Mosaics – Spring 2020

Cairn terrier mix dog, Lola, pictured with vets and owner, Alyssa Pepe.


Animals in Social Work

Exploring the human-animal connection through social work

Social Impact Fellows

MSW & MBA students help improve workplace safety

CRISP Political Boot Camp

Empowering Social Work Students

Say Yes Buffalo

Working with UBSSW to help kids finish high school

Inside the issue

Exploring the Human-Animal Connection

Libraries' exam week therapy dog with UB students.

Look into the Life of a Veterinary Social Worker

Alyssa Pepe picture with co-works at vet practice.

Say Yes Buffalo and the School of Social Work

Group of male high school students pictured with teachers.

Changing Lives Through Social Work Partnerships

three social impact fellows students at Stitch Buffalo, surrounded by colorful fabric.

Celebration of Social Work

one student and faculty holding oversized check.

CRISP Political Boot Camp

logo of CRISP, featuring outline of Capitol Building.

The Campaigner

portrait of Hector Chaidez Ruacho.

Challenge 2 Change

three high school students posing with "change agent" signs.

Dean's Column

Portrait of Nancy Smyth.

News of the School

stack of newspapers.

Hot Off the Press

stack of books.

Last Word

fireworks graphic saying "big news".



Maureen Hammett
Vice Dean/Chief of Staff

Sarah J. Watson
Associate Director of Communications

Jana Eisenberg
Contributing Editor/Writer

Denise Serio
Project Manager

Corinne Fiegl and
Meschelle Linjean
Graduate Assistants

Design and Photography

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. April, 2020. Volume 14, Number 2.

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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