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Newest faculty bring expertise

Melinda Kavanaugh


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Mark Williams

LGBT health

Nancy Rolock

child welfare

Aleks Snowden

urban crime

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Salute to Adjuncts!

About UWM Research… teaching… & community engagement As Wisconsin’s premier public urban institution, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee enjoys a growing national reputation for excellence in research, teaching and community engagement. On an operating budget of $700 million, it educates nearly 28,000 students and is an engine of innovation for Southeastern Wisconsin. The 104-acre main campus and satellite sites are located in the economic and cultural heart of the state. The university’s recent expansion includes new academic and research facilities, and the creation of the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the only School of Freshwater Sciences in the United States.

teaching 6 Salute  to  adjuncts!

8 Ben Heinen, Sergeant, Mequon Police Department 9 Jacob Corr, Assistant DA, Milwaukee County 10 Edith Hudson, Assistant Chief, Milwaukee Police Department 11  Sheryl Dean, Corrections Field Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Corrections 12 Al Cimperman, School Social Worker, Milwaukee Public Schools 13 Abigail Ziebell, Veteran Justice Outreach Coordinator, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs 14 Students to Study in South Africa in 2014 15 HBSSW Is Wisconsin’s First School to Offer Crime Analysis

community engagement 16 Drug Treatment Court Key to Reform 17 STOP Program Expands with HBSSW’s Input 18 Fatherhood Conference 19 State’s Social Workers Rely on HBSSW for Professional Development 20 5th Annual Awards Night 24 Three Professors Become Regular WUWM Commentators 25 Nationally-Renowned Criminologist Visits UWM 

research 26 N  ew Center for Aging and Transitional Research Tackles Aging Issues 28 Dimitri Topitzes: Home Visiting Programs 29 Lisa Berger: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Misuse (SBIRT) New Faculty Bring New Expertise 31 New Criminal Justice Faculty

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32 New Social Work Faculty

Joan Blakey Melinda Kavanaugh Mark Williams Nancy Rolock

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34 K  adushins Team Up to Write Textbook 35 F aculty and Staff Publications

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Donors 36 Meet Richard Kessler

37 S  cholarship for Children with Incarcerated Parents

writers Carolyn Bucior Alissa Mathison Beth Stafford

38 In Recognition of Generosity: 2013 Donors In Memory of 41 Aileen Rockjordan Retirements 42 Ellen Lafouge 43 Barb Robinson


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Stan Stojkovic: “At some

point, everyone deals with the issues we research and teach.” “…caregiving, crime analysis, aging, drug courts, addiction treatment, home visiting programs, fatherhood…”

Interview by Alissa Mathison, editorial assistant intern, UWM English Department

You lead a school with 1,800 students and 105 faculty and staff. What’s a typical day for you? It’s hectic. I start at 8 or 9 and my day ends around 10 or 11 at night. My life’s crazy, but I love it. What’s the biggest challenge for the school? The budget. Two things have recently come together to create the perfect storm: a decline nationwide in the number of students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees; and state and federal budget cuts to higher education. The worst part is the heavy debt load being passed on to all U.S. students. How would you describe HBSSW to someone who’s unfamiliar with the school? The SW stands for Social Welfare. We have two departments – Criminal Justice and Social Work. Together, they tackle our mission, which is to improve lives and strengthen communities through research, education and community partnerships. We take this seriously and we expect our students to become leaders. Many of them do. What’s your ideal vision for the school? To become one of the most prestigious schools of social welfare in the country. We’re doing exciting things in the fields of caregiving, crime analysis, aging, drug courts, addiction treatment, home visiting programs, fatherhood, improving community relations with police and a lot more. At some point in their lives, everyone – not just in Milwaukee – will deal with many of the issues we research and teach, if not for themselves, then for a family member.


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HBSSW is highly regarded in Milwaukee. Why do you think that is? We’re practical. We connect our faculty’s research to real-life problems. What keeps you going? I like making a contribution and as I get older it’s the main thing that keeps me going. That, and Mountain Dew. Seriously, if I wasn’t excited about coming to work each day, I’d find something else to do. What do you hope alumni remember about their time at HBSSW? I hope they recall it as a place that sparked a passion and guided them into careers where they continue to feel that passion. I’d also like for them to keep in touch. Email me directly and let me know your story. Name three people, living or dead, who you’d like to have lunch with. Socrates, Immanuel Kant and Martin Luther King, Jr. And I’d like to have lunch with them separately, because there are very specific things I’d want to ask each of them.

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Teaching Every semester, working professionals in social work and criminal justice teach undergraduate and graduate classes at HBSSW. Police detectives, criminal prosecutors, clinical social workers, judges, school social workers, and others blend real-world experience with the curriculum, strengthening the academic experience for students.

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“Students respond very positively to our adjunct faculty,” says Goldie Kadushin, professor of social work and adjunct faculty coordinator for the Social Work Department. “They give adjunct professors extremely high teaching ratings across the board.” For their part, the adjunct professors say the experience is personally rewarding. “We have people who have been teaching here for twenty years,” Kadushin says. “The students see them as credible role models. And the adjuncts see students as the next generation of professionals. They want to have some influence and they do just that by sharing their knowledge.”


