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    20-year Anniversary Celebration!

    posted Sep 27, 2012, 8:39 PM by Joseph Squillace   [ updated Nov 5, 2012, 7:21 PM by Jodi Williams ]

    In October 2012, we celebrated our 20-year Anniversary as an accredited program. We begin by sharing this fun photostory of alumni, faculty and events over the past 20 years. It's an 11 minute photostory. Many thanks to Pam Brasel for all her hard work on this.

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    Below is the Official City of Jacksonville Proclamation recognizing our 20-year Anniversary as an accredited social work program!
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    Summer 2012 Renovations

    posted Jul 25, 2012, 8:38 PM by Joseph Squillace   [ updated Jul 25, 2012, 8:39 PM by Jodi Williams ]

    The Social Work faculty and staff have been hard at work improving the learning environment. Check out the two power point slides attached here below:
    1. Renovated Spaces (Mac Hall Renovations Summer 2012)
    2. Community Garden (Garden before and after)

    Swing by Mac Hall and join us in the Garden and hang out in our spaces!

    Technological Improvements

    posted May 10, 2012, 5:03 PM by Joseph Squillace   [ updated Jul 15, 2013, 10:02 AM by Jodi Williams ]

    Facts about MacMurray College Social Work:

    * 11 of 12 courses are on Moodle
    * Fully developed NEW interactive webpage
    * Facebook page
    * First Hybrid course offered Spring 2012
    * Seniors build personal ePortfolio webpages
    * Students designing online survey research
    * Renovation of Mac Hall Computer lab (Summer 2011)
    * Creation of MacMurray Social Work YouTube Channel
    * Spring 2012 began conversion of laptop friendly classroom
    * WiFi accessible in all of Mac Hall 
    * Student engagement with professors includes email, facebook chat, and texting!

    Social Work honors staff member

    posted May 9, 2012, 2:12 PM by Joseph Squillace   [ updated Feb 14, 2014, 2:37 PM ]

    Pam Brasel given honorary social worker status. 

    At the Social Work pinning ceremony Friday of Commencement Weekend, the Social Work department awarded Pam Brasel "Honorary Social Work" status.

    Audra Glenn, a 2010 Social Work graduate, presented the award and program director Joe Squillace (pictured) also took part in the presentation.

    The students wanted to honor Brasel, an administrative assistant who handles much of the nuts and bolts organization of the program, for her constantly upbeat and cheery support of the students as they work to complete their degrees.

    Dr. John Cox - Professor Emeritus

    posted Jan 12, 2012, 2:54 PM by Joseph Squillace   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 2:55 PM by Jodi Williams ]

    Dr. John Cox has been awarded the status of Emeritus Professor in a unanimous vote by the Faculty Status Committee and the Board of Trustees. The criteria for granting emeritus status are teaching excellence, service to the college and community, and scholarship. Dr. Cox certainly exemplifies those qualities. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Cox on this most prestigious accomplishment.  

    The "Rat Cage"

    posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Joseph Squillace   [ updated Jul 15, 2013, 10:01 AM by Jodi Williams ]

    An email leads to a walk down memory lane...and a Mac Hall renovation project
    By Joe Squillace, Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    I started my new job as chair of the division of social and behavioral sciences at MacMurray College during the summer months. The division is housed in MacMurray Hall, a historic building built in 1928. One day, the janitor took me on a "tour" through the building, including the "rat labs" on the 4th floor of the building. To my amazement, it was like stepping back in time. The psychology department used labs to study behavior patterns, and much of the old equipment remains. I heard stories from colleagues about how students were fascinated if they could ever get a glimpse of the old equipment. I noticed under some of the old rat mazes were the names of students who constructed them.

    Given some other recent renovations to the division's spaces, I envisioned converting an unused classroom into a "mini-museum" and needed lounge space for students. I decided to send an email to the alumni who constructed the rat mazes and ask if they wanted them returned or to make a donation to have their rat maze placed in the new "Rat Cage" renovated room. One response was returned by Dr. Doug Fife '65. Dr. Fife stated he was amazed the old equipment was still around, and that he was hired as the first rat lab assistant. His initial task was to remove the rats from the delivery boxes into the cages!

    Thanks to a donation by Dr. Fife, the division was able to obtain materials to convert the room to a student lounge. Some of the old rat lab equipment is being displayed in the museum, as well as other treasures found in the many storage areas of old Mac Hall, such as a 1940's typewriter, a series of record albums to learn Spanish from the 1920's, Civil Defense cracker boxes from 1962, and other eccentric items for display. Dr. Fife and I have subsequently exchanged at least 20 emails, discussing the lab equipment, the purposes of the research, and just some good ol' stories about Mac students and the rat labs.

    Our Benefactor
    Dr. Doug Fife, Plymouth State College
    MacMurray College Class of 1965

    Computer Lab Renovation

    posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Joseph Squillace   [ updated Jan 4, 2012, 6:50 PM by Jodi Williams ]

    Mac Hall Student Lounge undergoes transformation

    The computer lab in MacMurray Hall was renovated this summer (2011) with a new coat of paint, new decorations and rearranged furniture. There are six computer stations, one laptop station, and lounge chairs and tables for study groups to meet. 
    According to Joe Squillace, the new chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, “With all new faculty in the Social Work Program, it provided us an opportunity to get to know one another, to learn the resources available to students in the program, and to create a positive environment for research and learning.”

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