Honors Two Alumnae with Annual Award
The Smith School for
Social Work recently presented the annual Day-Garrett Award
to alumnae Suzin Bartley MSW’85, and Edward Eismann, PhD’67.
The Day-Garrett Award, established
in 1978, is an award of distinction given annually to one
or more people who have made outstanding contributions to
professional social work, and who have been significant members
of the Smith College School for Social Work educational community.
The award is given to individuals who have personified in
their lives and service to their community the high purpose
of professional service for which the school has been renowned
for 93 years. The recipients are chosen by an award committee
of faculty, field representatives and trustees.
This year’s Day-Garrett
Awards were presented during the School for Social Work’s
annual conference July 21 and 22, during a ceremony in Weinstein
Auditorium, Wright Hall. Provost Marilyn Schuster presented
the awards, as well as an honorary chair for each recipient.
Suzin Bartley (on right) with Carolyn Jacobs, dean of
the School for Social Work
Suzin Bartley has been the executive
director of the Children’s Trust Fund of Boston since 1992,
providing leadership toward the fund’s mission to prevent
child abuse by strengthening and supporting families. Under
her leadership, the Children’s Trust Fund has established
an extraordinary fundraising capacity that enables the funding
of more than 100 community-based organizations statewide.
Among the many achievements are: the development of a statewide
network of parenting education and support programs; a national
model, universal home-visiting program for young parents;
a statewide family support training center, training more
than 1,000 family support providers annually; and a nationally
recognized, independent, evidenced-based evaluation. Bartley
exemplifies the best of School for Social Work alumnae, said
Schuster in the award citation, along with “excellence in
social work practice, in the provision of clinical services,
and in the administration of a significant organization,
with your commitment to and leadership in caring for a most
vulnerable population—our children.”
Edward Eismann graces
Edward Eismann has been a pioneer
in clinical training for more than 50 years in the field
of child, adolescent and family treatment, as well as in
community mental health. He has treated children in a variety
of clinical and non-clinical settings, including child psychiatric
clinics, residential treatment centers, child welfare agencies,
settlement houses, and public and parochial schools. Dr.
Eismann's work has been explored in various social work and
psychological publications and has been the subject of sociological
research as well as documentary tapes. Edward Eismann is
a walking legend, said Schuster in the award citation, yet
who remains “humble” and “continues with a work ethic
that far surpasses the imagination. It is certain that the final story of Dr.
Edward Eismann has yet to be told."