Month: December 2011

SSW Alumni Connect

SSW Alumni ConnectSSW Alumni Connect
Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wood-n-Tap Bar & Grill
99 Sisson Ave., Hartford, CT

The UConn School of Social Work Alumni Board of Directors invites all SSW alumni to attend Alumni Connect on Friday, January 20 at the Wood-n-Tap Bar & Grill in Hartford, CT. This is a free event – we’ll provide the food, you provide the good company – cash bar is available. This is a great opportunity to re-connect with colleagues and meet other SSW alumni. Bring your business card.

Other Alumni Connect events may be planned for additional locations throughout the region based on the success of this program.

RSVP by 1/13/12: or 860-570-9129



Coming from I-84 East or West, get off Exit 46 / Sisson Ave. Go to the light at the end of the ramp and take a left onto Sisson Ave. The Wood-n-Tap is located about a 100 yards up on the right-hand side, at the intersection of Sisson Ave and Capital Ave.

Parking for the Wood-n-Tap is across the street on Capital Ave.


Across the street on Capital Ave. Free street parking is also available.

Dr. Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, MSW ’83, Authors Book

Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, JD, MSW, ACSW, professor and associate dean at Saint Joseph College School of Graduate and Professional Studies has written a new book titled The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work Through the Holocaust (Syracuse University Press, October 2011). The book captures the experiences and social work philosophy of Holocaust survivor and renowned social work educator Professor Louis Lowy.

Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, JD, MSW, ACSW

According to Professor Gardella, Louis Lowy’s wife Ditta and several of his faculty colleagues from Boston University School of Social Work invited her to write his biography based on an unfinished oral narrative. “It was a great honor to present Professor Lowy’s story and to complete the project that he had begun.”

An international social worker and gerontologist who was professor emeritus at Boston University School of Social Work, Professor Louis Lowy (1920 – 1991), rarely spoke publicly about the Holocaust. During the last months of his life, however, he recorded an oral narrative that explored his activities during the Holocaust as the formative experiences of his career. Whether caring for youth in concentration camps, leading an escape from a death march, or forming the self-government of a Jewish displaced persons center, Louis Lowy was guided by principles that would later inform his professional identity as a social worker, including the values of human worth and self-determination, the interdependence of generations, and the need for social participation and lifelong learning.

Drawing on Professor Lowy’s oral narrative and accounts from three other Holocaust survivors who witnessed his work in the Terezín ghetto and the Deggendorf Displaced Persons Center, Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella offers a rich portrait of Professor Lowy’s personal and professional legacy. In chronicling his life, Professor Gardella also uncovers a larger story about Jewish history and the meaning of the Holocaust in the development of the social work profession.

Alumni Leader Making a Difference – Anne Foley, MSW ’87

Anne Foley is Under Secretary, Policy Development and Planning Division, Office of Policy and Management (OPM). As Under Secretary, She oversees state efforts to coordinate the implementation of interagency service delivery systems and improve the effectiveness of state services through research and policy development.

Anne Foley, MSW '87
She is chair of various statutory committees including the Child Poverty and Prevention Council, the Low Income Energy Advisory Board, and the Tobacco and Health Trust Fund Board of Trustees.

Read more at our Alumni Leaders Making a Difference site.

SSW Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Participate in UConn Reads

The University of Connecticut’s UConn Reads program has been created to bring together the entire University community – from students, faculty, and staff to alumni and friends of UConn, as well as citizens of Connecticut – for a far-reaching and engaging dialogue centered on a book suggested by the community. You are invited to join us in reading this year’s book of choice and, over the coming year, participating in the conversation through an exciting series of discussion groups and other events and activities hosted by the University.

Several School of Social Work students, faculty, staff and alumni are already participating in the inaugural year of the UConn Reads program. The 2011-12 Steering Committee, which includes SSW Director of Student Services Milagros Marrero-Johnson, has chosen Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, a nonfiction bestseller centered on the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

Relating the personal stories of various women across Africa and Asia who have been victims of gender-based violence, abuse, and torture, Half the Sky gives insight into the struggles and tragedies as well as some of the triumphs of these survivors while demonstrating how the future of the global economy relies on investing in and supporting women around the world.

To learn how you can participate, visit the UConn Reads website.