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Education Professor, Karen Bircher, to present at Golden Apple Awards

Education Alum, Kerstin Westcott, is one of the 2014 Golden Apple Award honorees! Westcott is now a partner teacher for Professor Karen Bircher’s EDUC 290 classes at Washington Middle School. Westcott has asked Professor Bircher to be her presenter at the 21st annual Golden Apple Awards event. What an honor for both Kerstin and Professor Bircher!

The 21st annual Golden Apple Awards event  on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. For ticket information, call Marilyn Heim at 920.593.3419.

Congratulations!

 

For more information about the Golden Apple Awards follow link:

http://www.titletown.org/programs/workforce-development-and-education/golden-apple-awards

The fourth annual Business Week was yet another success!

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The fourth annual Business Week, co-presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services is in the books and has left students, faculty, staff, and community business leaders feeling accomplished and inspired.

Business Week 2014 gave students the chance to shine and connect with business leaders. Events like “The Job & Internship Fair”, “Mock Interview Day”, and the “Elevator Pitch Competition” allow students to positively stand out to prospecting employers and business professionals. The networking possibilities and connecting opportunities help students explore the possibilities out there and grow as young professionals. Students had the opportunity to attend the “Dine Like a Professional Luncheon” and learn professional etiquette in a business setting. Business Week 2014 helped develop student’s interpersonal and professional skills that are expected from them when they enter the business world.

“The centerpiece of Business Week is the “Keynote Networking Dinner.” The dinner, held on the stage of the world-renowned Weidner Center, engaged business leaders and top students in an evening of conversation and learning. This year, we were fortunate to have Jim Sinegal, co-founder of Costco Wholesale Corporation as our keynote speaker. Jim is currently serving as a Director and Company Advisor since his retirement in January, 2012. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Costco Wholesale Corporation for 27 years. He was named one of Business Week’s “Best Managers” in 2013 and he was also named to Time Magazine’s 2006 list of the 100 most influential people.”

 A very special thanks to our Business Week 2014 sponsors

–Original post from the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business webpage

 

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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!

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/

 

 

Recognition of Years of Service and Emeritus Status for CPS Colleagues

Congratulations to the faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies who were recognized at the Mid-Year Convocation on Thursday, January 23rd with Years of Service Awards and Emeritus Status Awards!

Years of Service Recognition:

10 Years – Jan Malchow, Manager of Student Outreach, Professional Programs in Nursing

25 Years – Robert Nagy, Associate Professor, Cofrin School of Business

30 Years – Don McCartney, Senior Lecturer, Cofrin School of Business and Ann Selk, Senior Lecturer, Cofrin School of Business

Faculty and Staff Emeritus Recognition:

Brent Hussin, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Cofrin School of Business

Thank you for your years of valuable dedication and contributions to the university!   

 

 

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.)

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!

2013 MLK Celebration: CPS Faculty Involvement & Contributions

In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy and vision, collaborative and community-wide efforts and contributions resulted in an inspirational and well-attended celebration on January 19, 2013.   Among the active contributors to the event include several faculty and staff within the College of Professional Studies.  Involvement in this event reflects one of the primary values of the programs within Professional Studies: To Serve the Public Good.

The UW-Green Bay Professional Studies faculty and staff members who served on the MLK event planning committee, included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin (Social Work); and staff member Juliet Cole (Institute for Learning Partnership). Education Professor James Coates delivered a rendition of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and Juliet Cole also coordinated the annual poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.

 

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 Chair, Dr. Derryl Block Leaves UW-Green Bay

Dr. Derryl Block, Nursing Professor, Program Chair and Director of BSN-LINC has accepted the position of Dean of Health and Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University, effective July 16.  Dr. Block has been with the Professional Program in Nursing at UW-Green Bay since 2001 and has served as Chair and Director of BSN-LINC since 2004.  She also served as Interim Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies at the university from 2009-2011. Her last day at UW-Green Bay was July 6.

Dr. Block is a visionary leader who has been instrumental in growing the nursing program during her tenure and in developing the newly approved Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.  She has been involved at the national level in Community Health Nursing and in advocating for nursing education.  While she will be missed, her legacy of achievements on behalf of the Professional Program in Nursing will endure for many years to come.  We wish her the very best in her new position with NIU.