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Loyola University Chicago Professor Appointed Advisor to the Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation

CHICAGO, May 26, 2006 — Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work and The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation proudly announce the appointment of Loyola Professor, Marcia K. Spira to the Foundation’s Advisory Committee.

The Gabe W. Miller Foundation serves the disabled, disadvantaged and dispirited by raising funds for and distributing them to social workers, social work students, the organizations that educate and support the two, as well as specific social work projects.

The Foundation’s Advisory Committee identifies worthy Master of Social Work (MSW) and PhD applicants for Gabe W. Miller partial scholarships and meritorious social service projects for the Foundation’s Social Service Project Grants. Appointees also work with admissions committees and academic colleagues in the identification and selection of scholarship applicants, and with colleagues in the field to ascertain project grant applicants. Each of the Advisory Committee members is affiliated with a university school of social work.

The Advisory Committee’s newest member, Professor Spira, has been a member of Loyola’s School of Social Work faculty since 1996. She teaches Methods and Human Behavior in Social Environments sequences to MSW and PhD students, serves as Coordinator of the Health Specialization and Practice Sequence and acts as a liaison to the Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training program. Professor Spira’s research interests are older adults and intergenerational families, as well as women’s health and the impact of health concerns on family relationships.

She has also authored or co-authored dozens of scholarly journal and professional newsletter articles and has made dozens of professional presentations. Dr. Spira also maintains a clinical practice serving adolescents and adults, providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work
Loyola has the oldest school of social work among all Catholic universities in North America, beginning in 1914 and enjoying continuous accreditation since 1921. It has been a major influence in the education and training of clinicians who have populated the profession both in Chicago and across the country. Its student-published journal, Praxis, is a highly-regarded resource for both academicians and clinicians. For more information on Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, please visit www.luc.edu/socialwork.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.

About The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation
The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, and a IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) public charity, raises money from the public for distribution without ethnic, geographic, university-specific or subject matter limitations. It counts among its friends: The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Northwestern University School of Law; Keshet, the pre-eminent organization for integrating special needs children with their typically developing peers and training parents and professionals in the treatment of autism and communication disorders; the National Association of Social Workers-Illinois Chapter; the Illinois chapter of the national professional association of social workers and, now, Loyola University Chicago. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.gabesfoundation.org or call the foundation at 847-721-5050.

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