ORU Alumnus Receives Student Social Work High Honor

Julie Mains, 2007 ORU graduate with a degree in psychology, was recently named Oklahoma's Graduate Social Work Student of the Year. Julie is grateful for the foundation in Christian education she received from ORU. "I think ORU really prepared me to work hard in graduate school and expect to be challenged, which placed me ahead of many people in the long run." Julie attended the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa. A committee of social work professors and professionals from across the state review the nominees and choose the winner of this award based on criteria such as academic performance and service both on campus and in the community.

Third Place for Poster Presentation

Senior psychology students Amy Anderson, Samantha Brownell and Caroline Geiger won third place for a poster presentation of their senior paper. They were awarded a cash prize at the Oklahoma Psychological Association Conference in Tulsa on November 7.

The title of their poster was "Healing Preferences for Women with Postabortion Distress in Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America and Assemblies of God Churches" and was based on an empirical study the students have worked on since February 2008. The conference included poster presentations by both undergraduate and graduate students from Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa.

PlaniTulsa Participation

Dr. Lanny Endicott, professor and director of the social work program, took eight students to the Greenwood Cultural Center for a community workshop with the PlaniTulsa program. According to their Web site, PlaniTulsa is a city-wide process to update Tulsa's Comprehensive Plan and promises a new vision that is inclusive and reflects the needs and dreams of all our citizens. Dr. Endicott also plans to take more students to another PlaniTulsa meeting October 28.

Bereavement Data

Dr. Walker, associate professor of behavioral sciences, presents Bereavement Data and collaborates with a colleague from Brooklyn College, to present "Prevalence and Severity of College Student Bereavement" at the first annual conference for Ailing Mothers and Fathers, an organization that provides support and awareness for bereaved students. Her study featured the first data of its kind collected by random sample. She also presented the study at the Association for Death Education and Counseling where she gave a second presentation titled "Grieving and Bereavement Rituals in the Muscogee Creek Tribe."

Undergraduate Social Work Student of the Year 2007-2008

Oral Roberts University student Brittany Oelze, a senior social work major, received the Undergraduate Social Work Student of the Year (2007/2008) award for the state of Oklahoma at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) State Conference recently in Norman.

2003 Outstanding Social Worker for the State of Oklahoma

Dr. Lanny Endicott was honored as the 2003 Outstanding Social Worker for the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers