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             University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire                                                         Permit No. 219
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                                                                                                                           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

                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                       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:                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                        Jack Wagenknecht has been
                                                                                        hired as a clinical instructor and
                                                                                                                               a native of
                                                                                                                                                                     adolescents. She is particularly
                                                                                                                                                                     interested in the use of popular
                                                                                                                                                                     music, primarily rap and hip-hop,
                                                                                        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
                                                                                      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                                  
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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