Daemen Student Receives Top Social Work Honor

March 27, 2014

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Daemen College student Kathryn Procknal has been named the 2014 Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Work (NASW) - New York State Western Division. She received the award at the chapter’s annual Awards Networking Luncheon held March 27 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.

Procknal was selected for the award in recognition of her academic excellence and for personifying the values of social work as defined by the NASW Professional Code of Ethics.

A dean’s list student, Procknal is a senior in Daemen’s social work program. She has a 3.6 GPA and ranks in the top 5 percent of undergraduate social work students at the college.

In her award nomination, it was noted that “Kat is seen as a leader among her fellow students.  She frequently helps her classmates by offering suggestions on ways they may improve their performance in class, explains challenging assignments, and provides overall moral support. She balances all that’s on her plate with great grace, warmth and humility.”

Procknal, a Lancaster resident, serves as the student representative on the Daemen Social Work Advisory Board and is an active member of the student club Social Work Alliance. She also provides tutoring and note-taking support to students with disabilities.

Outside the classroom, Procknal has enhanced her experience as a student intern at the Pride Center of Western New York and worked as a counselor at Crisis Services, as well as served as a research assistant for an Erie County Family Court project.

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