Welcome Address by Sister Anne Munley, IHM at Launch of Marywood's Pocono Program
I am delighted to be with you today. I want to thank Dr. Welsh for her outstanding support of this initiative, and all at East Stroudsburg University, for your enthusiastic support and for the spirit of academic and community collaboration we share. Ever since the School of Social Work began at Marywood’s Scranton campus 44 years ago, it has been a model of academic and community collaboration. We look forward to expanding its reach through Marywood’s Pocono Program at East Stroudsburg University.
Social work, by its very nature, demands outreach to others, especially in areas where the provision of these services is most needed. There is a growing demand for social workers with graduate degrees, particularly in this region. It is only fitting, then, that we expand our educational outreach by offering a graduate social work program to students in the Poconos, at a location nearer to where the social work professionals of this area live, work, and make a difference each day. By offering classes on Saturdays, those already in the workforce have the opportunity to advance their education and their careers.
The prestigious national and international reputation of Marywood’s School of Social Work and Administrative Studies will benefit the students in Pocono Program, but these students, likewise, will have much to offer Marywood University. By sharing their distinctive talents and scholarship, they will make a remarkable impact on this region and its social service capabilities.
Their contributions to the field will continue and deepen the important educational and social service tradition we began so many years ago. You will find Marywood’s social work graduates throughout the region, the United States, and the world, in diverse occupational settings such as inner city schools, social welfare agencies, courts, international organizations, major universities, executive offices, hospitals, and private practice.
Indeed, social work is one of Marywood’s traditional and most enduring strengths. Our social work graduates presently number 4,062. Of these more than four thousand graduates, nearly 200 received two social work degrees from Marywood University. The Pocono Program further enhances this long history of academic excellence, and we are grateful to East Stroudsburg University and to Dr. Welsh for hosting this satellite program, which will begin in the fall.
An abiding tenet of Marywood’s mission is “living responsibly in an interdependent world.” This, too, has been the enduring philosophy of the School of Social Work and Administrative Studies. Those who have made today’s partnership a reality have given both voice and vision, in so many distinctive ways, to this aspect of Marywood’s mission and to the greater good of this community.
Once again, I thank all of you here—faculty, students, administrators, and community partners—who have worked diligently to make Marywood’s Pocono Program at East Stroudsburg University a reality. We are proud and honored to welcome you, through this collaboration, as part of our academic community, and we are so grateful that you have welcomed us into yours.
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