Thanks to the alumni and friends whose support and participation made this year’s celebration another success!

At the Alumni & Friends Celebration on May 2, 2019, supporters of the college came together to reconnect, celebrate achievements in social justice, and to Keep the Fire Burning for Jane Addams College of Social Work.

The opening cocktail reception, with live jazz, beverages and hot hors d’oeuvres, was filled with laughter, conversation and great energy as people reconnected with old friends and made new ones.
JACSW alumniUIC jazz triodelicious hot hors d'oeuvres

Following was the evening’s program, with coffee, dessert and a very unexpected surprise. Esther Franco-Payne, Executive Director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid and recipient of the Jane Addams Social Justice Ally Award, gave her heartfelt presentation “What is Your Revolution?” Ms. Franco-Payne enjoined the audience to remember the passion that originally fueled their entry into social work and community advocacy.
Esther Franco-Payne

In the middle of Ms. Franco-Payne’s remarks…the fire alarm went off. After a brief evacuation of the building (safety first!) the program resumed with the presentation of the Jane Addams Rising Alumni Award to Stephanie J. Schmitz Bechteler, PhD ’15, Vice President and Executive Director of the Research and Policy Center at the Chicago Urban League.
Stephanie J. Schmitz Bechteler

Rounding out the program were brief remarks from MSW student Daniel Talley, who received the 2018 Alumni & Friends Celebration Scholarship. He spoke about how much the scholarship meant to him, how it helped him focus on and complete his studies, and that he was recently hired by Thrive Counseling Center in Oak Park, where he has been working for his field placement.

Then, a check for $2,000 was presented to the Alumni & Friends Celebration Scholarship Fund, from net proceeds from ticket sales for the event.
check to scholarship fund

Finally, the gathered alumni and friends stood and pledged to Keep the Fire Burning!
holding candles aloft

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

UI Health logo

Nancy Morris, MSW ‘75
Sherri F. Seyfried, ACSW, PhD ’94


Advocate Sponsors

Faith Johnson Bonecutter, MSW ‘82
James P. and Linda Gleeson
Dr. Glenda Dewberry Rooney, MSW ‘76
Dr. Terry Solomon, MSW ’77


Friend Sponsors

Roseann Adams, MSW ‘91
Miller R. Anderson, MSW ‘84
Bessie Sulton Akuamoah, MSW ’81
Donald J. Dew, MSW ‘80
Randy A. Fisher, MSW ‘73
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.

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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

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