Bierdeman-Fike to receive National Lifetime Achievement Award

Jane Bierdeman-Fike of Fulton will receive the National Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) at a reception in late October.

The reception in her honor will be held at William Woods University from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in Aldridge Lounge. Gary Bailey of Washington, D.C., president of NASW, will present the award.

To receive the National Lifetime Achievement Award, the recipient must demonstrate repeated outstanding achievements, as well as recognition beyond the social work profession, contributions of lasting impact and outstanding creativity.

Bierdeman-Fike is a licensed clinical social worker and was the director of psychiatric social work at Fulton State Hospital for 38 years. She and other Fulton State Hospital colleagues were the first to teach social work classes at WWU.

“Jane’s ongoing involvement and consultation to the WWU social work program has helped both faculty and students maintain a solid connection to the community,” said Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner, director of the social work program at WWU.

Her dedication and support helped the social work program receive full accreditation in 1989. Bierdeman-Fike was the first chair of the social work advisory board and still sits as a member on the board. In 2000, her generous donations endowed a scholarship for WWU social work students.

“Our program owes its existence to Jane’s leadership and WWU’s commitment to meeting the needs of the community,” stated Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president.

Bierdeman-Fike’s other memberships and awards include charter member of NASW in 1955, Social Work Pioneer by NASW in 1977, NASW Missouri Chapter Social Worker of the Year Award in 1995 and the recipient of a special gubernational proclamation from the late Governor Mel Carnahan in recognition of 45 years of service to citizens of Missouri.