MacMurray celebrates 100 years of social work
October 5, 2012
The MacMurray College Social Work Program is celebrating its 100th anniversary of social work education and 20 years as an accredited program this month with a number of events in the coming weeks.
To kick off the festivities, Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard will be signing a proclamation recognizing the program at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct.12 , in the Social Work conference room in MacMurray Hall. Faculty, students and alumni will be in attendance. MacMurray Hall is on the northwest corner of State and Clay streets on campus.
Additional activities include the release of a new scholarly paper, “MacMurray College and Social Work: A Century of Social Work Education,” which will be available for purchase. The program will also release of a photo-story video of archived pictures available on YouTube, will have a gathering of alumni during MacMurray’s Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 19-21), and will have a float in the Homecoming Parade.
“The anniversary comes at a time when there is growing enrollment, active research, and robust community-based activities,” says Dr. Joe Squillace, the director of the MacMurray Social Work Program. “We celebrate both the strong history of the program and future opportunities for unique initiatives that will increase the effectiveness of the program and position MacMurray as a leader among its peers in teaching, research, and service in the Methodist tradition.”
In 1992, the Council on Social Work Education first accredited the MacMurray College Social Work Program. The College offered its first social work class in 1912, initially as part of its history curriculum, but soon afterwards became part of sociology.
Since then, the field of social work has expanded to such widespread areas as public health, gerontology, elderly services, nonprofit management, community organizing, advocacy and social entrepreneurship.