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West Liberty University students recently joined President Robin C. Capehart for the official signing of a proclamation declaring Social Work Month on the Hilltop campus.

"All People Matter" is the national theme selected for the 2014 Social Work Month, observed annually during March.

"Our social work program and our student club actively participate in the month each year. We are proud to do our part in promoting the efforts of social workers everywhere," said Melanie McFadden, a junior social work major from Wheeling who is the president of the WLU Social Work Club.

During the month of March, the Social Work Club will be doing various activities in order to bring awareness to the theme and the field of social work, as well as the Social Work Program.

From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 5, students and staff will be invited to trace their hands on construction paper and then write why all people matter to them. This free event is for all of campus and the resulting collage of hands will be displayed on the third floor of Main Hall.

Additionally, the students have invited a guest speaker to join them on campus and provide a professional look at the theme of "All People Matter." Details of the presentation will be announced soon.

The eight core social work practice areas include: youth, veterans, mental health, poverty reduction, health, aging, child protection and communities, according to the socialworkers.org web site.

The academic environment at WLU provides students a chance to explore each of these fields.The Social Work Club meets in Room 348 of Main Hall at noon on Mondays and has 14 active members. Faculty coordinator is Professor Sheli Bernstein-Goff.

Next month the club will continue its social work with Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.

West Liberty University offers a bachelor's degree program in social work. For complete information, visit westliberty.edu or contact the program director Sylvia Hawranick-Senften at 304-336-8089 or shawranick@westliberty.edu.