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May
16
2016
Baylor names Singletary new SSW dean
Baylor University named Jon Singletary dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work on Thursday.

Singletary has served as the school’s interim dean since June 2015. He succeeds Diana Garland, the school’s first dean, who died in September after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Interim Provost Todd Still said he made the decision after “an extensive, painstaking national search.”
May
16
2016
Houston graduate plans to work with at-risk youth
William Flakes, 35, of Houston celebrated earning his Master of Social Work degree Friday afternoon at Baylor University.

Flakes is among the first cohort of students to graduate from Baylor's online advanced standing social work program in Houston.

He said he plans to start a non-profit for kids in his hometown of Houston.

"I never would've imagined a person from where I'm from would have made it to a place like Baylor but the fact that they took a shot on me I'm so grateful for that," he said.

Flakes grew up Houston's Third Ward community surrounded by violence and drugs.

He said he knew there was much more to life and one day imagined himself mentoring kids.
Apr
22
2016
Waco ISD & GSSW enter grant partnership
Faculty from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University returned to the Waco Independent School District’s board of trustees Thursday with a revised plan to assist the struggling district.

The social work faculty, along with members of the School of Education, presented a plan in January titled Be Emotionally Aware and Responsive, or BEAR, to help multiple Waco ISD campuses reduce student behavior issues linked to cognitive challenges. The district would have paid a combined cost of $1.5 million to the Baylor schools over three years.
Apr
13
2016
GSSW rises in the national rankings
"The School was celebrated for Diana’s leadership in ways that have helped increase our ranking year after year; now, as the School is honored to carry her name, we will continue to be recognized for the ways she shaped our teaching and research endeavors," Singletary said. "Year after year, Diana reminded us that we work hard, not for this recognition, but because we are called to be faithful. We have a history of not paying attention to the numbers that are counted by these scores, but to the impact we hope to have because of our commitment to quality education and scholarship. However, it is an honor to be recognized by our peers, and I am grateful that they see the quality of what we are doing."
Feb
3
2016
HS seniors participate in Invitation to Excellence at BU
Twice a year, high-achieving high school seniors are invited to campus to participate in a weekend of activities to introduce potential students to Baylor’s academic rigor and exceptional faculty. With participation comes a $2000 scholarship and an opportunity to apply for a full tuition Faculty Scholarship.

At the end of January, 120 prospective students joined an interdisciplinary group of 14 faculty members from the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College and the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work to work through a scenario entitled “Meeting the Health Care Needs of Our Neighbors”.
Jan
26
2016

Some Waco schools could be getting additional help next fall if the Waco Independent School District board of trustees awards funding to Baylor University to assist Waco ISD administrators with behavior improvement and family relationship building.



Titled the Be Emotional Aware and Responsive — or BEAR — Project, four Baylor staff members and 16 graduate students will offer help to six campuses with needed improvements, such as classroom management and student behavior.



If the board approves the project Thursday, the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and the School of Education would receive a total of about $1.5 million over three years to pay for staff and research.

Oct
20
2015
Is Your Child At Risk To Be Recruited For Human Trafficking? Know the Signs, Expert Says
Elizabeth Goatley, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, studies human trafficking. In this story, she identifies several signs that parents and guardians should look for to determine whether their children are at risk to be recruited for human trafficking. "Each year, there are 30,000 to 40,000 children at risk for trafficking recruitment,” Goatley said. "Some common places for recruitment are schools, bus stations, homeless shelters, malls and on the Internet."
Oct
20
2015
What caretakers can do when their patient believes God has abandoned them
Dr. Jim Ellor was the featured expert in an article about speaking to and working with patients who hold negative spiritual beliefs. It was picked up in the Huffington Post. Read the full article here.
Sep
24
2015
Editorial: Diana Garland’s influence will endure

One can appreciate Diana Garland’s life in a multitude of remarkable ways, but two stand out in terms of her legacy. First, more than most, as founding dean of Baylor University’s School of Social Work, she exemplified efforts by scholars piercing the so-called “Baylor bubble” to make a significant impact benefiting her neighbors and fellow residents. That includes leading a school numbering some 300 in setting up new digs downtown, not on campus, in 2011. We were glad to call her neighbor.

Sep
24
2015
Judge Ken Starr celebrates the Pope and Diana Garland


… This week, as we eagerly anticipated the papal visit, we bade farewell to Baylor’s modern-day saint, Dean Diana Garland, whose name now graces Baylor’s School of Social Work. In her own way, Diana was — like Pope Francis — an unforgettable person whose message of love and hope transcended the brokenness of our world. Diana will always be remembered as a pioneer — a visionary who saw with intellectual and emotional power the invaluable role of Christian commitment in the surpassingly important field of social work. …

Jul
13
2015
Study: Social workers struggle to talk faith in practice
New research by a Baylor University professor shows that licensed clinical social workers believe that discussions about their clients’ religion and spirituality can often lead to improved health and mental health, but practitioners are not integrating these conversations into their counseling sessions.
Apr
27
2015
Regents Vote to Change Name of School
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2015) – Baylor University’s Board of Regents has voted to name the university’s School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, Ph.D., who has announced that she will step down from her position June 1 and return to faculty.
Mar
2
2015
Legacy of Social Work Service Explored
In honor of National Social Work Month, the local Waco Today magazine just featured Dr. Preston Dyer, professor emeritus, along with retired McLennan Community College instructor Martie Sauter, for their legacy of 50+ years of social work service. Preston is a trailblazer in the field, and we are blessed that he still touches lives in this school every semester.
Dec
10
2014
Practical Advice for Coping with Grief During the Holidays
Dr. Helen Harris is featured in a number of publications giving practical advice for coping with grief at the holidays.
Nov
4
2014
Dyer Tops List of Influential Social Workers
Our very own Dr. Preston Dyer is named the top most influential social worker alive today in an article on the Social Work Degree Guide website.
Oct
21
2014
Faculty Member Featured as
Dr. Dennis Myers was recently featured as an expert in the field of Gerontology and connecting with congregations.
Oct
16
2014
WACO, Texas (Oct. 16, 2014) -- "Faith and Film" will be the theme of the 2014 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture. Hosted by the Institute for Faith and Learning and the Institute for Studies of Religion, the conference will take place Thursday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 25.
Sep
12
2014
BU School of Social Work Houston Campus Coming Summer 2015!
The Baylor School of Work is looking to offer its Master of Social Work at a location in the Houston metro area.
Nov
12
2013
Dr. Jon Singletary Recognized with VCU Making a Difference Alumni Award
Jon Eric Singletary, Ph.D., M.Div, M.S.W., exemplifies how to make a difference through social work research, community practice, teaching and scholarship.
Oct
24
2013
James W. Ellor, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Social Work at Baylor, and Sara Dolan, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, have been chosen for a major state award for their volunteer crisis intervention work in the city of West following the fertilizer plant explosion in April in which 15 people were killed.
Oct
24
2013
Congratulations to Dr. Gaynor Yancey, who was just recently recognized for outstanding achievement by her Alma Mater, East Texas Baptist University.
Oct
15
2013
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2013) - Baylor University today announced a gift from Danny and Lenn Prince of Dallas, Texas, that will establish the Danny and Lenn Prince Chair in the School of Social Work.
Aug
21
2013
The Baylor School of Social Work will hold its annual Fall Worship Service Thurs., Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary Chapel with three very special guests.
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