by Public Relations Office
March 13, 2003
Cedarville, OhioCedarville University senior Mary Lyle was recently selected as the National Association of Social Workers` Student of the Year for the Regional Ohio Chapter.
A social work major from Newark, Ohio, Lyle was nominated by Cedarville University social work faculty.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with nearly 150,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. Members agree to abide by the NASW code of ethics and NASW Procedures for Professional Review.
A candidate for the Student of the Year Award must be a member in good standing, have attained junior year status in an accredited undergrad program, have demonstrated consistent adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics, and be recommended by two professors.
Lyle did not know that she was nominated until she won the award. The recognition was a surprise as well as an honor. "It is humbling to receive an award for something that I just love to do. People are my passion, and now that passion gets to be my career. It`s pretty exciting," Lyle said.
Lyle will be presented with a plaque at an annual awards dinner on March 27 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She will also be considered for state and then possibly national honors.