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Category Archive: 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.)

College Connects with new VA Outpatient Clinic in Green Bay

     The new Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic opened recently in Green Bay, and is located less than a mile from the UW-Green Bay campus.  Dean Sue Mattison, along with a group of faculty and staff from the academic programs within the College of Professional Studies visited with the clinic’s adminstration to welcome them to the neighborhood, and to discuss ways in which the faculty, staff, and students within the College could partner and provide support to the new clinic.    Topics of discussion included research, outreach volunteer, field experience, and internship opportunities for students, and service opportunities for faculty.    Community partnerships and service are important aspects of the educational experience for all programs in the College of Professional Studies.

Participating in the visit included (L-R):
Jan Malchow, Shiloh Ramos, Sharon Kapitany, Brenda Tyczkowski, Janet Reilly, Dean Sue Mattison, Clinic Administrator – Timothy Deacy, Bill Lepley, Doreen Higgins, Susan Gallagher-Lepak

Social Work’s, Higgins, receives New York Community Trust “Partnerships Project” Grant

Doreen Higgins and Gail Trimberger with the Professional Programs in Social Work is one of eight social work programs across the nation to receive funding from the New York Community Trust in conjunction with the Council on Social Work Education Gero-Ed Center. The “Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports (Partnerships Project)” one year grant is aimed at preparing social work graduates via competency-based curricular resources for effective practice in Federal Administration for Community Living funded Aging and Disability Resource Centers. It is anticipated that the grant will continue for two additional years to support social work student stipends and collaborations between the Socail Work Program and Aging and Disability Resource Centers throughout northeast Wisconsin to recruit social work graduates to careers in long term services and supports.

Social Work’s Akakpo Published in June’s Community Mental Health Journal

Francis Akakpo, Assistant Professor of Social Work,  co-authored the article “’Straight up': Enhancing rapport and therapeutic alliance with previously-detained youth in the delivery of mental health services,” published in the June 2013 edition of the Community Mental Health Journal. Akakpo collaborated with James Brown from UW-Oshkosh and Evan Holloway and Matthew Aalsma of Indiana University’s School of Medicine. Their research identifies and explores the themes of empathy, client-directed care, sequencing, and positive rapport, which are all important to improving the therapeutic alliance between care providers and previously-detained youth, in order to improve such youth’s mental health treatment. Congratulations Dr. Akakpo on your research and publication!

Social Work’s Gail Trimberger, Finalist for 2013 Student Nominated Teacher Award

For the third year in a row, UW-Green Bay social work students have recognized Assistant Professor, Gail Trimberger by nominating her for the annual Student Nominated Teacher Award.   Students prepare their nominations in order to show how valuable and appreciated their instructor’s efforts are.  

The Student Nominated Teacher Award is an effort of the Instructional Development Council and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and is designed to recognize excellent teaching from a student perspective. It is an honor to be included in this amazing group of faculty! One early career teacher (1 – 5 years) and one experienced teacher (6+ years) will be selected from an impressive pool of nominees to receive support for some of their teaching-related expenses, and to be recognized at the University Leadership Awards Ceremony on May 17, 2013. 

Congratulations Professor Trimberger!

Social Work Club – Hygiene Collection for Area Homeless

The UW-Green Bay Social Work Club is coordinating a collection drive to help provide hygiene products to the homeless population in our community.  All donations collected will be distributed to shelter and homeless providers in the Brown County area. Over 480 Brown County residents were identified as homeless during the recent street and shelter count for January 2013. 

The location of the on-campus collection box for this drive is in the Social Work office, Rose Hall 320.  Every item goes to support a great cause!  Dates for the drive are: February 22 through March 17, 2013.    

Most Urgent Needs to Contribute:   Soaps: Laundry, Dish, Bar and Soft, Shower Gel, Shampoo, Diapers (sizes 3- and Pull-Ups), Deodorant (unscented), Wet Wipes for babies, Toilet Paper, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Paper Towels, Disposable Razors, Tampons

Thank you!!!              For more information, please visit


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.

Social Work Sponsors No-Waste Community Breakfast – October 24th

October 24th
7:30am to 9:30am
Mauthe Center

Come enjoy a tasty breakfast and learn more about the food rescue and redistribution movement! Members of the Social Work Club and the UWGB community will be gathering surplus bakery and other breakfast items from local businesses in celebration of Food Day.

There will also be information available on food waste as well as local and national food recovery efforts.

Open to everyone— while the breakfast goodies last!

Any questions may be directed to Social Work faculty, Sarah Himmelheber,email: