April 23, 2014
Nineteen senior social work students displayed posters and gave 8-10-minute presentations on their capstone projects during the Senior Social Work Colloquium the morning of April 22 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.
Students addressed a wide range of social issues, including hot topics such as the Affordable Care Act and McKinney-Vento Act (involving school transportation). Additional topics included food pantry access enhancement for food insecure families, transportation for people with disabilities, the effectiveness of group counseling for students who have experienced trauma and restoring hope through childhood aspirations. Each student gave an eight-minute presentation followed by a couple minutes of questions and answers.
Following the presentations, the students and others in attendance were treated to lunch and heard a few words from guest speaker and evaluator Jacqueline Counts, Ph.D., MSW, director of the Center for Public Partnerships and Research: University of Kansas Achievement & Assessment Institute.
The day concluded with the presentation of awards. Shawna Super was awarded Best Poster for her presentation of a pilot support group for non-offending caregivers. Blakely Adams was named Field Instructor of the Year. And, the Field Agency Award went to the Kansas City Rescue Mission Women’s Center.
About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.