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UW-RF Presents Social Work Awards
By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

Two students and a field supervisor were recognized by the UW-River Falls social work department for their outstanding work in 2002.

Lisa Leahy, director of social services at the St. Croix Health Center in New Richmond, received the Distinguished Social Work Field Service Award 2002. A field supervisor assists students in an agency setting and teaches them to put the theory, techniques, and information they have learned in classes into actual practice with clients. Leahy has worked in the field for over 20 years.

UW-RF Associate Professor Ruth Kalms said of the award, "Lisa Leahy has been a classic role model for our students and has provided them with the background and skill development they have needed to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. She is a professional who both talks about the code of ethics and then practices that code with the people she serves. We are proud to present the award to such a deserving individual."

Two students shared the Outstanding Social Work Student award this year.

Angela Cornell, a graduating senior from Gilman, majoring in social work, was the first recipient. Kalms said, "Angela Cornell has been outstanding in both academics and in her ability to put the theory of social work into her field practices at the Guild in St. Paul."

The second recipient was Shauna Lambert, a graduating senior from Minneapolis, Minn., majoring in social work. Kalms said, "Shauna Lambert was outstanding in her work in the student social work association, her work in the classroom, and in her work within her field placement at Ramsey County Corrections."


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