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Student visit nationis capital
Sixteen students in the social work
epartment went to Washington, D.C.,
uring spring break. Paul Maiden, assis-
int professor of social work, proposed and
romoted the trip.
Maiden, faculty sponsor of the Social
Vork Club, said that when the club was
lanning activities he tried to think of
Maiden had worked in Washington for
ie Department of Agriculture and the
Department of Health and Human Ser-
ices before coming to ACU. He spent ap-
roximately one year with each agency,
nd his experiences in Washington during
nat time gave him the idea for the trip, he
"I thought it would be interesting to
how the students the political process in
ction. I wanted them to get some idea of
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'ull listen. Opposite page: top - Elaine
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the policies, procedures and bureaucracy
of the government, and how they effect
social services on a local level," he said.
During the week in Washington the
students attended a conference sponsored
by the Department of Health and Human
Services. The topic dealt with how local
agencies are affected by federal agency
regulation and President Reagan's new
They also attended sessions of the House
of Representatives and the Senate, and
toured the White House, the FBI building
and many of the capital's monuments.
Maiden said U.S. Rep. Charles
Stenholm arranged a number of the
group's activities, including the White
House tour and attendance at the House
session. Sen. John Tower secured passes
for the group's attendance at the Senate
session, Maiden said.
Students from the social work depart-
ment also were involved in projects closer
Seven students enrolled in the Social
Work Practice 1 class screened needy
families in the Abilene area for the
Goodfellows, annual Christmas project.
The students worked in pairs, visiting
families whose names had been sent to
Goodfellows and compiling reports about
the families. Each pair interviewed 12-16
Abilene families, using a set of guidelines
so that the information they gathered
would be uniform.
Goodfellows gave toys, clothing and
food to needy families in the Abilene area.
The donations they received to fund the
annual project restricted the number of
families they could assist, so the screening
by social work students made sure the
most needy families were served.
Bill Culp, associate professor and
teacher of the class, said ACU became in-
volved in the program three years ago
when the Volunteer Clearing House called
Practice 1, a junior level class, provided
many students with their first "hands oni'
experience in social work, Culp said.
"Most of the students make their first ac-
tual contacts with families and agencies in
the community through the Practice 1
class," he said.
Students in 'Social Work Practice 1
assisted other agencies, including Big
Brothersf Big Sisters, the West Texas
Rehabilitation Center and Abilene State
School, Culp said.
The department also continued to seek
accreditation by the Council on Social
Work Education. In the fall, the council
notified Culp, who also was program direc-
tor of the department, that a two-member
team would come to ACU during the
spring semester to do an in-depth research
of the department.
Accreditation by the council would
allow ACU social work graduates to delete
30 hours from a 60-hour master's degree
program in schools with advanced
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