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UNCG Student named NASW-NC 2016 Toby Brown Award Recipient

Tuesday, April 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
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(RALEIGH, NC) – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) student Charles “Chase” Holleman has been named the 2016 Toby Brown Award from the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC).

The award recognizes a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) student in North Carolina who best reflects and represents the ethics, values, and passion in the field of social work through exemplary performance in social work coursework, field placement, student social work associations, and community organizations.

Chase Holleman is the Student Social Work Organization President and the Student Recovery Alliance President at UNC Greensboro and currently serves as an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador.

In the spring of 2015, Mr. Holleman was elected by his peers to be the President of the Student Social Work Organization after becoming passionate about social work advocacy through his NASW membership and attending an NASW-NC conference. Since that time he says, “I have worked diligently to provide as many support and networking opportunities as possible for other social work students.”

In 2015, Mr. Holleman established the first Student Recovery Alliance at UNCG to serve students in recovery. He said, “My collegiate recovery program has empowered me to become involved on campus, in student groups and academic groups. Now that I feel like I am a part of the university, it has enabled me to become a leader on campus and a servant to the school.”

UNCG Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor Dr. Robert Wineburg said, “Chase has become a star who is fully engaged. He truly understands that if he wants to lead in the macro or micro levels of social work, which is in the treatment of substance use disorders, grant writing is a skill that is useful to all areas of practice.”

Mr. Holleman’s current social work field internship is with Caring Services, Inc. in High Point, NC. Caring Services, Inc. is a transitional housing and treatment program for low or no income substance users seeking recovery. There, Mr. Holleman contributes by being involved in client advocacy, group facilitation, and resource brokering.

Mr. Holleman says of his placement, “Being here has broadened my knowledge of recovery and substance use in infinite ways. Not only has my supervision and teamwork with co-workers developed me as a student, but the diverse clients we serve have helped shape me into a better agent of social change.”

Mr. Holleman chose social work as a profession because his mother suffers from late-stage Alzheimer’s Disease. He has participated as an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador since 2013 organizing and facilitating community events and has met with lawmakers in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. to address Alzheimer’s Disease.

In 2016 Mr. Holleman was chosen to receive the School of Health and Human Sciences’ Student Excellence Award, a prestigious and competitive award. Mr. Holleman was also awarded the University Student Excellence award; the highest academic honor given at UNCG.

In May of 2016, Chase will graduate with his BSW and will pursue his Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The NASW-NC Toby Brown Award program was established in memory of and to honor Dr. James S. “Toby” Brown who died in 1995. He was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at North Carolina State University and was a highly recognized educator and practitioner.

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina (NASW-NC) is a membership organization of professional social workers with over 4,800 members in North Carolina. NASW promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.


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