Welcome to our graduates who have found this website!
Thanks for your continued interest in the Department of Social Work! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any news about your career, questions about graduate school, willingness to be a supervisor, or anything else. It is always a joy to run into former students at conferences (MSSA, NASW, the State Supervisors Conference, etc.) and hear about your amazing accomplishments!

Please also make sure that the Alumni Relations office has your latest address information so that they can make sure you get the various University magazines and other mailings.  You can also check out our Facebook page and post information about yourself there!

Alumna/us of the Year Recognition
Each year in the fall we formally recognize a Social Work Alumna/us of the Year, from among the approximately 2,000 social workers who have graduated from either our BSSW program or our MSW program.

If you or someone you know graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato - yes, even when it was Mankato State University - please send us their name, address, email, phone number, and tell us why you wish to nominate them. We'll contact them and see if they will accept the award and speak to students at our annual Honor's Day Celebration.

Alumna/us of the Year is presented to a distinguished social work alumnus who has graduated at least 10 years prior to the current year from either the BSSW or MSW program and has demonstrated significant career achievements as a social worker.  Each year two awards could be made, one for each program. This alumna/us:

  • Has significantly contributed to the social work profession and community at a local, national, and/or international level;
  • Is a degreed alumnus (BSSW or MSW) of the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Social Work;
  • Demonstrates outstanding contributions to service (e.g. service to the department—adjunct, CAB; service to our students—field supervisor, guest speaker; service to the community; etc.);
  • Has the highest standards of personal integrity and character; and
  • Exemplifies social work values and ethics.

Outstanding New Social Worker Award is presented to a social work alumnus who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in his or her first 5 years of post-BSSW or post-MSW practice. Each year two awards could be made, one for each program. This alumna/us:

  • Contributes to the social work profession and community at a local, national, and/or international level;
  • Is a degreed alumnus (BSSW or MSW) of the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Social Work;
  • Demonstrates outstanding contributions to service (e.g. service to the department—adjunct, CAB; service to our students—field supervisor, guest speaker; service to the community; etc.);
  • Has the highest standard of personal integrity and character; and
  • Exemplifies social work values and ethics

Collaborative Agency of the Year Award is presented to a partner agency.

Donations

As you may have read, the cost of a college education has increased tremendously in recent years. Book prices have soared, and shortfalls in legislative funding have been made up on the backs of current students through high tuition increases. The Department is committed to trying to help by awarding scholarships to needy majors. The Mankato Kiwanis Club and the Region IX MSSA Board have been major providers along with donations by the faculty themselves. The next highest group has been our alumni, and we and our students greatly appreciate those contributions!

The University Development Office would love to work with you on a program of giving back to your Department of Social Work, whether it is through the various pledge drives or in the form of more major gifts.

When you do make a donation, please make sure that you indicate that it is for the Social Work Foundation Account if you want it to benefit our students directly. Please contact Dr. Debra Gohagan, Department Chair (389-6504) debra.gohagan@mnsu.edu or our Director of Development for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Becky Kunst (389-1006) becky.kunst@mnsu.edu, for more information!