The Department of Social Work Education

Remembering Dolores Siegel, Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00 am, North Gym Room 118 (click here)  

Siegel, DoloresDolores Ann Robinson Siegel died Thursday, August 27 from uterine cancer at Kaiser Permanente Hospital at age 58.  Mrs. Siegel was an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Social Work Education at California State University, Fresno, and mentored many social workers in child welfare and mental health practice in the Central Valley over the last 17 years.

Mrs. Siegel graduated from Routt High School, Jacksonville, Illinois in 1975. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL, in 1979 and received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Champaign-Urbana in 1981.   During the next decade, she specialized in adoption, marriage and family therapy, and served as a clinical supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and was head counseling coordinator for the Catholic Archdiocese of Peoria. 

In 1997, she moved to Fresno with her daughter and husband, a Research Entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Parlier, CA where she was a faculty lecturer with the California State University, Fresno Department of Social Work Education.  Mrs. Siegel taught undergraduate practice classes, Masters level foundation practice classes and Title IV-E MSW Integrative seminars.  In addition, she was instrumental in the development of the curriculum for the Masters level foundation practice.  She served as liaison for social work students placed in several Central Valley county child welfare offices as well as a host of other human service settings in the region.  Dolores was a consummate social work professional, loved and respected by faculty peers, students, and community personnel and remembered by the faculty for her integrity and significant contributions to students in her teaching and to the Department mission.

As a licensed clinical social worker Dolores served on the Board of Directors of the California Society for Clinical Social Workers, she was certified by the National Academy of Certified Social Workers, and was a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Dolores was born Dec. 9, 1956 in Jacksonville, Illinois, the daughter of J. Donnell and Dorothy Jones Robinson.  She married Joel Siegel on April 19, 1986 in Jacksonville, IL.  She is survived by her husband and their daughter, Natalie, her sister, Donna Barnes and her husband Michael of Webster Groves, Missouri; brother Gordon Robinson and his wife Susie, and eight nieces and nephews, including Daniel Barnes of Des Moines, Iowa; Lisa and Gregory Barnes of Webster Groves, Missouri; and Kristie Meiers, Kyle, Lynn and Katie Robinson, all of Jacksonville, Illinois.  She is also survived by mother-in-law, Ruth Newman Siegel; sister-in-law Amy Halperin and her husband Ira; and their son, Eric Halperin, of New York City. 

Mrs. Siegel was a devoted wife and mother. Growing up on a farm, she had a life-long love of animals, enjoyed cooking, needlepoint crafts, flowers and gardening.

A celebration of her life will be held at Fresno State’s North Gym, Room 118, Campus Drive, at 10 a.m. on September 12. Parking is relaxed, no fee required. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Hinds Hospice, 2490 Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA, 93711.    

About Social Work

The profession of social work is dedicated to meeting the diverse social service needs of special populations of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. As a practice-oriented profession, social work deals with social concerns that range from societal oppression to people's emotional/behavioral problems. The social work practitioner helps at-risk populations which typically include people of color; women; people who are recent refugees; those who are older adults, poor, and/or homeless; children and adults who are abused/neglected; people who have chronic mental illness; those who are developmentally disabled; those who have physical illnesses or disabilities; and those who abuse substances or engage in criminal activities.

graduatesIn focusing on disadvantaged groups, social workers use a range of traditional and nontraditional methods to promote well-being, personal growth, and social justice. These methods include client and systems policy advocacy, brokering, and consulting, as well as individual, family, and group counseling/psychotherapy. Other methods include education, research, and professional supervision.

While the discipline of social work is deeply rooted in a rich, 100-year history of service, what social workers "do" is no longer traditionally defined. The role of the social worker is constantly expanding into innovative service fields wherever a compassionate response to human need is indicated.

The Department of Social Work Education offers two degree programs to educate beginning and advanced social work practitioners who can meet complex client needs in a broad range of public and private human service settings and who can perform in a variety of roles using a students on grassmultisystem approach. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice as well as for graduate study in the human service field, including social work. The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) prepares the learner for advanced multisystems of social work practice as well as for doctoral study in social work and related human service arenas. Both the B.A. and the M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education


United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Quick Facts about Social Workers

Fact Data
2012 Median Pay $44,200 per year $21.25 per hour
Entry-Level Education See How to Become One
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 607, 300
Job Outlook, 2012-22 19% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 114,100

(Source:  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm)