Non-profit Org. U.S. Postage Department of Social Work PAID University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Permit No. 219 Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004 Eau Claire, WI 102-2-114901 A newsletter for alumni and friends of the UW-Eau Claire Department of Social Work Spring 2006 FALL 2009 Department Welcomes New Chairperson Dr. Vanda Galen joined the department faculty July 1 D r. Vanda Galen has 25 years head State care, and services to unmarried of experience in social work University, parents. The department reorga- education. Her teaching Morehead, nized to include all social services, career began at Morehead State KY. becoming the KY Department University in Kentucky. She joined Her last for Human Resources where she the faculty at Minnesota State sabbatical worked as a team leader, and so- University, Mankato in 1979, taught was spent cial services supervisor in a three there for 22 years, and chaired the studying county disadvantaged area. social work program for six years. Interna- For two years, Dr. Galen wrote Vanda holds a Ph.D. from the tional Child an advice column on relationships University of Minnesota. Her major Welfare at the University of East in the aging family, published in a emphasis was adult education Anglia in Norwich, England. During regional newspaper. Her current with social work as a supporting a previous sabbatical, she devel- research interests include incorpo- area. Her dissertation, entitled oped a plan for the Multicultural rating the humanities and liberal “Education of Adult Children for Service Learning program in Gua- arts into social work education and Caregiving Duties to Aging Par- temala. Thirteen students studied exploring the Appalachian pro- ents,” combined interests in adult and learned with her in Guatemala grams inspired by the Settlement education, social work, gerontology in 1998. House Movement. and women’s issues. Vanda’s MSW Vanda began her social work ca- She enjoys traveling the world is from Virginia Commonwealth reer with the Dept. of Child Welfare through hiking and walking excur- A Personal Note from University where her emphasis was in Morehead, KY. Her responsibili- sions. She attempts to play the Vanda . . . (continued) administration. She also holds an ties included protective services, mountain dulcimer. M.A. in Adult Education from More- juvenile probation, adoption, foster are available for advice and consultation. The master’s program will bring the added A personal note from Vanda . . . Homecoming Support the Social Work Advancement Fund W stimulation of graduate educa- tion to our campus. hen I was five years old, a history as rich as that of the Reunion my family moved from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Our Social Work Advancement Fund is the largest and primary fund of the We will work together in Big Woods, Kentucky to The Social Work Department has You are invited to our Social department. It is used to support a wide range of activities in the Department challenging times, but that is the college town of Morehead, been a leader in the university’s Work Homecoming Reunion including student travel to national meetings, special research and instructional not unusual for social work. forty miles from our farm. We lived quest for excellence. The alumni to be held on Saturday, Oc- equipment, faculty recruitment, and the seminar program. If you choose, your gift The profession’s commitment can also be applied in part or total to individual scholarship award funds. Undesig- within a block of the university and who work in the social agencies in tober 17 from 10:30 to noon to social justice is even more I attended its laboratory school. Wisconsin, the Midwest, nationally nated funds will be credited to the Social Work Advancement Fund. in the lobby of HSS. We hope critical when hardships come Except for a very few years, every (and internationally) are a clear Some of the scholarships available to choose from are: Hanke Family, Madeleine you can join us to visit with and resources are strained. You fall since has found me associated testament to the program’s suc- Lieffring, Leonard Gibbs-Scientific Reasoning, Julie Guite Social Work, and the friends and faculty. We are can trust that we will maintain with an educational setting. There cess. Jean Klein Memorial scholarship. especially honoring Dr. Nick Your gift will enable the department to continue to build upon its reputation a program that you can proudly is something about the afternoon I look forward to the start of the claim as your academic home, Smiar and Dr. Rick Ryberg for excellence and to provide future generations the same quality education you slant of light through a library that academic term, when students and I invite you to, as we say in who have recently retired received. If you would like to donate, please send your donation to: just feels like home. bring their energy back to the Kentucky, “Come see us some- from the department. Stop I am grateful to have found a campus. New faculty members in right after the parade and UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Inc. time.” career