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Adjunct Instructors Bring Real-World Experience to Students

30 adjunct social work instructors Social work professions represented include: Clinical social worker School social worker Executive director, human services organization Child & family services supervisor Substance abuse counselor Director of community services Program director, community agency Youth counselor Program director, family services agency Director, geriatric services Social services director, hospital

10 adjunct criminal justice instructors Criminal justice professions represented include: Police detective Criminal prosecutor Judge Assistant chief of police Crime analyst Detention facilities specialist Victim advocate

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Ben Heinen

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(MS CJ 2008, BS CJ 2003) Sergeant, Mequon Police Department


Creative, passionate and seemingly tireless, Ben Heinen is a dedicated teacher who loves what he does, in any format. To introduce himself to his online students, for example, he created a short video where he personifies the three components of the criminal justice system. Students follow along virtually as he starts off in the police department, goes to court and finally gets locked up in a jail cell. Heinen, who earned a master’s degree in educa­tional leadership and policy analysis at UW– Madison, says he always knew he wanted to teach, and so quite naturally, his enthusiasm spills over into the classroom. He’s open about his experiences as a police officer and students benefit from his real-life examples. In one exercise, he acts as the perpetrator and places students in the shoes of a police officer. He reaches for something in his back pocket to see if students will identify him as a threat. Sometimes they do, only to find that Heinen was pulling out his cell phone.

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Online or in-person, students learn the practical application of police work in Heinen’s classes on criminal justice and police process, but he also demands that they develop an independent thought process. “If they can learn to think for themselves and understand the complexity of police work, then society will be better off,” Heinen says. Heinen keeps up with students’ emails in a flurry of late-night typing that stretches for hours. What motivates him? He says it’s an opportunity to positively influence the future of the criminal justice system. “You have to remember that you can have an impact on people. It’s easy to forget your success stories,” he says. He hopes that by highlighting the gray areas of police work students will learn how to analyze situations from various angles. “You’ll leave class with more questions than answers,” he tells students, “but people with questions seek knowledge.”

Jacob corr Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Team Captain of the Community Prosecution Unit


  Job Includes managing a team of criminal justice professionals that addresses community problems

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Jacob Corr builds bridges between Room 191 and the real world of criminal justice work. For the past seven years on Monday nights, he has invited his colleagues – police officers, community advocates, probation officers and others – to speak to his students – young men and women who are exploring professional goals and may be unaware of what specific careers would demand of them. “It’s a very practical class,” Corr says of the undergraduate course he created on community prosecution. “My colleagues talk to students about their professional roles in the criminal justice system and about the personal aspects of their jobs – why they do it and how it affects them. Many of us deal with the worst five percent of the population every day. It’s not like the cop shows. In real life, it affects your psyche.” Often, visiting speakers open the door to more realworld experiences by offering students the opportunity to shadow them on their jobs or complete internships with their agencies. In his own work, Corr manages a problem-solving team of various criminal justice professionals that addresses community problems. In the classroom, Corr asks his students to do much the same. The major class project has them teaming up to look for solutions to one, real-life community issue, such as thefts from the Klotsche Center (UWM’s athletic building), underage drinking or drug dealing. An assistant DA’s hours are long and demanding. So why does he often end a day by teaching? “Students continually give me fresh insights and perspective on my own work,” Corr says. Corr, a Racine native who has worked 14 years in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, received a BA in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from Marquette University. He sits on the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission and, with Dean Stan Stojkovic, is a member of the Governing Board of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

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Edith Hudson

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Assistant Chief, Milwaukee Police Department



Provides strategic leadership and direction for personnel working in district stations, investigations, court administration, central booking and the office of community outreach and education

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Students ask her how she copes with the daily tragedies of her profession. A: Knowing that she is part of a system that holds criminals responsible for their behavior. How she became involved in police work. A: It was her response to a family member who questioned her ability. Why she stays. A: The personal rewards of helping youth and aspiring leaders. Female students who meet Edith Hudson and are curious if a law enforcement career is also right for them, find not only information, but inspiration. “It’s good for them to see me,” she says. Hudson, a Milwaukee native, brings 23 years of experience and examples to the criminal justice class she teaches on police leadership and multi-cultural issues. “I know how it works, what it looks like in the field,” says Hudson, who has experience in sensitive crimes and domestic violence, tactical enforcement, patrol operations and police administration. “During my class, I explain the practical application of criminal justice related theories and research. I use examples from my professional experience to help illustrate our course topics.” Hudson also brings sensitivity to student issues. “It took me eight years to earn my undergraduate degree,” she recalls. “I worked as a Milwaukee Police officer, then as a sergeant while I raised two children and earned my degree at UWM in sociology. I was learning theory in the classroom and putting it into practice in the field.” It was, she believes, an excellent way to get an education. Hudson earned a BA in Sociology from UWM in 2002 and a MBA from Alverno College in 2010.

