Mosaics – Spring 2021

UBSSW Alums Celebrate Social Work Month

Anne Smith, MSW ’02, Natalie Geisbuesch, MSW '19, and Stephanie Seeber, MSW ’19, masked up and wearing UB t-shirts.

This year’s national Social Work Month (March) theme, “Social Workers Are Essential, ”is fitting all the time, and especially now, with the heightened awareness and experience of the array of health and societal issues brought about by the ongoing pandemic. That’s one reason we were pleased to see this Instagram photo. Plus their upbeat attitude and the fact that these women paused their own vital contributions to document the moment—in their UB gear, no less. Natalie Geisbuesch, MSW ’19 says, “We’re celebrating Social Work Month AND Alma Mater Day at Highland Hospital in Rochester! All three of us are UB School of Social Work graduates, and we’re all inpatient social workers on med/surg floors!” [L to R: Anne Smith, MSW ’02, Natalie Geisbuesch, MSW '19, and Stephanie Seeber, MSW ’19]

Inside the issue

Social Isolation and Elderly

Stock image of police and protestors facing off.

Q&A with Nancy J. Smyth

Illustration of group of people with empty text boxes above them.

What I'm Up to

Portrait of Michelle Fortunado-Kewin.

Virtual IPE Day

Illustration of four diverse people holding hands in circle.

Class Notes

Yellow conversation bubble with "Hello!" written.

Dean's Column

Portrait of Nancy Smyth.



Maureen Hammett
Vice Dean/Chief of Staff

Sarah J. Watson
Associate Director of Communications

Jana Eisenberg
Contributing Editor/Writer

Design and Photography

Joseph Galanti (design)
IDesign, Inc.

Dylan Buyskes (photography)
Onion Studio, Inc.


Mosaics, the newsletter of the UB School of Social Work, is produced twice a year. April 2021. Volume 15, Number 2.

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