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Melissa Sartor Recognized as Social Work Student of the Year

By Janlyn Thaxton



The National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter has named Hardin-Simmons University senior Melissa Sartor the Social Work Student of the year. Sartor received recognition during a workshop of the chapter last week at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene. Kerri Fisher, assistant professor of social work and director of field education at HSU, says she is impressed with Melissa’s integrity as an emerging social worker and her commitment to academics. Sartor is also an active member of the Social Work Club at HSU and serves as president of the Sigma Beta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. She is also a member of Gamma Beta Phi, a community service society. {{more}} In a nomination letter to the NASW Texas chapter, Fisher writes, “Sartor collaborates well as a group member and rarely passes up the opportunity to serve. She has volunteered at Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, Mesa Springs Retirement Home and she has been a “big sister” for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Abilene.” As an intern with Early Childhood Intervention, Fisher says, “Sartor received exemplary ratings and consistent praise from her field instructor and other agency employees. She brings the full weight of her academic learning to the practice setting, a characteristic that sets her apart.” Sartor recently served as the committee head for the annual Social Work Prom Party for high school students, put on by the HSU social work club. The prom party paired 22 foster home youth with dresses for special events. Fisher says, “Melissa coordinated with Child Protective Services officials, secured donations, delegated tasks to her committee members and pulled off a very successful day.” The award is given as part of Social Work Month, which started with local social workers and students traveling to Austin for Social Work Advocacy Day. Melissa is the daughter of Chuck and Tina Sartor of Abilene, both staff member at Hardin-Simmons University.

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