sear (right) volunteer their skills to prepare hot dogs
                                                                            and veggie burgers for hungry shoppers at the MSASS
        Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel are honored at the                         fundraising event for student scholarships.
       CWRU Alumni House for their support of MSASS students.

                 Faculty and students enjoyed lunch with the Mandel brothers and presentations by Mandel Scholars,
                                    Sarah Schweppe (second year) and Nurit Yastrow (first year).
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                                           We Remember
W        ith sadness, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences announces the passing of our extraordinary alumni
         and extends heartfelt condolences to their family and friends:
                                                                                     Myron W. (Bill) Goldman,
 Ruth W. Armin, '61, Ph.D.'89              Edith Garmezy, '61                        MSSA ’51 was director of social
 Herman Banner, Ph.D.,'54                  Virginia A.Garner, '40                                        services at the Mt.
 Barbara Jean Carney, '85                  Andrea Lee Cullar Gemayel, '86                                Sinai Medical Cen-
 Georgia F. Cave, '37                      Irene H. Kerrigan, '36                                        ter. Mr. Goldman
 Joseph T. Chambers, '52                   Jane W. Killebrew, '39                                        had also worked
 Linda L. Cross, '94                       Janet Winn Korpela, '48                                       for Bellefaire JCB,
 William H. Dicken, '63                    Florence Goldman Kreech, '39                                  Youth Service, the
 Nadine W. Eisman, '60                     Joseph W. Mintus, '98                                         evening mental
 Mary C. Flanagan, '53                     James M. Osborne, '40                                         health clinic at
 Terrance D. Ford, '96                     Susan P. Schefft , '91                                        Metro General
 Alice Fowler, '37                         Dorothy H. Seith, '66                     Hospital, and was in private prac-
 Milton Frank, Ph.D., '51                  Cynthia Anne Washington, '82              tice. Following his retirement, Mr.
                                                                                     Goldman served as a field education
                                                                                     advisor at the Mandel School for
                                                                                     many years. He taught and men-
 Leona Bevis, MSSA ’43, was a              John Brister Turner, MSSA ’48
                                                                                     tored scores of students who were
 force in the Cleveland social work        and Ph.D ‘59, was Dean of the
                                                                                     fortunate to learn from his wealth of
 community who became the first             CWRU School of
                                                                                     experience. Mr. Goldman belonged
 female director of what grew from         Applied Social
                                                                                     to the National Association of Social
 the Welfare Federation to the             Sciences from
                                                                                     Workers, American Psychoanalytic
 Federation for Community Planning         1968 to 1974
                                                                                     Association, American Civil Liber-
 to today's Center for Community           and an assistant
                                                                                     ties Union, National Organization
 Solutions. She helped raise welfare       professor, associate
                                                                                     for Women, and NARAL Ohio. His
                      payments, pass       professor and
                                                                                     daughter, Julie, is a 1990 graduate
                      social-services      associate dean
                                                                                     of MSASS.
                      taxes and made       from 1961 to
                      welfare a county     1968. Dr. Turner served the School        William R. (Bill) Schleicher,
                      service. She         and the community with a clear            MSSA ’70, was regional employee
                      strengthened         vision and unshakable commitment          assistance program manager at
                      Cleveland's          that a difference could be made in        Lucent Technologies prior to his retire-
                      leadership in sys-   the lives of the poor. As Dean he                             ment in 2001. He
                      tematic research     saw the SASS enrollment grow to the                           spent his career in
 to match charity with the greatest        largest in its history. He expanded                           various EAP roles
 needs. Through it all she never forgot    programs aimed at achieving mean-                             within Western
 the individuals behind the statistics.    ingful results for “people” rather than                       Electric, AT&T and
 As important as she had become to         concentrating solely on “techniques”                          Lucent. He was ac-
 the welfare of the people of Cleve-       moving the School into even closer                            tive in the Northern
 land, she was never too busy to lend      contact with the community. Dr.                               Illinois Chapter
 support to her beloved SASS. She          Turner was the first African American                          of the Employee
 was a field work supervisor; a mem-        City Commissioner in East Cleveland       Assistance Professionals Association,
 ber of the Visiting Committee; a fund     and served on the boards of Karamu        serving as chapter president, named
 raiser on behalf of the School; one of    House, the Cleveland Institute of Art,    chapter “Member of the Year”,
 the original organizers of the Grace      the Cuyahoga County Welfare Advi-         and chaired the EAPA International
 Coyle Chair, and most recently in the     sory Board, and the Welfare Fed-          Conference where he was a board
 late 1990’s, an inspirational speaker     eration Community Health Planning         member. During his retirement he
 at student orientation. The Mandel        Board. Nationally, Dr. Turner was a       worked part-time providing social
 School of Applied Social Sciences         consultant to the National Urban          work and addiction services as
 and the Northern Ohio community           League for many years as well as a        senior social worker with a Chicago
 have lost a committed social service      member of the governmental advisory       suburban family service center. Mr.
 visionary and advocate for the rights     panels of the National Institute of       Schleicher was a regional volunteer
 of the disenfranchised.                   Mental Health and the Vocational          alumni campaign director for the
                                           Rehabilitation Administration.            fundraising effort that established the
                                                                                     current MSASS building.
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MSASS travel programs are open to students (master’s and undergraduate), alumni and interested professionals.
Programs are experiential and multi-sensory, taking participants out of the classroom and into the world.
International study trips will boost your resume and some are eligible for continuing education credits.

