Mosaics – Fall 2018

student getting hooded on stage at graduation.


Commencement Gallery

Highlights from our 2018 ceremony

How do YOU MSW?

Alumni share about their non-traditional careers

Recognizing Excellence

Honoring our Research and Field Educators Award Recipients

Introducing the Online DSW program

Program begins Fall 2019

Inside the issue

How do YOU MSW? Alumni discuss diversity of degree

illustrations of non-traditional social work careers, politics, banking, teaching, etc.

Helping community -- from social work to selling homes

illustration of a home for sale.

A natural fit: social work and environmental justice

hands cupping water.

Excellence in Research and Field Education

group of field educators.

Commencement Gallery

two new graduates taking a selfie.

Introducing a DSW Program

crest of university.


quote bubble with "hello" in it.

Dean's Column

Portrait of Nancy Smyth.

News of the School

stack of newspapers.



Maureen Hammett
Vice Dean/Chief of Staff

Sarah J. Watson
Communications Officer and Senior Project Manager

Jana Eisenberg
Editor/Contributing Writer

Elizabeth Caputi 
Graduate Assistant 


Libby Pfonner
Onion Studio, Inc.

Dylan Buyskes
Onion Studio, Inc. 

Mosaics, the newsletter of the UB School of Social Work, is produced twice a year. October, 2018. Volume 13, Number 1.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York. UB’s more than 30,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 390 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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