The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 44
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Started in 1972 and first appearing in
the NT catalog in the 1972-73 school
year, the School of Community Service
was preceded by a campus-wide feeling
that something was missing from the
"Since 1965, the faculty here began to
realize that the university needed more
programs representing outreach; an ap-
plication of expertise of faculty and the
university to problems in society; pro-
grams such as unemployment and ag-
ing," said School of Community Service
Dean William Luker. "We wanted not to
duplicate other service organizations and
agencies, but complement them."
The stated mission was that the
school would use available resources to
develop and implement "humane reso-
lutions to individual and social needs"
and to alleviate "preventable human suf-
fering and social turmoil."
From this desire centers in areas of
various societal problems were formed:
Center for Studies in Aging, Center in
Industrial Relations and Center for Eco-
nomic Education. They were later put
together in one school and four focal
points of study were established; Reha-
bilitation Studies, Economic Education,
Industrial Relations and Aging. The new
Story by Alyson Dee
and Kristen Gaw
school was started under Dean Harem
Freedsome. The school grew to offer
programs in Criminal Justice, Social
Work, Behavioral Studies and the only
degree program in the country in Emer-
Within each department of the school
were service programs in which students
as well as faculty were able to practice
and work in their field of study. They
also gave students the opportunity to
apply the information learned in the
classroom in real situations.
"The centers allow students and fac-
ulty to work together; giving students
the special skills and insight necessary to
be models in their field," said Luker.
One such facility was the Institute for
Addiction Studies, which was begun in
1989. It was, according to Dr. Clifford
M. Black, acting dean of the school, a
research institute addressing all addic-
tions in order "to deal with proposed
solutions, to evaluate and critique those
solutions." Another program which
Black believed would be a strong part of
the school's future was the Denton
County Jail Computerized Life-Coping
Skills Program (CSP), which dealt with
innovations in electronic monitoring of
prisoners in their homes. Black also said
that there would be a tremendous future
for the Emergency Management pro-
Looking far into the future in terms of
the school's role in the community,
Black said, "The demographic patterns
for the Denton, Dallas and Fort Worth
metropolitan area bodes well for the fu-
ture of the school. The sustained, rapid
growth of this region signals continuing
and increasing human and social service
needs," and that this growth would also
translate into more Community Service
students, funds for research and service
School Of Community Service
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