Cheryl Tingley, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's Master of Social Work Program in 2009, recently received the Pamela J. Cousins Excellence in Social Work Award. The honor is given by the Pitt–Bradford MSW Alumni Network in memory of Cousins, who was in Pitt–Bradford’s first cohort of MSW students.
Tingley, a mental health therapist with the Department of Community Services in Olean, New York, was nominated for the award by colleague Bre Farrell, who said, “Cheryl has not only taught social work students, but I’ve seen her educate coworkers, peers and community members alike.” Farrell says Tingley “has raised the expectations of those she surrounds herself with to be informed and to make a difference.”
The MSW program at Pitt–Bradford is in its 16th year and will graduate its seventh cohort next month. It is an outreach of Pitt’s School of Social Work, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year.