On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Cairn’s School of Social Work was awarded a certificate of commendation from the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Representative Frank Farry presented the award to President Todd Williams and Dean of the School of Social Work, Dr. Lloyd Gestoso, during the Social Work 50th Anniversary Celebration event that took place during Homecoming 2015.
The House of Representatives of PA recognizes educational institutions that contribute to the benefit of their communities, and ultimately, all the citizens of the Commonwealth.
In 1958, Cairn University, under the leadership of President Douglas MacCorkle, developed a four-year program focused on professional training, offering a Bible-saturated program. By the graduation of the first class of Bible Social Work students in May 1967, Mason had legitimized the Bible Social Work program by leading the institution to regional accreditation, the primary criterion for affiliation with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). On August 21, 1975, PCB was among the 151 undergraduate programs first in the nation to be accredited by CSWE, including only three at evangelical schools.
Today, more than one hundred graduates of the Department of Social Work are serving in ten countries and thirty-seven states in secular organizations and as innovative leaders in church community outreach.
To learn more about the history of the Social Work program, check out the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Cairn magazine dedicated to 50 years of social work at Cairn here.
Interested in majoring in social work at Cairn? Visit our webpage.
On Wednesday, November 15, Vietnam Veteran David Christian was invited to speak to Cairn University students. Christian, originally from Bucks County, is the youngest most decorated Vietnam War veteran, having