Social work major Rebekah Nysetvold ’18 was recently named Minnesota Social Work Student of the Year at the Minnesota Social Service Association Annual Training Conference and Expo.
Nysetvold attended the three-day conference with five other Concordia social work seniors and social work assistant professor Dr. Laurie Dahley. She received her award as part of a keynote address for the more than 3,000 social service professionals from across the state.
According to Dahley, the award is reserved for students who “exemplify high academic standards, an ability, desire and commitment to the human service field (as demonstrated by her community engagement outside of the classroom), and is seen as a leader by her peers and faculty.”
Dahley also remarked that the award is a confirmation of Nysetvold’s commitment and skill for the agencies and employers present at the conference.
“For her to be presented with an acknowledgment of what she has thus far accomplished and her potential for future contribution is significant,” Dahley said.
Nysetvold said she was proud to receive the award.
“This recognition means a lot to me,” Nyseltvold said. “I work hard because that is what will get you far in life. Sometimes your work will be recognized and other times it will not.”
After graduating this spring, Nysetvold plans to move to the Twin Cities and begin her social work career working with people with developmental disabilities.