Cook to Present Scholarship at Upcoming Social Work Meetings

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Feb. 19, 2011 – Jeanne Cook, professor and chair of the Coker College social work department, will offer presentations at upcoming national and statewide meetings.

On Feb. 25, as part of the national conference of the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cook will co-present a workshop, titled "Assessing BSW Curriculum Competencies for Program Improvement," an overview of the department’s program evaluation plan, which was an essential component of its reaccreditation last year by the Council on Social Work Education.  University of North Dakota Professor Pat Conway, who serves as the department’s program consultant, will co-present the workshop with Cook.

On March 14, Cook will co-present a general-session workshop titled "Social and Economic Justice: An International Perspective" with Coker College social work majors Shaniqua Debose and Amanda McLaughlin during the South Carolina National Association of Social Workers' (SCNASW) spring symposium, a statewide conference, March 13-16, in Columbia.

Cook invited Debose and McLaughlin, who prepared class presentations on social problems of an international scope for one of their social work core courses, to join with her in developing the workshop.  Not only was their proposal accepted, it has been scheduled as a “Lunch and Learn” presentation, to be attended by all conference participants.

Coker College offers a major in social work for students interested in working with public and private social service agencies. Studying social work at Coker enables graduates to integrate and apply the knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession in order to become competent baccalaureate generalist practitioners. The College’s social work department is a member of the South Carolina Professional Development Consortium, a statewide collaboration between the Department of Social Services and other select colleges and universities.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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