Social Work students teamed-up with area nonprofit agencies to provide much needed research and improve outreach success in the Chattanooga community.
Three of the ten Unbought and Unbossed women honored by Girls Inc. of Chattanooga in 2014 are employed by UTC. They are Dr. Stephanie Bellar, Dr. Christine Benz Smith, and Kathy Purnell.
For people with disabilities, navigating city streets can be difficult and even dangerous. UTC Social Work students Ryan Galloway and Demetria West held the first Disability Awareness Walk in downtown Chattanooga on Wednesday, March 5 to raise awareness of this issue.
Social Work faculty at UTC may be few, but they are mighty. Dr. Michael Sherr, the Department Head and commissioner on the Council on Social Work Education, is responsible for policy curriculum instruction for the country. Associate Professor Dr. Amy Doolittle has been appointed chairperson for the Tennessee Social Work Education Association (TSWEA), a group dedicated to uniting social work educators across Tennessee with the goal of providing quality education across the state.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, one of three adults age 65 or older falls each year. For older adults, a fall can cause severe injuries, such as fractures or concussions. Falling and the fear of falling can hamper individuals’ ability to lead healthy, independent lives. UTC students from various fields did their part to help prevent falls at Fall Prevention Awareness Day.
Brittiney Williams, a senior pursuing the Bachelor of Social Work degree, became the first recipient of the Tommie F. Brown Award for Community Service. Representative Tommie Brown, elected in 1992 to represent the 28th District, was on hand to present the award to Williams.