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Master of Social Work Alumnus Appointed Director of Clinical Services for HD Reach

Posted on July 28, 2014 3:10 pm by Jennifer Mathurin


Huntington's Disease: a degenerative genetic disorder which affects the brain and muscle coordination and later leads to psychiatric problems such as depression, psychosis and apathy. Named after Dr. George Huntington in 1872, Huntington's Disease (HD) is now recognized as being one of the more common genetic disorders. In fact, more than a quarter of a million  Americans are at risk of being affected by HD if one parent is affected by the disease. Currently there is no treatment for HD or known ways of stopping the disease from getting worse. However, nonprofit organizations such as HD Reach dedicate their time to assist families affected by HD in North Carolina.

HD Reach has named Jared Husketh, a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State's Master of Social Work Program, as its director of clinical services. Husketh also holds dual bachelor's degrees in political science and anthropology from NC State.

"Jared is uniquely qualified to take the HD Reach mission statewide," says Clinical Associate in Psychiatry at Duke University and President of HD Reach Dr. Mary Edmondson. "In addition to his education and work experiences, he has been a family caregiver for loved ones with progressive motor and cognitive impairment. He is drawn to work with Huntington's families because he understands the day-to-day challenges of living with a progressive neurologic disease. With Jared at the helm, we can now bring hope and help to the HD community from the mountains to the coast."

Congratulations, Jared, and thank you for your work to help families affected with Huntington's Disease!





Staff Member Personifies Commitment to Serve

Posted on July 14, 2014 12:32 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Claudia Kearney, MSW

Claudia Kearney

Claudia Kearney personifies NC State's commitment to serve. As a staff trainer for the college's Center for Family and Community Engagement, she provides outreach and training to all of North Carolina's 100 counties. When she's not traveling the state, she might be found developing training materials in collaboration with partners such as the NC Division of Social Services and UNC-Chapel Hill Jordan Institute.  She also represents the university and the center at national and international conferences and as a member of the Governor's Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Kearney is among five NC State staff members who have earned recognition for service from the university through the Awards for Excellence program. The winners were chosen from among 45 nominees from colleges and units across the NC State campus and will be considered for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the fall.

"Claudia's outstanding training is helping service providers across North Carolina partner in new ways with the families they serve -- and in ways that keep the well-being of children at the very center of all they do," says Kara Allen-Eckard, CFFACE training coordinator. "She is not afraid to ask tough questions, to roll up her sleeves to work hard, and to speak up on behalf of families, children, and youth in everything she does. Whether she's developing curricula, providing training, or collaborating with community partners, Claudia stays focused on meeting the needs of North Carolina's families, children, and youth.”

CFFACE is a public service and research center at NC State that fosters collaborations between families, their communities, and the academic resources of the university.  In addition to providing training and technical assistance to its community partners, the center works with interdisciplinary partners on the local, national, and global levels to improve family and community health and well-being.



NC State's MSW Program Ranked 16th in Affordability

Posted on July 1, 2014 1:54 pm by Elizabeth Patrick

Students chat between classes on the Court of North Carolina.An article in the online resource Social Work Degree Guide lists NC State University as number 16 among the most affordable MSW programs in the United States. The ranking comes from a combination of the top 100 social work degree programs in the US News and World Report and the top schools on the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator. Currently, the average tuition for the top 100 graduate schools degree in social work in the United States is $15,416. NC State is listed as having a tuition of $7,173, which falls well below the national average.

A quote from the Guide website follows: "As the 101st best college, 47th top public school, and 8th best up-and-coming school in the nation, North Carolina State University is an internationally renowned institution for its innovative research and great value.  Recently celebrating its 40th anniversary of being accredited by the respected Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the two-year full-time MSW degree program equips students with the skills needed for advanced generalist social work practice with sensitivity to social, economic, cultural, and demographic contexts" (SWDG, 2014).

