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COSW Bids Farewell to Three Professors

This spring, the College of Social Work bid farewell to three of its faculty, Drs. Arlene Andrews, Sadye Logan, and Rita Rhodes. All three professors enjoyed rich and varied careers at USC and were honored at a retirement reception in May.ArleneRetire

Dr. Arlene Andrews, PhD, LISW, was a Carolina Distinguished Professor and director of the College’s doctoral program. Trained as both a clinical psychologist and social worker, Dr. Andrews offered a unique and broad perspective to her practice, both as in the field and as a professor at USC. Dr. Andrews assisted in founding the Nurturing Center and was the 2008 recipient of the Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award and the 2012 USDHHS Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Commissioner’s Award for the State of South Carolina. Her contributions to vulnerable populations are vast, and her long and rich career was definitely celebrated at the COSW’s event. Dr. Andrews claims, “My greatest joy at the College of Social Work has been work[ing] with students, in so many ways: in the classroom, through research projects, on committees, in the field, and as [a] mentor to doctoral students as they develop teaching and research skills.” Donations may be made in her honor to the Carolina Fund, which is within the USC College of Social Work.

SaydeRetireDr. Sadye Logan, DSW, MSW, LISW-CP, was the former I. DeQuincey Newman Chaired Professor in the COSW and served as the founder and director of the Isaiah DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice from 2001 to the fall of 2013. During her tenure as director, Dr. Logan maintained active community outreach. A recipient of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Pioneer Award and elected to the Columbia University School of Social Work Alumni Hall of Fame 2013 for outstanding contributions to the field of social work, Dr. Logan has enjoyed a rich and fulfilling career, which made the retirement event even more meaningful. “For me and my family,” states Dr. Logan, “it was a very touching and most enjoyable event. Your kind words, prayers, good wishes, and very generous gifts are most appreciated.” You can make a donation in her honor at the Viola Vermelle Logan Memorial Book Award Fund, which is also within the College of Social Work.

RitaRetireDr. Rita Rhodes, PhD, MSW, was an associate professor in the College, and her work focused mostly on vulnerable women and injustices they face. With a background in history and women’s studies, Dr. Rhodes brought a broad and interdisciplinary perspective to the College. Her social work practice and research included women and addictions, domestic violence, and incarcerated women. However, the part of her job she most relished was teaching. At the reception, Dr. Rhodes received a warm thank-you for all of her service. She expects her retirement to be busy. She plans to maintain her connection with the College by continuing to serve as a field liaison, and will be working with co-author Miriam Johnson on a new edition of their text on human behavior. Besides those professional activities, she expects to play flute, practice yoga, “continue with my frustrating hobby of gardening and perhaps decide to clean my basement.” Donations may be made in her honor at the Women’s Shelter on North Main Street in Downtown Columbia. This event marked a new chapter in each of the professors’ lives. As Dr. Andrews states, “This really is a commencement of a new adventure, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!”

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