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By Elena Groholske
News from Campbellsville University

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.--Campbellsville University's Carver School of SocialWork and Counseling is meeting the call to missions in the United Statesand internationally. "The social work students have taken commitment toeducation and Christian faith seriously," said Dr. Michael V. Carter,president of Campbellsville University.

"They represent social work andcounseling, but more importantly, they represent Christianity." "CU hasgraduated 242 social workers from the Carver School of Social Work andCounseling including 26 students receiving master of social work degreesin 2010 and 2011, and a total of 37 master of science in counselingalumni," said John Chowning, vice president for church and externalrelations and executive assistant to the president.

Dr. DarleneEastridge, dean of the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling,said, "We have graduates working in faith-based, secular domestic andforeign services. They serve as missionaries and service providers ingovernment, education, Hospice, mental health, Home Health, Probationand Parole, youth services, children's advocacy, vocationalrehabilitation and faith-based services nationwide."

A few of the CarverSchool graduates include: Missy Forrest, who received her bachelor ofsocial work in 2004, and David Kingsbury, who received a bachelor inChristian studies in 2006 and his master of science in counseling in2011, works at Communicare Recovery Center in Elizabethtown, KY.

MistyCurry is the executive director of the Green River Ministries homelessshelter, and Ann Adcock, who works at Hospice of Lake Cumberland andserves an adjunct instructors for the Carver School, are 2010 master ofsocial work graduates,

Laura Chowning, who earned her bachelor ofsocial work in 2004, is a community development coordinator with thePrevent Child Abuse Kentucky Inc. Donna Hedgespeth, earned her master ofscience in counseling in 2008, and works for the Kentucky Department ofCriminal Justice, and Emmanuel Nwala, who earned his master of sciencein counseling in 2011, works at Community Counseling Services in SouthDakota.

Brian Kester, who received a master of science in counseling2007, recently passed the Oklahoma examination for his jurist doctorate,and Dr. Michelle Tucker (1998) is teaching as an assistant professor ofsocial work in the Carver School.

Graduates serving as missionariesinclude: Theresa Shawgo Decker, who received a social work degree 2008is serving in Africa; and Kasey Graham Murrell, who received herbachelor of social work in 2005, and her husband, Jody, have traveled toAfrica to participate in missionary work. "The Carver School'sbachelor's degree is fully accredited by the Council on Social WorkEducation (CSWE), and we are making good progress in achievingaccreditation for the master's in social work as well," Chowningsaid.

"Campbellsville University established its first program of social workin 1974," said Eastridge. "The degree awarded was a Bachelor of Sciencewith social work as a major; however, the original program was notaccredited by our professional organization. The program existed in thatform until 1989 when it was phased out by the institution."

In 1994, through student requests, and community and state employmentneeds, the social work program was brought back to then CampbellsvilleCollege. The program entered candidacy for CSWE accreditation in 1998and was granted initial accreditation in 2001.

Eastridge said, during the candidacy process, Campbellsville begandiscussions with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) inLouisville, Ky. about the fate of the Carver School of Church SocialWork.

She said SBTS was searching discontinuing their relationship with theprogram and seeking a new location for the school. The new home wasnegotiated, and the Carver School of Church Social Work was moved toCampbellsville University in 1997; just two months prior to the BSWprogram's entry into candidacy with the CSWE.

Within the first couple of years of settling in, discussion ensued aboutCarver's purpose and destiny. Just as in the past, The Carver School hadundergone transition, she said. Beginning as a "women's" missionarytraining program in 1913, to a seminary housed women's missionaryopportunity mid-20th century, to a "church" social work focus in thelate 1980s to the now Christian servant leadership program, the schoolhas a rich history she said.

"It can proudly claim the development and preparation of thousands inmissionary service, Christian ministry and social services, many whohave achieved high honors in career and academic preparation," Eastridgesaid.

After coming to Campbellsville University, the nationalhonors society for social workers bestowed affiliation with the CarverSchool of Social Work and Counseling for the first time in history. "PhiAlpha is the highest honor in the Carver School," said Candace Dye ofCampbellsville, president of CU's Phi Alpha chapter.

"I'm grateful to bea member and to be able to extend that honor to my fellow students."This year, CU celebrates 14 years since the union between the CarverSchool and Campbellsville University, and Eastridge said, "We continueto develop servant leaders to the glory of God.

"Without God's hand onthis venture, we would never have experienced the growth and acclaim wehave achieved!" she said. "We have been blessed by doing God's work."

This story was posted on 2011-08-11 17:51:05
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Masters graduates of Carver School of Social Work

2011-08-11 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Christina L. Kern. CU photo.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Campbellsville University master of social workgraduates with Dr. Candace Hansford, associate professor of social work,include from left: Heather Hodges of Clarkson, KY; Adrienne Butler ofCampbellsville; Erica Hockstedler of Bumpass, VA; Diana Gardiner ofErwin, TX; and Lauren Toadvine of Hustonville, KY.

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