Celebration of Excellence

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 Valerie Hill



The School of Social Work recognized the achievements of dozens of students during a virtual celebration earlier this month.

School administrators, faculty and staff hosted an online “watch party” to view the 2020 Summer Celebration of Excellence video.

In the video, faculty members announced awards to graduate and undergraduate students for outstanding academic achievements, successfully completing field internships, receipt of scholarships and other milestones they reached this summer.


Diane Mitschke, associate dean for academic and student affairs, said the Social Work honorees were celebrated because they had made “positive impacts…in communities across the state of Texas through their field internships and volunteer work.”


The Celebration of Excellence event specifically honored students who reached the highest levels of classroom and leadership performance this summer. A similar event held in May recognized student achievements earned last spring.

Celebration of Excellence watch party was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, on the School’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The video featured faculty members who nominated Social Work students, student organization leaders and student military veterans for various awards.


Mitschke said many of the student leaders who were honored had met the needs of children, adults with limited abilities, crime victims, aging parents and other clients who received social services at agencies across Texas.


Social Work students are required to complete hundreds of hours of practical training, or field placements, in adoption agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, police departments, schools and other social service organizations prior to earning their bachelor or Master’s degrees.


“This Celebration provides an opportunity for faculty and staff in the School of Social Work to honor the work that students have done to promote community and to embody Maverick spirit,” Mitschke said. “This is particularly the case as we recognize our graduate and undergraduate student leaders. These students represent a select few who have served as advocates, mentors, and liaisons to students within UTA, providing resources, addressing concerns, and promoting a strong sense of community, which has been essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.”


To view the virtual 2020 Summer Celebration of Excellence, click below:



UTA School of Social Work on FaceBook




UTA School of Social Work on YouTube



Celebration of Excellence  Summer Banner


School of Social Work Celebration of Excellence Summer 2020 Program