SocialWork@Simmons Holds Its First Student Awards Ceremony

SocialWork@Simmons hosted its first online student awards ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Five awards were presented to students in the online Master of Social Work program for excellence in academics, practice in their field placement, and service to the Simmons online community.

The Shirley Saks Greenberg Award

This award’s namesake, Shirley Saks Greenberg, earned her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work in 1956. Mrs. Greenberg had a gift for combining theoretical perspectives with clinical practice. She had a particular interest in the area of psychodynamic psychotherapy and clinical casework. After her death in 1982, her family established this award in her honor. The award recognizes a student who has been in the program for two to three terms who shows promise in integrating theory with practice — especially practice pertaining to psychodynamic theory. In recent years, the scope of the award has been expanded to a broader definition of clinical practice.

Recipient: Brian Prester

"I am honored to have been given the Shirley Saks Greenberg Award. This award reminds me of the privilege I am afforded because of my education, clinical training, and support from loved ones, friends, faculty, and field instructors, without whom I would not have been in a position to be nominated for the award."

The Iris MacRae Award

This award was established in 1980 by students, colleagues, alumni, and friends to honor Iris MacRae, a member of the Simmons faculty who devoted her professional life to teaching and advising students at the school. Her dedication and commitment remain an inspiration to all that knew her. It seems especially appropriate to use the funds given in her honor to recognize achievements by School of Social Work students. In 1983, the faculty decided that this award, consisting of a certificate and an honorarium, should be granted to students in their final two terms.

Recipient: Candice Sepulveda-Monaco

Faculty Leadership Award

This award is given at faculty discretion for exemplary school or community leadership. This may be awarded to an individual or group of students.

Recipient: Student Advisory Board

"It was a great honor to have the Student Advisory Board's work on behalf of the online student body recognized with the Faculty Leadership Award. Student representatives from the various cohorts and geographical areas work together collaboratively to advocate for the needs of, and build community among, online students. We appreciate the support we have received from Dana and the administration in providing a safe and welcoming environment in which to address and resolve issues of concern." — Kim Mathews, vice chair of the Student Advisory Board

The Community Service Award

This award recognizes special service to the Simmons community by a student or group of students. Nominations are made by students, faculty, and staff.

Recipient: Brandon Haney

"Receiving this award is an honor. I am excited to be a part of an online community that recognizes students’ accomplishments and successes. This award is another reminder that this program has surpassed all of my expectations of an online MSW program. Community engagement, a key part of social work, is encouraged by the faculty and a distinguishing feature of the SocialWork@Simmons program."

Written Scholarship in Social Work

This award is given to a student who demonstrates creativity, originality, and outstanding scholarship in a written paper.

Recipient: Sandy Miyamoto

"I'm cherishing the honor of being recognized for my written work and love being part of the Simmons community. Receiving this award inspires me to keep writing and to keep believing in the tremendous power of the written word. I am grateful for the opportunities to grow in my personal and professional contributions thanks to my professors and colleagues at the SocialWork@Simmons program."