Tuesday, December 30, 2014


meditation by HaPe_Gera

meditation by HaPe_Gera / CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original

By Meghan Chua

Between encouragements to exercise and reminders to get a flu shot every winter, there are countless tips aimed at keeping the body healthy. But what about a healthy mind?


“The mind will continue to be busy and distracted until you train it, just like you’ve got to train a puppy: stay,” said social work professor and meditation expert Betty Kramer.


Growing enthusiasm for the benefits of mindfulness led School of Social Work students and academic advisor Mary Paulauskis to organize weekly sessions in the Social Work Building for mindfulness meditation, a practice that can have...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Yang Sao Xiong, the UW-Madison's first professor in Hmong American Studies, is working to help the university connect with the Hmong community. His hire was the culmination of a process that took two decades. "To me, Yang Sao was the home run," said Lynette Uttal, chair of the Asian American studies program.


Read the full article from Isthmus

Thursday, December 11, 2014

By Meghan Chua

Undergraduate social welfare major Kim Pulvermacher checks out a laptop donated by the Roses

(Photo by Meghan Chua)

Deborah Rose (B.A. ’81, MSSW ’82) has a number of favorite memories from her time at UW-Madison, from seeing the iconic flamingos on Bascom Hill and “attempts at learning how to sail” with the Hoofer Sailing Club. But one of her best memories, Rose said, was working in field settings through the School of Social Work field education program.


“I learned so much in such a short time and had such amazing mentors,” she said. “They encouraged students to not only actively participate but to develop and research new ideas.”


Motivated by the desire to impact the world and people’s lives, Rose pursued both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work. A number of...

Monday, December 08, 2014

Social Work professor Stephanie Robert has been named an honored instructor for fall 2014 by students living in University Housing. Students nominate faculty who challenge and inspire them through UW housing's Honored Instructor program in order to recognize the contribution of these instructors to their educations.


Robert’s fall courses include Social Work 275 – Making a Difference: Professions that Change the World, which encourages undergraduates to examine their personal ideas and values related to making a difference in the world. The student who nominated Robert for this award said she “truly cares about helping the students and the community.”


"Professor Robert is passionate about the work she does and the material she teaches us,” the student said. “She takes the time to get to know every one of her students to make the classroom setting a little more personal. As a freshman, it was so great to have an instructor who shows concern for her students’ academic paths here at UW.”

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The School of Social Work is proud to announce the 2014-2015 scholarship competition awards to the following highly qualified students from an outstanding pool of applicants:


Alumni & Friends of the School of Social Work Scholarship - Leah Kutschke, Full-Time MSW Program and Anna Helig, Full-Time MSW Program


Debra Beebe Scholarship - Katie Duggleby, Full-Time MSW Program and Katherine Lauth, Full-Time MSW Program


Helen Clarke Award - Diamond Howard, Full-Time MSW Program and Mai Chao Thao, Full-Time MSW Program

John Cordts Slack Memorial Scholarship - Jason Bryant, Part-Time MSW Program


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