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OLLU-RGV social work student wins Andrew Marks Advocacy Award

Congratulations to OLLU-RGV BSW student Stephanie Garcia for receiving the Andrew Marks Advocacy Award for 2022.

Garcia’s advocacy work includes a wide breadth of awareness events surrounding support for immigrants and DACA students. In her role as Worden Social Work Organization (WSWO) President, she has been the driving force behind reviving student involvement, both on campus and online, in WSWO involvement and taking the lead on organizing the WSWO Human Trafficking series, along with so many unique events.

Garcia’s award was presented virtually during SWAD (Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol).

December graduate wins Alamo Area Student of the Year Award

Jaime Nicholson (BSW 2020) has been named Alamo Area Student of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

A military veteran, Nicholson played a pivotal, on-the-ground role with a pilot program that serves the homeless in District 1. She was OLLU’s first social work intern in the District 1 Council office.

District 1 City Councilman Robert Trevino praised her service.

“Ms. Nicholson’s dedication to serving her community is at the heart of the successful District 1 pilot initiative, the Homeless Outreach Program, adopted into the 2021 City Budget,” Trevino said. “Her work helped define ways to address deficiencies required to access resources. Jaime presented innovative solutions that are now included in city-wide processes.”

Cynthia Medina, Associate Professor of Social Work, taught Nicholson in two social work courses and presented her the award. 

“At Our Lady of the Lake University, while juggling academics, employment and parenthood, Jaime Nicholson held leadership positions in the Worden Social Work Organization and Student Veterans Association,” Medina said. “Through her leadership and consistently insightful reflections and contributions to difficult, complex and often controversial discussions, Jaime became a trusted peer and mentor sought out for advice.”

Join the Worden Social Work Organization for a spaghetti dinner

The Worden Social Work Organization is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser next Monday from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Worden Lobby. Each plate is $5 and includes spaghetti with a choice of sauce, salad and bread. All profits raised from the fundraiser will assist in sending social work students to the National Association of Social Workers Convention and sponsoring Phi Alpha’s Honors Convocation.

For more information, call 210-823-8945.