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FAU Students Receive ‘Social Worker of the Year’ Awards from National Association of Social Workers Chapters

          BOCA RATON, FL (April 17, 2008) – Students in Florida Atlantic University’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs were recently honored by the local chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as “Student Social Workers of the Year.”

                Marie Garcia, an undergraduate student at FAU working toward her B.A. degree in social work, received the award from the Palm Beach chapter of the NASW. Garcia has volunteered at various local agencies such as the Department Children & Families, the Office for Students with Disabilities at FAU and the Academy for Positive Learning. She also has been a mentor for Hugs for Kids.

“Marie has amply demonstrated her commitment to social work values not only in class and with the relationship to her students, but also with her involvement with local and state government representatives with whom she advocates for social work issues and concerns,” said Dr. Cecilia Campoverde, associate professor of social work at FAU. “Her diligence, commitment and willingness to engage on social justice tasks make her very apt to lead events that will promote and move forward our mission of social justice.

Other FAU honorees include Sharon Paxton, a part-time master’s in social work student who received the “Social Work Student of the Year” award from the Treasure Coast NASW, as well as Vicki Rosenthal, a full-time master’s in social work student from the Broward NASW chapter.

The Florida chapters of the National Association of Social Workers promote the social work profession in the state of Florida. The chapters also serve as a resource for Florida social workers.


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