Scene & Heard: University of Maryland School of Social Work 50th anniversary
( Karen Jackson, Special to The Baltimore Sun / April 28, 2012 )
Although almost 400 people converged on the American Visionary Art Museum for the University of Maryland School of Social Work anniversary celebration, 50 was the magic number that evening.
To start with, that was the school's anniversary being celebrated.
"It's 50 years old. It's the centerpiece of our campus. It's the place that makes a lot of good things happen for our community," said Barbara Brody, UM SSW clinical instructor, there with her husband Ed Brody, SSW board of advisors vice chair.
"It's an incredible opportunity to see the people who've created this school over the last 50 years and encourage everyone to achieve our goals for the next 50," said Richard Barth, UM School of Social Work dean, as he turned to greet Dr. Jay Perman, University of Maryland Baltimore president, and his wife, Andrea Perman.
Gerry Aronin, retired Maryland department of human resources deputy director, was one of those who was there at the school's beginning.
"I was a student in of the first classes. I graduated in 1965. It's hard to believe. It's so different now. We were in a warehouse," she said.
Paul Ephross, retired professor of social work, started teaching there in 1968.
"I'm emeritus of the emeritus. If they gave me a class tomorrow, I would be there," he said.
Stan Weinstein, the school's board of advisors chair, pointed out how the board was using the number 50.
"We've created 50 scholarships in honor of the 50 years. It's a way of creating a future," he said.
"It's so exciting," said Meadow Lark Washington, incoming board chair, there with her husband, Joe Washington, former Baltimore Colt.
To further commemorate the occasion and the number the school was honoring a group of "Heroes for Justice," 50 outstanding alumni, beginning with Maryland's U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski.
"You are my hero," the senator said to fellow honoree, Carine Chen-McLaughlin, Sinai Hospital manager of social work, as the honorees gathered for a group photo.
-- Sloane Brown
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