of service in a university will start the semester with me, 214 Schofield Hall before you head over to the environment that places me with talented practitioners are already 105 Garfield Avenue pregame celebration at Car- Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004 students engaged in learning and on board to guide students, and son Park. Refreshments will faculty dedicated to teaching. I continuing and retiring professors be served. To donate online go to: www.uwec.edu.fndn/giving.htm feel fortunate to return to social work education in a program with (Continued on last page) Reflections and New Internship Alumna to Join Faculty consideRing Farewell from Nick Smiar Director Hired L eah Olson- sity. Her primary research interest is in the area of group work with gRaduate W hen I came to the university, twenty years ago, and col- leagues would ask me when I would and we will never know Jack Wagenknecht has been hired as a clinical instructor and McBride, a native of Westby, adolescents. She is particularly interested in the use of popular music, primarily rap and hip-hop, scHool director of internship. Applications are still being retire, I said, “Never. They will carry how that Jack Wisconsin, as a culturally relevant means me out of this building toes up.” teaching accepted for the University of received his graduated of engaging, building rapport, Obviously, that has not happened. touches Wisconsin-Madison Part-Time Master of from the UW- and encouraging communication I walked out of the building on May others MSW Program. Social Work Eau Claire among adolescents in a group 18 with my toes flat on the ground, through Courses are held at the in 1997 from Department of Social Work in therapy setting. with a head full of memories and a our students. I have always been UW-Madison campus and the the Univer- 1999. Shortly after finishing her Leah is absolutely thrilled heart filled with emotion. Why did I very conscious of the fact that I am UW-Eau Claire campus. sity of South internship at Sacred Heart Hospi- about returning to the social work change my mind about retirement? preparing students for a professional The Part-Time Master of Florida in tal and graduating from UW-Eau department at UW-Eau Claire as There are two reasons. First, I want career, a high calling in which they Claire, Leah moved to Chicago to a faculty member. She is looking Social Work Program is de- to introduce more choice into my will touch and perhaps profoundly Tampa, and his Bachelor of signed to allow students who Science, Child and Family Com- enter the MSW program at Loyola forward to being a part of a pro- life. Second, I want to make way affect the lives of many other per- University Chicago. After gradu- gram that has such a rich history are not able to pursue full- for the next generation of teachers. sons. munity Service in 1986 from time study to work towards Bowling Green State University ating from Loyola in 2001, she of educating well-prepared social Fortunately, I have been able to ac- Education should not be easy but worked as a Crisis Therapist at workers. an MSW degree on a struc- complish both. There are exciting it should be engaging, calling on the in Bowling Green, Ohio. Grand Prairie Services, a commu- Leah and her husband Eric, also tured, time-extended basis. A opportunities opening up in front learner to develop motivation and Jack has over twenty years nity mental health center in subur- a UW-Eau Claire graduate, have generalist approach to social of me, and I have been extremely reach the highest potential. Two of of direct practice experience in ban Chicago. three children under the age of work skills and knowledge is pleased to see one of my former stu- my courses were ones which cer- a variety of settings. In 2004, Leah headed south five—Tyler, Sam, and Sophie. In developed. The advance prac- dents actually take up my position, tainly did not excite students: social to Louisiana to enter the Ph.D. their free time, the McBride family tice concentration is in Child, my office, and my courses. welfare history and policy. As my Teaching and service have been students can tell you, I am enthusi- Dr. Rick Ryberg Retired program in the School of Social likes to go to the YMCA and eat Youth and Family Welfare In May 2008, after eleven years at the Work at Louisiana State Univer- cookies from the Farmer’s Market. (CYFW). my life’s work. My astic and passionate My colleagues are already about both history UW-Eau Claire Program features include: motto for teaching STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Dept. of Social is taken from a line referring to me as “that and policy and can • Courses offered on Satur- Work, Dr. Ryberg in Chaucer’s Can- old retired guy” when they see the relevance days (4 hour class periods; terbury Tales, in the of those topics for retired. He taught meet me in the hallway. 