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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.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to Launch!

 A new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems degree is being planned at UW-Green Bay. The UW System Board of Regents gave final approval for this new graduate degree on June 8, 2012. Tentative plans are for this online, distance-education program to be up and running by fall of 2013. Information about the degree will be posted as it becomes available on the Professional Program in Nursing website News Page at http: www.uwgb.ed/nursing starting in August.

 The MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems will provide high quality graduate preparation for nurse leaders in an array of  healthcare systems. The MSN degree is composed of a 34 credit curriculum delivered through a part-time 6 semester model. The curriculum includes leadership, economics and policy, informatics, financial management and program planning. Practicum courses and a final master’s project are also part of the curriculum. The program is designed for BSN prepared adult learners.

Professional Program in Education Celebrates Achievements on May 9th

Celebration of Achievement for the Professional Program in Education and alumni will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center.   The event will recognize and celebrate the Regents Award for Teaching Excellence which was awarded to the program in 2011, the Regents Award for Diversity which was awarded to the Center for First Nations Studies, and recognize Education students who will receive scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.   The event will also be introducing a new series of Outstanding Education Alumni Awards for graduates of the Professional Program in Education which will subsequently be awarded annually.    

 The 2012 Education Alumni Award Recipients:

Excellence in Education – Jamie L. Froh BS ’09, MS’11

Outstanding Teaching – Marcy Levine PDC ’00, MS ‘03

Leadership and Service – Julie A. Brilli BA ‘87

Leadership and Service – Janice L. Haven BS ‘98

Outstanding New Graduate – Benjamin Markowski BS ’08, MS’10

Outstanding Student Teaching – Stacy TeStroote BS ‘12

Outstanding Pre-Service Teacher – Carolyn C. Bicoy BS ‘12


Brenda Tyczkowski awarded Doctor of Nursing Practice Student Award for 2012

On May 10, 21012 Brenda Tyczkowski will be awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Student Award for 2012 from the Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Brenda explains that this award is given to someone who demonstrates leadership qualities through dedication in the pursuit of scholarly excellence, commitment to furthering the profession of nursing, community activities and contributing to the ongoing work in developing new ideas to further the science of nursing. Brenda recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Kansas Medical Center. Her capstone project, “The Caring Journey: Staff Development in an Eden Alternative Facility,” explored the nature of caring behavior in a nursing facility and formulated staff development materials to enhance caring behaviors. Congratulations Brenda!

New Lactation Room Available in Rose Hall

The College of Professional Studies has recently completed the furnishing of a Lactation Room for students, faculty, staff and visitors who may like a quiet space for feeding.   The private room is adjoined to the women’s restroom on the 3rd floor of Rose Hall, RH 324, between the offices for the Professional Programs in Nursing and Social Work.   The room is complete with a rocker/glider and ottoman, a changing station (there is also a second one in a gender neutral restroom next door), artwork from the campus collection, reading materials, and various hygiene supplies.    There is also a small refrigerator available in the Dean’s office (RH 305) for use if needed.  Please inquire in the Dean’s office for more information.

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 .

March 23 Workshop – Planning your Faculty Career

Please mark your calendar for a faculty workshop on “Planning Your Faculty Career”. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wood Hall room 215

9 am – noon

Refreshments provided

Presentation 9 – 10:30 am; time afterwards to ask questions, form writing groups, plan future workshop discussions.

Workshop presentation: Directing one’s own career, planning one’s philosophy for teaching, research, and service, to align with the mission of this University, but also to focus on service activities in which one should be engaged, and how to write that focus and philosophy up into a personal narrative to use when going up for tenure and/or promotion. 

 Goals of the workshop:

  1. Learn the value of having philosophy statements to guide your teaching, scholarship, and service
  2. Support faculty progress toward tenure and/or promotion by providing guidance and information
  3. Organize “support” groups – small working groups of faculty to whom group members are accountable for making progress on scholarship, narrative writing, career focus
  4. Initiate/develop further workshop/discussion topics

 Future workshops on tenure and promotion are planned for the fall semester.