Theta Psi, Boise State’s chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society for Social Work, has been awarded a Chapter Service Award for the fifth year in a row.
“I am proud of the hard work and dedication of the members of Phi Alpha,” said Robin Allen, associate professor in the School of Social Work and faculty advisor for the Theta Psi chapter. “This is the fifth year in a row that they have won this national service award. They are an impressive group of students who are always willing to do more for their classmates, the university and the community.”
Allen explained what it takes for an organization to earn a Chapter Service Award: “One of the main values of the social work profession is to be of service – to help people in need and to address social problems.”
Boise State social work students have upheld this value by volunteering at a wide variety of agencies. For example, they assisted the Ronald McDonald House with fund raising and they regularly cooked and served meals for families staying at the house. Also, by helping organize a local National Association of Social Work Advocacy Days event, the club helped to educate social work students and community members from all over the state about social problems.
Several students were presented with the opportunity to travel to Tampa, Fla. in Oct. to accept the award at the Annual Program Meeting for the Council of Social Work Education. Members of the organization continue to promote the profession of social work by volunteering their time at organizations in part because they have sights set on a sixth consecutive award.