Pre- and post-trip academic reading and writing required of students.

Winter 2009/10                 Bangladesh          El Salvador
Spring 2010                    Guatemala           Israel
May 2010                       Ecuador

Additional countries may be added. Check the website: contact
Dr. Debby Jacobson at

L  INK (Local International
   Konnections) is an MSASS
student organization that
provides support for students
from other countries and
cultures to facilitate a mutual
understanding and sharing
of information on cultural
practices, philosophies, and
ideologies among those
throughout the world who
embrace the values and                         Students, faculty and staff                             Dean Gilmore shops for
practices of the social work                       place their bids.                                    origami and beads.
profession. A silent auction
of international crafts is held
every spring to support the
activities of LINK.

     An array of crafts from
      all over the world.

                                            Professor Mark Singer visits with alumni in Taiwan. (left to right) Yih-Tsu Hahn, Sue-Ing
                                              Chang, Chun-an Chien, Li-yu Song, Professor Mark Singer and Ying-Chen Chang
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                                                                                        Center on Urban

      Co-Directors                                   T   he Center on Urban Poverty and
                                                         Community Development was
                                                     created in 1988 with founding
                                                                                                   as organizations at all levels to raise
                                                                                                   community capacity, improve service
                                                                                                   delivery and analyze community
                                                     grants from The Cleveland Founda-             needs and assets.
                                                     tion and the Rockefeller Founda-
                                                     tion. The Center (originally called           Since its founding, the Center has
                                                     the Center on Urban Poverty and               adopted a distinctive focus on the
                                                     Social Change) adopted its new                neighborhood, the fundamental
                                                     name in 2006 to reflect its expand-            interface between the macro-level
                                                     ing work in the area of community             systemic forces that create poverty
                                                     development. The Center is located            and the individuals and families who
                                                     at MSASS and is one of the nation’s           experience it. Now considered a
Claudia J. Coulton, Ph.D. Robert L. Fischer, Ph.D.   preeminent university-based poverty           model by other regions, the Center's
                                                     research programs. The Center’s staff         research strategy has become in-
                                                     includes seven faculty, three doctoral        creasingly valuable because of three
                                                     researchers, and six research/admin-          major trends of the past decade:
              Faculty                                istrative staff.
                                                                                                     ■ Recognition by researchers of the
                                                  The mission of the Center is to                  powerful influence of community and
                                                  create, apply, and communicate                   the need for geographically-specific
                                                  valuable knowledge to a broad                    information as communities evolve;
                                                  range of audiences and constituents
                                                  concerned with the ultimate goal                   ■ Devolution of responsibility for so-
                                                  of reducing the negative effects of              cial and urban policy and programs
                                                  urban poverty and enhancing the                  from the federal, state, and local
                                                  quality of life in communities. Rather           levels of government; and
                                                  than viewing the poor as statistics and
Mark G. Chupp, Ph.D. Cyleste C. Collins, Ph.D. urban neighborhoods as laborato-                      ■ Sophistication of decentralized
Assistant Professor  Research Assistant Professor ries, the Center embraces a partici-             computing networks and geographic
                                                  patory approach to research—all of               information systems.
                                                  which places primary value on being
                                                  responsive to the research ques-                 These influences led the Center to
                                                  tions and issues that emerge from                create the North East Ohio Community
                                                  the community and other stakehold-               and Neighborhood Data for Organizing
                                                  ers. The Center works closely with               (NEO CANDO), an on-line information
                                                  policy-makers and advocacy orga-                 system. (See “More Than Just
                                                  nizations to bring its research into             Numbers” on page 13).
                                                  the public-policy discussion as well

David Crampton, Ph.D. Mark L. Joseph, Ph.D.          Center
Associate Professor   Assistant Professor            Staff

                                                                     (left to right) Front row: Tsui Chan, Kristen Mikelbank, Lance Peterson,
         Sharon E. Milligan, Ph.D.                                   Claudia Coulton, Cyleste Collins, Sharon Milligan, Nina Lalich, Jessie
            Associate Professor                                        Rudolph. Back row: April Hirsh, Zane Jennings, Michael Schramm,
                                                                            Diwakar Vadapalli, Ryan Sermon, Mark Joseph, Rob Fischer
                                                                          and Curtis O’Neal. (Missing: Mark Chupp, David Crampton,
                                                                                  Paige Hardy, Molly Scheets and Brian Williams)
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Community Develpment
                               Pathways to Foreclosure                                              by Claudia J. Coulton, Ph.D.

