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Nazareth Student Monika Rabjohn Named Social Work Student of the Year

Published October 10, 2017

Nazareth student Monika Rabjohn is the recipient of the Undergraduate Social Work Student of the Year Award at the 50th Conference of the New York State Social Work Education Association in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She was nominated by her Nazareth Social Work Professor Leanne Charlesworth and the undergraduate social work faculty. This award recognizes students who demonstrate academic achievement and leadership in the social work community.  She is one of two winners of this award.  The award was presented in early October.

“Monika is a fantastic student (a double major in social work and religious studies) who lives life guided by her ethical principles and commitment to making a positive difference in the world around her,” said Charlesworth. “Monika embodies both academic excellence and a spirit of service.”  

Bridging her two majors, Monika is constantly seeking opportunities to grow as a professional and as a person. She has completed multiple alternative break service immersion trips, including trips to Philadelphia and to El Paso, Texas with the Border Service. She is a leader in the Nazareth community, serving as co-chair of the Faith Formation and Spiritual Development Committee. Monika’s commitment to palliative care and the well-being of our aging population has led her to serve as a volunteer at a local nursing home for the last three years. “Although Monika is able to eloquently articulate the value of these activities for her development as a leader, she is also humble and always eager to listen and learn,” says Charlesworth, “her gentle yet highly competent nature positions her well for her chosen career path: serving the aging community.”


Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.