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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.”
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.
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.
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