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2019 maggie hobbs award

2019 Maggie Hobbs Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2019 Maggie Hobbs Social Work Award are Katherine Luteri and Christina Dadey.  The Award is determined by the following:  Academic accomplishments, demonstration of social work skills, values and ethics; Contributions to the Social Work Program and to the descipline of social work; and Contributions to the Chatham University Community.  The monetary award was given at Chatham's Closing Convocation.

Congratulations to both Christina and Kat on their accomplishments!  

Marcus Poindexter Fab 40

Assistant Professor Marcus Poindexter honored

Marcus Poindexter, assistant professor of Social Work, was named to Pittsburgh Courier's 2018 Fab 40 Class of 2018. The Fab 40 recognizes African American men and women under the age of 40 for their achievements in their respective professional fields.

Read more about the Fab 40 celebration here »

Deborah Rubin introducing former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski

Dr. Debby Rubin Introduces former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski as 2016-2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics

Dr. Debby Rubin, Social Work Program Director, introduced former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski to students when she was welcomed as the 2016–2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics on April 19, 2017 by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. Mikulski, a social worker, retired in January 2017 after serving for thirty years in the U.S. Senate, the longest serving Congresswoman in U.S. history. As a leader in the Senate, her focus was primarily centered on womenss health, education, jobs, seniors, veterans, civil rights and other important issues. In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dr. Debby Rubin is the founding faculty member of the Chatham University social work program. Dr. Rubin’s focus includes child welfare, inpatient mental health with children, adolescents and adults; and private practice.

Social Work club SWIRL students at a table
Social Work club SWIRL projects


The social work club Social Work Is Real Life (SWIRL) created inspirational journals for clients of PAAR. SWIRL president, Mardi Steinitz, is completing her 500 hours of social work field placement at PAAR and worked with the organization to organize the activity for the social work club.

Social Work and Criminology students at Social Work Open House
Social Work and Criminology Open House discussion

Open House

On Thursday September 8th, 2016, the Social Work and Criminology Department in conjunction with the Psychology Department hosted an open house lunch for students. The open house provided information about the programs of social work, social service administration, criminology, and psychology as well as information about the student clubs that are affiliated with each of the programs within the departments. Students shared goals and plans for the clubs and encouraged others to join. It was an enjoyable welcome to the new academic year.


Chatham Social Work Lobby Day participants in Harrisburg, PA with government officials

Social Work Lobby Day

Chatham social work majors Bridget Bauer, Ambrosia Johnson and Becca Pell meet with Justin Fleming, NASW-PA Director of Government Relations to prepare to attend Social Work Lobby Day in Harrisburg.