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 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.
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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!
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.)
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!
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.
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.
A 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