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Anita Lightburn to speak at School of Social Work hooding ceremony (Released: 5/14/96)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Anita Lightburn, dean of the Smith College School for Social Work, will give the keynote address at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work's recognition ceremony.

Lightburn will address the school's 164 graduates at the ceremony, in which the students are hooded in recognition of the completion of their master's degree. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Bushnell Memorial in Hartford. Lightburn's speech is entitled ''In the Direction of our Exemplars.''

Lightburn has been dean and the Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor at Smith since 1995. A graduate of Wheaton College in 1968, she earned a master of science degree in social work and a master's and doctorate in education from Columbia University.

After spending 11 years as a lecturer at the Flinders University School of Social Administration in Adelaide, Australia, she joined the UConn School of Social Work as a visiting professor in 1985. Lightburn became an adjunct professor, specializing in social work with families with children who are chronically ill or handicapped.

In 1986, she became a visiting assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work, leaving New York eight years later as an associate professor.

Lightburn has been the evaluator for the federal demonstration of the Head Start family support project in Bridgeport's Hall Neighborhood House since 1990. She also has served as the evaluator for the Homeless and Runaway Youth Substance Abuse Prevention grant for the United Council of Churches and Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport. Her other projects have included research into child guardianship, foster care and special needs adoption.

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