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Professional Studies Faculty and Staff Recognized at January Convocation

Several long time, dedicated faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies were recognized for their length of service and contributions to the University at the Mid-Year Convocation program on January 23, 2013. 

Recognized for celebrating their milestone anniversaries were:

40 Years of Service: Mary Baranek, Dean’s Assistant for the College of Professional Studies

30 Years of Service: Sylvia “Mimi” Kubsch, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

10 Years of Service: Meir Russ, Professor, Cofrin School of Business  

10 Years of Service: Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Professional Programs in Nursing

Recognized with Emeritus Status were:

Judy Martin, retired Professor, Professional Program in Social Work

Michael Marinetti, retired Assistant Dean and Director of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Professional Studies

Francine Tompkins, past Chair, Professional Program in Education

Thank you for the many contributions and years of service from these caring and talented individuals!


New – Professional Studies Fall 2012 Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the many accomplishments and highlights from 2011-12 within the College of Professional Studies – Fall 2012 Newsletter (PDF).

Food Drive Supported by UWGB Nursing, Social Work, and Biology

Over a dozen students and faculty from UWGB and St. Norbert’s College joined  in a multi-disciplinary community service and research data project on Saturday, October 20, 2012 during the Boy Scout food drive collection held at Packer Stadium parking lot. Helping the Brown County Community Health Improvement Process and Plan (CHIPPs): Adequate, Appropriate, Safe Food and Nutrition subcommittee, the amounts of fat, sodium, sugar, and fiber, and the expiration dates  of almost 1000 food items that were donated were recorded. Food donations were then distributed to the local Green Bay area food pantries.

 Faculty participants (Drs. Le Zhu, Human Biology and Dietetics; Sarah Himmelheber, Professional Programs in Social Work; and Janet Reilly, Professional Program in Nursing) acknowledge that assessing the quality, safety and pattern of food donations is critical to assure access to healthy foods for low-income families. Foods that are high in sugar and fat, for example, are called high-energy dense foods. In other words, these foods provide large amounts of dietary energy at a low cost, but provide minimal nutritional value and an increase the risk of developing serious lifelong health issues, like obesity, diabetes type II and heart disease. Public education sessions are planned for area Green Bay citizens to explain the results of these data and to encourage appropriate and safe donations of high nutritional quality.

Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak Named Chair of Nursing

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor of Nursing, has been named the new Chair of the Professional Program in Nursing and Director of BSN-LINC, effective July 9.  Dr. Gallagher-Lepak has been with the Nursing Program at UW-Green Bay since 2003.  She has served as Interim Chair from 2009-2011.  Dr. Gallagher-Lepak earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from the UW – Madison in 1996; an MSN in 1989 from UW -Milwaukee (emphasis on adjustment to chronic illness); and BSN from Marquette University in 1983.  She holds current licensure in the state of Wisconsin as a Registered Nurse and Licensed Psychologist and is a current Sigma Theta Tau member. Additionally, she serves on the state-wide BSN@HOME Steering Committee and has played an important role in the development of the newly approved Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Congratulations to Dr. Gallagher-Lepak in her new role as Chair of Nursing.  We look forward to the program’s continued success under her leadership!

Nursing Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing is celebrating its 30th year of offering Registered Nurses (RN) a baccalaureate completion program.  The UW-Green Bay RN to BSN program was approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin system in 1980. Professor Agnes Janoscrat was named the first Chairperson and Dr. Mimi Kubsch was hired to plan and implement the program.  (Dr. Kubsch has been the “face and hands” of the program for many years and remains on the faculty today.) Classes began in the fall of 1981. 