Sheryl Dean

At 5 p.m., Sheryl Dean leaves her Milwaukee office, where she works as a corrections field supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. By 6 p.m., she faces a group of students in a UWM classroom, where she teaches a course on cultural diversity. Dean regularly shares with her students examples of the intersection of social work and cultural diversity and this evening is no exception. “I have a story to tell you about a real-life social work incident,” she says. She tells the students about an incarcerated man undergoing substance abuse treatment. He is black and had been crying for three days, stating that his cousin had been killed over the weekend. The man’s social worker was not treating this with cultural competency; as she saw it, the dead relative was just a cousin. But in African American culture, Dean explains to the students, a cousin is like a brother. “In order to do our jobs well, social workers have to understand culture, ethnicity and family structures,” she says. “We have to be cognizant of each client’s belief system.” Another example: Marginalized people often believe others control their destiny, which affects how a social worker can best approach and help the person. A native Milwaukeean and non-traditional student, Dean earned her master’s degree at age 52. “By the time I became an adjunct instructor in 2010, I had a diverse background that helped me be effective in the classroom,” she says. “I’ve worked with women with substance abuse disorders, homeless women and men in the corrections system. I bring all my experiences to the classroom each week.” Sharing her experiences benefits the students, but Dean says she also gains from her time in the classroom. “Who better to teach me about various aspects of culture and diversity than my students?” she asks.


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(MSW 2008, BSW 1999) Corrections Field Supervisor, State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections

Supervises field agents involved in rehabilitation of offenders in Milwaukee County


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Job at MPS: Worked with students, their families and educational staff to address concerns that were affecting the students’ education

School social work students must learn a myriad of issues related to crisis counseling, truancy, special education, bullying, school violence, child abuse and more. It has been to the benefit of HBSSW students that Al Cimperman has made his life’s work in our city and at our school, for he is one of Milwaukee’s most respected school social workers and an adjunct instructor at HBSSW. Walking into the classroom, Cimperman brings with him 30 years of experience as a school social worker with Milwaukee Public Schools. “Merging theory with practice is my strength,” Cimperman says. “I take sharing my experiences very seriously.” Cimperman has been a social worker in elementary, middle and high schools, and special schools, such as one for pregnant teens. He’s directed school social worker crisis teams, mentored new school social workers, and coordinated field placements of HBSSW school social work students within MPS. He brings all of these experiences to HBSSW, where he teaches School Social Work Practice to graduate students earning their certificates in school social work. “School social workers can’t be too academic. They must know how to engage people,” Cimperman says. “Although some things have changed over time, the core values behind school social work are timeless.” Cimperman was named MPS social worker of the year (1989) and received HBSSW’s Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award (2008) for his work with social work students. Teaching at a university level, he says, fulfills a lifelong dream.

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Abigail Ziebell (MSW 2007) Veteran Justice Outreach Coordinator, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Job Connects veterans to treatment instead of jail time

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A veteran in the criminal justice system faces unique issues. When charged with a crime, the court’s role includes linking the person with key resources. Enter Abigail Ziebell. In her role at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, she helps veterans charged with crimes (including burglary, DUI and drug possession) receive court-ordered mental health or substance abuse services in lieu of jail time. As the liaison between veterans and Milwaukee County’s newest specialty court – the Veterans Treatment Initiative – she conducts diagnostic interviews and makes treatment plans that include, whenever appropriate, communityand hospital-based services in lieu of jail time. She also remains connected to the veterans, helping them get the help they need and reporting on compliance. “I love my job,” Ziebell says. “Our goal is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental health and substance abuse issues as well as to prevent homelessness among veterans.” She brings her experience and passion to her students at UWM, where she teaches a direct practice course to social work master’s students. “The greatest value to me in life is to give back,” says the Merrill, Wisconsin, native. “I can do that by providing direct care. I can also do that by teaching others.”

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Study Abroad Program Expands to South Africa

Stan Stojkovic, Susan Rose and Linda Britz in front of a Nelson Mandela statue, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

HBSSW students will study at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.


In countries around the world, social welfare issues are playing out differently. It’s increasingly important for students to engage with diverse cultures. This past year, interest in HBSSW’s Study Abroad Program was very high. “More than 45 students submitted applications to one of the three programs offered,” according to Susan Rose, professor, social work and International Studies Committee chair. The school’s Study Abroad Program – conducted in Austria, Costa Rica and England in past years – attracts about 25 students each year. In these creditearning offerings, students learn the policies and treatment models another country uses to address social welfare issues including substance abuse, family violence, crime and child welfare. In 2013, HBSSW added a comparative policy course in South Africa – to be held in summer 2014 – and students quickly filled the 12 slots. “The idea of studying abroad is for students to cross borders – geographic and personal,” says Linda Britz, senior lecturer, social work. Britz, a native of South Africa, designed the curriculum, which includes partnerships with University of Pretoria and University of the Free State. “A student who studies abroad is immersed in another culture and exposed to different ways of looking at life,” she says. “That’s very valuable. When students study and compare the policies other countries use to address issues such as illiteracy, AIDS, human trafficking, poverty or oppression, they learn to think outside the box. Ultimately, it improves how we address such issues in America.” In 2013, the school conducted programs with the University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria, in Linz; Central American Spanish Academy in Grecia, Costa Rica; and the Bristol International Credit Earning Program in England. The school expects to expand their Study Abroad Program next year to include India.

