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07.09.20152015 hooding award winners

The College of Social Work recently honored three distinguished alumni and a national leader in behavioral health at our 2015 Master’s of Social Work hooding ceremony on May 8th.

The Alumni Award is presented by College faculty for outstanding work by a graduate that reflects the values and professionalism that we expect from our graduates at the highest level of practice. The Pioneer Award is given by the faculty for outstanding work on the state and national levels that reflects the values and professionalism of social work practice at its highest level.

Dean Anna Scheyett states “In the profession of social work, many people do amazing and inspiring work that is often behind-the-scenes and unknown to many. These awards are a chance to recognize the work of such social work leaders and alumni. The awards are important both to honor their work and to inspire the next generation of social workers—which makes presenting the awards at our hooding ceremony particularly meaningful.”

Meet this year’s recipients

Pioneer Award

Oh Yong Kweon, MSW ’03 is a Representative Senior Partner in the Law Office of Kweon & Choi. He is the Secretary General and Foundation of the Korean Alliance on Mental Illness (KAMI), the Director of the Christian Bioethics Research Institute at the Sung-San Bioethics Research Institute and a board member at Seoul National University. A graduate of the College’s Seoul-based MSW program, Mr. Kweon submitted and presented a KAMI report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in September and advocates for the rights with those with mental illness on multiple fronts.

John Morris, MSW, has extensive experience in the management and executive leadership of clinical programs and systems of care for adults and youth with mental health and substance use conditions. In addition, he has been an educator and researcher and is a national expert on workforce development in behavioral health, having both consulted and published extensively in this area. He currently serves at the Executive Director of the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce, which aims to improve the mental health and addictions workforce.

Alumni Award

Jeremy Martin, MSW ’12, Jeremy Martin, MSW ’12, serves as the Vice President for Treatment and Intervention Services at LRADAC, one of the largest substance use disorder treatment facilities in South Carolina, and as an adjunct instructor for the College of Social Work at The University of South Carolina.  He is a graduate of Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and The University of South Carolina's Master of Social Work Program.  Additionally he has certificates in Drug and Addiction Studies from The University of South Carolina and Nonprofit Leadership from Francis Marion University.  Mr. Martin has extensive experience in program development, grant writing, and building collaborative partnerships across diverse community agencies.  Dedicated towards improving the lives of South Carolinians, he also serves as a member of the United Way of the Midlands’ Health Council, Mental Illness Recovery Center Incorporated’s Human Rights Council, Lexington County’s Community Resource Committee for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Pressley House.  Mr. Martin was raised in Rock Hill, SC and resides in Columbia with his partner.  

Carol Sisco, PhD, MSW ’79 is a respected clinician, consultant, educator and researcher in the field of addictions. She has published and lectured nationally on female addiction and issues facing children of alcohol and drug dependent parents. Her research on alcohol and drug abuse among women in welfare-to-work programs has been cited in over two hundred-fifty publications. The research findings and instruments have been incorporated in national and state welfare reform initiatives. Dr. Sisco has been recognized for her clinical work with children of alcoholics and addicts. She has trained healthcare professionals to work more effectively with this population. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and a National Certified Addiction Counselor. A magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, Sisco went on to obtain a MSW from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Sisco currently serves on the national board of Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and the Annapolis Maritime Museum, where she chairs the Education Advisory Committee. She is also chair of Reach Out Recovery, a non-profit dedicated to addiction education, prevention and recovery.

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