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Dean travels to North Carolina

Oct. 2, 2006

October 2006 NC visit

On a crisp day in late September, 25 alumni and friends of the Carver School and of Baylor Social Work gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina to renew old friendships, make new ones, eat together, and spend three hours in continuing education together, led by Diana Garland (last dean at Carver and first dean at Baylor) and Tami Ruckman, a Carver School alumna and an accomplished social work fundraiser. The 25 participants hailed from 12 different states and several generations of classes. The event was sponsored by Baylor's church social work network and by WMU. It took place during the WMU conference "Experience the Joy of Missions." The afternoon was especially poignant when the number of Carver School alumni met two Baylor alumni who are now serving in their area on congregational staffs--Carol McEntyre in Knoxville, Tennessee, and LeAnn Gardner in Columbia, South Carolina.

Over lunch, attendees regaled one another with favorite memories from their time as students. Diana led a workshop on "Religiously affiliated organizations and the 'faith-based social initiatives'" and Tami on "For where your treasure is your heart will be also: Raising money for your ministry."

Although participants came from all over the country, the majority came from the local region, so that the event provided opportunity for future networking. If you would like to host a network gathering in your area, Baylor School of Social Work will be happy to help you locate other alumni and friends in the area.

Several alumni from Carver spontaneously wrote checks to provide scholarship funds for current and future Baylor social work students. The Baylor School of Social Work wants to say a public thank you to these newest donors. As you remember when you were a student, every dollar of scholarship money can make a big difference. In addition, this gift from Carver alumni to Baylor symbolizes the common heritage of the two programs, and that the mission of Carver lives on in the work of the Baylor School of Social Work and its future generations of alumni. Thank you!