Congratulations to Career Services personnel and others on successful virtual job fair

Career Services partnered with the Green Bay Area Public School (GBAPS) District to offer a virtual job fair for UW-Green Bay students and alumni. Eleven individual video chat rooms were made available for participation on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.  Candidates participated in eight of the rooms assigned by certification area. There were 29 unique students and alumni who participated in a total of 36 scheduled chat sessions with over 20 representatives from GBAPS during a four-hour window of the virtual event. The virtual job fair was led by Career Services staff members Linda Peacock-Landrum and Karla Miller. They received technical support from Nichole LaGrow, Distance Education coordinator and outreach support to alumni from Kari Moody, director of Alumni Relations. This is what one participant had to say:

“With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is influencing the traditional process of career fairs and interviews for Spring 2020 graduates (and possibly for future graduates to come). As a school and clinical mental health Social Work graduate, I found the virtual career fair with the Green Bay Area Public School District to be so influential and needed! To be able to put a face to my submitted applications and meet the future hiring team says a lot! It was a quick and easy process.”

See ViXai Thao, ’16 (Human Development) and ’20 (Master of Social Work)


UW-Green Bay alumna and Manitowoc’s Rainbow House Owner is passionate about creating a better life for those she cares for | Herald Times Reporter

UW-Green Bay alumna Marcia Christiansen (Community Services and Social Service) has owned Rainbow House in Manitowoc since 1980, along with her husband, Jack. Rainbow House helps individuals with developmental disabilities live their best lives, assisting them in any way they need while also allowing them to achieve their fullest potential of independence. More via Manitowoc’s Rainbow House owner passionate about creating a better life for those she cares for | Herald Times Reporter.

Please encourage students, Social Work major application due Feb. 28

The major in Social Work, leading to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at UW-Green Bay, prepares a graduate for a career as a social worker working with a broad range of individuals, families, organizations and communities. Graduates of the UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program secure positions in programs serving populations that include older adults, children and their families, persons challenged by developmental and other disabilities, juvenile and adult offenders, persons experiencing mental or physical health issues and other groups identified in this ever-evolving field. Social workers provide direct service and work for social justice through advocacy and, for example, social policy development and change. The UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program has full accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. The BSW degree from UW-Green Bay allows the graduate to obtain state certification and provides a broad range of employment opportunities.

Declaring social work as a major at UW-Green Bay begins with a formal application process. Students who want to choose a social work major usually complete the application process during their sophomore year. Students complete the program in a cohort group, and all students begin the program in the fall semester. Admissions applications are reviewed two times during the year to admit students for the fall semester. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on: (1) the last Friday in February and (2) the last Friday in May. A total of 40 students will be accepted for start in Fall of 2020. Students are encouraged to apply for the February deadline with falls on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

More information can be found at: or by calling 920-465-2049.

Superior Schools advocate for social worker licensing changes | Superior Telegram

To work in Wisconsin schools, social workers must receive additional education compared to their counterparts in Minnesota, which has created challenges for school districts located on the state border. “This is really about what kids need and removing the barriers to getting kids help,” said Amy Starzecki, Superior School District administrator. Social workers who work in Minnesota schools must have a degree in the field and be licensed to practice in the state, according to the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board. Wisconsin law goes a step further by requiring a master’s degree from a school social worker preparatory program. Only three schools in the state—UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay—offer the program. Source: Superior Schools advocate for social worker licensing changes | Superior Telegram

UW-Green Bay Social Work Program referenced in article about difficulty of Wisconsin schools to hire social workers | WPR

UW-Green Bay’s Social Work Program was referenced as a Wisconsin university that offers certification for becoming a social worker in Wisconsin. The article discusses how Wisconsin schools are struggling to hire social workers due to some of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s administrative rules. More via Some Wisconsin Schools Are Finding It Difficult To Hire Social Workers To Help Kids | WPR. 

