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Joy Bartscher, BSW, JD Appointed Judge of Second Judical District Court

Joy D. Bartscher has been appointed to the Second Judicial District Court bench, filling the Ramsey County seat vacated by Judge Dale Lindman upon his retirement this year.
Bartscher, 52, of St. Paul, works as an associate attorney at Rogosheske, Sieben & Atkins, P.L.C., in South St. Paul on criminal defense, personal injury, family law and other areas.
She has been recognized for her pro bono services; she was named one of the 100 William Mitchell College of Law "alumni who have made a difference." She served previously as executive director of the Neighborhood Justice Center, which offers criminal defense services for low-income clients.
Bartscher studied social work and Spanish at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, and used her bilingual skills as an interpreter with the U.S. Department of Justice.
One of eight attorneys to run for judge in 2008, Bartscher did not move beyond the primary. Gail Chang Bohr won the seat.
Gov. Mark Dayton's office announced Bartscher's appointment Monday, Oct. 1.

CSWE Election

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) announced on Tuesday, May 15th that Dr. Barbara W. Shank, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University was elected to the CSWE Board of Directors as the Chair-Elect for a one year term from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 and then will serve as Chair of the Board of Directors from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.  CSWE is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as 500 undergraduate and 232 graduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.


SCU/UST School of Social Work Nationally Ranked

'Nationally Ranked, Practice Focused and Community Engaged'

In March, 2012, U.S. News and World Report announced their national ranking of the Top or Best Schools of Social Work.  St. Catherine University -  University of St. Thomas, School of Social Work achieved nationally ranking tied for 52nd out of 210 schools of social work in this country.  This put us in the top 25% of all schools of social work nationally.  In reviewing the list of nationally ranked schools, we are one of two schools that does not offer a doctoral degree (DSW or PhD) in social work and one of five schools not classified as a 'Research #1 University, high or very high research activity  This is an awesome achievement of which we are very proud.


Elizabeth Kampf, MSW graduate and Interprofessional Center's first Social Work grad assistant is now a Social Worker at St. Paul Children’s Hospital and is currently deployed to New Jersey with the Red Cross for disaster relief.
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