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Martha Raske | EWU School of Social Work Director and ChairDirector/Chair News | Fall 2014

Welcome to the first edition of the Networker!

The newly organized SWAN leaders (Social Work Alumni Network) have joined forces with the School of Social Work to publish an e-Newsletter that will bring you not only the latest news and events from the School, but alumni news and feature articles, plus opportunities to join our Blog and post comments on several of our feature articles. We include pictures from the year’s events and invite EWU social work faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to submit news and items of interest to our extensive social work community. We welcome your contributions.

Read more from the SWAN blog…

Adventures in Retirement"SWAN" The New EWU Social Work Alumni Network

A group of retired social workers have begun planning to develop a new alumni network intended to support all alumni of EWU’s School of Social Work. Our starting group includes, Diana Valdez ‘85, Kateri Bishop ‘96, Annie Shea ‘96 and Jim Lippold, ‘90.

Read more from the SWAN blog…

When caregiving gets personalWhen caregiving gets personal:

Social Workers Caring for their own aging parents or spouse

By Jim Lippold, MSW, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist

My mother is 91 and my dad is 93, both live independently and alone. Mom lives across the street and dad is 1,200 miles away, and long-distance caregiving is a whole unique challenge in itself. My brother lives closer to my dad than I do, so we’ve negotiated that he will be the primary watcher-over-er for dad, and I will watch over mom. They are both in pretty good health, but each has significant limitations with a growing list of needs for help.

Read more from the SWAN blog…

When caregiving gets personalSupporting Spiritual Diversity

What can we do to make the EWU community more supportive and inclusive of all religions?

By Jim Lippold, MSW, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist

Dr. Cindy Nover submitted a proposal to fund a study to develop a full continuum effort that goes from research study to implementation of practical steps to promote spiritual understanding, tolerance and diversity at Eastern. Her goal is to discover the often hidden richness of spiritual diversity and faith practices among the students, faculty and staff who make up the EWU Community.

Read more from the SWAN blog…

Adventures in RetirementAdventures in Retirement:

Same Values – Reinvented Life (and a Left Turn into the Sex Industry)

By Jim Lippold, MSW, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist

When people ask, I reply, I "think" I’m retired. The "I think" reflects my continuing openness to the world of possibilities that present in the transition process out of the full-time employment. I do not rule out part-time work or even full-time given the right situation.

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