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Stephanie Sikinger

Crime Analysis:

HBSSW Offers 3 Tracks, all Online and In Person In 2014, HBSSW became the first in Wisconsin to offer various tracks to study crime analysis. The three tracks are all offered online and in person. Any college graduate can earn a certificate, current UWM Criminal Justice students can earn a specialization, and current UWM students in any field can earn a minor. Crime analysts gather crime and disorder data, identify and analyze patterns, trends and problems, develop recommendations based on their findings and create and disseminate information that helps criminal justice agencies address crime and allocate resources. The field is rapidly growing. According to HBSSW Dean Stan Stojkovic, there are not enough trained professionals to fill open positions at agencies including municipal police departments, intelligence fusion centers, sheriff’s departments, state bureaus of investigation, state departments of correction and federal law enforcement agencies. Stephanie Sikinger (MS CJ ’11, BS CJ ’09) was one of the first people to specialize in crime analysis at UWM. (She completed courses before the three tracks were offered.) Today, the Germantown native works as a crime analyst for the Milwaukee

Police Department’s Intelligence Fusion Center and teaches a crime analysis course at UWM. “Honestly there would be things not accomplished here without her,” says Carlo Davila, detective, MPD Intelligence Fusion Center. “She puts it together and helps steer the resources of the department. Her work is pivotal, essential.” Wondering if you’re cut out to be a crime analyst? Successful crime analysts possess a solid understanding of criminal behavior and the criminal justice system, have strong analytic skills, strong critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and work and reason well under pressure. They also must be excellent communicators – in writing and in speech – because they must present their findings and recommendations to coworkers. You can start immediately on the path to becoming a crime analyst with Introduction to Crime Analysis, offered online and in person by UWM’s Criminal Justice Department. There are no prerequisites. “It’s a great way to gauge if this field is for you,” says Tina Freiburger, associate professor and chair of the school’s Criminal Justice Department.


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Community Engagement

Drug Treatment Courts Key to Criminal Justice System Reform Carol Carlson (MSW ’11) coordinates Milwaukee County’s Drug Treatment Court. Her interest in such courts began during her studies at HBSSW, when her internship in New Orleans connected her with graduates of that city’s drug treatment court. Excited by the concept, she worked with HBSSW’s Social Work Department to establish and participate in an internship with the Milwaukee Drug Treatment Court. That internship led to her current position as the court’s coordinator. The two federal grants that launched the court in 2009 each stipulated program evaluations. This vital expertise has been provided by HBSSW’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health

Drug treatment courts – which number about 2,000 nationwide – offer treatment to nonviolent offenders with drug problems. The goals: avoid costly incarceration, prevent crime and reduce recidivism.

Carol Carlson and Tom LeBel

Research (CABHR). A third grant received in 2012 extends the program through 2015. Today, Carlson works with leading members of HBSSW’s evaluation team: Michael Fendrich, Wisconsin distinguished professor and professor of social work and Thomas LeBel, CABHR scientist and associate professor of criminal justice. They are assisted by Gregory Powers, doctoral student, social work. “The number of drug treatment courts continues to grow,” explains LeBel. “As funding for corrections has taken up larger slices of most state budgets, it’s more important than ever to look for effective alternatives to incarceration.” The courts’ evaluators, LeBel says, provide empirical data to guide the courts in their approaches. Others on the drug court team include: a judge, prosecutors, public defenders, a Milwaukee Police Department law enforcement officer, a program coordinator and treatment professionals from the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. The services of Carlson and case managers are provided through JusticePoint, a Milwaukee-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting evidence-informed criminal justice policies, programs and practices. Studies show lower re-arrest rates among drug court participants when compared with offenders in traditional courts. “The fact that these courts are helping keep people out of prison makes them essential to criminal justice system reforms,” LeBel says.

STOP Gets High Marks from HBSSW Milwaukee, like other major cities, faces juvenile justice issues. Many juvenile offenders have negative perceptions of the criminal justice system and the police. Their perception is not incidental; it strongly affects the relationship between the youth and police and it can propel a small encounter to a somber conclusion – formal criminal charges and a teen’s or pre-teen’s entry into the criminal justice system. Now, emerging research in Milwaukee is telling us that working with youth to change these negative perceptions is well worth the effort. In 2011, the Milwaukee Police Department launched a pilot program – Students Talking it Over with Police, or STOP -- to educate youth in grades 7 to 12 on what police do, and why. The students in the STOP program learn about the nature of urban police work, the nature of neighborhood crimes, the reasons a police officer might stop them, how to conduct themselves during a police encounter and how the officer is supposed to behave. The program is being conducted in collaboration with community entities: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, where pilot programs were held; Alverno College, which worked to improve the curriculum; and HBSSW’s Criminal Justice Department, which is charged with program evaluation. “Because STOP demands a substantial commitment

