Grad Student Honored as 'Rising Star'
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Whitney Hale, 859-257-1754, x229
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2007) − Jennifer Hawkins, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work master's program located at Northern Kentucky University, has been selected for the Ohio River Valley Clinical Social Work Society (ORVCSWS) "Rising Star Award."
The Rising Star Award seeks to recognize a student in a master's of social work program who has shown a strong commitment to clinical practice and has had to overcome significant obstacles to enter and remain in graduate school. Hawkins has been working toward her master's degree while working as a substitute teacher and church pianist. Previously she served as a social worker at a nursing home.
Hawkins was nominated by Nancy Erwin, one of UK's adjunct professors of social work, for her excellence in her field placement at the Erlanger Elsmere Family Resource Center. Erwin feels Hawkins exhibits all that the Rising Star Award embodies and even brings unique talents and skills to the job.
"One of Jennifer's unique skills is that she is bilingual and her knowledge of Spanish has already proved to be an invaluable asset to her as a social worker," said Erwin. "Her values and ethics are beyond reproach and I believe, with her commitment, determination and abilities, Jennifer will go far in the profession."
The ORVCSWS is a local professional organization for clinical social workers in the greater Cincinnati area. The group advances and promotes the clinical practice of social work through continuing education, collegiality and professional action in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Hawkins will be presented with the award at the ORVCSWS Award Reception scheduled for Friday, May 11, at Cincinnati's Civic Garden Center. She also will be recognized for her award at her master's program graduation ceremony upon completion of her degree.