Baylor Professor, Students Elected State Social Work Officers

Aug. 24, 2001

A Baylor social work professor and two students were elected to serve as officers in the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Dr. Laine Scales, assistant professor of social work at Baylor, was elected to represent the Waco unit on the Leadership Search Committee. She will work with other representatives throughout the state to identify and develop leadership for the professional organization. Scales, who will serve a two-year term beginning July 2001, previously was elected to represent the East Texas unit from 1998-1999.

Amy Waston, a junior social work major from Spring, was elected to the state board of directors. Watson will serve a two-year term as the undergraduate student representative through June 2003.

Vicki Northern, a graduate student from Waco and project manager for the Center for Family and Community Ministries at Baylor, also was elected to the state board of directors. Northern will serve a a two-year term as the graduate student representative through June 2003.

The NASW is a professional organization for social workers who provide important services in a range of settings, including schools, hospitals, nursing homes, courts, prisons and mental health agencies. Since 1955, the organization has been dedicated to helping improve the lives of children, individuals, families and communities. The Texas chapter has more than 6,000 members, who are committed to maintaining the highest standards in the practice of social work across the state.

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