School Well-Represented at NASW-MN Annual Conference

June 3, 2016
2016 NASW-MN Award Recipients

Congratulations to our NASW-MN 2016 award recipients, chosen from nominees from across the state and whose contributions were detailed by NASW-MN as follows:

Amy Tudor - NASW-MN BSW Student of the Year 2016BSW Student of the Year, Amy Tudor:

Amy is a star at the School of Social Work because of her academic accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, and advocacy. Amy returned after two decades of raising children and earned a 4.0 GPA, demonstrating critical thinking, creativity, and passion in her work.  Amy engaged her community in SW Day at the Capitol to a degree rarely seen in the BSW program. She identified low-income housing issues in her community, met with residents and brought these stories back to her legislator.  She worked with her field agency to continue engaging the community on these issues. Amy also put together a successful community conversation about "What it is like to be a Muslim in Minnesota" in her rural, white, conservative community. Amy's "can do" attitude and commitment to address discrimination and inequality is evidenced in the classroom, field placement, and her work in the community at large.

Wendy Lorenz-Walraven, NASW-MN MSW Student of the Year 2016MSW Student of the Year, Wendy Lorenz-Walraven:

Wendy has distinguished herself with her excellence in academic scholarship in the St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW program, her volunteer leadership, and her growing professionalism as a social worker.  She sought leadership opportunities with the St. Kate's - St. Thomas Student Justice Initiative, partnering with Restore the Vote efforts.  She joined the NASW Board of Directors as a MSW student representative. In her clinical placement with the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center, Wendy served clients with an awareness of bringing all voices to the table. Her professors have been impressed with Wendy's strong self-awareness and clear commitment to ethical standards, social justice and advocacy, which shines through in all her endeavors. Wendy demonstrates extraordinary professionalism and depth as a social worker, a client advocate, and community member.

George Baboila, recipient of NASW-MN Chapter Service Award 2016George Baboila, recipient of the Chapter Service Award :

George is a gift to NASW-MN that keeps on giving. George has been an energetic and dedicated leader in many capacities over many years. He served numerous terms on the NASW Board of Directors and was President from 2010-2012. As President, he led the Board through an important strategic planning process, resulting in a new Communications Committee, which George chaired. This committee expanded Facebook and Twitter presence and improved communications for the chapter. George has also served faithfully on the MN Coalition of Licensed Social Workers and provided consistent leadership on supervision revisions for all levels of licensure. He was the creative force in 2011 in developing the Supervision Webpage on our website and currently is working on its revision. George also serves on the Licensure Exam Review Committee and teaches license review classes. NASW has benefited from George's ten years as full-time faculty of the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work and his many years supervising students at the Interprofessional Center (IPC). George's infectious enthusiasm invigorates every group in which he works.

Our faculty were also well-represented as presenters and organizers for the June 2-3 NASW-MN Annual Conference, "Navigating the Winds of Change: Transforming Lives in Minnesota."  Thank you and WELL-DONE!

You can also check out pictures of some of our participants in our Facebook album»