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Department of Social Work admits first Master of
Social Work students
Sept. 9, 2008 --
standing part-time students were admitted to the Department of Social
Work’s new Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Arkansas State
University this fall. The Department of Social Work is a department of
ASU's College of Nursing and Health Professions. This first class of
regular standing students, who do not have a bachelor’s degree in social
work or whose bachelor’s degree was awarded more than six years ago,
began attending classes August 26.
The first class
of Master of Social Work students admitted to the regular standing
part-time program at Arkansas State University—(Front Row) Judy Perry,
Robin Patten, Terri Clark, Pamela Diaz, Keena Waleszonia. (Back Row)
Maria Tinsley, Cecilia Alexander, Tera Quinto, Kristina Lloyd, Catherine
Gilbow, Virginia Esposito.
"The first class represents a diversity of professionals who have worked
in human services and social work-related positions,” said Dr. George A.
Jacinto, director of ASU’s MSW program. ”Many are mid-career
professionals seeking to increase their education.”
Dr. Barbara F. Turnage, chair of the Department of Social Work, pointed
out, “There is a shortage of trained master’s-level social workers in
The new MSW program will graduate students who will be able to fill
needed positions in a range of agencies throughout northeast Arkansas
and the lower Mississippi Delta region.
Jacinto stated the Department of Social Work will admit its first
advanced standing students into the program in summer 2009. Advanced
standing students hold a bachelor’s degree in social work awarded in the
past six years.
In the 2009-10 academic year, the MSW program will admit both
part-time and full-time classes of regular standing and advanced
For more information on
the Master of Social Work program at ASU, contact Dr. George A. Jacinto
at (870) 972-3982, or by e-mail at