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Alumni Panelists Lead Discussion at First Annual Massachusetts Social Work Student Conference

Posted October 15, 2008

sworkpanelists.gifThree Western New England College alumni (pictured) were part of a panel discussion at the inaugural Massachusetts Social Work Student Conference, which was hosted on campus October 17 by the College’s Social Work Program.

The day-long event, “Breaking the Ice and Making Connections,” gave participants a chance to network with other students as well as professionals within the social work community. The alumni panelists, all graduates of the College’s Social Work Program, were (L-R) Annette Santiago ’04, Denise Cogman ’93, and Melissa Grenier ’04.

The conference at Rivers Memorial Hall gave students a better understanding of what their future will hold with a degree in social work and helped to prepare them for the next step in their education and ultimately their career as they graduate from college.

Speakers included Gary Bailey, an associate professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, and Rebeca Gewirtz, director of government relations and political action for the National Association of Social Workers.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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