Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
Social Work Honors Its Own at Reunion
On May 27, at a dessert reception following the Reunion weekend welcoming dinner, four Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research alumnae/i were honored with achievement awards.
Felice Davidson Perlmutter, Ph.D. ’69, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Perlmutter, professor emerita of Temple University’s School of Social Administration, is an active researcher and prolific author in the areas of social administration, management of nonprofit organizations, and social policy. She was a pioneer in the field of social work administration, particularly in the area of preparing social workers to move from direct practice to administration.
Dolores G. (Dodie) Norton, M.S.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’69, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Norton is the Samuel Deutsch Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her fields of research include early child development and ecology, human development and diversity, and linguistic interaction. Norton serves on the Board of Directors of Zero to Three and the Ariel Education Initiative. Norton was the first African American to achieve tenure at Bryn Mawr College.
Patrick T. McCarthy, Ph.D. ’81, received the Extraordinary Contribution to the Field of Social Work Award. In February 2010, McCarthy was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation’s leading advocacy philanthropy for at-risk children and families. As chair of the GSSWSR Board of Advisors between 2005 and 2010, McCarthy provided critical leadership at a time when the future direction of the School was being determined.
Nicholas C. Scull, M.S.S. ’02, received the Emerging Leader Award. Scull earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Interculturally sensitive practice has been a core aspect of Scull’s clinical work and of his research on cross-cultural relations in Guatemala and in the Middle East. Scull currently resides in Kuwait and has been developing the infrastructure of the Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute’s department of psychology.
Reaching Out to Other Cultures
As part of the Reunion 2011 festivities, GSSWSR hosted a panel to focus on social work practices in different cultures. Anne Bradley, M.S.S. ’02, has been helping to rebuild infrastructures in Haiti. Susan Wright, M.S.S. ’02, recently completed a five-year assignment as regional liaison for a Presbyterian church in southern Africa. Rosa Quintana, M.S.S./M.L.S.P. ’10, is a community organizer working with the Hispanic communities in Norristown and Chester County. The panel was moderated by Ludy Soderman, former director of the Multilingual Family Support Office for the School District of Philadelphia. Pictured above, from left: Anne Bradley, M.S.S. ’02; Susan Wright, M.S.S. ’02; Rosa Quintana, M.S.S./M.L.S.P. ’10; Ludy Soderman.