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Simmons College Alumnae Honored for Outstanding Achievements in Social Work

BOSTON (May 5, 2010) — Two Simmons College School of Social Work alumnae recently were honored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts Chapter for their significant contributions to and excellence in the field of social work at an April 16 awards ceremony.

Robbie Christler Tourse, a graduate and current lecturer at the Simmons College School of Social Work, received the 2010 NASW Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors the meritorious contributions and achievements of an NASW member throughout his/her professional career. Simmons School of Social Work graduate Barbara Hauser received the 2010 NASW Award for Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice, which honors an NASW member who has made a significant contribution to social work practice. The contribution may include work with individuals, couples, families and groups or in the area of supervision, consultation, research, administration or writing.

Tourse retired from the Boston College School of Social work in 2008 after 29 years there. In 2009 she received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Simmons College School of Social work. Hauser worked for 35 years as director of the Family Service Clinic, Middlesex Probate and Family Court. Hauser serves on numerous boards and committees and is the only social worker serving on the Massachusetts Bar Association Governor's Commission on the Unmet Needs of Children.

The Simmons School of Social Work was founded in 1904. It has a nationally acclaimed clinical social work program and is one of the oldest schools of social work in the nation. Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.