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Category Archive: Social Work

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:

UWGB Social Work Program Ranks a “Best”

UW-Green Bay’s Collaborative Master of Social Work Program was recently recognized as a “Best Social Work Program” in a list of the “Best Graduate Schools” in a publication by US News & World Report. In advanced social work programs, students take courses in social welfare policy, child welfare, human behavior, management/administration, and ethics, as well as get field experience in clinical and agency settings.  The UWGB MSW Program is a collaborative between UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh.  The Program’s ranking and information about the selection criteria can be found at:



Social Work Student to Exhibit Research in Capitol

Marcy Jivery, a senior BSW student, will be presenting her research “Gender-Specific Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use” at the ninth annual “Posters in the Rotunda” event on Wednesday, March 7 in Madison. State leaders will view poster presentations of research projects such as Marcy’s, and learn more about how this work enriches their college experience. Academic research on campuses such as UW-Green Bay is said to have major effects on Wisconsin’s economy, and it better prepares students for the 21st century workforce. Marcy is part of a group of 200 undergraduate students and faculty advisors that will fill the Capital Rotunda to share their original research.

BSW student Marcy Jivery examines best-practice interventions for co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use in women. Research supports that cognitive behavioral, harm reduction, and strength-based techniques are applicable and effective. Additionally, trauma-informed care is highlighted as necessary for competency and awareness within social work practice.

Congratulations to Marcy and her faculty advisor, Social Work’s Dr. Jolanda Sallmann.

For more detailed information, visit

25th Anniversary for UW-Green Bay Social Work Program

The Professional Program in Social Work will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this spring and is holding an anniversary event, Connect*Network*Mentor, on Friday, March 9, 2012.  The celebration will take place from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center.  The celebration will include a silent auction to benefit the three BSW student scholarships provided through the Social Work Program.  These scholarships are the Anne C. Kok Scholarship in Social Work/Social Justice, the Rolfe E. White Scholarship in Social Work, and the Jean B. Weidner Scholarship.  For more details about the event and/or to register to attend, please visit:    Congratulations to past and present Social Work students, faculty and staff!