from school administrators, evaluation is critical,” says Tina Freiburger, chair of HBSSW’s Criminal Justice Department and the program’s current evaluator. The evaluations are very encouraging, Freiburger says. According to an evaluation conducted last year by Freiburger and Kimberly Hassell, associate professor, criminal justice, STOP delivered on its goals. Compared to a control group, STOP participants were significantly more knowledgeable about police and about citizen and police behavior; had more positive perceptions of the police; were much more willing to cooperate with police; and were much more likely to perceive the police as fair. These measurable effects have guided STOP in its current expansion from being offered in 14 charter and private schools in Milwaukee to 35 public, charter and private schools; from two officers trained to lead STOP sessions to 36; and to a program that is now being offered in all seven MPD districts. Plus, HBSSW’s evaluation has led to program improvements and made STOP more easily replicable for other cities. Continued HBSSW evaluations will target the longterm effectiveness of STOP, the STOP curriculum, officer training and the development of STOP into an evidence-based program. 2013 Annual Report



UWM Conference Puts Fathers Front & Center

Eloise Anderson addresses workshop participants.

How can child welfare agencies better identify, locate and involve nonresident fathers? This question was at the heart of a conference sponsored in April 2013 by the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership (MCWP) – a joint effort between HBSSW and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The conference drew about 60 participants and included presentations by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Fresh Start Family Services and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the past decade has seen heightened interest – from the


federal government, researchers, social welfare agencies and the general public -- in fathers and their contribution to family stability and children’s healthy development. Apart from the father’s potential as a caregiver and figure in a child’s life, agencies that engage with nonresident fathers may learn important medical information, and whether the child is eligible for health insurance, survivor benefits or child support. For foster children, father engagement also helps case workers make placement decisions and access resources for the child. But child welfare workers can face obstacles when trying to engage a nonresident father. For example, fathers who step forward may risk arrest for owing back child support, according to Mike Kluesner, MCWP curriculum and instruction manager. Others do not step forward until the process to terminate parental rights is underway, which lengthens the process and leaves children in an extended state of flux. “Traditionally, none of our policies help fathers,” Eloise Anderson,

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secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, told workshop participants. “But when fathers are around, the kids do better in school, even when mom and dad are not romantically involved. When girls have fathers around, they learn the difference between affection and sex. Mothers hold the key to opening the door for nonresident fathers’ involvement,” Anderson stressed. “She is the gatekeeper.” David Pate – an associate professor in social work who specializes in welfare reform policy, child support enforcement policy and fatherhood -- urged attendees not to assume men do not want to care for their children. “What biases do you bring to the table?” he challenged the audience. MCWP provides high-quality, competency-based training and professional development to child welfare staff employed by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. Such training supports workers as they strive to be familycentered, child-focused and culturally responsive.


Wisconsin’s Social Workers Rely on HBSSW for Social workers and other human service professionals legally must keep current with developments in their field. Wisconsin requires certified social workers to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years, including classes in ethics and professional boundaries. The state suggests providers work with a university for continuing education credits; for years HBSSW has helped professionals expand their knowledge and meet state requirements. In 2013, our school’s Continuing Education & Outreach Program offered 25 classes in person and online. The most popular addressed mindfulness (“Mindfulness and Psychotherapy,” taught by Thomas Kopka, adjunct instructor and clinical social worker) and loneliness (“The Lonely Disease, Recovering from Addiction,” taught by Marjorie Nixon, psychotherapist). About 100 people participated in the online workshop, “Essentials of Case Management.” (The excellent evaluations led us to offer “Social Work and Safety” online and webinar trainings on DSM-5.) Free trainings for community members included “The Evidenced Based Practice: Steps, Integration and Evaluation,” which attracted 30 attendants. It was taught by Lisa Berger, associate professor, social work, and Andrea Gromoske, Ph.D. candidate. Various Wisconsin agencies requested customized trainings and we provided on-site education specific to their needs.

Professional Development

Finally, we partnered with community agencies and institutions including: •  the Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals, to offer a three-day conference for substance abuse counselors and treatment providers. •  the American Council for School Social Work, to offer “Mental Health in Schools Institute,” a daylong conference for school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses and community mental health providers. •  the Southeast Wisconsin Training Initiative and Bethesda Institute, to present “Embracing Life Autistically,” featuring Judy Endow, author and international speaker on autism-related topics. •  Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Circle of Life Foundation, to co-sponsor the fifth conference on hospice care, “Conflicts over Appropriate Care: Doing Something Different,” presented by Robert Arnold, professor, University of Pittsburgh, Division of General Internal Medicine and Center for Bioethics and Health Law. Three hundred social workers, nurses, pastoral care professionals and physicians attended.

