Distinguished Alumni Awards

award winner Lisa Kaseman pictured with five others

Lisa Kaseman, JD '06, MSW '05, (pictured second from right) is the 2018 Louis H. Swartz Memoria Award Recipient

award winner Nancy Kusmaul pictured with three others

Nancy Kusmaul, PhD '13, (pictured second from left) is the 2018 Distinguished PhD Alumni Award Recipient

award winner Toby Laping pictured with three others

Toby Laping, MSW '63, (pictured second from left) is the 2018 Distinguished MSW Alumni Award Recipient

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors outstanding University at Buffalo School of Social Work alumni who have made noteworthy contributions to social work practice and/or research and who, by their positive attitude and drive to make a difference, have added distinction to the social work profession.

Award recipients are honored during the UBSSW Alumni Event in the fall. All nominees will receive a letter of recognition notifying them of the nomination.

Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Forms

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2018 - Lisa Kaseman (JD/MSW)
2018 - Nancy Kusmaul (PhD)
2018 - Toby Laping
2017 - Al Dirschberger (PhD)
2017 - Ellen Fink-Samnick
2016 - Lisa Rapp-McCall (PhD)
2016 - Marcy Brimo
2015 - Robin Ersing (PhD)
2015 - Nancy Mautone-Smith
2014 - Elaine Maccio (PhD)
2014 - John Bricout
2013 - Bruce Nisbet
2013 - Peter Lyons (PhD)
2012 - Ann Brown (BSW)
2012 - Cynthia Manne
2011 - Bonnie Collins

2005 - Christie Lesser
2004 - Sarlyn Tate
2003 - Cosimo Mautone
2002 - Sandra Bunkley
2001 - Ellen Grant Bishop
2000 - Cynthia Jackson
1999 - Sharon Sisti
1998 - Ken Jasnau
1997 - Robert Weinbach
1996 - Joan Conti
1995 - Janet Palya
1994 - Gerald Powers

1993 - Sara Murphy
1992 - Judy Kallett
1991 - Archie Hunter
1990 - Marjorie Connors
1989 - William Walz
1988 - Michael Moran
1987 - Paul Synor
1986 - Ellen Kennedy-Siewierski
1985 - Frederick Seidl
1983 - Donald Creighton
1982 - Gabe Russo
1981 - John DiBiase