2019 Alumni & Friends Celebration – May 2, 2019

Last year, JACSW alumni and friends came together to Celebrate the Past and Ignite the Future. On Thursday, May 2, 2019 you are invited to Keep the Fire Burning, and to celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to social work and social justice. This year’s awardees are:

Jane Addams Social Justice Ally Award: Esther Franco-Payne, Executive Director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Ms. Franco-Payne is a long-time advocate who has engaged the public in the development of effective criminal justice and juvenile justice policies and continues to educate the community about issues related to exposure to trauma, violence prevention, and criminal justice reform.

Jane Addams Rising Alumni Award: Stephanie J. Schmitz Bechteler, PhD ’15, is Vice President and Executive Director of the Research & Policy Center at the Chicago Urban League. Recognizing that her organization had a critical role to play in research and policy work on race, segregation and equity, she reinstituted and launched the Research and Policy Center of the Urban League in 2016.

The evening’s festivities commence at 5:30 p.m. at UIC Student Center East, with a reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a wine and beer bar.

Then it’s coffee, dessert and a program featuring remarks from the Social Justice Ally Award recipient, Esther Franco-Payne.

Each ticket and sponsorship purchased includes a tax deductible contribution, and net proceeds will benefit the JACSW Scholarship Fund.

A Brief Recap of Last Year's Celebration

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Sponsorships are still available!  If you wish to become a sponsor, please contact Jackie Bonavia, our Director of Advancement, at jbonavia@uic.edu or (312) 413-2305.


Supporting Sponsors

UI Health logo

Sherri F. Seyfried, ACSW, PhD ’94


Advocate Sponsors

Faith Johnson Bonecutter, MSW ‘82
James P. and Linda Gleeson
Dr. Terry Solomon, MSW ’77


Friend Sponsors

Roseann Adams, MSW ‘91
Bessie Sulton Akuamoah, MSW ’81
Kenneth M. Horace, MSW ’82, LCSW
Taneka Jennings, MSW ‘13
Annette H. Johnson, MSW ‘73


2019 Host Committee

Bessie Sulton Akuamoah, MSW ’81
Dr. Terry Solomon, MSW ’77

Immediate Past Chair
Donald J. Dew, MSW ’80

Fatimah Abidemi Abioye, MSW ’17
Karyn Aguirre, MSW ’04
Miller R. Anderson, MSW ’84
James Bracey, MSW ’08
Marla Courts, MSW ’05
Randy A. Fisher, MSW ’73
Glynne Gervais MSW ’74
Lorri Glass, MSW ’80, PhD ’08
James P. Gleeson, PhD ’84
Carol S. Goldbaum, PhD ’88
Taneka Jennings, MSW ’13
Bill Martin, MSW ’79
Hilda Ramos, MSW ’98
Sherri F. Seyfried, ACSW, PhD ’94

Dean Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD
Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, Director of Advancement

I believe strongly in education's power to transform lives and hope fellow alumni will give back to the University that gave us great starts in our careers.

Lorraine Henrickson, MSW '73

Make a Gift.  Make an Impact.

Your gift to the college can strengthen the profession of social work.

Please enter a dollar amount for the fund(s) you wish to support. NOTE: A minimum gift of $5 to the fund of your choice must be entered to use the online giving system. Please do not include dollar signs, commas or periods.

UIC JACSW Scholarship Fund:    $

UIC JACSW Annual Fund:    $

UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work Student Emergency Fund:    $

UIC Professor James P. Gleeson Scholarship Fund:    $

UIC JACSW Class of 1973 Scholarship Fund:    $

UIC JACSW Class of 1990 Scholarship Fund:   $

UIC Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research Fund:    $

What’s New With You

What makes Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) unique? You do!  Our alumni share a passion ― to make a difference in the lives of the underserved. Your work contributes to making society a more just place for those marginalized by race, poverty, and social conditions. Collectively, our over 8,000 alumni are changing the world for the good one organization, policy, and person at a time.

We want to keep in touch with you and, if you choose, to share your story and accomplishments. Update your contact information so we can keep you informed about current happenings at the College, and let us know about your latest project, research, award, or new job.

Participants at Continuing Education Event
Class of 1991 Graduates with Chancellor Amiridis, Dean Hairston, and Alumni Board Treasurer and Alumni Celebration Co-Chair, Joel Rubin

Connect & Engage

At Jane Addams College of Social Work, we are proud of our alumni and the contributions they make to the field. It’s important to celebrate our accomplishments and expand our professional network. The JACSW annual Alumni Awards were established to honor a Distinguished Alumnus and a Rising Alumnus. The criteria and application for these awards are here.
Want to connect with colleagues and classmates? The annual JACSW Alumni & Friends Celebration is the place to be! Check this page for information on the next celebration and organize a table with your classmates and colleagues. And, watch your email for the quarterly editions of the JACSW Alumni & Friends e-newsletter.

Contact the Office of Advancement

Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, MA, CFRE
Director of Advancement
Jane Addams College of Social Work, MC 309
1040 West Harrison Street, Room 4018
Chicago, IL 60607-7134
Telephone: (312) 413-2305
Fax: (312) 996-1802
Email: jbonavia@uic.edu

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