Save the Date! 2019 Alumni & Friends Celebration – May 2, 2019

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 alumni from many class years and friends of the college will join together to reconnect, socialize and reminisce about good times at the college.

Ignite logoBut it will also be an evening to galvanize around the shared mission of igniting social change and advancing social justice, to recognize noteworthy alumni, and to honor the work of the Jane Addams Social Justice Ally Award recipient.

Nominations are now open for our 2019 Rising Alumni and Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. See the sidebar on the left to click and learn about the award criteria and how to make a nomination (self-nominations are accepted).

Net proceeds from the event will support student scholarships at JACSW.

Below are highlights from last year’s event.

With a background of light jazz from a UIC trio, JACSW alumni enjoyed delectable hors d’oeuvres and a wine and beer bar as they made new friends and reconnected with old friends.
alumni socializing
UIC jazz trio
delicious hors d'oeuvres
alumni laughing
alumni reconnecting

Then it was on to the evening’s program, for coffee, dessert and recognition of achievements in social work and social justice. Dean Creasie Finney Hairston opened the program and welcomed the gathered alumni.
Dean Hairston's opening remarks

Benjamin S. Wolf, legal director of the ACLU of Illinois, received the Jane Addams Social Justice Ally Award. In his presentation he talked about the myriad ways that he and the ACLU have worked to ensure that government agencies are responsive to the needs of the populations that they serve.
Benjamin S. Wolf

Laura Ng, MSW ’15, executive director of Traffick Free, Inc., received the Jane Addams Rising Alumni Award for her work with victims of sex trafficking in Chicago.
Laura Ng

Joel Rubin, MSW ’83, ACSW, CAE, executive director of the NASW Illinois chapter, received the Jane Addams Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for his advocacy on behalf of social workers and the social work profession.

The evening was capped off by the presentation of a check to the JACSW Scholarship Fund, to support students as they prepare for their future in social work.
Check to scholarship fund

2018 Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

UI Health logo

Habilitative Systems Inc. logo
Donald J. Dew, MSW ’80, Habilitative Systems, Inc.

Annette H. Johnson, MSW ’73

Advocate Sponsors

Roseann Adams, MSW ’91
Faith Johnson Bonecutter, MSW ’82
Dr. Glenda Dewberry Rooney, MSW ’76

Friend Sponsors

Bessie Sulton Akuamoah, MSW ’81
Kenneth M. Horace, MSW ’82, LCSW
Taneka Jennings, MSW ’13
Dr. Sherri Seyfried, PhD ’94
Dr. Terry Solomon, MSW ’77
Cynthia C. Sykes, MSW ’82, LCSW, ACSW
Elizabeth Tumiel, MSW ’07


2018 Host Committee

Donald J. Dew, MSW ’80
Bessie Akuamoah, MSW ’81

Immediate Past Chair
Miller Anderson, MSW ’84

Fatimah Abidemi Abioye, MSW ’17
Christina Bruhn, MSW ’96, PhD ’03
Michael Burns, MSW ’98
Lorri Glass, MSW ’80, PhD ’08
Carol Goldbaum, PhD ’88
Taneka Jennings, MSW ’13
Annette Johnson, MSW ’73
Hilda Ramos, MSW ’98
Terry Solomon. MSW ’77

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

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 are newly 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 JACSW annual Alumni Celebration is the place to be! Check back for information on the 2018 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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