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School of Social Work receives $1 million to establish doctoral program (Released: 10/8/99)

by Karen A. Grava, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Recognizing a need and responding to it has always been a hallmark of University of Connecticut alumna Judith Zachs, '77. In committing $1 million to establish a doctoral program in the University's School of Social Work, she and her husband Henry are filling an important need for the school.

"The frequent inquiries the school receives about a doctoral program indicate a compelling, strong demand for study beyond the master's level," says Zachs, of WEST HARTFORD, a clinical social worker. "Since there isn't a doctoral-level program in social work in Connecticut, we decided to help fill the need."

The Zachs' gift will help the school establish a research-based doctoral program that will have a strong core of advanced social work courses in theory and methods, research, history and philosophy of the profession, and policy and planning.

Kay Davidson, dean of the School of Social Work, says the Zachs' gift is "a truly significant point in the history of our school. Prior to the program that Judy and Henry's generosity will support, students interested in pursuing their education beyond the master's level had to leave Connecticut. Now we will be able to offer a Ph.D. program that will attract highly qualified social work professionals who want to pursue doctoral studies."

Fred Maryanski, interim chancellor, says, "Judy and Henry's vision and leadership in filling the academic need guarantees that the UConn School of Social Work will be well equipped with both resources and experienced faculty to attract and train social work professionals, who are in high demand in Connecticut and across the country."

Previously, the Zachs provided funding for the refurbishmen t of a community room at the school, where faculty, students, alumni, and members of the community can interact. The couple also has given to the UConn Health Center and the Division of Athletics, among other University areas. Judith Zachs, who earned a master's degree in social work from UConn in 1977, is a member of the University's Foundation Board of Directors.

The Zachs were recognized during a reception held in their honor at the School of Social Work on Oct. 4.