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March 30: Student recognized for excellence in social work

Friday, March 30, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A Hood College senior was recognized for excellence in the field of social work by the country’s leading social work organization.

Jacob Ausherman of Laurel, Md., was named the National Association of Social Workers Maryland Chapter undergraduate student of the year for his significant contributions to the profession, and for his outstanding leadership, professional ethics and respect earned from fellow social workers. The prestigious award was presented March 30 at the organization's annual conference.

Ausherman has served as president of Hood's Student Social Work Organization for two years. During his tenure, he spearheaded participation in community events such as walks for the homeless, fund-raisers to raise awareness of violence against women and community clean-up efforts; and campus events to educate students about the plight of people in developing countries who lack the basic necessities and opportunities.

He demonstrates his compassion for others and commitment to raising awareness of global poverty by participating in a variety of activities, including volunteering at the Frederick Rescue Mission, Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Ausherman has spoken to numerous high school audiences to promote the value of and to encourage involvement in community service. As an athlete and runner, he regularly competes in 5K races connected to causes that concern him.

Throughout his undergraduate career Ausherman has participated academic experiences outside of the Hood curriculum to further raise his awareness of social work on a global level, including taking social work courses in Central America and in Limerick, Ireland.

Ausherman was nominated for the award by Joy Ernst, associate professor of social work.