Highlights, News, and Events

Thinking about majoring in Social Work? Join the Social Work Orientation Meetings
Friday, October 17 from 2-3 pm
Tuesday, November 4 from 3-4:30 pm
Thursday, December 4 from 3:30-4:30 pm
RSVP to Dr. Fisher at eafish@ship.edu. RSVP recommended, but not required.

MSW Info Session

Monday, September 29
6 p.m.
CUB 119

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    Contact Information

    Department of Social Work & Gerontology
    Shippensburg University
    382 Shippen Hall
    1871 Old Main Drive
    Shippensburg, PA 17257
    (717) 477-1717


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    Events and Resources

    Shippen Hall 

    In addition to the educational program offered, the Social Work Department has a variety of groups, activities, and resources which enhance the quality of life in the Department for students and faculty alike. The following describes the major events and groups. However, other special activities are likely to develop throughout the semester.

    Department Resource Room (384B Shippen Hall)

    The Resource Room serves as a quiet study room and meeting place for Social Work students. In this room, students will find the Department Social Work journals, NASW membership materials, information about the graduate program, and resources related to internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities.  The Resource Room provides a quiet meeting and/or study space for Social Work students who want to develop relationships with their peers and faculty. 


    Student Social Work Organization (SWO)

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    SWO provides students with an opportunity to broaden their understanding and awareness of the Social Work profession while offering opportunities to participate in community service. Community service experiences include volunteering at Kings Kettle in Shippensburg, participating in all inclusive basketball games, after school programs for the Migrant Education Program, bullying workshops with school children, and Relay for Life. SWO also participates in cultural events such as the annual Ship World Party where several different cultures are represented in the form of food, dancing, and workshops, and Freedom Week which raises awareness of human trafficking and modern day slavery issues.

    SWO can do many things. It can:

    • be used to carry program development concerns and issues from the Social Work student body to the faculty.
    • be used as a means for social functions or get togethers.
    • help students become familiar with one another, the program, and sharing information about course selection.
    • be especially helpful to the new Social Work student by orienting them to the "culture" of the Department.

    SWO is your organization. All Social Work majors are automatically members of SWO. A faculty member serves as consultant to SWO to assist the organization in accessing resources and implementing activities. By being an active member of SWO, it means having a say in your educational process and can make your involvement with the Social Work program a more enjoyable and personal experience.

    The current president is Kathleen Prest, kp6581@ship.edu  

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    All Department Meeting                                        

    During the first several weeks of the Fall semester a full Department meeting is held where all Social Work students and faculty are required to attend. The purpose of the meeting is for new students to meet faculty and for returning students to become reacquainted and department goals for the year are discussed. The time of the meeting is announced at the beginning of the semester.


    Senior Presentations


    At the end of each semester, Social Work students who have completed their field work practicum, present an oral summary of their field and academic experiences. All Social Work students are encouraged to attend this celebratory event as the presentations offer an opportunity to learn more about internship opportunities. During the event, the Robert L. Hewitt Vision for Excellence in Social Work Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior who demonstrates professional commitment, leadership ability, and financial need. This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Robert L. Hewitt who retired in 2008 after 21 years of teaching in the Department of Social Work and Gerontology.  

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    Phi Alpha

    Phi Alpha is the National Social Work Honor Society with Alpha Lambda being the Shippensburg Chapter. This society provides students with an opportunity for professional growth and development of leadership skills. Each semester the group carries out a community service project and a fund raiser. Members are given the opportunity to attend faculty meetings and the organization maintains a relationship with the Social Work Alumni Association. Qualifications for membership are 12 semester hours in social work or admission into the professional standing level of the major. A GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in Social Work must be maintained. (These qualifications are pending approval by the National Office of Phi Alpha.) 

    Special Events

    The Social Work Department, Phi Alpha, and SWO support and sponsor a range of activities related to the profession and special populations. The activities are designed to increase the students' awareness of Social Work issues and professional trends. Examples of activities include: cultural diversity skits/discussions; field trips to NASW headquarters; attendance at NASW National Conference; guest speakers on AIDS, the state of America's families and children, and other relevant topics; an informational fair on Social Work practice; and celebration of Social Work month in March of each year.