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CHASS Student of the Month

Posted on October 24, 2014 10:23 am by Casey Mackey


The Department of Social Work recognizes Kim Thanh Vu for being awarded the CHASS Student of the Month for the month of October. Kim, a senior in the BSW program from Charlotte, has been recognized for her involvement in the community as well as her  performance in the classroom.  Upon receiving this prestigious honor, Kim encouraged incoming students be themselves and to try everything without hesitation. After graduation, Kim plans to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. For the full article click here.


NC State Social Work Students Inspire Peers in Recovery

Posted on October 20, 2014 11:46 am by Teyara Hudson

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Social work student Scott Luetgenau co-founded the Collegiate Recovery Community at NC State.

Social work students Scott Luetgenau and Chris Campau have co-founded the Collegiate Recovery Community for students recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, people with eating disorders and those who suffer from self-harm issues.

The Collegiate Recovery Community offers “All Paths to Recovery” meetings every Tuesday evening from 5–6 p.m. in room 126 in the 1911 building. Luetgenau and Campau explained that there are no rigid standards. They are not working a program, but just hanging out and sharing experiences.

“We lean on each other when things get a little bit stressful,” Luetgenau said. 

Read the feature story in Technician.


MSW Student Wins CSWE Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship

Posted on October 20, 2014 9:49 am by Teyara Hudson


Miea Walker is currently a second-year MSW student. Her recent experience includes a field placement at Triangle Family Services, as an intake coordinator with the homeless population in the areas of housing and financial assistance and previously at Converting Hearts Ministries, providing clinical counseling to family members of individuals struggling with addiction. The $500 scholarship is awarded, through a national competition, to students who have demonstrated a commitment to social work for equity and social justice.

Congratulations Miea!

October Student of the Month

Posted on October 20, 2014 7:22 am by dlleeder

student Kim VuMeet Kim Thanh Vu, CHASS Student of the Month

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Class:  Senior

Major: Social Work

Minor: Biological Sciences

Sample Courses:

  • Social Work and Aging
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology


  • Founder and President, NC State Crafts for a Cause
  • Secretary, National Alliance on Mental Illness at NC State
  • Member, Baccalaureate Student Social Work Association
  • Member, Korean Conversation Club
  • Member, Pre-Health Club
  • Volunteer, NC State International Cultural Leadership Project
  • Resident Mentor for sophomores and transfer students, 2013-14
  • Alternative Spring Break, El Remate, Guatemala, Spring 2014
  • Volunteer, Outpatient Rehabilitation at Rex Hospital
  • Volunteer Program Intern, Alexander Family YMCA (Raleigh, NC), Spring 2013

Honors:   National Residence Hall Honorary, 2013-14

Postgraduate Plans:   Occupational Therapy

Why did you select CHASS?

I knew I wanted to change the world, but I was not sure how to go about it.  CHASS seemed like a good fit.  As I look back, I see I was correct. Every CHASS professor has taught me to look at the bigger picture and reflect on how I can serve people on a global and local level. There are also nonstop opportunities publicized here.  I always feel like there is something to be a part of.

What were some of your favorite CHASS courses?

Multicultural Social Work gave me a larger view of the world, and I saw how I and others interrelate within that world.  Great Works of Western Literature was very interesting, in that it taught life lessons by showing how fictional characters deal with their circumstances.  In addition to wonderful courses, I have had terrific advisors.  Linda Williams and Kathy Osborne in the Social Work Department were extremely welcoming, and I felt I could talk with them about anything. I had switched to Business Administration my sophomore year, but these advisors helped me to see that Social Work is, in fact, what I am really passionate about, and I returned to the major.

What has been your greatest challenge at NC State?

The biggest challenge has been figuring out exactly what I want to do. I knew what I didn’t like, but didn’t know how to translate what I did like into a career and use it to set goals.

What advice would you give incoming students?

Try everything without hesitation!

Tony Hale's Chicken Tale

Posted on October 16, 2014 7:06 am by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Tony Hale (right) with Archibald. Photo courtesy of Boxing Clever Publishing.

Tony Hale (right) with Archibald. Photo courtesy of Boxing Clever Publishing.

You may know Emmy-award winning actor Tony Hale as Buster Bluth on Arrested Development, or as Gary Walsh, the Veep's personal aide. Less well known but equally important title roles include Children's Book Author, and Brother. Hale is the brother of Kim Andreaus, the field placement supervisor for the NC State Department of Social Work's MSW program.

It is in the dual roles as author and brother that Tony Hale will visit NC State on Saturday, November 8.  During an event at 7:00 pm in the Hunt Library auditorium, Hale will read from his new children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, and draw parallels between the book, his acting career, and the field of social work.

"I invited Tony to come because of the connections we saw between his work and mine," Andreaus says. "As an actor, my brother is always looking for the next big thing. Now he's written a book -- a pretty funny book about a partially bald chicken -- where he’s helping children think about their lives as great adventures.

"That’s what we do as social workers, too. We teach our students -- and they in turn teach their clients -- about self worth, self determination, and self care. We train students to help people be present and mindful in what they do, and to be true to themselves. These concepts are huge components of our training and practice.”

Andreaus says her brother was more than willing to come share his perspectives with aspiring social workers, other NC State students, and others in the community. "My brother is not exactly shy," she laughs. "Give him a stage and a microphone, and he's a happy guy." Hale is waiving any speaker fees and hopes his visit will garner support for the Department of Social Work.

Hale drew from his own experiences to write the children’s book. “The thoughts of an actor aren’t very different from Archibald’s,” he says. “I always find myself looking ahead to the next big role, the next big opportunity, obsessed with the question, ‘What’s next?’ Embracing and enjoying the present is a message I want both my daughter and myself to remember every single day.”

The event is co-sponsored by NC State’s Department of Social Work and Quail Ridge Books & Music.

Tony Hale will speak in the Hunt Library auditorium, Centennial Campus, NC State University, on Saturday, November 8, 7:00-8:30 pm; a VIP reception runs from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Order tickets  to attend the event and the reception. Cost: $5.00 students; $10.00 general public; $30.00 reception. First 100 tickets free to NC State students. Proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the NC State Social Work Enhancement Fund, held by the NC State Foundation, Inc.

Books are available for pre-sale on the ticketing website and will be available for sale at the event