Portland, June 11th. An intimate group of friends and donors gathered to honor the dedication of supporters to the PSU School of Social Work.  Gerard McAleese, Lucille McAleese, and Bill Furman were on hand for the event. (Photo Credit, Andie Petkus) The School of Social Work has been Changing Lives for 50 years as the only graduate social work program in the State of Oregon.

Unveiling of the Joyce N. Furman Memorial Fountain

Unveiling of the Joyce N. Furman Memorial Fountain

Adreanne Hazen and Gary Maffei

Adreanne Hazen and Gary Maffei

Adreanne Hazen, PSU President Wim Wiewel, PSU Dean David Springer, and Bill Furman

Adreanne Hazen, PSU President Wim Wiewel, PSU Dean David Springer, and Bill Furman

Gary Maffei and Joan Allen

Gary Maffei and Joan Allen

President Wiewel, MSW Student Joanna House, Interim Dean Nancy Koroloff, and Dean David Springer

President Wiewel, MSW Student Joanna House, Interim Dean Nancy Koroloff, and Dean David Springer

Four major gifts were recognized at the event: 

  • The Furman Charitable Trust gave $200,000 to support a project of the School of Social Work’s Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services,  which is improving systems change work for youth aging out of foster care.
  • Bob and Barre Stoll gave $150,000 to create an Endowed Dean’s Fund for Special Projects which will provide a resource for ongoing innovation in the School of Social Work.
  • Alumni Bill, (MSW ’92) and Julie (MSW ’93) Young, pledged a $50,000 matching gift to match any gift between $500 and $1000 to any scholarship fund in the School of Social Work
  • Homer “Spike” Wadsworth, MSW ’67 and Sherry Sheng gave $100,000 to expand on scholarships awarded to MSW and PhD students in the School of Social Work. 
Tony Leinweber, Sherry Sheng, and Duane McDougall

Tony Leinweber, Sherry Sheng, and Duane McDougall

Sandy Wiscarson, Beryl Robison, MSW '72, and Professor Emerita Joan Shireman

Sandy Wiscarson, Beryl Robison, MSW ’72, and Professor Emerita Joan Shireman

The New Avenues for Youth crew serving up DELICIOUS Ben and Jerry's Sundaes
The New Avenues for Youth crew serving up Ben and Jerry’s Sundaes

From Portland State University:

Through the support of contributors like these our work will continue to thrive for the next 50 years! For more information on supporting scholarship funds at the School of Social Work contact Crystal Froembling at (503) 725-9914 or [email protected]

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