UW-Green Bay graduate Josh Andreini featured as ‘Hometown Hero’

UW-Green Bay alumnus Josh Andreini ’17 (Master’s of Social Work) was recently featured as a Hometown Hero by WFRV-TV.

“Appleton’s Josh Andreini needed a sense of purpose when he decided to join the U.S. Army in 2007. “I didn’t have a lot of direction or discipline in my life, and that’s where I really turned to look into joining the military,” Andreini said. It was when United States was increasing it’s troop involvement in Iraq, that Andreini decided to enlist in the Army.

“I thought maybe someday there could be a draft or maybe my neighbors, my friends, other people would have to be called to serve, and so if I could volunteer and serve my country maybe that’s one less neighbor or buddy or friend who had to go do that,” he said.

Source: Hometown Hero: Josh Andreini joined U.S. Army in search of purpose, later found his passion | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Faculty note: Prof. Akakpo publication

Associate Professor Akakpo (Social Work and Global Studies) and Assistant Professor and Associate Dean Adrianne Fletcher (Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Social Work) have published a jointly authored article “We Can Do Better: Mitigating Negatively Racialized Attitudes in Child Welfare through Self-awareness Training.” in the Child Welfare League Journal.  The study focuses on social worker attitudes toward caregiver race, which is a known influence in the removal of children who are African American from their biological home into foster care, and on how attitudes about race can be altered through the educational, self-awareness experience called Knowing Your Lens-Cultural Humility Awareness Training (KY-CHAT). This focus is significant because children who are African American continue to be removed from their homes at rates disproportionate to their percentage in the population. The importance of the article was highlighted by editor “Black and Brown Children’s and Familied Live Matter: Addressing racial bias and oppressive policies and practice in the U.S. Child welfare system.”

 

Francis Akakpo Advising

UW-Green Bay Master of Social Work (MSW) program expands to Wausau

The UW-Green Bay Social Work Professional Program is pleased to announce it has received the Higher Learning Commissions (HLC) approval to offer its Master of Social Work (MSW) program in central Wisconsin. Through a generous and unique partnership with UW-Stevens Point, the MSW Program—classes and advising—will be offered at the UW-Stevens Point-Wausau campus. This additional location will allow current and future social workers living and working in central Wisconsin counties to access an MSW degree without the burden of traveling to Green Bay for in-person courses. The MSW Program will offer the same curriculum and areas of emphasis in the Wausau location as that of Green Bay, including the school social work certificate and the child welfare stipend. Leaders of the MSW Program anticipate accepting applications for the Wausau location in January of 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year. Learn more about the social work program on the GB website.

MSW degree applications are now open

The admission cycle for UW-Green Bay’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree is now open and accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. An MSW degree provides a significant opportunity for graduate students seeking a career in human services. The program prepares students for advanced level professional practice applicable to a wide range of positions in human services, with a special emphasis on multi-cultural practice, social justice, leadership, and advocacy. To learn more about the program, check out the UW-Green Bay MSW Program website, https://www.uwgb.edu/msw/

To schedule a personal advising session, https://www.uwgb.edu/msw/admissions/contact-us/

Virtual or telephone advising meetings are available, upon request, every Tuesday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:30pm through the end of November.

If you would like to schedule a personal advising appointment to discuss the MSW Program, please email Dr. Gail Trimberger, trimberg@uwgb.edu, with your telephone number and available times on any of the following Tuesdays.

  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24

 

 

MSW Program Admission Cycle Now Open

The admission cycle for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from UW-Green Bay is now open and accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. A MSW degree from UW-Green Bay provides a significant opportunity for graduate students seeking a career in the human services. The program prepares students for advanced level professional practice applicable to a wide range of positions in the human services, with a special emphasis on multi-cultural practice, social justice, leadership, and advocacy. To learn more about the program, check out the UW-Green Bay MSW Program website. Or, schedule a personal advising session. Please share with anyone interested!

Reminder: Stress, Burnout and Self-Care webinar is Wednesdays, Oct. 7 and 21

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Joan Groessl (Social Work) will be hosting a virtual webinar on Stress, Burnout and Self-Care, Wednesday Oct. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. and again on Wednesday Oct. 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. This webinar is designed to give a brief overview of stress and burnout and its impacts on wellbeing. Discussion includes the concept of self-care and highlight effective strategies for stress management and promotion of personal wellbeing. Register and see more.

Save the date: Stress, Burnout and Self-Care webinar is Wed., Oct. 7 and 21

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Joan Groessl (Social Work) will be hosting a virtual webinar on Stress, Burnout and Self-Care, Wednesday Oct. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. and again on Wednesday Oct. 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. This webinar is designed to give a brief overview of stress and burnout and its impacts on wellbeing. Discussion includes the concept of self-care and highlight effective strategies for stress management and promotion of personal wellbeing. Register and see more.

 

UW-Green Bay Social Work student Amanda Rosado encourages students to ‘dive in head first’ to online classes

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrated that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Amanda Rosado is a junior in the Social Work Program.

Amanda Rosado

“I’ve had my share of hybrid and online classes! Although it can be scary to dive into, whether you may have had bad experiences in the past or even have never taken one before, they are still fun, engaging and very similar to a normal lecture class! Online classes require some more discipline to get your studies done, but you typically have some extra time! Instead of assignments being due “at the start of class,” they’re usually due by midnight so that you have the whole day and/or week to do them! They’re also really engaging due to the usual discussion posts you’ll have to do as assignments that help you to connect with your fellow classmates and get their own perspectives on topics!

Lastly, if you think you’re still unsure or anxious about taking online or hybrid classes, office hours are still the same as they are for lecture courses too! So there will always be a designated time that the professor will be actively responding to emails and answering any questions or concerns you may have. On top of that, they typically provide additional and supplemental resources to help you as well! So dive in head first, start something new, invest in a planner to stay on track and you will do amazing! Always remember that college is a time to try new things and challenge yourself! Best of luck to you all!”

Common Read Events coming up in September

In March, Common Read discussions of the book, Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist: A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic by Martina Scholtens, MD, were cancelled because of pandemic closures. (Book is available for purchase via Amazon for $12.49). Self-study of the book followed by a written online discussion will occur between September 8-16. A virtual discussion with a panel of presenters will occur via Collaborate Ultra on September 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. Register for the event by Sept. 4, 2020. After submitting your registration, you will receive instruction for enrolling in the online discussions. If you have questions about the event, please contact Joan Groessl (groesslj@uwgb.edu) or Gail Trimberger (trimberg@uwgb.edu). The activity counts as an Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program Level 1 event for ethnic or socioeconomic status.