Thank You HBSSW Field Instructors

As a “thank you” to HBSSW social work field instructors, the Continuing Education & Outreach Program offers one free workshop every biennium. If you are interested in becoming a field instructor, please contact Jeanne Wagner, director of social work field education at:


Upcoming and Customized Workshops

For a listing of upcoming workshops: To learn about on-site programs, customized for your agency, please contact Linda Czernicki, program manager, Continuing Education at 414-229-6329 or

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Faculty & Staff Awards Service Awards

David Pate, Social Work Steven Brandl, Criminal Justice Non-Teaching Staff Award

Colleen Giaimo, Social Work Research Awards

Jung Kwak, Social Work Thomas LeBel, Criminal Justice Teaching Awards Lisa

Berger, Social Work Steven Brandl, Criminal Justice Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the following award recipients.

Paul Zenisek, Social Work Jacob Corr, Criminal Justice Outstanding Classified Staff Award

Michael Darnell Paul Zenisek

Student Accessibility Center Awards

Jeanne Wagner, Jose Torres


The school’s Fifth Annual Awards Night in May 2013 brought together more than 200 people to acknowledge some of the students, faculty, staff, community partners, teachers and donors that have left their mark on the school. “Our event highlights people who, in the past year, have done exceptionally well,” said Dean Stan Stojkovic. “Many of the people in this room work with people who tend to be the most impoverished and disillusioned. That is tough work.”

Length of Service Awards 10 years Michael Brondino Kimberly Hassell Mary Paynter

15 years L  isa Berger Linda Czernicki Wendy Volz Daniels 25 years Carol Kozminski 30 years Stan Stojkovic

40 years Barb Robinson 20

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night Random Acts of Kindness Awards Josh Lang

Alumni Awards Alumnus Award –  Criminal Justice

Marty Ordinans Alumnus Award –  Social Work

Maxine Winston  CC Adeyemo, Margie Anunson, Brooke Borelli, Chris Cigale, Colleen Janczewski, Josh Lang, Heather Lee, Gwat-Yong Lie, Steven McMurtry, Jerry Rousseau, Erica Yewlett

L to R: Maxine Winston Dean Stojkovic Jerrell Braxton

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Student Awards

Scholarships Yolanda Vega-Will Alumni Scholarship

Brandon Hunter, Nicole Powers Helen Bader Age & Community Scholarships

Sharon Azinger, Laura Benson, Nathaniel Brown, Nancy Chu, Gordana Dermody, Sarah Freimuth, Ricardo Perez, Kathryn Vandenberg, Diana Vang-Brostoff Don & Helen Banta Scholarship

Rebecca Blagdon Dean’s Freshman Scholarship

Devin Whitfield Dean’s International Scholarship

Caitlin Artz, Jessica McHenry GMAR Youth Foundation Scholarship

Mitchell Noel

Kelli Murphy

Undergraduate Student Awards in Criminal Justice

Megan Hannigan, Mitchell Noel Undergraduate Student Awards in Social Work

Douglas Smith, Kelli Murphy Graduate Student Award in Criminal Justice

Laura Warichak Harry & Esther Kovenock Scholarship

Daniel Newkirk Chancellor’s Graduate Student Awards 

Crystal Cresci, Lauren Hobert, Alayna Jenkins, Marguarite Marmor Criminal Justice: Douglas Mellom, Matthew Richie Social Work:

Douglas Mellom

Marianne & Joseph Nothum Scholarship

Graduate Student Awards in Social Work

Shauna Gearhart, Kimberly Moran, Jessica De Larwelle, Jennifer Garcia

Shannon Garretson, Megan Larscheid, Matthew Porte

for International Studies

UWinteriM in New Orleans Scholarship

Brittany Garth, Amanda Christenson, Molly Hutson, Hannah Mann, Eileen Newsome Aileen Rockjordan Scholarship

Tiffany Moore Robert L. Stonek Memorial Scholarship

Lucas Ziegler, Beth Formella Irene Frye Scholarship for Gerontology

Amabel Brito Amabel Brito

Community Awards

Agency Research Collaboration Awards Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court Team (Criminal Justice) The Benedict Center (Social Work) Community Agency/Program of the Year Awards Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (Criminal Justice) The Cathedral Center, Inc. (Social Work)

Donna Heitpas, Benedict Center

Social Work Field Instructor of the Year Awards Paul Grady – Ozaukee County Department of Human Services Judy Hickey – St. Charles Youth & Family Services, Inc. Caroline Horn – Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative, Inc.

Donor of the Year Award: Concordia University Wisconsin – School of Pharmacy Outstanding Social Work Field Agency of the Year Award: The Grand Avenue Club

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As part of his WUWM series on Lake Effect, David Pate, associate professor of social work, provides an outlet for discussion about debt and racial wealth disparity in Milwaukee. Real Talk covers a lot of ground. In each segment, Pate explains why black men in Milwaukee can’t get out of poverty. The compounding interplay of joblessness, incarceration and neighborhood location contribute to cyclical poverty; however, Pate found that it’s child support debt that plays a major underlying role. Pate researches how national and state policies affect the daily lives of black men living in poverty. He calls child support debt inescapable and believes U.S. policies set up these men for failure. Child support debt accrues interest even when someone is incarcerated for not paying. “This debt has certain sanctions attached to it, from having your license taken to being incarcerated,” Pate says. Incarcerating an individual for debt carries implications for the individual, their families and the community. Men in their prime working years lose their power to earn money and contribute to society. Once they’re out of jail, finding a job becomes nearly impossible because of their record. “When they don’t have a job and they have this child support debt that accumulates, it gets to be a significant debt for them,” Pate says. In the segment Location is a Big Factor in the Wealth Gap, Pate explains how debt perpetuates segregation and poverty in Milwaukee. “Instead of using money to get ahead, the community is stuck carrying a disproportionate amount of debt and unable to build its collective wealth,” Pate says. “I see a lot of men who want to do good things for their families, but based on previous choices, they can’t move further. It becomes more of a burden for everybody.”


