skip to content

College of Professional Studies

Category Archive: Social Work

Social Work Students Research Food Insecurity

Students in the social work program at UW-Green Bay have the opportunity to research the effects of food insecurity for those in at-risk households across Northeast Wisconsin. The survey will be distributed to over 700 participants at local food pantries, and will look for answers about the frequency of food insecurity and special dietary needs, among other subjects.

The program kicks off this week, and over the years, students have continued to bring awareness to food pantries and food assistance programs across the region. The results of the survey will be shared in Associate Professor Gail Trimberger’s class in March.

The Press Gazette is inviting donors to take part in their annual Stock the Shelves Campaign to help support local food pantries. Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to visit greenbaypressgazette.com/donate to find more information.

Read the feature article here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2014/11/01/survey-traces-growing-hunger-issues-brown-county/18320551/

Social Work Program Highlighted by CSWE

The Council on Social Work Education recognized UW-Green Bay’s Social Work program at a Child Welfare Meeting on October 23. The session, Nuts and Bolts of Child Welfare Education Programs: Shared Practices from Multiple Programs, gave an opportunity for representatives from eight programs across the country to provide information about their program and exchange ideas with representatives from other areas. Matthew Matilla, Child Welfare Coordinator in the Social Work program, was invited to attend and discuss the UW-Green Bay program with others in a panel session and also an informal table discussion.

The Council on Social Work Education is the only accreditation agency for social work that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Learn more about the Council on Social Work Education at www.cswe.org/.

UWGB Campus Kitchens Project Official Launch

The time has come for the official launch of the UW-Green Bay Campus Kitchens project! UW-Green Bay students, staff, faculty, and community leaders came together earlier in the semester to win a $5,000 grant for the Campus Kitchens start-up. It is now time to see that dedicated and hard work go towards helping those with food insecurity.

The official launch is this Saturday, May 3rd, where the project will turn leftover service food into healthy meals for those in need. The UW-Green Bay Social Work program and the Hungry and Reducing Waste student organization have worked together to plan out Saturday’s launch. The project will launch during the lunch hour at Fort Howard Apartments on Green Bay’s west side.

Congratulations to all involved with the Campus Kitchens Project and thank you for helping those in need in your local community!

For more information and the full story follow link:

http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/releases/04/28/students-to-launch-campus-kitchen-1488/

 

Social Work’s Dr. Akakpo Published in Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Dr. Tohoro (Francis) Akapo, Assistant Professor of Social Work, received notice that an article he co-authored, “Emergence of Nonsexual Crimes and Their Relationship to Sexual Crime Characteristics and the Deviant Arousal of Male Adolescent Sexual Offenders: An Exploratory Study”, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse in 2014. He co-wrote the study with Dr. David Burton of Smith College. Congratulations Dr. Akakpo on your research and publication!

BSW Program: Accreditation reaffirmed for 8 years!

Congratulations are in order for the UW-Green Bay Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) program.   The Commission on Accreditation for the Council on Social Work  Education (CSWE) voted to reaffirm UWGB’s baccalaurate program for eight years on Friday, February 8, 2014.    CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them.  In accordance with the requirements of CSWE’s recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation (OSWA) administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews.   Accredited programs like the UW-Green Bay BSW program ensure that social workers are prepared to enter the profession  at the utmost level of readiness to serve their communities.

Congratulations to the Social Work faculty and staff, led by Chair, Jolanda Sallmann.    They are truly inspiring students and transforming communities!

Independent MSW Program Approved by UW System Board of Regents

The UW system Board of Regents has unanimously approved a resolution for the development of UW Green Bay’s very own independent Master of Social Work (MSW) Program.   This will formally end the Collaborative MSW Program with UW Oshkosh which is now authorized to develop its own independent MSW Program as well. This change was made possible by the longstanding collaboration of the MSW program faculty and staff since its inception in 2003. It is expected that both programs will be up and running independently by fall of 2015. UW Green Bay’s independent program will be able to double the number of MSW graduate students that it serves on the UW Green Bay campus.

Representing UW-Green Bay, Social Work Chair, Jolanda Sallmann; College of Professional Studies Dean, Sue Mattison; MSW Coordinator, Doreen Higgins

Representing UW-Green Bay: Social Work Chair, Jolanda Sallmann;Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Sue Mattison; MSW Coordinator, Doreen Higgins

UWGB receives $5000 Campus Kitchens Project grant

UWGB is one of five schools to receive a $5,000 grant sponsored by Sodexo Foundation to start their own Campus Kitchen Project by fall 2014! UWGB’s students, staff, faculty, and community supporters worked hard to spread the word for the past 10 days via social media, local news coverage, press releases, and word-of-mouth.

The UW-Green Bay project generated interest and support throughout the state of Wisconsin.  This wide-spread support added to the project’s voting total.   State Senator Dave Hansen voted and even Tweeted about voting for UWGB and encouraging others to do the same.

This grant will be used to buy utensils, containers to deliver the food in, and the delivery itself. UWGB is going to be saving the cafeteria food that is not sold and donate it to the community. Each Campus Kitchen has a few things in common, including a mission to recycle food, provide meals, educate and engage with the community, and provide leadership opportunities for students.

The original article is available here:

http://www.campuskitchens.org/meet-our-next-campus-kitchens/

 

 

Professional Studies Faculty and Staff contribute to MLK Day Celebration

This article was originally posted in The UW-Green Bay LOG by University Communications on 1/21/14

Hundreds of Brown County residents shared a vision for peace Saturday, Jan. 18 during the annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.

Held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and presented in conjunction with UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert College and other community partners, the 19th annual celebration featured music, reflections and tributes to the great Civil Rights leader. Students in grades K-12 offered their interpretation of King’s dream through a poster and essay contest reflecting on “A Vision for Peace,” this year’s celebration theme.

UW-Green Bay once again was well represented during the event, with several members of the University faculty and staff serving on the planning committee that coordinates the celebration. Chancellor Tom Harden offered personal reflections and presented poster and essay contest awards to students in grades K-3, while Juliet Cole, associate director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, coordinated the poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.

Other involved faculty and staff members included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin and staff members Cole and committee co-chair Kelly McBride Moore (University Communication).

UW-Green Bay is one of the major sponsors for the annual MLK event. More information is available online.

Help UWGB students win a grant to end hunger and reduce food waste

Did you know that 40 percent of food in the United States is never eaten? Help UWGB students reduce this waste and fight hunger in our community: vote for their video once a day until January 29. The top five videos with the most votes will win a $5,000 grant sponsored by Sodexo Foundation to bring a Campus Kitchen to their school! Please help by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/ckpgrant   The Campus Kitchen project students are advised by Assistant Professor Sarah Himmelheber, Social Work.

Social Work’s Dr. Sarah Himmelheber leads Philosophers Cafe Discussion

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor of Social Work Sarah Himmelheber is the presenter/moderator on the topic “Food Waste and Food Insecurity”  for the Philospher’s Cafe at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14th at Kavarna coffesshouse in Green Bay.  Participants will consider the fact that while food pantries continue to report increasing demand, the level of “acceptable waste” in the larger American food production, distribution and consumption chain seems to be static or growing. The Philosophers’ Café, a monthly gathering organized by the philosophy programs at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College, is free and open to anyone interested in a laid-back, fun and friendly conversation about issues of the day.  (Bring a canned good and/or friend and join in the conversation.)