8- and 15-week courses) Prologue, regarding social work practice. the following courses: Intro- Student receives “outstanding senior” award • Faculty/instructors on loca- the Clerk of Oxen- My great challenge E duction to Social lizabeth community at the university and tion both in Madison and in ford: “…and gladly would he learn was to instill motivation and excite Work, Human Cram- the other involved developing a Eau Claire and gladly teach.” I would often say passion for the topics in my stu- Behavior and the Social Environment, mond from peer mentoring program. • Field work options may in- in classes that I learned a great deal dents. I have always believed that it from students. Although they prob- is my job to be enthusiastic and pas- Child Welfare, Social Work Practice Portage, WI, When asked what she will clude place of employment, if ably thought that I was “just saying sionate for what I teach and to com- with Families and Groups, Research received the always remember about UW-Eau certain requirements are met that,” I truly mean it. I have learned municate that. I deliberately set high Methods in Social Work Practice, “Outstand- Claire, Liz stated, “I will always re- • Some financial aid avail- from every single student and every expectations because I believe that Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, and ing Senior” member the good-natured faculty able-including scholarships single course. Over the years, I have low expectations cheat the students Social Work Internship. He was the award from and staff members who encour- and fellowships taught more than two thousand stu- and deprive them of the opportu- Director of Internship for six years. the College aged me throughout my entire • Advanced standing options dents and more than one hundred nity to discover and develop their Dr. Ryberg was on various depart- of Education and Human Sciences. education and were always willing available courses. Now that I am at the other abilities and talents. Thus, I have had ment, university, and community Liz completed her internship at the to help me with professional or • Exemption exam option end of my university career, I re- the well deserved reputation as the committees, holding leadership Wisconsin Chapter of the National personal dilemmas.” available for most courses member the experiences of the main “grammar nazi.” positions on several. Examples of Association of Social Workers in After graduation, Liz plans to character in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Mr. I am profoundly grateful for my these committees and positions are: Madison, and graduated this past participate in a year-long vol- *See web-link for more in- Chipping recalled the many students colleagues and my department. We Chairperson of the Dept. Personnel spring cum laude with a compre- unteer placement through the formation about application he had taught and saw them appear have been a most motley crew over Committee, At-large member of the hensive major in social work and Lutheran volunteer Corps. and program requirements. before him in his memories. He the years, with our ups and our University Senate, member of the a minor in political science. While http://socwork.wisc.edu/new_ had thought that he had not had an downs; but the focus has always following: COEHS Field Work Advi- at UW-Eau Claire, Liz served as the Reflections (continued) web/?q=node/341 impact on his students, but he dis- been on the students and what will sory Committee, COEHS Strategic coordinator of the Peer Diversity thank them for that. Applications will be accept- covered that he, in fact, had had an be an effective social work program Planning Subcommittee on Scholar- Educators, president of the As- I leave knowing that I will be back ed on a rolling admissions impact, mild on some and profound for them. I remember with spe- ship, University Academic Policies sociation of Student Social Work- to help when I can. My colleagues basis until all spaces have on others. I have always thought cial fondness our late colleague, Committee, member of the Univer- ers, was a student member of the are already referring to me as “that been filled for the program. that teachers impact their students Dr. Leonard Gibbs, and everything sity Assessment Committee, Chip- COEHS Student Advisory Board, old retired guy” when they meet me For questions regarding in ways the teachers cannot know which he taught me about intellec- pewa Valley United Way Evaluation and the Chancellor’s Diversity Com- in the hallway. Dinosaurs have not the Part-Time MSW program, at the time and cannot predict in the tual honesty, academic rigor, and team, and Independent Evaluator for mission. Liz also collaborated with disappeared from the earth! contact: Diane Brandt at (608) future. What we teach has the same critical thinking. I am a different per- the Eau Claire County Drug Court. faculty mentors on two research Ad astra per aspera! [I could not 263-3660 or dbrandt@wisc. effect as the rock tossed into the still son because of my colleagues, and I Dr. Ryberg plans to return to the projects; one examined the lesbian, leave without throwing in my last edu. pond. The ripples move outward, (Continued on next page) practice of clinical social work. gay, bisexual, and transgender Latin phrase].
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