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Steve Brandl Listen to the Crime and Justice Series on Lake Effect:

What is the truth behind Milwaukee's homicide rates? Are we really innocent until proven guilty? What does the horrific nature of some homicides say about human nature? In 2014, Steve Brandl, professor of criminal justice and Tina Freiburger, chair, Department of Criminal Justice, became regular contributors to WUWM's Lake Effect program. Their segments give listeners an expert's insight into understanding crime. More bite-sized than a lecture, their essays on current criminal justice topics pull listeners in and offer them space to contemplate.


Kelling (Fixing Broken Windows) Visits UWM His next book will spotlight the Milwaukee Police Department One of the most influential criminologists of our era – Milwaukee native and University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Distinguished Alumni George Kelling (MSW ’62) visited campus and gave a public talk as a guest of HBSSW in 2014. He discussed his broken windows theory and his next book, which will chronicle policing in Milwaukee from 1950 to the present. In 1996, Kelling co-authored Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities. While the theory continues to be debated, there is no doubt it has fundamentally changed the way police do their work, especially in large urban environments including Milwaukee. Kelling is a former HBSSW professor, professor emeritus at Rutgers University and Northeastern University, and senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute.

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New center at UWM tackles critical aging issues

The rapid growth of the older adult population in the United States is affecting many aspects of society. Families, businesses, health care providers, policymakers and others are facing new challenges, according to the National Institute on Aging. How do we meet these various needs? In 2013, UWM created the Center for Aging and Translational Research (CATR) to bring together researchers and educators from various disciplines who are working in the field of aging. CATR, which replaces the Center on Age and Community, was established with the support of Chukuka S. Enwemeka, UWM distinguished professor in kinesiology and dean of the College of Health Sciences, and Stan Stojkovic, professor of criminal justice and dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Professor Rhonda Montgomery, Helen Bader Endowed Chair of Applied Gerontology at HBSSW, also has played a major role. “CATR is focused on building a base of knowledge that can be directly translated into specific programs, policies or practices,” Stojkovic says. “We’re talking about addressing and solving real-world problems – getting to the core of an issue and assisting people.” Are there better options for the elderly to navigate buildings? Better ways to manage dementias? Improved techniques and guidelines to help older adults exercise and keep active? CATR’s multidisciplinary


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approach is proven to be the best strategy for tackling such complex problems, says Scott Strath, associate professor of kinesiology in the College of Health Sciences and interim director of CATR. Stojkovic also points out that UWM’s strengths include “specialists in the fields of education and communication who are experts in presenting workshops, sponsoring outreach efforts, teaching courses and creating certificate programs that deliver the information that can make a difference in people’s lives.” In addition, CATR administers UWM’s Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology, designed to help graduate students or returning students with a bachelor’s degree pursue or advance careers.

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evidence-based programs. It is being federally funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The researchers will also conduct a randomized controlled trial of an established home-visiting proHome visiting programs across gram called Empowering Families Dimitri Topitzes Wisconsin send social workers and Milwaukee, an evidence-based pro“… independent nonnurses to visit new parents and program administered through the partisan organizations vide services such as healthcare, Milwaukee Public Health Department. estimate that every dollar parenting training, and early learnThe model supports frequent and spent on evidence-based ing activities that prepare children long-term visits to families in need. home visitation yields for school. Such programs – typiSimilar models have been successful significant savings to cally available to parents in lowin small-scale, pilot projects, but federal, state, and local income ZIP codes from pregnancy Topitzes says field studies like this governments.” until a child is 3 years old – are one give researchers a chance to ­­­–  from the U.S. Office of intended to support maternal examine if the program is meeting Management and Budget health, child health, positive parits goals of improving prenatal enting, safe home environments, health and child development in good school outcomes and to prevent maltreatment. community settings, particularly in some of the city’s But which programs are most successful? poorest areas. To answer that question, Dimitri Topitzes and According to the U.S. Office of Management and Joshua Mersky are evaluating 14 home visiting models Budget, rigorous research has shown that high-quality across the state. Topitzes is an assistant professor, home visiting programs can make a positive difference social work, at HBSSW; Mersky is an associate profes- for children and families on a range of outcomes, sor, social work at the University of Illinois–Chicago. including child health and development, school readTopitzes and Mersky will determine if home visitiness, and parent employment, as well as helping to ing programs are being implemented faithfully, as prevent child abuse and neglect. In addition, indeoriginally designed, and will analyze outcomes in the pendent non-partisan organizations estimate that families served. “We’ll collect data on mother and every dollar spent on evidence-based home visitation child health, including maternal depression, child yields significant savings to federal, state and local development and child safety,” Topitzes says. governments. The evaluation – which is part of a statewide effort Topitzes’s team includes: Mike Brondino, associate called Smart Scale Up: Expanding Home Visiting in professor, social work; Nancy Rolock, assistant profesWisconsin – could help lead to expansion of current sor, social work; and Colleen Janczewski, a social work home visiting programs or the launching of more doctoral student who serves as research assistant.

