Student and employer speaking at Miami University

Family Science and Social Work (FSW) Week

Monday, March 6

Charles Hennon & Alfred Joseph Memorial Lecture Series

Speaker: Gena C. Jefferson, LCSW, Interfaith Minister, Founder and Exec. Director: Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment, Adjunct Professor at Fordham University.
When: 10–11AM (Lecture), 11AM–Noon (Light Lunch and Discussion)
Where: Shriver Heritage Room
Topic: Promoting Healing & Positive Youth Development: Incorporating Interfaith Perspectives in Practice with Youth. Lecture will reflect on her work for over 25 years with youth and families, leading to the inception of her non-profit organization, Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment in New York City.
Co-sponsors: Miami University’s College of Education, Health and Society; Department of Family Science and Social Work; Office of Community Engagement and Service; and Center for Career Exploration and Success.

International Social Work: Soccer Tournament

To benefit JOY (an international organization that fosters student involvement in global service opportunities). Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: Starts at 7PM
Where: Cook Field, Miami University
Purpose: To raise awareness about international social work and student service opportunities abroad.
Details: $2.00 Registration fee will benefit the charity, Justification of Youth (JOY), to support student involvement in global service. All are welcome to participate. No advance registration needed.
Committee: Jenna Neff, Caroline Kelley, Caitlin Sheehan, Abby West

Tuesday, March 7

What Can I Do With a Social Work Degree? A Panel of Professionals and Alumni

Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: 8:30-9:45AM
Where: Room 223, McGuffey Hall, Miami University
Purpose: To provide an opportunity to learn more from professionals in the field about career opportunities with a Social Work degree.
Details: The program is open to FSW majors and prospective majors. Participants will hear from professionals working in SW careers, including Miami alumni. The event will also allow time for Q/A with networking after the panel. Refreshments served.
Committee: Megan Knuckles, Emily Callahan, Megan Schamer, Carolyn Conrad

Professional Development Workshop for FSW Students

Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: 4-6PM
Where: Room 223, McGuffey Hall, Miami University
Purpose: To inform FSW students about resume development and interviewing skills specific to careers in nonprofit organizations and to offer individual consultations for students to get feedback on their resumes in preparation for the Nonprofit Career Exploration and Intern Expo on March 10.
Details: Open to all FSW majors to attend any/all of the program:

  • 4-5PM: Guest speaker Jennifer McLaughlin, Center for Career Exploration and Success
  • 4-4:30PM: Resume tips
  • 4:30-5:00PM: Interviewing tips
  • 5:00-6:00PM: Open session to meet one on one with the Center for Career Exploration & Success and other professionals in the field for feedback on your resume. Bring your resume or a draft of your resume. Light bites will be served from Chipotle.

Committee: Mary Martin, Chris Wright, Rachel Mohr, Jon Joseph

Wednesday, March 8

Self-Care Day for FSW Students and Faculty 

Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: Events throughout the day from 9AM-5PM
Where: Commons, 2nd floor McGuffey Hall and Mindfulness Center, Miami University
Purpose: To promote physical and mental health self-care by introducing FSW students and faculty to a range of self-care opportunities for stress management and wellbeing.
Details: Open to all FSW students and faculty; no charge and no reservations needed. Participate in any or all of the programs, such as: Introduction to Yoga, meditation, health benefits of tea, use of essential oils, and more. Information about community and university resources will also be available.
Committee: Andi Jaynes, Cheyenne Hammock, Amy Daily, Laurene Mangicaro, Emily Bowman, Krista Mersino, Kira Reid, Johnny Matision, Julia Kassman

Building Healthy Relationships – It Starts With YOU 

When: 4–5:20PM
Where: 322 McGuffey
Purpose: Join us for an interactive discussion about identifying healthy/unhealthy behaviors in relationships, prioritizing characteristics in romantic partners, and developing skills for maintaining successful, satisfying relationships.
Details: We will spend some time going over general points of interest, discussing strategies for your own life, and leaving time for some personal relationship and communication style assessments. Pizza provided!
Committee: Megan Kuykendoll, MS, CFLE, eLearning Coordinator & Instructor, Co-Director of the Family Science Program; and Dr. Jan Newell, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of BSW Program.