  A    midst the foreclosure crisis in
       Northeast Ohio, MSASS’ Center
  on Urban Poverty and Community
                                           It finds the high number of foreclo-
                                           sures, translating into a high number
                                           of sheriff’s sales, is overwhelming the
                                                                                      State University evaluating Cuya-
                                                                                      hoga County’s foreclosure process,
                                                                                      and information from the Federal
  Development (the Poverty Center) has     system that usually brings these prop-     Reserve’s annual reports. This report
  been quick to create a property data     erties back to productive                                         aims to pro-
  infrastructure and conduct necessary     use. Instead, many proper-                                        vide a national
  property research for neighbor-          ties are entering ‘REO,’ or                                       audience with
  hoods; often supporting the work of      ownership by a financial                                           information
  neighborhood organization, offer-        institution, and are taking                                       about Cuya-
  ing possible solutions, and identify-    increasing amounts of time                                        hoga County’s
  ing forthcoming related problems.        to return to productive use.                                      response to
  Through its research, the Poverty        In addition, when homes                                           the foreclosure
  Center has gained extensive knowl-       are resold, they are often                                        crisis and its
  edge of the foreclosure process and      sold for much less than their value        extensive network of government and
  is involved with a wide variety of       before foreclosure.                        nonprofit organization. In addition,
  community groups working to create                                                  the report outlines key programs of
  solutions for                                The Poverty Center began               key organization to serve as possible
  distressed                                   looking at trends of returning         models for communities like
  homeowners                                   foreclosed properties to pro-          Cuyahoga County.
  and neigh-                                   ductive use first with its Behind
  borhoods.                                    the Numbers report, Properties         In addition to documenting the issues
                                               Owned by Financial Institu-            of foreclosure through research,
  In its report,                               tions, and in their latest report,     the Poverty Center has been sup-
  Pathways to                                  Beyond REO: Property Transfers         plying data to aid nonprofit and
  Foreclosure:                                 at Extremely Distressed Prices.        government entities in neighborhood
  A Longitudi-                                 These reports further examine the      stabilization activities. Using the
  nal Study of                                 trends among foreclosed proper-        Poverty Center’s rich property based
  Mortgage                                     ties after sheriff’s sale. When        data holdings, houses are being
  Loans, the                                   leaving ‘REO,’ properties are          targeted for foreclosure preven-
  Poverty                                      selling for alarmingly low prices,     tion and intervention by identifying
  Center fol-                                  $10,000 and often less, bringing       mortgages with at-risk characteris-
  lows mortgage loans from origina-        the value of the property into ques-       tics, and homes that are already in
  tion to foreclosure, taking a deeper     tion. ‘REO’ properties are also often      foreclosure. The Cuyahoga County
  look at the connections between          sold by financial institutions in bulk to   Foreclosure Prevention Program then
  foreclosure and characteristics of the   organizations who often know little        conducts outreach efforts to these
  mortgage loan and its borrower. The      about the value and condition of the       specific homes, sending letters to
  study finds that, in Cleveland and        property. The report                                       steer borrowers to
  Cuyahoga County, subprime home           suggests that better                                       strategically located
  mortgages had an 816 percent             information about                                          foreclosure counseling
  greater chance of going into foreclo-    the value and con-                                         events, and encour-
  sure when compared to other loans.       dition of properties                                       aging borrowers to
  The study also found that a borrow-      is needed, and that                                        call 211, the United
  er’s race influenced the type of loan     REO owners should                                          Way’s First Call For
  they received, and across all income     increase their com-                                        Help. So far, the
  levels, African American borrowers       munication with                                            outreach efforts have
  were more likely to receive subprime     local entities.                                            reached 30,000
  loans.                                                                              homes and seventeen outreach
                                           The Poverty Center’s next foreclosure-     events have occurred. Poverty Center
  Following the path of foreclosure, the   focused report is currently being          data is also being used to aid rede-
  report Foreclosure and Beyond: A         written in conjunction with the            velopment of homes that have been
  Report on Ownership and Housing          Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland          through foreclosure by identifying
  Values After Sheriff’s Sale, examines    and Cleveland State University. The        properties owned by investors and
  the accumulative effects of increased    report is an aggregation of the four       banks for NPI’s Opportunity Homes
  foreclosures on residential properties   reports described above, in addition       program, which will rehab and resell
  of single and multiple family homes.     to two crucial reports from Cleveland      many properties.
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 Lord knows . . . but what do we know about
 by Robert L. Fischer, Ph.D. the effectiveness of faith-based programming?

