Student Success

National award presented to MSW honors student

Marisa Coppage DeMirelle ’10G, an honors graduate of Salem State’s master’s degree program in social work (MSW), was been named one of five national recipients of the Judith Holm Memorial Award.

DeMirelle becomes the first Salem State student to win the award, which is presented annually by the American Board of Examiners (ABE), a national standard-setting organization for clinical social workers. ABE offers cash awards to second-year masters degree students who demonstrate excellence in clinical social work practice. Competitors for the award submit papers based on clinical work done in their most recent field placement or practicum.

ABE is a unit of the Center for Clinical Social Work, the national organization for all clinical social workers in a practice setting and at all levels of professional development.

The award honors the late Judith Holm, ABE’s first president, and her keen interest in clinical education at the graduate level.

Combat medic juggles studies while deployed

Online course offerings are an example of how Salem State remains committed to student success. Studying online takes the same type of commitment from the students and a driven Paul Gordon is a prime example. A 24-year-old combat medic from Woburn, Massachusetts, Gordon is deployed in support of detention operations in Iraq, and is studying online to receive his bachelor's degree from Salem State.

Read more about Gordon's story on his blog.

Learn more about Salem State's online courses.