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Social Work 40th Anniversary Celebration: Fall Fest Symposium

Social Work 40th Anniversary Celebration: Fall Fest Symposium

Bethel’s acclaimed Social Work Department has been producing qualified graduates for 40 years. The first class that earned degrees in social work graduated in 1974. The department will celebrate with a symposium the Friday afternoon of Fall Fest weekend. All alumni, community social workers and others interested in the program are invited.

Registration for events Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, and t-shirt orders requested by Friday, Oct. 3. Additional events open to alumni and friends. To register and order t-shirts, contact Tricia Lopez at 316-284-5255 or Registration with three and a half hours of continuing education credit is available for $30 (cash or check accepted, no credit cards). Cost for others not desiring CEUs is $10. Receive a t-shirt for a donation of $15 or more. Available in sizes small through 4X.

Watch this page for updates (including additional presenters, facilitators and event locations based on registration numbers).

Event Schedule

Friday, October 17
12:00 p.m. Check-in for symposium Fellowship Hall (basement)
Bethel College Mennonite Church
1:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions
Dr. Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, LMSW, PhD (1974)
Introduction of speaker:
Jennifer Rose, LMSW (2011)
Opening Plenary Session: Development and Theoretical Influences on a Lifetime of Social Work Practice
Orlyn Zehr, LSCSW, ACSW, Diplomat Status
Fellowship Hall (basement)
Bethel College Mennonite Church
2:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1: Extending Hands Through Direct Practice
Dr. Larry Friesen, LSCSW, DSW
  • Annaken Mendoza-Toews, LMSW (2000) — Work with unaccompanied minor immigrants and human trafficking
  • Jean-Yves Komayombi, BSW (2012) — Work with refugees fleeing violence
  • Jennifer Reid, LSCSW (1989) — Work with sexual abuse survivors
Room 208
Will Academic Center
2:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2: Extending Hands Through Community Work and Advocacy
Wendy Funk Schrag, LMSW, ACSW (1986)
  • Je T’aime Taylor, BSW (2008) — Community development through Freedom Schools and MCC
  • Amelia Brandt, MSW, MPH (2006) — Development and management of international health care services
  • Anne Miller, BSW, MA (1987) — Community development in the wake of Colorado flooding and in Chicago
Room 203
Will Academic Center
3:30 p.m. Break
Connect with old friends and make new ones
Mabee Atrium
Will Academic Center
4:00p.m. Closing plenary session: Extending Hands Through Innovative Practice
Nadine Reimer Penner, LSCSW, CT, ACHP-SW (1976)
  • Dr. George Waddles, MSW, DDiv, Pastor at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago (1974) — Using social work in pastoral ministry, leadership, and education
  • Rita Voth, LSCSW (1985) — Social worker as entrepreneur: Providing home for elders
Fellowship Hall (basement)
Bethel College Mennonite Church
5:30–7:00 p.m. Putting the Social in Social Work: Gathering for Alums and Friends
An off-campus gathering for those who attended the symposium, plus other alumni and friends. Refreshments available with cash bar. Registration in advance not required.

Conrad Snider’s Art Studio
310 W. 4th St, Newton

Saturday, October 18
10–11:30 a.m. Coffee/reunion for Social Work and Friends
Come find out about classmates and friends, eat cookies baked by the Student Social Work Organization, join a student social action activity.
Mantz Library
1:30–2:30 p.m. Social Work offices and labs open
See the department’s offices, classrooms and labs, located in the new Will Academic Center, which opened in Fall 2012. Look for hosts on the top floor (Northeast corner) and bottom floor (just South of the steps) in the original part of the building.
Will Academic Center