May 24, 2006 — Wurzweiler School of Social Work celebrated its 47th commencement Wednesday, May 24 at Lamport Auditorium on the Wilf Campus. Some 120 graduates received master of social work degrees and eight were awarded doctorates.
Louise Skolnik, DSW, director of human services at the Nassau County Department of Health and Human Services, delivered the commencement address.
“There is much repairing of this world to do,” Dr. Skolnik said. “I remain supremely confident of our profession’s ability to rise to the challenge of tikkun olam [healing the world].”
She said she was moved and humbled by the dedication and skill of her colleagues practicing in the public sector. All eight health and human service departments in Nassau County are grouped together in one facility, offering “client-centered, holistic and strengths-based” approaches to their clients’ problems. “We are doing a better job of helping people while saving taxpayers’ dollars,” said Dr. Skolnik.
Student speaker Yehuda Kranzler paid tribute to the school’s faculty. “Wurzweiler taught us to be skilled men and women, and good men and women, to tap into the strengths of clients in order to treat them, not tell them what to do,” said Mr. Kranzler. The other student speakers were Jessica Lanzer and Jill Becker-Feigeles.
Wurzweiler will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the 2006-2007 academic year with a major conference and a series of alumni gatherings around the United States, Canada, and Israel.