NC State University Suicide Prevention Program

Posted on June 25, 2014 11:28 am by Elizabeth Patrick

Dr. Casstevens and Dr. Hall in the CHASS Department of Social Work collaborate with the University Counseling Center, Health Promotion, and GLBT Center, on the NC State University Suicide Prevention Program. The program’s overall goal is a university culture and climate encouraging outreach and help-seeking behaviors, and discouraging prejudice and stigma, in order to achieve a long-term reduction in completed suicides and suicide attempts.  The three major goals of the program are to: (a) increase campus awareness about the risk of suicide among youth and college students; (b) increase campus knowledge of how and where to refer students for assistance and support; and (c) provide high-risk student groups with both information and training on suicide risk assessment, support and referral.  Drs. Casstevens and Hall obtained Garrett Lee Smith Campus suicide prevention funding from SAMHSA to support suicide prevention on campus.  The photo shows Dr. Casstevens showcasing NC State University suicide prevention work at the 2014 Annual Garrett Lee Smith Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC.

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CHASS Students Earn International Scholarships, Fellowships

Posted on May 16, 2014 7:33 am by Lauren Kirkpatrick

A number of CHASS students earned prestigious international scholarships and fellowships this year.

More than 10,000 students applied for Fulbright scholarships this year. Among the four Fulbrights awarded to NC State students -- a record for the university -- two are CHASS majors: Kathleen Griffin earned an English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea. She is a 2011 graduate who majored in International Studies. She was a Park Scholar who was involved with the University Scholars Program. Jason Syphrett (International Studies, Business Administration, University Scholars Program) earned an English Teaching Assistantship to Bulgaria. Erin Adamson, who is earning a master's degree in linguistics, is an alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship to Ecuador.

Boren Fellows Evan Gearino and Tara Di Cassio

Boren Fellows Evan Gearino and Tara Di Cassio

Boren Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. This year, only 165 awards were offered from a pool of 868 applicants.

Evan Gearino (International Studies and Economics) earned an undergraduate scholarship. He will study Arabic in Jordan. Tara Di Cassio (International Studies) earned a graduate fellowship to study Arabic in Jordan. Both students expressed their gratitude to Arabic section coordinator and lecturer Jodi Khater for her dedication to teaching, her advice and counsel. They say she was instrumental in the application process, spent years cultivating their skills in Arabic, facilitated their study abroad in Jordan, and worked with each of them at length on their Boren applications. Andriy Shymonyak (History, Political Science, Park Scholar, University Honors Program) is an alternate Boren recipient. He hopes to study Russian in Russia.

Nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are designed to enable undergraduates who receive Pell grants to study abroad. Six of the nine students who received summer scholarships are CHASS majors: Gibea Besana (International Studies) will study in Brazil; Ayana Mclemore (International Studies and Business Administration) will study in China; Social Work majors Geatha Pettress and Araca Wadsworth will study in Guatemala; Luisa Rodriguez (International Studies) will travel to Peru; and Viana Romero (Spanish Languages and Literatures) will study in Spain.

Jim Turner

Jim Turner

Three NC State students earned the Goldwater Scholarship for their outstanding research efforts, including Jim Turner, a double major in Spanish Languages and Literatures and Mechanical Engineering. Read about Turner's research in the NC State Bulletin.

Both Fulbright winners, two of the Boren awardees, and one of the Gilman recipients are International Studies majors, a point of pride among faculty, staff and students in that interdisciplinary area of study. "For some years now, we have watched our very ambitious students do amazing things," says outgoing International Studies Program Director Nora Haenn. "Our program was only established in 2006. In that short time, we have produced four Fulbright winners. Our students are also regular interns at Cisco, at the State Department, and elsewhere. They regularly go on to the Peace Corps, Americorps, consulting agencies, and to prestigious graduate programs. We have fantastic students and a dedicated teaching faculty."

Congratulations to all those who are pursuing their passion and their education through international study. For the full list of NC State students who earned international scholarships and fellowships, read "Big Haul of Global Scholarships" in the NC State Bulletin.