Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Perhaps she’s served you pancakes at the Kiwanis breakfast or greeted you at the Personal Essentials Pantry. Or maybe you’ve heard her address topics of homelessness, underage drinking or affordable transportation and housing at meetings for Stoughton Area Resource Team, Stoughton CARES or Stoughton United Ministries.

This is just a sampling of the many volunteer activities Sharon Mason-Boersma has been involved in since she moved to Stoughton in 1981. More than just a familiar face, she’s earned the trust of and helped thousands of struggling families in the Stoughton, Cambridge and Deerfield areas as a Joining Forces for Families (JFF) social worker.

Read the full article from Connect Stoughton

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Local officials aren’t sure how Rock County residents would be affected by a provision approved by Gov. Scott Walker regarding drug testing for Wisconsin residents enrolled in the FoodShare program.


Joe Glass, assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the testing could hinder the use of social services and do more harm than good. “There have been national studies that show there is no difference in drug use between people whoreceive welfare and those who don’t,” Glass said. “Subjecting people to drug testing turns them away from seeking the help they need.”


Read the full article from the Beloit Daily News

Monday, July 06, 2015

By Meghan Chua

After more than 30 years of lecturing at the School of Social Work, instructor Susan Kidd Webster received the Social Work Achievement Award in March for her dedication to the profession.


The award recognizes Kidd Webster’s “outstanding contributions and 35 years of dedication to social work.” Those years of work encompass mentoring students, working with prominent agencies and programs that provide disability services nationwide, and serving as a core interdisciplinary advisor to the UW Global Health Institute.


Additionally, Kidd Webster chaired the Social Work International Committee and played a vital role in connecting students to international social work opportunities. Former student Rachel Rakower Barak said Kidd Webster created the chance for her to do an internship in Peru during her time as a student....

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kristin Scheeler, an oncology social worker, works in an outpatient setting with adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.


In this profile, learn about what a day in the life of a medical social worker is like, and hear her advice for students on how to get the most out of the BSW and MSW programs.


Read the full profile

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Aaron Bishop, MSSW '00, is the Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn why he was drawn to social work after studying bacteriology and genetics, and his advice for students pursuing social work. Read more.

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