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Alumnus Receives Educator of the Year Distinction in Ohio

SIOUX FALLS – Dr. M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, Augustana class of 1958, was named 2009 Educator of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.

The award is given to an Ohioan “who has significantly advanced gerontological education and fostered greater understanding about aging or the issues and concerns of older people.”

Dr. Hokenstad is the Ralph and Dorothy Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), and Professor of Global Health at the School of Medicine, both part of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He served as Dean of MSASS from 1974 to 1983.

Long active in international organizations, Dr. Hokenstad serves as a consultant to the United Nations. He was a member of the UN Technical Committee for the Second World Assembly on Aging in 2002; has been president of the North American and Caribbean Region of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), and served as both treasurer and membership secretary of IASSW.

At the national level, he has been president of the Council on Social Work Education and chair of the International Committee for the National Association of Social Workers, and has also served as a member of the board of trustees for the National Council on Aging and the National Conference on Social Welfare.

“Perhaps most prestigious of all of Dr. Hokenstad’s many awards and notable positions is his inclusion in the National Association of Social Workers “Social Workers Pioneers,” says Dr. Grover C. Gilmore, Dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. “The Pioneer Program identifies and recognizes individuals whose unique dedication, commitment and determination have improved social and human conditions. Augustana College can be very proud of this accomplished graduate.”

Dr. Hokenstad received the Alumni Achievement Award from Augustana in 1980.