As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, we recognized 100 people who have contributed to our amazing history over the years. These individuals have impacted the school, made outstanding contributions to the profession of social work, demonstrated leadership, and/or contributed to their community or field of practice. They wear the title of social worker, alumni, and supporters of the school. 

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  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Ben Brown

    Ben Brown spoke about what a social worker means to him: “Being an effective social worker means helping people overcome obstacles that prevent them from fulfilling the fullest of their potential. Yes, it means rescuing victims, it also means addressing events and circumstances that create victims. It means being involved in affecting policies and decisions that determine people’s lives.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Gwen Allen

    Ms. Gwen Allen holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (’79), Bachelor Degree in Social Work (’79), Master Degree in Social Work (’81), and Master Degree in Public Health with an area of concentration in Health Administration (’89). All of her degrees were earned at the University of Oklahoma, and she holds dual LCSW and LSW-Administration licenses.She began her social work career on the Geriatric Unit at Griffin Memorial Hospital.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Patricia Albaugh

    Patricia Albaugh, Professor Emeritus at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, was the first social worker to teach on campus. Beginning in 1977, her coursework included social work, sociology, and anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences. Additionally, she was the practicum coordinator for social work, gerontology, chemical dependency, and criminal justice.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Sharon Neuwald

    Sharon Neuwald, DrPH, MMHS and BSW has worked extensively in health and human services. She is currently a consultant working in the area of early childhood development, community development, human services, and health. Sharon has worked in several capacities at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as Chief of Staff, Legislative Liaison, and program and reimbursement designer in the agency’s Medicaid Division.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Shawn Partridge

    Shawn Partridge is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as Director of the Nation’s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP). The FVPP is an advocacy program providing a variety of supportive services to Native and non-Native victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. Under Ms.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Sue Lunsford

    Sue Lunsford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1961) and a Master of Social Work Degree (1963) from the University of Oklahoma. When Sue attended OU, the School of Social Work was located in the basement of Gittinger Hall. Dr.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Susie Vaughn Settles

    When notified of her selection into the group of honorees, Susie Vaughan Settles responded, “Oh, my! I wasn’t expecting this, but I am proud to be included in the group! You know when you throw your life into the roller coaster of experiences you will have as a social worker, you never expect this kind of recognition for anything you have done.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Ina Javellas

    Born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Ms. Ina Javellas was raised in the finest traditions of progressive thought and action, preparing her well for the subsequent choice of a profession that demands much of its practitioners emotionally, intellectually, and ethically. On January 26, 2013, Ms.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Jerome Dowd

     Professor Jerome Dowd founded the School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Dowd, a sociologist by training, was a true Renaissance man, and had his hand in the formation of many schools at OU in its early days, including the College of Business Administration; the departments of Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology; and the Schools of Journalism and Social Work. This from a person who did not graduate from college in typical fashion, but obtained a Master of Arts by...  Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Man Keung Ho

    Dr. Man Keung Ho, was a professor of social work from 1970 to 1992. During his 22 years as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, Dr.   Read More...

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    Honoring 100 for the 100th: Vilona Cutler

    Vilona Phillippi Cutler was born in 1890 on a family farm near Harper, Kansas. Knowing about farmer crop problems, she studied bacteriology and chemistry at Kansas State Agricultural College. It was through her YWCA college student membership that she learned about and became a YWCA volunteer to support First World War soldiers and their families.   Read More...

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