 B   eginning with the Clinton Admin-
     istration and greatly extended
 under George W. Bush, the federal
                                          consistent contact” with the most
                                          needy in their communities and a
                                          stated mission to serving these needs
                                                                                     pertain to their level of faith and their
                                                                                     engagement in religious practice.
                                                                                     The existing research shows that
 government has expanded the role of      as best they can. Also, FBCOs have         the association between religious
 faith-based providers in the delivery    established roots and connections          engagement and positive behaviors
 of a range of human services. Since      both within the geographic area            and well-being is fairly clear—
 2001, the Faith-Based and Com-           where they are located as well as          the relationship is significant and
 munity Initiative (FBCI) has aimed       within the broader faith communities.      positive but not necessarily causative
 to give these organizations equal                                                   (e.g., Johnson, Tompkins, & Webb,
 opportunity with secular and larger      FBCOs are recognized as having             2002). Although religious engage-
 organizations                                        particular expertise and       ment is associated with indicators
 to secure fed-                                       advantage in some areas.       of better health and behaviors, it is
 eral funding                                         For example, in its narra-     also plausible that the individuals
 for the deliv-                                       tive on the Compassion         who choose healthy behaviors also
 ery of social                                        Capital Fund, the U.S.         tend to choose religious engage-
 services.                                            Department of Health and       ment. When the notion of an FBCO
 Aside from                                           Human Services (DHSS)          program is introduced into these
 Constitutional                                       describes FBCOs as being       relationships, it becomes apparent
 questions, the                                       “uniquely situated” to         that the individual’s choice about
 expanded                                             serve “families in poverty,    what services to use may reflect
 role for Faith-Based and Community       prisoners reentering the commu-            something about their faith disposi-
 Organizations (FBCOs) within the         nity and their families, children of
 domain of federally funded human         prisoners, homeless families, and                “FBCOs as being “uniquely
 services has carried with it an in-      at-risk youth” (DHHS, 2002). Beyond               situated” to serve “families
 creased interest in the capacity and     simply acknowledging expertise,                       in poverty, prisoners
 operational effectiveness of these       however, some proponents outside of                reentering the community
 organizations. In the context of the     the FBCI have gone further, argu-                 and their families, children
 limited state of current research,       ing that faith-based programs are              of prisoners, homeless families,
 important questions need to be ad-       in fact superior to the conventional                    and at-risk youth”
 dressed about how FBCOs conduct          alternatives in terms of effectiveness
 their programs and the extent to         and cost. These claims appear to be        tion. Although the FBCO program
 which the programs achieve the in-       based on the experiences of single         may be influencing the behaviors
 tended outcomes. This study, funded      studies or compelling anecdotes,           and well-being of the individual,
 by the U.S. Department of Health         rather than on a systematic review of      these changes may also be related to
 and Human Services, seeks to assess      the evidence. The dialogue about the       the underlying characteristics of the
 the current evidence base by examin-     prospective effectiveness of FBCO          individuals served. In other words,
 ing the previous relevant reviews,       programming has had a tendency to          there may be the problem of self-
 highlighting noteworthy studies in       outpace the actual data available,         selection in faith-based programs in
 the field, and conducting a synthesis     or to focus on effects for subgroups       that those served may already be
 of the available research on FBCO        of participants. This situation un-        inclined toward success, compared
 effectiveness. The analysis places a     derscores the need for additional          to others in the target population.
 premium on examining the available       research on the outcomes of FBCO-          This study focuses on two key ques-
 evidence for the purpose of effective-   sponsored programs, and specifi-            tions. First, to what extent are FBCO
 ly informing policy and practice as it   cally in comparison to conventional        services effective? For the purposes
 relates to the FBCI.                     programming or the absence of              here, effectiveness is defined as a
                                          programming entirely.                      program’s ability to have partici-
           THE RESEARCH                                                              pants show progress in achieving the
                                          In particular, the central question        desired outcomes (i.e., changes in
 The FBCI is rooted in the notion of      of the unique effectiveness of faith-      knowledge, attitude, behavior, or sta-
 drawing on the natural capacities        based organizations in providing           tus). For example, do children served
 and strengths of FBCOs to deliver        human services is also confounded          by a mentoring program delivered
 effective programming. These orga-       by the role that religion or faith         by an FBCO show fewer behav-
 nizations, as indigenous entities with   may play in the lives of individuals.      ioral problems and/or improved
 staff who often reside in the sur-       Simply examining the effects of pro-       academic performance during or
 rounding neighborhoods, are seen         grams that have faith as an element        after the mentoring experience? The
 as having invaluable connections         of their delivery will not shed light on   types of studies that are relevant to
 and credibility within their communi-    the central question. All individuals      address this question are those that
 ties. FBCOs often have “direct and       possess personal characteristics that      collect data on participants using
                                                                                                 MSASS Action        Page 11
some sort of outcome measurement         prisoners (8), welfare clients (4),       The three studies of welfare-to-work
approach, which is often limited         substance abusers (2), the elderly        programming (after removing the one
to pre-post (before and after) as-       (2), and additional studies of chil-      statistical outlier) yielded a weighted
sessments on a single group of           dren of prisoners and Latino women.       mean effect size in the moderate
participants. Although useful, these     Sample sizes vary dramatically, as        range, equivalent to a 24% differ-
studies routinely lack outcome data      do the procedures used to construct       ence in the success rates between
from a comparison group that would       a comparison group for the studies.       groups (e.g., 62% versus 38%).
provide a benchmark of what would        The key outcomes of interest are
have happened in the absence of the      specific to the substantive focus of       The set of available studies that use a
program. As such, these studies can      the programs. Although there is some      comparative design and report quan-
only indicate whether participants       consistency within program domains        titative outcomes in sufficient detail
changed during the time frame of         (e.g., recidivism among prisoner          is relatively small and is only able
the intervention and cannot address                                                to support a preliminary quantita-
whether the change was a result of                                                 tive synthesis of findings. As such, at
                                             “The overall effect of FBCO
the program’s efforts.                                                             present, the findings presented should
                                              programs, although modest            be seen as illustrative of the kinds of
                                               in size, demonstrates that
The second question is: to what                                                    beneficial impacts that FBCOs can
                                                these programs tend to
extent are FBCO services more effec-                                               produce across a range of substan-
                                               produce somewhat better
