Social Work Club @ Salisbury University
Social work students founded the undergraduate
Social Work Club which they use as a forum to discuss and debate issues
affecting the Social Work Program and the community. The Program supports the
activities of the Club by providing a faculty member to serve as Advisor.
Presently, Dr. Peg McGuire serves as the Advisor. New social work majors
are encouraged to attend meetings as part of their orientation to the Program.
The undergraduate Social Work Club began in 1974, the year the Social Work
Program was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The members of the club have been active from the very beginning by
successfully demonstrating on campus for the recognition of a distinct
degree in social work (the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work) instead of the
generally designated Bachelor of Arts.
Mission | Club Officers
The mission of the club is threefold:
- to perform
- to educate the
student body about
- to orient
students in the
major to the
Community activities include volunteer work, in addition to the volunteer
hours required in the Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare.
The celebration of Social Work Month each year is designed to draw general
attention to the importance of social work. Activities to orient new
students to the department’s program include “mixers” for juniors and
seniors. Also speakers, such as experienced field supervisors, are
invited to speak to the club.
The club is open to students from SU and UMES. Dates and times of
meetings are posted on the Club’s bulletin board in the main corridor of
Caruthers Hall. Minutes of club meetings are also posted there.
The election of officers is held each Spring. Positions are open to
any interested social work student. One member of the faculty acts as
advisor to the club and helps with coordination. Fundraising for the
club is shared by all the members.
Students find the club a good way to network, to gain useful information, to
learn organizational and leadership skills and a way to relax and have fun.
Be sure to try it. There is a niche for everyone!
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CLUB OFFICERS for 2009-2010 Academic Year:
Advisor: Dr. Peg Proudfoot McGuire
President: Misha Thomas/Cecil
Site- President: Patricia Williams
Vice-President:Becky Weeks/CS: Vice-President: Shannon Harvey
Secretary: Tisheika Warner/CS: Secretary: Jennifer Dickenson-Sofia
Treasurer: Breanne Swedler/CS: Tresurer: Ashley Farr
The Club officers and their roles are as follows:
leadership to other
and organizes committees and
the calendar of special
events for the year.
Represents club at SGA
functions and Social Work
Responsible for work orders
and other paperwork as
required by the University.
Should have good delegation
and negotiation skills.
Special project is the
Senior Ceremony. Can
be a senior, junior or
b. Assists President as needed and
attends functions as his/her designee when
necessary. In charge of P.R. and new
member recruitment. Maintains club
bulletin board. Special responsibilities
include the Junior/Senior Mixer and the Club
Picnic. Should be a junior or sophomore.
c. Consults with
President on budget and
updates budget monthly.
Informs the membership of
income and expenses.
Coordinates fundraisers for
expenses and helps
committees set budgets for
receipts and keeps records
as required by the SGA.
Should be good with numbers
and have excellent
Can be a senior, junior or
d. Responsible for
correspondence to guest
speakers, faculty, other
campus organizations or
community agencies as
needed. Takes minutes
at all meetings and
distributes them to faculty
and the club bulletin boards
at SU and UMES. Can be
a freshman, sophomore,
junior or senior.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Students are encouraged to participate
and run for office. Questions frequently asked about the Club are:
Why run for a club office?
It is a great learning experience! Learn teamwork and organizational skills,
which will help you in your career. You will also learn a lot about
other activities and people on campus. Of course, it always looks good
on your resume or graduate school application.
Who should run?
Students from both SU and UMES are eligible. Candidates must be
willing to commit their time and energy for a full year. They must
attend regular club meetings and be available when officer meetings or
meetings with the club advisor are held. Officers are expected to
attend special events and work with committees to plan special projects.
Both upper and lower classmen in the major can run for an office if they
meet the description for the position. Those interested can nominate
themselves or can be nominated by others. Nominations and elections
will be held in the spring semester.
How can I participate in the Club if I am not an officer?
Anyone can join the club by attending club meetings, which are posted on the
bulletin board. There are no dues. Help is always needed with
bake sales, clothing or canned food drives, etc. Perhaps you have an
interest in a special activity and would like to participate in a committee
for that project. Meet other people in the major and learn about the
social work program and the profession in general!
What if I want to be in the club but cannot come to the scheduled meetings?
Simple. Keep an eye on the social work club bulletin board for
information on helping at functions, volunteering in the community, and
attending scheduled fun events. You can participate by doing this
other than attending the meetings.
Involvement in the undergraduate Social Work Club is an excellent way to get
involved, meet fellow students, do volunteer work, and make the most out of
your education at SU! A club is only what its members make of it!
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