Stories From 2012
Ramping Up Suicide Prevention at NC State
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Social Work researchers Willa Casstevens and Jodi Hall have received a federal campus suicide prevention grant that they hope will help change campus culture around suicide, and ultimately, change the statistics, too.
Hard Work in High School Pays Off for Dean’s Scholar Award Winners
CHASS awarded its first Dean’s Scholar Awards to four incoming freshmen who were high school standouts. "We wanted to encourage the best and brightest to make NC State and CHASS their first choice,” said Dean Jeff Braden. “After meeting with our first crop of Dean's Scholars, I’m convinced we’re on the right path. These students will make us proud." The scholarships are made possible through contributions to the CHASS Enhancement Fund.
September 2012 CHASS Student of the Month: Caitlyn Duran
Caitlyn Duran is a senior in Social Work who is an active volunteer in the Raleigh community and has a passion for music and theatre. After graduation, she plans to earn an MSW and become a counselor for sex trafficking victims.
CHASS Welcomes New Tenure-Track Faculty
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes 18 new tenure-track faculty to its ranks. Their research interests range from forensic psychology to the religions of East Asia. Meet these stellar scholars, researchers, and teachers.
Dealing with Trauma and its Aftermath
At a time when many families are adjusting to soldiers returning from combat, significant job layoffs, foreclosures on home mortgages, high rates of crime, and interpersonal violence, there is an increased demand for social workers. NC State’s Department of Social Work has increased enrollment in its undergraduate and graduate programs to meet that demand. We are preparing the next generation of practitioners to help people deal with the aftermath of trauma.
Giving Voice to Children and Families
Joan Pennell serves as lead guest editor for a special issue of Child Welfare, the country’s leading journal on the topic. The issue, “Taking Child and Family Rights Seriously” highlights family engagement in child welfare, and Pennell is an expert in the topic. Pennell, an NC State professor of social work, directs the Center for Family and Community Engagement.