tive than other approaches? For ex-                                                tive domains working with differing
                                            outcomes compared with usual
ample, do clients served by different                                              target populations. On average, the
                                               services, secular services,
types of welfare-to-work programs                                                  presence of faith in these programs,
                                             or no special programming.”
show different levels of success in                                                along with the other characteristics
achieving the desired employment                                                   of the interventions, appears to result
outcomes? The types of evidence that     programs), the time frames of the         in a modest positive effect on the out-
will inform this question are based      outcomes vary. Finally, subgroup          comes of interest over those observed
on more rigorous evaluation designs      analyses were examined in over two        among comparison populations.
in which meaningful comparisons          thirds of the studies, but these varied
can be made to a group of com-           in scope and focus.                                  IMPLICATIONS
parable individuals who received
alternate services or usual care. This   The results from each study were con-     Since its launch in 2001, the FBCI
requirement is much more restrictive     verted into standardized “effect size”    has dramatically increased the role
and the number of studies that will      units. Effect size measures the differ-   of smaller FBCOs in the delivery
achieve this standard is necessarily     ence in the outcome between groups        of federally funded social services.
fewer than those that will address the   in a study. A zero value indicates no     Concurrently, there has been ex-
first question. The most conclusive       difference in the outcomes between        panded interest in the ability of
designs involve random assignment        the faith-based and the secular pro-      FBCOs to document their outcomes,
to groups or other quasi-experimental    grams. Positive effect sizes indicate     and in identifying high-quality
approaches to creating equivalent        the outcomes were better in the faith-    research to test the effectiveness of
groups.                                  based group, while negative effect        services delivered by FBCOs. Despite
                                         sizes indicate they were better in the    considerable effort and progress,
For this study we examined previous      secular group.                            the existing evidence base remains
research reviews about FBCOs as                                                    limited. A preliminary quantitative
well as study exemplars that illus-      The overall mean effect size for the      synthesis shows that the overall effect
trate particular strengths present in    sample of studies is .205, showing        of FBCO programs, although mod-
the literature. In addition, the study   overall a result favoring faith-based     est in size, demonstrates that these
conducted a review and synthesis         services. The overall mean effect         programs tend to produce somewhat
of the existing comparative studies      size would be judged in the small         better outcomes compared with usual
on FBCO effectiveness. The review        range according to the standard           services, secular services, or no
of the existing literature identified     offered by Cohen (1988) and in the        special programming. More data are
a meaningful core of studies that        bottom quarter of effects. Another        needed to confirm this finding, as are
examined the outcomes of FBCO            interpretation of an effect size of .2    data to investigate the effectiveness
programming. However, only 18 of         is that it equates to a 10% difference    of specific categories of programs for
the 92 quantitative outcome studies      on a success measure between the          defined target populations. In order
identified used a comparative re-         treatment and comparison groups           to further contribute to existing knowl-
search design. Among the 18 studies      (e.g., 55% versus 45%). Two of the        edge in this domain, efforts should
identified, 13 had been included in       larger subgroups of studies were          be continued in at least three areas,
at least one of the prior reviews. The   also examined. The eight studies          as described below.
18 studies span six distinct target      of interventions with prisoners and
populations, with multiple studies       former prisoners yielded a weighted       Outcome Measurement and FBCO
focused on prisoners and former          mean effect size in the small range.      Capacity. The available evidence
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suggests that because of their limited    planning and enhancement. Overall,
size and relative inexperience with       because of the relative youth of the
outcomes measurement, many                FBCO research field, there is a lack
FBCOs need specific assistance to          of systematic data on FBCO services
develop capacity to collect, man-
age, and analyze their data. FBCOs
                                          and their effectiveness. As indicated
                                          earlier, much of the existing research
                                                                                     MSASS Grad Returns
should strive to collect more complete
and accurate data and present it in a
                                          on FBCO services is descriptive in
                                          nature, with a focus on program-            A    pril Hirsh, M.S.S.A. ’08, is near-
                                                                                           ing her first anniversary as a
                                                                                      staff member in the Center on Urban
                                          matic models, delivery styles, and
                                          funding streams of FBCO services.           Poverty and Community Develop-
        “Overall, because of the
                                          However, the research in the field           ment. She has been working with
      relative youth of the FBCO
                                          has expanded over time (1998 to             assistant professor Mark Joseph on
   research field, there is a lack of
                                          2007) and now includes a number             a study of mixed income neighbor-
       systematic data on FBCO
                                          of key empirical studies as well as         hood development. “This has been
   services and their effectiveness.”
                                          important efforts to distill what is        very exciting work,” said April, “as
                                          known about the effectiveness of            we look at other communities around
methodologically rigorous and neu-        existing programs. The field needs           the country and develop a definition
tral fashion. A central implication of    to move forward with an agenda              of “mixed” for possible Cleveland
the capacity issue is the imperative of   of establishing data systems for the        projects.” April has also worked
addressing the developmental needs        purposes of accountability, program         on information gathering and data
of FBCOs. Rigorous Evaluation. The        improvement, and demonstrating              analysis under Professor Claudia
most promising avenues for respond-       effectiveness.                              Coulton and the Center’s analyst/
ing to the data needs regarding                                                       programmer Mike Schramm for
FBCOs are through improving and           (A longer version of this work              national dissemination of a report on
expanding data collection practices       appeared in Innovations in Effec-           foreclosure and related social issues.
and fielding more rigorous com-            tive Compassion (eds., P. Joshi, S.         April’s home was Syracuse until
parative studies to address issues of     Hawkins, & J. Novey). Compendium            she came to MSASS from the State
effectiveness.                            of Research Papers Presented at             University of New York at Geneseo,
                                          the Faith-Based and Community               but now she shares her passion for
Deconstructing Faith. An area of          Initiatives Conference on Research,         neighborhoods with her partner Scott
great interest and debate has been        Outcomes, and Evaluation). Wash-            in Cleveland’s Little Italy.
in characterizing the nature of           ington: U.S. Department of Health
faith-based programs. The ability to      and Human Services.)
assess the relative degree of faith
intensity of a social service program
is central to clarifying the program’s
theory, logic, and ultimately the key
outcomes. If the role of faith is a key
ingredient in the expected success
of the faith-based programs, then
it is essential to better understand
and measure its presence. Faith can
be both a matter of the context or
environment of programs as well as
part of the intervention itself, and as
yet there are very limited data on this


