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Dr. Joyce Brenner, Director of the Wurzweiler Block Program in Israel, Honored as Distinguished Alumni, Retires After 27 Years

Dean Carmen Ortiz Hendricks presents Dr. Joyce Brenner with the first ever Wurzweiler Distinguished Alumni Award

On July 23rd, 2014 Dr. Joyce Brenner’s twenty seven years with Wurzweiler School of Social Work were recognized as she steps down and embraces retirement. The first ever Wurzweiler School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Brenner, who graduated

Dr. Joyce Brenner delivers the Commencement Address July 23rd, 2014 at the Block Program Graduation, fifty years after receiving her own MSW degree.

fifty years ago with an MSW degree from the School in 1964, and then received her DSW degree twenty years later. Dr. Brenner also delivered the Commencement Address to the fifty-five graduating students, fifty years after she received the same degree. As well, in an example of coming “full circle”, Dr. Brenner’s own daughter was one of the graduates, hearing her own mother’s inspiring words.

Dr. Joyce Brenner (center) with Israeli colleagues Marva Perrin Levine (left) and Meir Charash (right)

Two days prior, on July 21st, more than fifty students, alumni, faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate her accomplishments as Director of the Block Program in Israel and wish her well as she retires after more than a quarter of a century of service.

In addition to some remarks by Dean

Dr. Brenner’s retirement celebration was well attended

Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, a retrospective video featuring photos and well-wishes from colleagues Dr. Ronnie Glassman, Raesa Kaiteris and Meir Charash and an address by Dr. Brenner highlighting her career and offering thanks rounded out the event. Watch the video here.

Dr. Brenner with students and Dr. Joan Beder (right)

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