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Dedicated Professor Earns National Award

by Office of Marketing | November 05, 2013
At the national conference of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC), held in Philadelphia on October 2, Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) adjunct professor and retired Colonel, Stanley Remer, MSW, LCSW, received the most prestigious award given by the SSWLHC. The national award, known as the Ida M. Cannon Award, honors an individual for their contributions to leadership in social work within a health care setting and to the SSWLHC. Remer received this award for his lifetime of outstanding service in social work, with more than 30 years of dedication to the field at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers in New York, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri. 
 
In addition to Remer's strong leadership within the VA system, he has contributed much, academically, to the field of social work where he "places emphasis on the marketplace piece of getting students to Pentecostal schools." He was instrumental in creating the first Assemblies of God Social Work Program at Evangel University (Springfield, Mo.) in 1994-1995 and helped VFCC attain its national accreditation for social work, which allows students to earn a Masters Degree in one year.

Though retired from the VA since 2005, Remer believes strongly in "giving back for all the years I've put in, teaching students to create a pathway to the future." As a truly worthy recipient of the Ida M. Cannon award, Remer has, since 2008, further exemplified his leadership and commitment to the education of future social workers through course instruction at both the main VFCC campus and the Woodbridge campus. Additionally, Remer and his wife, Sondra, have begun an endowed scholarship fund for social work students at VFCC, and Remer is currently helping to develop a new course for the social work program. 

In his continued effort to be involved and lead, Remer sits on the Board of the Reserve Officers of America, as well as the Board of the Virginia State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He is also part of the planning committee for the annual Conference of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work to be held in 2014 in Annapolis, Md.