Despite the substantial growth in the
funding available to faith-based and
community-based organizations over
the past decade, the field of research
on FBCOs remains very young and
underdeveloped. Although advances
have been made and a productive                    Dean Willem Baumfalk (third from the right) and faculty from Hogeschool
dialogue is underway, the extent                 van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences, School of Social Work & Law
of the existing evidence base is                    visited MSASS in March 2009 to learn more about the Center and field
insufficient as a guide for program                        education and to see some of the Center’s community projects.
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                                    NEO CANDO
                              More Than Just Numbers

I n a small back area of the Poverty
  Center, three staff analysts watch
over NEO CANDO (North East
                                            dynamic new parcel-level component
                                            to NEO CANDO to support commu-
                                                                                       staff provides training for users on
                                                                                       accessing the data and creating
                                                                                       custom reports.
                                            nity development. To obtain the data,
Ohio Community and Neighborhood             the staff must have access to the
Data), an interactive web-based             raw data gathered by governmental          The ultimate beneficiary of warehous-
system containing a variety of data         agencies. “Building relationships in       ing these data is the community.
on social, economic, and housing            each county has become essential           NEO CANDO empowers a wide
conditions including geographically         to NEO CANDO and beneficial to              range of individuals and organiza-
detailed data sets. More than a             the Poverty Center in general,” said       tions by giving them direct access to
computerized data system, the Cen-          Mike Schramm, analyst-programmer.          data that relate to their areas of con-
ter’s information capacity embodies         “After we obtain the data, they need       cern and gives them the tools with
multiple tools and the multidisci-          to be ‘cleaned’ and then geographi-        which to improve their communities.
plinary perspectives that the Center        cally referenced. “NEO CANDO               “We have regular contact with these
can draw on within the university—          provides community development             organizations,” said Schramm, “and
and now statewide—through net-              workers with up-to-date and compre-        they use NEO CANDO in creative
works of researchers. In 2004, the          hensive information on every parcel        ways to advocate in the public and
Center joined in partnership with           in the County, including foreclosure       private sectors. Without the data, it’s
Neighborhood Progress Inc., En-             filings, sheriff’s sales, deed transfers,   harder to make a case.” For more
terprise Community Partners and             sales prices, and tax delinquencies        information, go to
Cleveland Neighborhood Develop-             and all these data can be down-            edu or call 216-368-6946
ment Corporation (CNDC) to add a            loaded, charted, and mapped. The

                  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - WHAT IS IT?                                                       by Diwakar Vadapalli