The program received national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in 1987 and has been subsequently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  In 1995, in collaboration with University of Wisconsin (UW) Nursing Programs in Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Eau Claire, the program began an online track for RNs across Wisconsin now known as BSN@HOME.  This was followed by the development of the BSN-LINC track in 2000 through which RNs from across the United States can complete their BSN online from UW-Green Bay.  In 2007, funding was obtained to extend the program’s reach to northern areas of the state resulting in classes offered in Rhinelander and Marinette.  That same year, a 5 year federal grant was awarded to the 5 UW nursing programs to enhance technology in nursing education.  The grant culminated in 2011 with an “E-Learning in Nursing” conference hosted by UW-Green Bay.  2011 also was the year in which the Professional Program in Nursing graduated its 1000th BSN prepared nurse.  Dr. Derryl Block, the current Chairperson, leads a department of 11 faculty and staff.  The program has 36 Associate Degree Campus Partners from 24 states across the US. 

Those visiting the Professional Program in Nursing Office located on the 3rd Floor of Rose Hall (Suite 325) on the beautiful UW-Green Bay campus can view the “History Wall”, a recent addition detailing more of the program’s highlights.  Additionally, the program is posting a retrospective video and asking alumni and friends for their memories. The piece by student marketing assistant Ariel Weishoff is online at:

A highlight of the 30th Anniversary celebration is a webinar to which alumni and students of the program have been invited to participate in April.  The webinar, “Caring Theory”, will be presented by internationally recognized nursing scholar Jean Watson in honor of the program’s anniversary.  Dr. Watson is Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Center Campus. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.  She is a widely published author and recipient of several awards and honors and holds six (6) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 3 International Honorary Doctorates.  

 For more information about the Professional Program in Nursing history, the 30th Anniversary activities or about the program in general, please email .

Health Fair sponsored by Professional Program in Nursing March 6th

Registered Nurses from the Professional Program in Nursing and Community Health Nursing Theory students will be conducting a Health Fair on March 6, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Kress Events Center on the UW-Green Bay campus. Topics to be covered by UW-Green Bay Community Health Nursing students include:

  • Skin Cancer Prevention – Staying Safe in the Sun
  • … 54218: Brown County’s Innovative Approach to increase the Health of its Youth (5 fruits & Veggies, 4 bottles of water, 2 hours of exercise, 1 hour of screen time per night, and 8 hours of sleep/day).
  • The Dangers of Binge Drinking
  • The Ugly Effects of Tobacco Use
  • Triglycerides and your Health
  • Danger: High voltage Energy Drinks may be hazardous to your health!
  • Stress
  • Headaches vs. Migraines: What is the difference and how to make best use of over the counter (OTC) pain medications.
  • Health effects of Marijuana use

The fair is open to the public and is especially timely as students are preparing for Spring Break travel.  Contact the Professional Program in Nursing at 465-2826 for more information.

Panel Discussion March 7th – MODERN FAMILY: Ethics and Biotechnologies

An exciting art exhibit and panel discussion will be held at the Lawton Gallery on the UW Green Bay campus!  The art exhibit entitled, TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century, features the work of nine female artists in relation to biotechnology and ethical issues. The art exhibit can be viewed online and in person from Thursday, March 1st through Thursday, March 29th at the Lawton Gallery, in the Theater Arts Building, Room 230.  

 An interdisciplinary panel discussion entitled, MODERN FAMILY: Ethics and Biotechnologies will occur on Wednesday, March 7th, in the Lawton Gallery foyer from 10:30 -11:30 AM.  Individual panelists are listed below alphabetically:

  1. Dr. Derryl Block, Chair of Professional Program in Nursing, UW Green Bay
  2. Ms. Joan Groessel, Professional Programs in Social Work, UW Green Bay
  3. Dr. Warren Johnson, Chair of Human Biology, UW Green Bay
  4. Dr. Hye-Kyung Kim, Chair of Philosophy, UW Green Bay
  5. Mr. Ben Kosewski, genetic counselor at Bellin Health
  6. Ms. Carmen Tust, fertility nurse, Women’s Specialty Care

 The panel discussion will be facilitated by Janet Reilly and Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Faculty with the Professional Program in Nursing.  For more information contact Dr. Reilly at or Dr. Gallagher-Lepak at