Summer 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Friday, Sep 02, 2022

By Valerie Fields Hill
School of Social Work

Family of a UTA graduate student               UTA graduate students taking a picture


The School of Social Work honored 232 students for their outstanding academic performance, internship achievements and their service to peers.


The students were recognized Aug. 13 during “Celebration of Excellence,” a gathering hosted at the end of each semester by School of Social Work administrators to highlight stellar performances in the classroom and during clinical field internships.


The Summer 2022 Celebration and reception were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Social Work complex on the UTA campus.


“The Celebration of Excellence serves as an opportunity to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of our graduating Social Work students,” said Dr. Diane Mitschke, associate dean for academic and student affairs.


“Many of our students conduct research, serve in leadership roles and as peer mentors, and contribute to the school and the community in ways that build connections that reach far beyond the classroom,” she said.


Among the students recognized were seven undergraduate students named to the BSW Directors List. The students earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages.


The BSW Directors List honorees are Julie Gottlieb, Christopher Wright, Gabriela Castillo, Jennifer Linger, Peyton Heilig, Kaiden Gibson and Morgan Wixson.


Another 161 graduate students also were named to the MSW Directors List.

Four graduating students earned distinctive honors for their field service. 

Students complete pre-professional “field” internships at hospitals, social service agencies, legislative offices, and many other non-profit organizations to gain hands-on experience in the Social Work profession.


Esther Rocha was named Outstanding BSW Field Student and Damaris Henderson, Elizabeth Buendia and Amy Melendez were honored as the Outstanding MSW Advanced Field Students.

Completing field training is a requisite for earning a diploma.


Other honorees of distinction include: 

Outstanding Student Activist

Christian Mason


Title IV-E Recipients

Laura Greennidge 

Courtney Irby

Courtney Quijas

Erin Khan