M      y journey to understand and to practice ‘commu-
       nity development’ over the last few years took me
through the urban slums of India, rural areas of Kansas,
                                                                  opportunities, and empower them to maneuver their
                                                                  circumstances. Such resources must be developed
                                                                  efficiently and distributed equitably.
remote native villages of Alaska and inner-city neighbor-
hoods of Cleveland. Drawing from my experience and                The complex evolutionary nature of community limits the
the literature, I tried to articulate here what I understand      information available to conceive and implement such a
as community development.                                         process. As a result, it has to evolve, informed through
                                                                  high citizen participation, constantly increasing in scope
It is a process in which members of a community strive            and allowing for more differentiation in responses. High
to achieve a self-determined state of well-being by devel-        member participation also ensures ownership of the
oping the community’s internal and external resources,            process and thus, legitimacy of the outcomes. The
empowering themselves through their inclusive, demo-              process must be comprehensive enough to have the
cratic participation in the process. The process constantly       largest impact measured at the community level, and must
increases in scope but always with a comprehensive                be flexible enough to have the deepest impact measured
perspective, and is often assisted by a trained                   at the individual level.
professional. Community development is a dynamic
action, a process, not an input nor an outcome. Such a            Implementation of such a process requires sophisticated
process is valid and reliable if it can attain desirable and      level of technical expertise and knowledge of the
legitimate outcomes for the members of the community.             community. It requires professionals trained in the techni-
                                                                  cal aspects of the process, familiar with the community,
Individuals constitute communities for various reasons,           and skilled in maneuvering the complex political and
can be part of multiple communities at the same time              social structures of the community within acceptable
for different reasons and may gain, lose, or relinquish           ethical boundaries. Such professionals will assist and
membership in any community. Owing to such complex-               guide the community in developing and securing the
ity and dynamism, community can legitimately be defined            resources to achieve a state of well-being that the
as a social unit, a spatial unit, a functional unit, or some      community seeks to achieve.
combination of these, grounded in a thorough
understanding of a specific situation.                             Whether improving access to safe drinking water for
                                                                  India’s slum dwellers, improving conditions for local
Individual abilities, contextual opportunities, and               businesses in rural Kansas, helping curb the related issues
circumstantial factors influence the state of well-being that      of alcoholism and child abuse/neglect in remote rural
members of a community seek to achieve. Community                 Alaska, or connecting inner-city Cleveland youth to
development’s primary goal is to develop resources that           opportunities, community development is a useful and
enable members of the community to improve and                    applicable process.
effectively utilize their abilities, improve their available
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                                              CLASS NOTES
Ella Mae Johnson, MSSA ’28,                  Mary Jane (Potts) Karger,                 Geralyn Presti, MSSA/JD ’88
retired social worker, is the recipient of   MSSA '69 has been selected as one                        general counsel, senior
                  the Lifetime Achieve-      of 40 social workers nationwide to                       vice president and
                  ment Award from            become a Master Trainer for NASW                         assistant secretary at
                  Judson at University       and Lambda Legal's Youth Out-of-                         Forest City Enterprises
                  Circle. Mrs. John-         Home Project. The project's purpose                      received the 2008 ORT
                  son is the oldest liv-     "is to address the unmet needs of         Geralyn Presti America Jurisprudence
                  ing black graduate         lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,      Award from the Cleveland Region of
                  of Case Western            and questioning (LGBTQ) out-of-home       ORT America.
 Ella Mae Johnson Reserve Univer-            youth. She has also been chosen
sity and attended President Barack           to receive the National Education         Alene Hokenstad, MSSA ’90
Obama’s inauguration in January.             Association's (NEA) 2009 Virginia         is project director for the United
                                             Uribe Award for Creative Leader-          Hospital Fund in New York City. She
Richard C. Edwards, MSSA ’66                 ship in Human Rights. It is presented     is the lead author of a just published
has retired after 35 years of experi-        yearly to the person "whose activities    report on Medicaid Long Term Care
ence working closely with older              in human rights significantly impact       Programs in New York State. She
adults and their families. For the past      education and the achievement of          also serves on the Board of Directors
20 years he served as administra-            equal opportunity for those facing        for the New York State Home Care
tor of Charter House, a nationally           such discrimination."                     Association.
recognized model for excellence in
retirement living. He began a two-           Alums Paula Atwood, MSSA                  James McCafferty, MSSA ’90
year writing project that produced a         ’73; Deborah Hill, MSSA ’76;              Cuyahoga County
book,” Mom, Dad…Can We Talk?                 Rita Fitch, MSSA ’78; Ruth                administrator and
Insight and Perspectives to Help Us Do       Palmer, MSSA ’83; Joann Hall,             former director of
What’s Best for Our Aging Parents”.          MSSA ‘89 and Ann Frasier,                 Cuyahoga County
The book has received high praise            MSSA ’91 attended an event in             Children & Family
from the older adult service community.      April at the School sponsored by          Services received
                                             the MSASS Black Student Associa-          the Triad Advocate
Joseph Burrucker, MSSA ’66                   tion. The students heard stories from     of the Year Award
appeared on the front page of the            alumni about their career paths as        from Adoption      James McCafferty
January 2 Cleveland Plain Dealer in          inspiration and mentorship.               Network Cleveland.
an article leading up to the inaugu-
ration of President Barack Obama.            The NASW Ohio Social Work Month           Sarah Andrews, MSSA ’91
Entitled “An Invitation To Witness           calendar (March) featured eight           assistant dean of academic affairs at
History,” members of the North Coast         MSASS alumni with their professional                    MSASS has become
Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen,              stories. Included were: Dorothy                         the coordinator of the
who served in WWII battled both              Faller, MSSA ’75; Robin Phillips,                       School Social Work
overseas and at home against                 MSSA ’78; Peggy Koblenzer                               Certificate Program at
discrimination and bigotry, talked           MSSA ‘80; Holly Hirsel, MSSA                            MSASS here effective
about their invitation to the inaugura-      ’95; Diane Haller, MSSA ’96;                            July 1, 2009. She
tion and their hopes and dreams for          Sarah Lundeen, MSSA ’99;                                also coordinates the
a future they thought they might never       Dawn Gambling, MSSA ’04;                  Sarah Andrews Advanced Standing
live to see.                                 and Rebecca Sanford, MSSA ’05.            Program and the joint MSSA
                                                                                       programs in bioethics and law.
Our condolences to Gail Long,                Kate Biddle, MSSA ’83; Robin
MSSA ’67 on the loss of her mother           Taliaferro, MSSA ’00, and Beth            Melanie Stretchbery, MSSA ’91
Ah Quon McElrath,                            Feroe, MSSA ’02 participated in           was named superintendent for the
ILWU social worker                           a Child and Adolescent Trauma Pro-        Wood County (Ohio) Board of Men-
and community                                gram to provide leadership, program       tal Retardation and Developmental
activist in Hawaii.                          development and training in the           Disabilities.
She led many health                          treatment of multiply traumatized chil-
and labor reform                             dren, adolescents and their families      Kathleen Shelly-Amoriello,
movements during                             sponsored by MCAVIC, a collabora-         MSSA ’91 honored the 10th
her career. A bill to                        tion of Miller Children’s Abuse and       anniversary of her mother’s death
                      Ah Quon McElrath
create a Hawaiian                            Violence Intervention Center at Miller    by printing a second edition of
Health Authority for universal health        Children’s Hospital in Long Beach,        their book, “My Personal Touch:
care will bear her name.                     CA and USC.                               A Child’s Story About Good and
                                                                                               MSASS Action        Page 15

