CSUB social work students to present community projects

May 21, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield students who are completing their master's degrees in social work will present their culminating projects at a special event on Friday, May 23 in the Romberg Nursing Center, room 105. Students will discuss their work from 8 a.m - 6:30 p.m., with a poster presentation of their projects from 3 - 4 p.m. in Dorothy Donahue Hall.

At the CSUB Antelope Valley center, student work will be highlighted on Wednesday, May 28 in room 401, with the exhibition at 5 p.m. and presentations beginning at 6 p.m.

"The projects are the culminating education experience for each MSW student and represent work done in collaboration with local social service agencies," said Bruce Friedman, professor of social work. "The students have focused on a wide variety of interesting topics. There's no doubt their work will help them become better professionals."

Mayra Gonzalez's project titled "Community Needs Assessment of People Residing in Lamont, Arvin and Weedpatch, California, with a Focus on Agricultural Workers" recently took top honors in a CSUB research competition. Other topics focus on social worker sensitivity in foster care, increasing social interaction in autistic adolescents, heat-illness prevention among agricultural workers, and stress management for Alzheimer's disease caregivers.

For a complete schedule of presentations or information about the social work program, contact Friedman at (661) 654-2308.