The Social Work Alumni Society at Kansas University honored two KU students graduating this spring, a faculty member and an alumna at the annual Social Work Day celebration last Friday in the Kansas Union.
John Hoover, Lawrence senior, and Janice Lorraine Rand, Fort Leavenworth master's degree candidate, both of KU's School of Social Welfare, were cited for their commitment to social work and their ability to deal with complex social and ethical problems.
Rand also was recognized for her ability to balance the demands of graduate study and of raising two children while her husband, serving in the military, remained on 24-hour alert for overseas duty in the Persian Gulf war.
Michael D. Saleebey, professor and chairman of the doctoral program, received the outstanding faculty award for his ability to convey the School of Social Welfare's emphasis on working with people's strengths to a wide range of audiences. He is the editor of a soon-to-be published book, "Power in the People: The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practices."
Saleebey's service to KU and the community also was cited. He served on a special committee to review discrimination and racism at KU and is faculty liaison to Gay and Lesbian Services of Kansas. Saleebey helped establish a school-sponsored project at Chouteau Court, a public housing site in Kansas City, Mo., and is a member of the advisory council of the Douglas County AIDS Project.
Annette Kahn, Lawrence, was named alumna of the year. A graduate of KU's master of social work program, Kahn was a child therapist at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center for 11 years, where for a time she directed the Division of Children's Services. She also was recognized for her leadership of Family Focus, a communitywide project, and for her work in chairing the Douglas County Children's Advisory Committee.
Awards were presented during Social Work Day, an annual event sponsored by KU's School of Social Welfare and its Alumni Society.