Social Issue: Human Trafficking

Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: 7-9PM
Where: 102 Benton Hall, Miami University
Purpose: To educate the community about human trafficking and related local issues.
Details: The program is free and open to the public. The event will include guest speaker from End Slavery, video clips, discussions with Q/A to address this topic. Information about community and university resources will also be available.
Committee: Shannon Golden (Miami SW delegate); Lydia Yount, Claire Mullaney, Jacob Profitt, Katie Fogle, Kevin Beck, Jen Weddington (FSW 406 chair)

Thursday, March 9

Community Fundraiser for the Family Resource Center

Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: 4–10PM (participate any time)
Where: LaRosa’s Restaurant Oxford or order your own food for carry out/delivery
Purpose: To assist a local social service agency with the development and implementation of their annual fundraiser.
Details: The event includes dinner, silent auction and raffle to benefit Family Resource Center.
Committee: Noelle Weber, Nina Edwards, Shannon Turnbow, Rachel Edwards, Doug DeLong, Alex Wolfe, Chaundra Hornsby

Friday, March 10

What is a Child Life Specialist?

When: 10–11AM
Where: 118 McGuffey
Purpose: Elise Radina, Chair & Professor, FSW; Lynn Sanner, Visiting Faculty, FSW; and students in FSW 318, Child Life Theory and Practice will provide an overview of the profession and the pathways to certification, along with information about the curriculum.
Details: There will be time for questions.
Committee: Dr. Elise Radina, Chair & Professor, FSW; Ms. Lynn Sanner, Visiting Faculty, FSW

Miami University Nonprofit Career Exploration and Intern Expo

When: 1–3PM
Where: Shriver Heritage Room
Purpose: The Expo is open to all majors and recent graduates interested in exploring opportunities in Nonprofit Organizations and networking with staff about potential volunteer and internship connections. View the list of employers attending the Expo.
Co-sponsors: Miami University’s College of Education, Health and Society; Department of Family Science and Social Work; Office of Community Engagement and Service; and Center for Career Exploration and Success.

Fundraiser and Donation Collection for Homeless Veterans and Others in Butler County

Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: Donations weeklong; fundraiser 2–3PM at Expo and 3:30–5:30PM during the FSW mixer
Where: At the Nonprofit Career Exploration and Intern Expo, Shriver Center and at the FSW Mixer, 2nd floor McGuffey Commons, Miami University
Purpose: To increase awareness about homelessness in our county, particularly about homeless veterans and to provide a fundraiser to assist a local agency serving homeless veterans.
Details: This fundraiser includes three parts: donation boxes throughout FSW Week for clothing and personal care items for homeless veterans, a raffle, and a bake sale at the Job Expo and the FSW Mixer. The event will provide information about homelessness, particularly among veterans and raise funds for Joseph’s House.
Committee: Emily Unger (chair), Roy Keil, Mary Fleenor, Gary Ratliff

FSW Mixer for Current Students, Faculty and Alumni

Organized by FSW 406 students.

When: 3:30-5:30PM following the Nonprofit Career Exploration and Intern Expo
Where: Commons, 2nd floor, McGuffey Hall, Miami University
Purpose: This event will provide an opportunity for FSW students, faculty, staff and alumni to meet, network and connect.
Details: The mixer will be open to all FSW current majors, alumni, faculty and staff. Light bites will be available.
Committee: DuShunna Daniel, Brooke Thomas, Lisa Van Noy, Chauntel Roberts, Coley Ridge, Kate Thompson

Weeklong, Selected Dates:

Starbucks Coffee Fundraiser for the Talawanda Student Care Fund

When: March 7, 8 and 9 from 8AM until coffee is sold out each morning.
Where: 2nd floor Commons area, McGuffey Hall
Purpose: The purpose is to create a unique fundraiser and to increase awareness for the Talawanda Student Care Fund.
Details: A coffee bar will be set up in 2nd floor McGuffey Commons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings offering Starbucks coffee and light bites for a donation to benefit the Talawanda Student Care Fund.
Committee: Bethany Strauss, Emily Eaton, Rachel Chapman-Smith, Rachel Winters, Lydia Simpson