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AlumAward PattersonAlumni Recognition Awards

Four of the USC College of Social Work’s distinguished alumni received recognition at this year’s hooding ceremony on May 10. Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH, and Teresa Arnold, MSW, received the Alumni Award, and George W. Appenzeller, LPC, LISW-CP/AP, MSW, and Sarah L. Meadows, MSW, received the Pioneer Award.

Each year, the College of Social Work faculty present two winners with the Alumni Award in recognition of the graduates’ outstanding work that reflects the values and professionalism expected from the COSW. This year’s recipients embody these criteria through their dedicated service and contributions to the profession of social work.

Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH, has managed and provided leadership on statewide, regional, and national fatherhood and family strengthening initiatives in both public and private sectors. Mr. Patterson’s career began during his time as South Carolina’s first-ever, statewide Fatherhood Initiative manager. Mr. Patterson co-founded the South Carolina Fatherhood Practitioners Network, a 350-member network designed to train and build the capacity and skills of professionals working with fathers.

Today, Mr. Patterson is a senior manager at ICF International. In this role, Mr. Patterson is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to build infrastructure to serve fathers and their families. The award recognizes Mr. Patterson’s outstanding contributions to the field as a COSW alumnus.

Teresa Arnold, MSW, has devoted much of her career to improving the quality of life for vulnerable populations. She has served on the boards of Safe Kids and the South Carolina Association of Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. While working as director of governmental affairs for the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Ms. Arnold helped to develop significant legislative agenda.

Ms. Arnold was also the senior research analyst for the SC House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee. As senior research analyst, her responsibilities included developing budgets and drafting and passing the LIFE Scholarship (the single largest scholarship offered in the state). Currently, she is the co-chair of the organization Children Come First. She also serves as the legislative director of AARP-South Carolina. The award spotlights Ms. Arnold’s contributions to her community over the years.

The Pioneer Award, also reserved for graduates of the COSW, recognizes students’ outstanding contributions and work at the state and national levels. Both recipients of this year’s award clearly exhibit these qualities.

George W. Appenzeller, LPC, LISW-CP/AP, MSW, has devoted much of his career to the military—including service and social work. He has 41 years of experience in evaluation, research, administration, program development, policy development, training, and consulting. He has 21 years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in children and youth with behavioral disorders. Mr. Appenzeller has been the principal investigator for 350 research and evaluation projects. Also, he has approximately 65 publications.

Currently, Mr. Appenzeller serves as the lead military consultant and therapist at System Wide Solutions, a macro social work practice organization which he co-founded. The Pioneer Award recognizes his contributions to the field of social work through his diligence and dedication to the military.

Sarah L. Meadows, MSW, has 37 years of experience in administration and management, research, program development, training, and consulting in the human services field. She has 22 years of experience as a wilderness, adventure, and experiential therapist.

Ms. Meadows worked for many years as the director of training with USC’s Center for Child and Family Studies. In 2000, she co-founded and joined System Wide Solutions and the Challenge Adventures Program. Within this role, Ms. Meadows provides evaluation and consulting services to education, non-profits, and government agencies. This award recognizes her outstanding contributions to the community and the profession of social work.

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