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2018 Social Work Awards Banquet
Left to right: Alex Colvin, PhD; Emarely Rosa-Davila, PhD; Nila Ricks, PhD, LMSW; Linda Marshall, PhD, LMSW; Mark Sandel, LMSW; Ratonia Runnels, PhD, LMSW; Daniel "Boone" Taylor. Not pictured: Michele Bland.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently appointed TWU alumna Davina Hollin and eight others to the Family And Protective Services Council. The council is charged with studying and making recommendations to the commissioner regarding the management and operation of the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Hollin is the manager of crisis programs at Denton County MHMR. She is a volunteer and advocate for foster youth and a member of ACCEPT, a group for youth, foster alumni, and young adults, and she is a former youth care worker at Cumberland Children's Home. Hollin received her Bachelor of Social Work from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Social Work from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Nikki Perez is the current president of the Student Veterans Association at Texas Woman’s University, and her path to becoming a Pioneer has been the embodiment of the new TWU motto to: “Boldly Go.” Majoring in social work, Nikki would like to use her education to work with female veterans in some manner, believing they are an under-served population.
Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas are working collaboratively to create and deliver a Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program, which aims to prepare students for positions in health care and child and family services. Officials from both universities signed a memorandum of agreement for the proposed TWU/UNT joint degree program at TWU Jan. 30th.
Nila Ricks, Ph.D., MSW, assistant professor of social work at Texas Woman’s University, is one of 12 up-and-coming minority scholars to be recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in their Emerging Scholars Class of 2017 edition.
The Texas Woman’s University food pantry won second place and a $500 cash prize in the 2016 NestFresh Cares Cash Contest. The national competition awarded cash prizes to two non-profits in the U.S. out of 300 entries in support of each organization’s outstanding charitable efforts.