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I am proud of Bethel for having a clear and active commitment to bettering itself and its students.
Austin McCabe-Juhnke ’11

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, suggested by Friday, Oct. 3. Additional events open to alumni and friends. For information or to register, contact Tricia Lopez at 316-284-5255 or swdept@bethelks.edu. Registration with three hours of continuing education credit is available for $30. Cost for others not desiring CEUs is $10.

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

Friday, October 17
12–12:45 p.m. Check-in for symposium Location TBA
1–2 p.m. Welcome and introductions
Development and Theoretical Influences on a Lifetime of Social Work Practice by Orlyn Zehr, LSCSW, Newton
Location TBA
2–3 p.m. Choose an alumni panel session
  1. Working Across Differences
  2. Working with Trauma
  3. Working for Change through Community Development
Will Academic Center (rooms TBA)
3–3:30 p.m. Break
Connect with old friends and make new ones
Mabee Atrium, Will Academic Center
3:30–4:30 p.m. Panel plenary session:
Innovative practice
Location TBA
5–7 p.m. Putting the social in social work
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.
Location TBA
Saturday, October 18
10–11:30 a.m. Coffee/reunion
Come find out about classmates and friends, eat cookies baked by the Student Social Work Organization, join a student social action activity.
Lounge, 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