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At the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, we love our alumni! Please keep in touch with us by entering your contact information and staying connected through our social media and newsletters. We have both a Facebook page and a Twitter account. If you have any exciting news to share, please send it to Amy Arnold at aarnold@ou.edu.

Alumni Collaboration with University of Oklahoma Faculty

Jeremy Aragon, recent MSW graduate who is currently seeking his PhD, has co-authored a piece that was accepted for publication with Ric Munoz, Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Faculty Member, and Dr. Mark Fox, School of Community Medicine Faculty Member. Keep your eyes out for "Partnering with Homeless Adolescents" in the International Public Health Journal. Congratulations!

2009 Alumna Tiffany Page, OK-CASA Association's 2014 Child Advocate of the Year

 
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Oklahoma CASA Association’s 2014 Child Advocate of the Year award is Tiffany Page, MSW, (OU School of Social Work Class of 2009). Tiffany has worked for several years within the Court Appointed Special Advocate network in Oklahoma and was nominated by her colleagues at Cleveland County CASA in Norman, where she is an Advocate Supervisor. CASA volunteers are trained to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected and are in the child welfare system. CASA volunteers advocate for these children, once appointed to a specific case by a Judge, through independent investigations of the case, written reports & recommendations to the Court, and regular testimony on behalf of the children in a family. As an Advocate Supervisor, Tiffany works closely with CASA volunteers and participates in many different community groups which work to improve the lives of the children served by child welfare systems.

Tiffany will be honored during the Oklahoma CASA Association’s 24th Annual Child Welfare Conference, taking place April 11-12, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman (2501 Conference Dr.) The awards banquet lunch will be held on Saturday, April 12.

The two-day conference event will include amazing, inspiring and informative presenters from across the state and will address a wide variety of topics related to serving children and families involved in child welfare services. Professional CEU’s (9.5 hours) have been approved for social workers by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers.

You can learn more about the full conference and register here You may also choose to purchase only a ticket to the award luncheon ($20), if you wish, by contacting our office at 405-524-8999.

Alumni Ina Javellas is awarded the 2014 CAS Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) presents its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, to up to four graduates of the college.  On February 28, 2014, Alumna Ina Javellas (’56 BA, '58 MA in Social Work), was presented with this award.  We are proud to count her as an alumna!

      

Ina Javellas is known in Oklahoma as a pioneer in social work and mental health services. She has worked effectively with community groups, professional organizations, legislative and political bodies, and voluntary and public agencies to improve the health of the citizens of Oklahoma.

Javellas graduated with a master’s in social work in 1958. Following graduation, she became a staff psychiatric social worker at Central State Memorial Hospital in Norman, Okla. Later, she was assigned to develop social service programs in another state hospital and an institution for the mentally retarded.

In 1965, she joined the state office as administrator of the Community Mental Health Clinic Program. From 1978 to 1980, Javellas served as deputy director for the Community Mental Health Program in the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating state development with federal community mental health mandates and the Oklahoma State Advisory Council for Mental Health Services.

She is a charter member of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Board of Visitors. The college is honored to be able to recognize the contributions of Javellas to the state and citizens of Oklahoma.