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Casey Jones, one of our Master of Social Work graduate students, won First Place in the Multidisciplinary Category for her paper with Elizabeth Pinard and Susan McCarter, at UNC Charlotte’s Graduate Research Fair, which was held February 25, 2012.
Casey's paper was titled “Increasing Access to Successful Independent Living Programs for Transitioning Foster Youth”. Pictured at left is Casey receiving her award. Congratulations Casey!
For more information, please visit the Graduate Research Fair website.
Elizabeth Pinard, a soon-to-be-graduate from our MSW program, recently was awarded the prestigious "Big of the Year" from Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Charlotte. Here is how she describes what happened:
“Representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte came to my internship a couple weeks ago and presented me with the “Big of the Year” award. I didn’t know anything about it… I thought we were having an agency meeting. I was very surprised and honored (and overwhelmed). They read me two letters written by my “little” and my “little’s mother”. The agency representatives told me there are over 1,000 bigs (maybe 1200) in the BBBS Greater Charlotte program. I believe the process requires Match Support Specialists to nominate “bigs” for the award and the board of directors vote on the final recipient of the award. As it turns out, I was the recipient for this year. I am planning to attend a board meeting later this month so the board can meet me and ask me questions about my experiences as a big sister.”
Elizabeth and her “little” have been together for about 7 years. Individuals from the agency have told us that the average match usually lasts about 22 months.
“Big” congratulations to you Elizabeth. We are very proud of you.