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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Farewell Receptions Honor Faculty

May 28, 2012

GSSW honored longtime faculty member Professor Susan Manning with a farewell reception on May 24. Held in the Renaissance Room of the Mary Reed Building, the reception was attended by students, faculty, staff, family, friends and many of the GSSW graduates Manning mentored during her 28-year affiliation with the school.

The author of numerous scholarly works, including a 2003 book on ethical leadership, Manning earned both her MSW and PhD at GSSW. Prior to her faculty appointment in 1990, she served as an adjunct professor and a field instructor at Adams Community Mental Health. She also played an instrumental role in establishing GSSW's Four Corners MSW program based in Durango, Colo.

In the community, Manning worked for many years with CHARG Resource Center, a Denver-based nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of individuals with mental illness through a unique partnership among clients, staff and community members. She served on the program's community board from 1996 through 2006, including seven years as its president or vice president.

Manning’s research on empowerment was inspired by the CHARG partnership model, among the first mental health programs to use an empowerment approach. Along with CHARG consumers and staff, Manning co-authored a publication on the CHARG model.

Read more about Manning’s contributions to social work, and see photos of her retirement reception, in the fall 2012 issue of GSSW Magazine.

GSSW also held a farewell reception for Assistant Professor Colleen Reed on May 1. Reed, who joined the faculty in 2005, was the principal investigator of PROGRESS, an innovative program initially funded in part by the John A. Hartford Foundation and that continues to train MSW students specializing in geriatric social work.

Professor and American Humane Endowed Chair Frank Ascione, formerly the executive director of GSSW's Institute for Human-Animal Connection, has resigned his faculty position, but continues his affiliation with the school as a scholar-in-residence.