NASW LRGV Branch meeting was held on October 2, 2012 at UTPA Edinburg Campus, HSHW Auditorium 1.404 from 6-8p.m. Our featured presentation was on Laughter Yoga, presented by Mrs. Mayra Avila, LMSW from Hope Family Resource Center in McAllen. This was a fun and interactive session which was enjoyed by all while learning techniques to help with various problems including depression, anxiety, self confidence, etc.
On Nov. 17th, 2010, we had our 3rd Annual Lecture Series with the presence of a distinguished speaker, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Professor of New York University. His presentation on "Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sex in Latino Families" was beneficial for social work faculty, students and community present.
Fall 09 BSW Graduates Recognition Luncheon:
38 BSW graduates, from the Fall 09 graduating class were recognized last Wednesday, December 9th, 2009. During the celebration, each graduate expressed their practicum experience and their future plans. The traditional luncheon was sponsored by the SWSA. Congratulations to every member of the Fall 09 Graduating Class!
Student-Centered Research Colloquium:
Under the leadership of Dr. Héctor Luis Díaz and the Department of Social Work a Binational Student-Centered Research Colloquium on Social Policy was conducted at The University of Texas – Pan American on November 19-20, 2009. A total of 15 research presentations took place over a two day period by a group of faculty members and students from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and UTPA. The presenters from the UTPA College of Business, and College of Health Sciences and Human Services did a great job presenting on their completed or ongoing research.
The event was a big success. It represents another great example of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration. Faculty members and students from both institutions were extremely satisfied with the research project presentations and with the feedback they received.
We look forward to other student-centered research events like this in years to come!
Hermila Anzaldua Lecture Series:
On Thursday, November 12, 2009 we conducted our 2nd Annual Hermila Anzaldua Lecture Series. Our guest speaker was Bishop Minerva Carcaño, a native of Edinburg and a 1975 UTPA graduate who later in 1979 received a Masters of Theology from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University. In 2004, Bishop Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church. She currently serves as Bishop of the Phoenix Episcopal Area, Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and is the official spokeperson for the Council of Bishops on the issue of immigration. Her topic for the evening was: "Spirituality and Social Justice".
Field Education Placemet Fair:
On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 the office of Field Education conducted their Spring 2010 Field Education Placement Fair. More than 20 agencies were present to talk to students offering information on the availability of taking interns for social work. Thank you to all participating agencies!
On Friday September 18, 2009 the presidents of The University of Texas-Pan American, The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and the Laredo Community College, signed a historical collaboration agreement to offer UTPA's bachelors and masters in social work in Laredo and Brownsville mostly through distance education.
Recruitment at UTB/TSC:
On Thursday, September 17, 2009 Dr.
The Department of Social Work at The University of Texas Pan American is proud to announce that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted our programs full accreditation until 2015.