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Outstanding Highlights and Indicators of Success 2006-2007

  • Dr. Dorinda Noble and Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs received year five funding of a 5-year, $1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Rural Child Welfare Training." (Dr. David Yarbrough, who co-directed year four funding with Dr. Noble, is no longer with the University).
  • Dr. Dexter Freeman and Dr. Mary Tijerina received year three funding for a 5-year, $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau on preparing first generation college students for careers in child welfare, “First-Generation College Student BSW Project: Transitioning from the Classroom to a Professional Child Welfare Career.” They were recently notified that year four funding has been approved.
  • Drs. Karen Brown and Nancy Chavkin received funding for their Title IV-E child welfare training contract for year 13 and were recently notified that they received funding for year 14.
  • Dr. Karen Knox, Dr. Sally Hill Jones, Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs completed the third year funding for a Curriculum Development Grant of gerontology from the CSWE sponsored Gero-Ed Institute.                                                                                                                        
  • Dr. Karen Knox, Dr. Sally Hill Jones, Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs received the first year funding for a Practicum Partnership Grant from the New York Academy of Medicine. They will work in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin on gerontology internships and curriculum enhancement.  They received funding for year 2 in June.
  • Dr. Karen Brown and Dr. Michelle Toews (Family & Consumer Science) received year one funding of a 5-year $2.4 million dollar grant from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Building Relationships Between Adolescent Parents."  Year two funding has been approved for 2007-2008.
  • In addition, we receive funding for several student research projects. The funding went directly to the students.
    1. A team of students worked with ICF International, Caliber & Associates under the faculty supervision of Dr. Chavkin to complete a caseworker job shadowing and task analysis project from March-April 2006. The students received research training in data collection and entry, and they were paid for their efforts.
    2. A graduate student, under the supervision of Dr. Chavkin, completed an evaluation of a caregiving cd as part of a subcontract with Boston College’s TIP grant on gerontology.
    3. Dr. Kathy Selber’s Administrative Leadership Field Students presented their research at the College of Health Professions Research Forum.