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  • Avila Ranked Top 5 in Missouri Social Work Programs

    November 1, 2019

    (November 1, 2019) KANSAS CITY, MO – Zippia, a leader in career data gathering, has ranked Avila University as one of the top 5 social work programs in the state of Missouri.

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  • Social work student elected to board of national organization

    September 22, 2012

    Samantha Smith

    Kansas City, MO – One of Avila University’s senior social work students was elected to a prominent state position of a national organization, providing excellent recognition for both herself and the University. Samantha Smith was elected by statewide social work peers to serve on the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Missouri chapter. The chapter serves about 2,200 members in five regions across the state.

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  • Social work students assemble hygiene packs for crisis intervention course

    March 28, 2012

    lindsy samborski with care packages

    Lindsy Samborski, social work student at Avila, helps organize care packages put together by students in a recent Crisis Intervention: The Community course, taught by Lindee Petersen Wilson, LSCSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Avila. Fifteen students in the course assembled over 150 individual care packages to donate to Heart to Heart International.  Care packages include a hand towel, wash cloth, soap, shampoo, toothbrush and paste, and other toiletry items.  In some disaster situations this relief item may be the only possession a person has after a crisis. The care packages are distributed by the Heart to Heart International organization and because of recent events, the agency was running short.  Students negotiated with the instructor to complete the service project in lieu of a research paper.  See more about this inspiring service project.

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  • Students learn how rest of the world celebrates Thanksgiving

    November 15, 2010

    A group of students, faculty, staff and family members received an up close and personal look at how much of the world eats recently when the Avila Student Social Work Association (SSWA) sponsored a special dining experience Nov. 15, 2010, in the Marian Center dining hall.

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  • Dorothy Gallagher Award '09

    April 30, 2009

    Jennifer Spiegel '09
    Avila social work student Jennifer Spiegel received Avila’s Dorothy Gallagher Award and the Volunteer of the Year award from Rose Brooks, a domestic violence agency in Kansas City.

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  • Founder of Hopes Hart

    April 29, 2009

    Heather Williams '05, Social Work
    Founder of Hopes Heart 

    Hope's Heart Orphan Foundation is dedicated to aiding in the well being of orphans by contributing to programs that help meet their daily needs and enrich their lives.

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