Year in Review 2014-15
Terry Cross Receives Honorary Ph.D.
Terry Cross — a distinguished alumnus and former faculty member of the School of Social Work — received an honorary Ph.D. from Portland State University at its commencement ceremonies this past June.
Terry L. Cross, MSW, ACSW, LCWS, is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation. He received his masters degree in social work from Portland State in 1977 and served as adjunct faculty in the School of Social Work for 25 years. During his 40 year career, he has worked passionately and tirelessly to improve policies and services for American Indian children and communities.
After receiving his degree, Terry delivered the commencement speech to graduates and assembled guests. His address was a mixture of reflection on his own experiences working for social justice and advocating for Indian child and communities and advice to the new graduates.
Statewide School of Social Work Site Visits
Over the past year, Dean Laura Nissen and representatives of the School of Social Work visited our locations across the state to continue the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary which began in Portland in the spring of 2014.
Unique among the schools at Portland State, the School of Social Work educates social workers across the state, with programs in Portland, Ashland, Bend, Eugene and Salem, and now online as well.
First on tap was a July visit to beautiful Bend, where site coordinator Gary Smith and Dean Laura Nissen gathered with current students and alumni. They are pictured above in front of the former location of the MSW Distance Offices, the Dennis Maloney Community Justice Center.
Next up were stops in Salem and Eugene in February to bring celebratory cakes and do some extended 50th anniversary celebrating with distance students, faculty and community partners. Pictured above are Laura and Rep. Joe Gallegos (MSW, ’73) celebrating in Salem!
In March, Dean Nissen, her assistant Katie Cagle, and Distance Option – Bend Site Coordinator Gary Smith visited Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. They met with Provost Sarah Witte and Regina Braker, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Oregon University, along with EOU faculty and students to discuss the significant need for social workers in Eastern Oregon. Gary and Katie are pictured above.
In May School leadership traveled to southern Oregon for a celebration, networking and training evening in Medford. Over 40 alumni, field coordinators and other social workers associated with PSU’s School of Social Work distance option program in Ashland celebrated the School’s 50th anniversary. Delicious cakes, pictured above, in celebration of the anniversary and the retirement of longtime distance coordinator Gretchen Thiel were enjoyed.