September 2016
The new academic year has brought exciting alumni announcements and awards, including the recent endowment of our school by an alumna.  We're also delighted to share that four of our alumni will receive impressive honors, including the 2016 Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award and three inductions into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction. R ead about them below, along with the launch of a new center to support LA veterans, and a special event examining the presidential election from a social worker's perspective.
Noteworthy Alumni

Three Alumni Inducted into Hall of Distinction

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work alumni Janet E. Black, MSW '71, David Kuroda, MSW '72, and Armando
 Torres Morales, 
MSW '63, DSW '72will be inducted into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction, which 
recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the social work profession and/or social work practice in California. Inductees are selected by a committee comprised of  social work leaders from universities and social work organizations throughout the state. We congratulate them!

Dwight Tate to Receive USC Volunteer Award

The  USC Alumni Association
is honoring alumnus 
Dwight Tate, MSW '77, with the 2016 Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award. Dwight has been a generous supporter of our school for many years. Along with his wife, he established the Dwight and Katherine Tate Scholarship Endowment for Veterans.  All alumni are invited to attend a special recognition reception for Dwight on Thursday, September 29 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the USC University Club. Parking will be hosted.

To RSVP, please respond to Harmony Frederick by noon on September 28 at or (213) 821-7075.  

A Video Message from Suzanne  Dworak-Peck

Suzanne Dworak-Peck, BA '65, MSW '67, made a historic $60 million gift to endow and name the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work that will allow the school to broaden its vision and mission.  Dworak-Peck is an internationally respected social worker whose 30-year career has been devoted to advocacy for those who would otherwise be overlooked by mainstream society. Her indelible mark on the profession will be an inspirational force for generations of future students.  Watch now
School News

Cohen Military Family Clinic Opening Soon in 
Los Angeles

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the Cohen Veterans Network will open a mental health clinic in Los Angeles to help veterans and their families make the transition to civilian life. It  will offer free care to post-9/11 veterans and their families who are suffering from PTSD and other mental health conditions.

Staff at the clinic will be able to tap into the research and expertise of our school, the first major research institution to specialize in military social work and prepare students for the unique challenges facing veterans, active-duty service members and military families.  Read more
Alumni Benefits

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work alumni and members of the Trojan family have access to a number of exclusive benefits, including free access to research libraries on the University Park Campus.

You can also access thousands of periodicals and journals from home via multiple online databases.

Learn more about accessing these resources, and other exclusive alumni benefits.
Upcoming Events

Sep. 29 - USC University Club
Recognition Reception for Dwight Tate, MSW '77,
recipient of the 2016 Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award RSVP

Oct. 4 - USC University Club
NASW-USC Presents Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director Dan Schnur
An Analysis of the Presidential Campaign and its Application for Social Workers. Guests can either attend in person, or watch via live stream.  RSVP

Oct. 8 - LA Coliseum
Joint Forces Day 
(USC vs. Colorado)
Veteran alumni are invited to attend the game free! Each  alumnus may request up to 2 complimentary game tickets. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today!

Oct. 15 - Burbank, CA
California Social Work Hall of Distinction Induction & Reception
Alumni David Kuroda, MSW '71, Janet E. Black, MSW '71, and Armando Torres Morales, MSW '63, DSW '72, will be inducted.  Register

Save the Date

Nov. 5
Homecoming Alumni Tailgate and game (USC vs. Oregon).

Hundreds of USC Alumni, Students and Friends Celebrate One of the Largest Charitable Gifts to a School of Social Work

Alumni, students, faculty, staff and members of the social work community and media gathered in Gabilan Courtyard in front of the Social Work Center at USC on the morning of September 14. They were there to celebrate the announcement of a historic $60 million gift to the school from social work alumna Suzanne Dworak-Peck, BA '65, MSW '67. One of the largest donations to a school of social work, the gift will endow the school, allowing it to broaden its vision and mission. In recognition of the gift, the school is now named the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

The announcement was kept under wraps until the day's festivities. Attendees arrived for the ceremony, which featured USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Dean Marilyn Flynn, expecting to celebrate a special event, but unaware of the gift and naming. Despite the unknown, an impressive group of nearly 1,700 attended the celebration.

The USC Trojan Marching Band opened the ceremony with a spirited performance, followed by a welcome from Dean Flynn. President Nikias announced the gift to an enthusiastic crowd, sharing details and anecdotes from Suzanne Dworak-Peck's pioneering career in social work. He also presented her with gifts to recognize her extraordinary contribution. Ms. Dworak-Peck then addressed the audience, expressing her happiness and gratitude for her ability to make a gift to support the field that has been so important to her. She invited everyone to work together in support of the school's continued growth. The ceremony concluded with confetti canons covering the crowd in cardinal and gold streamers, and the unveiling of the new school name on a banner hanging high on the Social Work Center.

"As an alumna, I was so excited about Suzanne's historic gift," said Director of Jails/Deputy Director of Advocacy at ACLU SoCal Esther Lim, MSW '10, who also serves as an adjunct lecturer and president of the Alumni Leadership Council. "In essence, she has secured the future of the school, the education of future social workers and uplifted the work of thousands of alumni who received their social work degree, like she did, from USC. It's wonderful to see an alumna from our program, who understands what it means to be a social worker and impacts our field domestically and internationally, give back to the very school that taught her the skills she needed to do so. I'm proud to say that I went to the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Thank you Suzanne and fight on!"

Also excited about the historic announcement was Veterans Affairs Manager for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Blas Villalobos, MSW '12. "This amazing gift...will strengthen our social worker's community services," said Villalobos. "Thanks to agencies can rely on USC to continue to provide highly skilled social workers who will make a big difference in the lives of the clients they serve."

The day was capped off by a celebration picnic held in Founder's Park, where hundreds of students and alumni mingled and shared a catered lunch. "It's amazing that a social worker is able to give back to her community so generously and make a gift of that size," said second-year MSW student Eddy M. Gana, Jr. "It is especially meaningful that she is an alum, and that this is coming from one of our own."

To hear Suzanne Dworak-Peck speak about her gift, watch her video message to our community.

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