MSW Student Association

Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) 

 

The  MSWSA is a student-run organization  dedicated to promoting academic, professional and personal growth of M.S.W.  students throughout their time at the university. The MSWSA participates in community outreach and service projects, and  organizes social events for students to communicate with cohorts. The MSWSA  aims to bring all members of the M.S.W. Program together in order to build a  stronger, more unified program. This association is responsive and flexible to  students’ interests and concerns.

 

MSW Summer Picnic


2013-2014

MSWSA Officers:


President:

Brittany Schau


Brittany

Hometown: Bennett, IA

Year: 2nd Year Foundation

What made you choose Social Work as a career?

It was ultimately through my involvement with a student organization that I discovered my passion. Their focus was on revealing leadership through service, relationships, and action. It allowed for self-reflection and introduced me to new ideas and new people; all while giving back to different communities through large group service projects. When thinking of how to best carry this energy and excitement for helping others into a career, Social Work was the clear choice.

Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member? 

I very much enjoy community and being a part of something. The MSWSA has allowed me to work closely with others on achieving goals that we as students have. It’s fun, comfortable, and successful at giving us a voice within the Social Work Department

As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?

As a future social worker, I see myself as a Family Therapist within a Wilderness Therapy Agency somewhere incredibly beautiful and welcoming. The actual geographic location has yet to be determined, however, Colorado has caught my eye.

Fun/Random Fact: 

I could NOT survive without daily access to sticky notes and highlighters. 

 

Vice President:

Amy Finch


Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Year: 2nd Year Foundation

Amy

What made you choose Social Work as a career?

Compassion, touching others in a real and meaningful way.

Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member?

I love working on our association goals together, we are a great team!

As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?

Opening an agency that focuses on the holistic mind body connection in Philadelphia.

Fun/Random Fact:

My undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts

 

 






Secretary:

Ashley Heffern


Ashley

Hometown: Harpers Ferry, IA

Year: 1st Year Foundation

What made you choose Social Work as a career?

I have quite a broad interest base, and Social Work seems to encompass or touch on most of the things I'm intersted in.

Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member?

I've enjoyed getting to know other MSW students.  It's so great to be surrounded by like-minded people and learn about opportunities on campus and off that relate to my field.  It's also been a great resource for understanding the program.

As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?

In the immediate future, I hope to return to East Africa to work with homeless youth.  Further in the future I'm intereted in refugee work.

Fun/Random Fact:

I recently returned from living in Korea for two years.

 

 


Treasurer:

Whitni Warnike


Whitni

Hometown: Manson, IA

Year: 2nd Year Foundation

What made you choose Social Work as a career?

I kind of stumbled upon social work in my undergraduate. I needed to take some extra classes outside of my psychology major, so I decided to try social work. It felt like the right fit for me. Plus, I loved the variety that the field offers. There are so many opportunities in social work!

Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member?

I love collaborating with other students to improve our program and give back to the community! The association makes me feel more connected to my education at UNI.  We also get to plan and participate in some really awesome events!

As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where? 

My dream job is to get my certification in animal-assisted therapy and work with children and their families.

Fun/Random Fact:

I am a die-hard Chicago Bears fan.



Fundraising Chair:

Stephanie Kollasch


Steph

Hometown: Bancroft, IA

Year: Advanced Standing

What made you choose Social Work as a career?

I really had no idea what Social Work was about, but I just had a gut instinct to switch my major when I was a sophomore.  I have always really wanted to help people in whatever way possible, and this seemed like a good career choice.  I couldn't be happier with how that gut instinct has played out.

Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member?

I like the MSWSA because I feel like it is a great way to get involved within our program and the community.

As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?

My dream job would include me traveling all around the world multiple times a year and helping those in need.  I would have a central office I would work out of when I wasn't traveling and it would be located in Iowa close to my family.

Fun/Random Fact:

By the time I was 20 I had been to 16 countries.



Volunteer Chair:

Jessica Gourley


Jess

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Year: Advanced Standing

What made you choose Social Work as a career?

I was always drawn to working in a helping profession.  I took a few courses at Kirkwood in disability services, education and human services as a senior in high school.  I immediately gravitated towards human services and decided to pursue a degree in Social Work.

Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member?

I enjoy being a part of the MSWSA because of the support and connections it provides academically.

As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?

My dream job would be to work in a child life unit at a hospital with terminally ill children and their families.

Fun/Random Fact:

I am getting married during Christmas break on January 3rd, 2014 to my fiance, Rob, who I have been with for 7 years.



Public Relations Chair:

Eryn Utterback


eryn

Hometown: Sigourney, IA

Year: Advanced Standing

What made you choose Social Work as a career?

I have always enjoyed helping others.  My mom has been a Social Worker for 30+ years and I always got to see from her how rewarding it is to help people in need. 

Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member?

I enjoy being an MSWSA member because it allows me to be involved in the program and be a part of volunteer opportunitites in the community.

As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?

My dream job is to work with children and families in the school setting in a big city.

Fun/Random Fact:

I raise and sell quail back at home as part of a business I started in high school called Crouse Creek Quail.