UW-Green Bay sponsors Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

As it has for years, UW-Green Bay is set to play a fundamental role in Saturday’s (Jan. 18, 2020) Brown County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). See photos from last year. The University is a major sponsor for this highly-regarded annual event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at NWTC’s Student Center. Interim Chancellor Cheryl Van Gruensven will present prizes for grades K-3 in the annual MLK poster, poetry and essay contest. A keynote speaker (Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.), local DJ, t-shirts, cereal drive, photo booth and community service projects will make the 25th annual Brown County MLK Celebration one to remember! A delicious luncheon is served at the program’s end. The event is free and open to the public.

More details are available at: Several UW-Green Bay faculty and staff members serve on the MLK event planning committee, including Associate Profs. Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work), Prof. Gaurav Bansal (Business Administration) and Associate Prof. Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration) and Diversity Director Mai Lo Lee (Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs). For more information, please contact Prof. Sallmann (

Social Work kicks off the new year with international collaboration

UW-Green Bay’s Social Work Professional Programs in the College of Health, Education, & Social Welfare (CHESW) are ringing in the New Year with an official international agreement with the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. Effective January 1, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been approved between the two institutions which will allow for student, faculty and staff exchanges between the Master’s of Social Work Program and the Master’s Program in International Social Work and Human Rights in the University of Gothenburg Social Work Department. It is anticipated that two students from each institution would participate in the exchange which is set to kick off in the January 2021 semester. Faculty and staff exchanges are yet to be determined.

This “Scandinavian Interdisciplinary Initiative,” was developed with the support of Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Social Work faculty and staff, the assistance of MSW Program Chair, Prof. Gail Trimberger and Democracy and Justice Studies Associate Prof. Andrew Austin. The initiative emerged from the sabbatical research of Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins (Social Work) who conducted sabbatical research on the social welfare state at the University of Gothenburg in 2018. This initiative will progress with the 2020 sabbatical research of Prof. Austin who has been invited as a faculty scholar in the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. It is hoped that these efforts, over time, will broaden to other academic units at both UW-Green Bay and the University of Gothenburg. The photo above depicts the final phase of the exchange project with a formal signing of the MOU on December 9. Left to right: Dean Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Provost Michael Alexander, Associate Prof. Doreen Higgins, and Brent Blahnik, director of the Office of International Education.

The University of Gothenburg is the third-oldest of the current Swedish universities with 38,000+ students, 6,000 faculty and staff, and 190+ degree programs. The Department of Social Work hosts 1,400 students in several undergraduate and graduate majors, and holds 130+ faculty and staff. The Social Work department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg, one of the largest in all of the Nordic countries. Gothenburg’s population is approximately 600,000 residents, with a metro area exceeding 1 million.

UW-Green Bay graduate student receives honors achievement of LGBTQ+ advocates and their allies

UW-Green Bay graduate student Isaac Kabacinski (Social Work) is one of 13 honorees of the 2019 Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, an annual honor given to LGBTQ+ people or their allies who have helped to create a safer and more inclusive climate for LGBTQ+ people. The award celebrates the memory and legacy of Dr. Paula B. Poorman, a highly regarded faculty member at UW-Whitewater dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Recipients will be honored on Nov. 7, 2019. The ceremony will be hosted by UW System President Ray Cross, and will be done in conjunction with the 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award ceremony. More information about the award can be found here.

Lecturer Sheng Lee Yang featured in Post Crescent

UW-Green Bay lecturer Sheng Lee Yang (Social Work) was recently profiled in the Appleton Post Crescent. Her story is about her non-profit to improve care for diverse people needing mental health care. Here is an exerpt: “When Soua Lee’s son was 15, his school identified him as at risk for thoughts of suicide. She remembered not knowing how to react — but she didn’t know what questions to ask, what terms to use or how to comfort him. ‘In the Hmong community, they don’t see (depression and suicide) as an illness,'” Soua said. “‘It’s not diagnosed.'” Read the full story, here.