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College of Professional Studies

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!

Independent MSW Program Approved by UW System Board of Regents

The UW system Board of Regents has unanimously approved a resolution for the development of UW Green Bay’s very own independent Master of Social Work (MSW) Program.   This will formally end the Collaborative MSW Program with UW Oshkosh which is now authorized to develop its own independent MSW Program as well. This change was made possible by the longstanding collaboration of the MSW program faculty and staff since its inception in 2003. It is expected that both programs will be up and running independently by fall of 2015. UW Green Bay’s independent program will be able to double the number of MSW graduate students that it serves on the UW Green Bay campus.

Representing UW-Green Bay, Social Work Chair, Jolanda Sallmann; College of Professional Studies Dean, Sue Mattison; MSW Coordinator, Doreen Higgins

Representing UW-Green Bay: Social Work Chair, Jolanda Sallmann;Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Sue Mattison; MSW Coordinator, Doreen Higgins

Professional Studies Faculty and Staff contribute to MLK Day Celebration

This article was originally posted in The UW-Green Bay LOG by University Communications on 1/21/14

Hundreds of Brown County residents shared a vision for peace Saturday, Jan. 18 during the annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.

Held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and presented in conjunction with UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert College and other community partners, the 19th annual celebration featured music, reflections and tributes to the great Civil Rights leader. Students in grades K-12 offered their interpretation of King’s dream through a poster and essay contest reflecting on “A Vision for Peace,” this year’s celebration theme.

UW-Green Bay once again was well represented during the event, with several members of the University faculty and staff serving on the planning committee that coordinates the celebration. Chancellor Tom Harden offered personal reflections and presented poster and essay contest awards to students in grades K-3, while Juliet Cole, associate director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, coordinated the poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.

Other involved faculty and staff members included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin and staff members Cole and committee co-chair Kelly McBride Moore (University Communication).

UW-Green Bay is one of the major sponsors for the annual MLK event. More information is available online.

Help UWGB students win a grant to end hunger and reduce food waste

Did you know that 40 percent of food in the United States is never eaten? Help UWGB students reduce this waste and fight hunger in our community: vote for their video once a day until January 29. The top five videos with the most votes will win a $5,000 grant sponsored by Sodexo Foundation to bring a Campus Kitchen to their school! Please help by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/ckpgrant   The Campus Kitchen project students are advised by Assistant Professor Sarah Himmelheber, 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 http://www.thefamily.net/help-for-the-homeless.php