Stories by Cursta McCollom:
With Tree of Life, student branches out to redefine nursing homes
Inspired by his experience and USC education, Montgomery Ostrander opens a therapeutic facility.
Student draws on foster care experience to help others
By age 13, Maurissa Sorensen had received therapy and was already helping and guiding others.
Paralyzed student turns adversity into self-help book
Scoba Rhodes went to the hospital for a routine procedure. Eleven days later, he woke up paralyzed from the waist down.
Social work alumni appointed to city commissions
USC School of Social Work alumni Olivia Rubio and Filiberto Gonzalez have been appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to two city commissions.
Social worker praised for helping the underserved
Omar Lopez has been recognized by SD Metro magazine with one of its 2013 40 Under 40 Awards, which annually honors the best and brightest minds in San Diego.
USC student receives support for after-school program in Chicago
Rapper Jabari Evans witnessed the violence firsthand in Chicago, and rather than become a statistic himself, decided to do something about it.
Alum’s play challenges perception of social workers
The play Therapy shows how the line between professional and personal issues can become blurry.
Alumna earns coveted spot on nation’s Defense Council
When Kristen Kavanaugh MSW ’12 started the Military Acceptance Project, she never really gave the idea of working in politics a second thought.
Alumnus draws on personal experience to help fellow veterans
Before learning about the USC School of Social Work’s master’s degree program at a graduate school fair, Nicholas Borrelli MSW ’12 had never given the field of social work a second thought.
Social Work students lead grad school government
For the first time in the history of the USC School of Social Work, the president and vice president of the university’s Graduate Student Government are students pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
Foster youth encouraged to attend college
The USC School of Social Work and United Friends of the Children hosted more than 500 Los Angeles foster youth for an event designed to encourage them to go to college.
Social Work professor honored by alma mater
Murali Nair has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Columbia University’s School of Social Work for his exemplary leadership in social work education.
Goldbach receives honorable mention for dissertation
Jeremy Goldbach has been awarded an honorable mention by the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions for his dissertation.
Social Work wins award for community service
The USC School of Social Work will receive the Corporate Champion Award for extensive community outreach efforts and involvement in the technology literacy program Computers for Families.