April 14, 2024


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Lifetime Achievement, Social Worker of the Year awards presented to MSU faculty members

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Adele Crudden
Adele Crudden (Photograph by Beth Wynn)

STARKVILLE, Overlook.—A Mississippi State professor from the university’s key campus in Starkville and an assistant clinical professor from MSU-Meridian are top award winners this year for the Mississippi chapter of the National Affiliation of Social Employees, honoring their achievements and continuing do the job in social function training.

Adele Crudden, a professor in MSU’s Section of Sociology, is the recipient of the Lifetime Accomplishment Award provided at the new NASW yearly meeting. The award is presented to people for exceptional contributions through their careers.

Angela Savage, director of the MSU-Meridian social perform software and an assistant scientific professor, has received the 2022 Mississippi Social Worker of the 12 months Award for exemplifying “the ideal of the profession’s worth and achievements via precise achievements.” 

Based mostly in Washington, D.C. and established in 1955, NASW is the largest membership business of professional social staff in the entire world, with additional than 120,000 members. It promotes, develops and safeguards the practice of social get the job done and social workers and seeks to enhance the properly-currently being of folks, families and communities via its advocacy.

“I am humbled by this award and overcome with gratitude to my colleagues and previous students for their initiatives to see me acknowledged in this way,” Crudden mentioned. “It has been a privilege to get the job done in a job exactly where every single member deliberately chooses to target their lives on supporting the widespread very good.”

Crudden said social work stays an essential method at the college for the reason that “social staff frequently perform with people today in crisis manner, and social workers’ steps in those cases can have life-altering implications.” She stated it is vital for pupils who wish to pursue social function to “receive a rigorous education and learning and generally be aware of experienced ethics.”

With nearly a few a long time of services to MSU, Crudden acquired the 2019 Mississippi

Angela Savage
Angela Savage (Image by Megan Bean)

Social Worker of the Yr Award from the NASW and has acquired additional than $11 million in federally funded investigate via the Nationwide Analysis and Education Heart on Blindness and Reduced Vision. Crudden was director of MSU’s social work program from 2000-2013. She also is a previous director of the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Middle for the Blind in Jackson. Crudden is a Mississippi-licensed social worker and counselor and a nationally licensed rehabilitation counselor.

Savage reported obtaining the award implies she is “doing what God told me to do” and has been regarded and validated for her contributions to her job. Social operate is a career that “invests in persons,” she explained.

“Social function is not just about serving to people. We will need individuals to spend in others, make investments in strangers and invest in folks distinctive than you and who assume and dwell in another way than you,” Savage stated. “When you do this, you will see that at the conclude of the working day, we all want the similar issue, and that’s why I like this occupation and that is why I want to train some others.”

Nominees for the Social Employee of the Year Award have to show advocacy for clientele and social plan, social operate apply, system advancement, administration or investigate. Nominees also ought to exhibit outstanding management, contributions to a favourable graphic for the social get the job done profession and an skill to consider threats to accomplish outstanding benefits.

From 2019-2021, Savage served as the executive director of the Mississippi Convention on Social Welfare and in 2016 was the president of the conference, receiving the President Award that year. In 2011, she was named Area Instructor of the 12 months at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Savage presently serves as the Association of Baccalaureate of Social Perform Method Educators of Shade Committee Chair, is a peer reviewer for the Study on Social Function Practice journal and serves as the school advisor to the Phi Alpha Honor Culture at MSU-Meridian.

She serves as a Wesley Property Neighborhood Middle vice president and was on the Mississippi Human Trafficking Organizing Subcommittee from 2018-2020. For the NASW Mississippi Chapter, Savage is the Macro Social Operate Chair and beforehand served as the Southern District Agent. She is founder and chair of the Mississippi Field Consortium, launched in 2019 to give a collaborative relationship in between discipline administrators and subject coordinators of the 11 educational institutions of social do the job in Mississippi.

Section of MSU’s Higher education of Arts and Sciences, a lot more data about the social function system and the Section of Sociology is accessible at www.sociology.msstate.edu. For much more info about MSU-Meridian’s social operate method, pay a visit to www.meridian.msstate.edu/lecturers/arts-sciences/degree-programs/social-work.

MSU is Mississippi’s major college, readily available on line at www.msstate.edu.