Bad Touch.” The new 2nd edition        tions, and makes site visits to evalu-        A CALL TO ALL
contains an Internet Safety Note for   ate progress. “All my experience at              ALUMNI
Parents. Her mother, Nancy, illus-     MSASS and my international
trated the book that Kathleen wrote.   exchange helps me to do this job,”     It may seem a long way off,
Children’s Miracle Network funded      said Miho. She would be happy to       but we are already planning
the printing and 5,000 copies were     share her work and to hear from        for the School’s 100th Anniversary
given away to local northwest          alumni. Her email address is:
                                                                              in 2015. As part of the celebration,
Pennsylvania children.       
                                                                              we are gathering the “stories”
Laura Hokenstad, MSSA ’96              Thursday, October 22, Noon             of our graduates and their
is director of the                     Alumni House, 11310 Juniper            reflections on their education
Office of Emergency                     Road You are invited to join Dean      and career. In addition, we will
Management for                         Cleve Gilmore for lunch and discussion be recording some oral histories.
Metro Nashville                        during CWRU’s Alumni Reunion
                                                                              If you would like to participate,
Davidson County,                       Weekend. Contact Pamela.carson@
an area with a pop-           or call (216) 368-2281 for    please contact Anne Marie
ulation of approxi-                    reservations. For more CWRU            Cronin at 1-800-944-2290,
mately 1,000,000 Laura Hokenstad       alumni reunion event information see   Ext. 2311 or
in Tennessee. She also does training
for FEMA (Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency) and is conducting
a course for the U.S. Coast Guard.                       Coming up at MSASS
                                       Friday, September 11, 2009               “Cultural Approaches to Group Work:
Connie Boros, MSSA ’97 was             Note different time and place            New Explorations, New Frontiers”
named director of clinical services    3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (3 CEU’s $18)     Dr.Paule McNicoll, Associate
at Bridgeway, Inc., a network of       Room 108 of the Mandel Center            Professor, School of Social Work
mental health and recovery services    “Alec Baldwin and PAS: Shifting the      at the University of British Columbia
in northeast Ohio. Her responsi-       Paradigm on Abuse”                       Very often people from minority cultural
bilities are wide but to name just a   Judge Sol Gothard, JD., MSSA, ‘57        communities do not take advantage
few, Connie will be responsible for    ACSW, Judge 5th Circuit Court of         of social work groups because these
community psychiatric support and      Appeals (Retired),                       groups reflect the values and ways of
treatment, program compliance, and     Alec Baldwin was taped using highly      the dominant majority. Dr. McNicoll
best practices.                        derogatory language toward his then      will talk about group approaches
                                       11- year- old daughter. After much       that fit the specific aspirations and
Marvin Cooper, MSSA ’97 is a           nationwide publicity about the inci-     customs of minority cultural communi-
patient account representative with    dent, mostly negative, he published a    ties and show the high rate of group
the Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry in    book which he co-authored entitled:      participation when the appropriate
Columbus, Ohio. In that position he    A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey        approach is implemented.
handles Medicare, Medicaid and         through Fatherhood and Divorce.          Monday, November 30
HMO’s associated with both.            In this book he alleges that he was      2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (2 CEU’s $18)
                                       driven to speak to his daughter this     Room 320 B&C at MSASS
Tayler Wilhelm, MSSA ’05 is            way by his ex-wife because she had       “Testing the Intelligence of Older Adults:
a senior development officer with       “alienated” his daughter from him.       Vision Linked to Cognitive Competence”
Polaris Project in Washington, D.C.,   In this presentation, Judge Gothard      Grover C. Gilmore, MSASS
one of the leading anti-trafficking     will show how perpetrators often use     Dean and Professor
organizations in the United States     the media, politicians, and particu-     As people grow older, do they really
and Japan. Polaris Project has         larly the courts to shift the paradigm   lose intelligence or is something else
programs operating in Washington,      so that they are now perceived as        happening that lowers their IQ scores
D.C.; Newark, NJ; Denver, CO; and      the victims, and the focus becomes       over time? Dr. Gilmore’s research
Tokyo, Japan providing a compre-       the “alienating” parent, all too often   found that the competence of older
hensive approach to fighting human      causing the original complaint(s) of     adults is better than their performance.
trafficking.                            child abuse or neglect, to be ignored.   This lecture proves the critical role
                                       Thursday, October 1, 2009                that vision plays in cognitive
Miho Suzuki, MSSA ’07 is
                                       Note different time                      competence. The desired outcome
working for the Consulate General
                                       3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (2 CEU’s $18)     is to create an awareness of such
of Japan in Mumbai, India. She is a
                                       Room 320 B&C at MSASS                    changes so that older people and/or
development consultant for Japan's
                                       Annual Grace Coyle Lecture in            their caretakers, particularly in cases
funding of grassroots community de-
                                       Group Work                               of Alzheimer’s Disease, take steps to
velopment projects by local NGOs.
                                                                                accommodate their visual deficits.
She reviews and screens applica-
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                                                 Scenes from the MSASS graduation May 17, 2009

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