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October 25, 2001 Contact:: Bryant Payne (312) 355-2523; bpayne2@uic.edu


Creasie Finney Hairston, dean of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been selected as the 2001 recipient of the Scholastic Achievement Award for outstanding leadership in education by the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers.

Hairston, a nationally recognized scholar on prisoner reintegration issues and services affecting the correctional population, poor children and families, was honored at the association's 23rd annual recognition dinner.

"Individuals re-entering society have a major impact on communities of color and face a serious challenge in a successful reintegration," said Hairston. "I am honored to receive recognition from my colleagues for my work in academic/community partnerships that can aid in better preparing individuals to be productive citizens, family members and positive role models."

The Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to an individual whose achievements have brought to the forefront the needs and struggles of African-American people in areas of program design and development, socioeconomic condition, philosophy, creative arts, education or research.

"This award is a confirmation that the Jane Addams College of Social Work's integration of teaching, research and service objectives has not gone unrecognized," said Hairston. "I share this award with all my colleagues in the college for their tireless efforts in providing outstanding services in education and scholarship."


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