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Nov. 18: Social Work Honors Day

This year's event will recognize veterans, active military personnel and those with significant social work experience with the military or veterans.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Social Work Announcement, 11-17-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Social Work is hosting its annual Social Work Honors Day event Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

At this year’s event, the Department of Social Work will be recognizing veterans, active military personnel and those who have significant social work experience with the military or veterans.

The guest speaker will be U.S Rep. Tim Walz, who will be speaking about the role of government in meeting the needs of veterans and active service personnel. Walz serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He also has leadership posts with the National Guard and Reserve Caucus and the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus. Walz served for 24 years in the Minnesota Army National Guard and retired as a command sergeant major. Before retiring, he served overseas with his battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Walz is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress.

Two individual awards and one organizational award will be presented during the Social Work Honors Day event.

The Alumna of the Year award will be presented to U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Janine Brady. Brady is a clinical social worker and supervisor with Minnesota State Operated Services. She also serves the U.S. Army Reserve as a medical services officer. Prior to enrolling as a student at Minnesota State Mankato, Brady served in the U.S. Army for six years and also served in the Minnesota National Guard ROTC program.

The New Social Worker award will be presented to Dave Wentzel. Wentzel is a twice-deployed combat veteran and a member of the Minnesota National Guard. He completed part of his social work degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Wentzel currently works for the Disabled American Veterans Foundation as the associate executive director in St. Paul, Minn. Wentzel has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard for over 13 years and serves as a gunner sergeant for an artillery platoon under the command of the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls.”

The Collaborative Agency of the Year Award will be presented to the Minnesota Valley Action Council. The Minnesota Valley Action Council has served Mankato-based community action agency meetings, the needs of low-income individuals and families in south-central Minnesota through programs like Head Start, employment services, emergency and housing assistance, transportation, and tax preparation. The Minnesota Valley Action Council serves as a practicum site for junior and senior field experience in the department of social work.

For more information, please contact David Beimers, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, by email at or by phone 507-389-6190

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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