On Thursday, November 21, School of Social Work alumni and friends reunited for the seventh Annual Winter Alumni Reception. Attendees packed Rutgers Visitor Center on Busch Campus to reconnect and network over free food, drinks, giveaways, and – as always – a photo booth.
Dean Cathryn C. Potter welcomed guests to the event, and Dawn Apgar, PhD SSW’93, ’02, President of the School of Social Work’s Alumni Council and former Deputy Commissioner for the NJ Department of Human Services, introduced William “Bill” Waldman SSW’72, the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.
After serving for nearly 20 years as Professor of Professional Practice, Waldman retired from his position at the School of Social Work last July. He has been an integral part of the School for many reasons, particularly the breadth and depth of his expertise and the humility and caring he brought to teaching. With fifty years of practice experience encompassing casework, supervision, management, policy development, and governance, Waldman also held leadership positions in numerous public and private organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He served as Commissioner of Human Services and a member of the Cabinet of three governors of the State of New Jersey.
In October, the School of Social Work hosted a gala to honor Waldman’s career and help establish the William Waldman Endowed Fellowship. The Fellowship, once fully funded, will assist students who, like Waldman, would otherwise have difficulty attending or remaining in school as they balance education with family and work. An end-of-year crowdfunding campaign is also available for those who would like to support the Fellowship.
Stay tuned for details about the 2020 Annual Winter Alumni Reception.