40 Years of Social Work

The Social Work Program at St. Olaf will soon reach 40 years of fulfilling our mission – to prepare liberally educated professional social workers to ethically serve diverse populations and to promote a lifelong commitment to a just global community.

Gather with us on the Hill during Homecoming and Family Weekend, September 18 – 22, 2018 to celebrate this milestone!

If you are reading this page, you are likely a social work alum.
But maybe you completed another major at St. Olaf, and then went into social work?
Maybe you took “I Want to Help People” during Interim?
Maybe you are not an actual social worker, but affiliate with the profession through the work you do?
Maybe you just hang out with social workers, because, as Susie likes to say “social workers are the cool people”?
And maybe you’re thinking about changing careers because “Social Workers Make America Care Again” (NASW, 2017)?

Whatever your reasons, we’ll welcome you to join us in celebration!

See who is already registered

Register today!

Alumni planning committee

Kristin Wilson ’91
Tom Balsley ’05
Chang Dao Vang ’11
Lakresha Williams ’15

Schedule of events

Tuesday, September 18
11:10 a.m.
Boe Memorial Chapel
Streamed online
Naurine Lennox ’64
Wednesday, September 19
10:10 a.m.
Boe Memorial Chapel
Streamed online
Eric Grayvold ’09
Thursday, September 20
11 a.m.
Boe Memorial Chapel
Streamed online
Kimmy Meinecke ’92
Friday, September 21
2 p.m.
Holland Hall 433
Brian Baggaley ’99 in SW221
3:30 p.m.
Holland Hall 501
“I Want to Help People”: Possible Pathways for Oles
Panel of social work alums with Piper Center
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 22
1:30 p.m.
Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons
Opening reception with alumni, students, faculty, and guests
2 p.m.
Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons
Portrait of Sean Thomas Breitfeld '01Helping People, Disrupting Systems
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld ’01
Social work and American racial and multicultural studies (ARMS)
Welcome by Northfield mayor Rhonda Pownell ’93 and Mary Carlsen ’79
Public talk for CEU
3:15 p.m.
Holland Hall
Roundtable “speed meeting” for affinity groups
4:30 p.m.
Holland Hall
Reception with Genesis Award and brief program
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
All welcome at home of Mary Carlsen and Peter Dahlen

Social Work Founders Fund

Leading up to this celebration, we are thrilled to remind you of an exciting opportunity to help us continue our mission to prepare liberally educated professional social workers to ethically serve diverse populations and to promote a lifelong commitment to a just global community.

One of the founders of social work at St. Olaf, Naurine Lennox ’64, has generously established and endowed the Social Work Founders Fund. Your gifts to the fund provide opportunities for social work students to present their research at conferences, travel to distant field practicum sites, and participate in social work study abroad programs.

To honor the contributions social workers make – especially those shaped by their liberal arts and social work education at St. Olaf – the Social Work Program invites grateful alums and other friends to join Naurine and reach our goal of $80,000 or more in this endowment by our anniversary in 2018 ($2,000 for each anniversary year). Every gift makes a difference and several have already contributed (thank you – you know who you are!).
Contribute to the fund today

Read recent Social Work newsletters

August 2018
June 2018
March 2018
November 2017
June 2017