Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Roy Campbell

Alumnus Roy Campbell, second from right, answers phones at an Easter Seals telethon in the 1980's, where he spent his career working to provide innovative programming for individuals with disabilities

Roy Campbell, the first male graduate of the master’s program at the UW-Madison School of Social Work, passed away on December 19, 2014 at age 88. He was one of the first students to receive a graduate degree after the school became accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1952. 


Born in Ewen, Michigan, a small town in the Upper Peninsula, Roy was a pilot during World War II. Following...

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

By Meghan Chua

A number of UW-Madison School of Social Work doctoral students and faculty will present research at the annual Society for Social Work and Research conference in January.


This year’s conference takes place Jan. 14-18 in New Orleans. With a focus on “The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity,” the conference provides a variety of presentations and workshops on topics that are vital to contemporary social work research.


Additionally, Dr. Sarah Font, who received her Ph.D. from the School this summer, will receive an award for an honorable mention in the SSWR’s Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award recognizes the significance of her dissertation topic, “Child Outcomes in Out-of-Home Placement: The Role of Placement Type.”


See the schedule below for highlights from School of Social Work students and faculty....

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...

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