I am are writing you about an important transition in the life of this journal. As many of you may agree, Reflections is a valuable tool for our learning and teaching in the practice of social work. The narratives included in this journal have been priceless to many of us over the years.
The Cleveland State University School of Social Work has taken steps towards ensuring the long-term survival of this beloved journal. Our School is now the Publisher of Reflections, as was announced in the final print edition, just published, and in announcements on the California State University Long Beach School of Social Work website.
Our Director, Murali M. Nair, has urged me to serve as Editor, and I have agreed to do so during this transition period. The CSU School of Social Work and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will be providing important support for the Journal, including a course release for the Editor, a graduate assistant, and website support. Our journal home page is now up: http://csuohio.edu/class/reflections/
At this time, our School is preparing the infrastructure to publish Reflections online via a free individual subscription mechanism, beginning with the Special Issue on Field Work later this Summer. Although individual subscriptions are free, we now have a means by which individuals can support the Journal by being Friends of Reflections. In addition to free individual subscriptions, the financing model provides for institutional supporters such as social work programs and social agencies to receive a single user name and password they can share with staff and students, in exchange for being an Institutional Friend of Reflections.
There are specific startup and maintenance costs which will need to be covered by the Friends of Reflections Account at CSU. This account will be used exclusively for the set-up, maintenance and support of Reflections and not for any other purpose within the University. Six donations and pledges totaling over $600 have already been made, including one by myself of $180. The estimated startup costs for the online journal infrastructure are $2800. An annual report will be made available on our webpage.
I am asking for all of us, as individuals, schools of social work and social agencies, to step forward with the financial support necessary. We have established various gift levels for your consideration as follows:
• $250 or more one time contribution – FRIEND FOR LIFE
• $ANY – FRIEND OF REFLECTIONS
• $250 one-time contribution or $100 annually – INSTITUTIONAL FRIEND OF REFLECTIONS
Cleveland State University School of Social Work – Dr. Murali M. Nair, Director
306 Chester Building, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44115-2214
Phone: (216)687-4561; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The names of contributors but not the specific amount given will be listed on our website. To make your tax-deductible contribution, you may send a check or donate online. Checks should be made out to Friends of Reflections Fund at CSU and mailed to Advancement Services KB300, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44115. Or you can give online at the following link (please see instructions below): http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/advancement/donate/
Following are instructions for the above link:
• Fill out initial information page and Click Submit
• Under Additional Questions, choose Please Designate my Gift to
• Click on the down arrow and choose other.
• Type in Friends of Reflections Account at CSU
• Click Continue for credit card processing and submit.
All contributors will receive a confirmation email stating in part, “Your gift confirmation is below. If you have questions, please contact Cleveland State University Advancement at (216)523-7291 or email us at email@example.com.” Also, all contributors will be routinely updated on the status of plans for the first online issue. I would also be glad to answer any questions you have and can be reached at (216)687-3564.
Please join in making this transition a reality.
Michael A. Dover, M.S.S.W., Ph.D.
P.s. California University School of Social Work’s website (see: http://tinyurl.com/dxfgg5d) has helpfully updated the Journal logo to include the word Online. Every effort will be made to ensure that the new online version of the Journal retains the look and feel of the print version. In fact, this is one reason for the need for start-up funds for computer and graphics arts consultation. Here is what the revised logo would look like. Do you like it? Let me know!