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HBSSW Selected as SBIRT Training Site HBSSW was one of 15 sites nationwide to receive a federal grant in 2014 aimed at enhancing how social work students, medical residents and student nurse practitioners work with patients who are at risk for or experiencing substance abuse problems. Lisa Berger, associate professor, social work, is project director of a three-year, $777,412 training grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant will be used to train multidisciplinary teams – master’s level social work students, medical residents and student nurse practitioners – in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Misuse, or SBIRT. Multidisciplinary teams are common in primary care settings and are a current funding priority for federal agencies, says Gwat-Yong Lie, associate dean, HBSSW. “Research has shown that the SBIRT model is effective, particularly in primary care settings such as doctors’ offices and clinics,” Berger explains. “Now it’s time to disseminate the model through training.” That training will occur at seven partnering organizations in Milwaukee including the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

A Brief Intervention

SBIRT is a brief intervention that practitioners deliver during a typical medical check-up. Patients fill out screening questionnaires before their appointments. When a screening suggests a patient either has, or is at risk of developing, problems with alcohol or drugs, the practitioner engages the patient in brief conversation (5 to 15 minutes) using tools such as reflective listening. If the conversation reveals that the patient has a potential substance use disorder and is open to treatment, the practitioner provides a referral. “Wisconsin has a particular commitment to getting the SBIRT model into healthcare settings,” says Berger, noting that the state employs a dedicated SBIRT coordinator. Through the grant, all MSW students at HBSSW will receive some training in SBIRT. A subset will receive more intensive training, including 30 hours of field work, and will be eligible for state certification to provide SBIRT under the supervision of a licensed professional, a service that is billable to Medicaid and other insurance providers. Berger and Dimitri Topitzes, assistant professor, social work, will serve as lead trainers for SBIRT. Topitzes has expertise in traumainformed care and trauma intervention, and the team has incorporated

Lisa Berger “More aggressive screening for drug use by primary-care physicians, especially those who see adolescents, would be a partial roadblock on a path to addiction, but that’s a conversation most doctors would rather avoid. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment—SBIRT—needs to become part of the required standard of care.” – Bloomberg View, February 2014

trauma screening and referral into their SBIRT model. “Substance misuse often goes hand-in-hand with trauma, and with the VA as one of our partners, we absolutely need to address that,” Berger says. The SBIRT project team also includes: Laura Otto-Salaj, associate professor, social work, who will serve as program evaluator; Deb Padgett, chair of the Social Work Department, who will lead the project’s Council of Directors; and Jeanne Wagner, director of social work field education, who will oversee MSW students who deliver SBIRT services during field training.


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Aleks Snowden As a college sophomore, Aleks Snowden took a course in urban crime patterns and “never looked back. I’m fascinated by using spatial analysis,” she says. At HBSSW, Snowden, assistant professor, criminal justice, is using spatial analysis to identify how a neighborhood’s alcohol outlets (bars, liquor stores, convenience stores, etc.) relate to its violence. Her studies use data from the college town of Bloomington, Ind., and Milwaukee. Restricting a “We found that serious violence tends to occur around Neighborhood’s alcohol-selling locations, especially those that sell it for consumpAlcohol Outlets tion elsewhere, such as liquor stores and convenience stores.” Could Lower its Poverty and social disorganization are well-proven markers of Serious Crimes increased violence in a neighborhood. But these are difficult to change through policy measures, she notes. A neighborhood can more easily control its number of alcohol-serving outlets, especially by the simple act of not allowing a new outlet to open within a certain distance of an existing one.


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Cities such as Milwaukee are investing substantial resources in crime analysis, hiring record numbers of experts who specialize in this burgeoning area of crime control. Blake Randol, assistant professor, criminal justice, is firmly planted on the ground floor of researching and evaluating the use of crime analysis technologies by police departments. “The goal of crime analysis is to produce actionable intelligence that can improve police tactics and strategies,” says Randol, whose dissertation research evaluated the adoption and uses of crime UWM Is a analysis and crime mapping technologies in local police Great Place to departments. Be Working on “At UWM, I have the opportunity to collaborate with local Crime Analysis law enforcement agencies and to impact local policy. It’s a great place to be working in this field.” Randol recently earned his Ph.D. in criminal justice and criminology from Washington State University, where he specialized in police administration.


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Joan Blakey What would happen if we addressed the interpersonal trauma challenges of women involved in child protection and criminal justice systems? Could we improve the lives of these women and their children? Joan Blakey, assistant professor, social work, looks at women’s histories of trauma and substance abuse and how they affect women’s successful use of these social welfare systems. “Anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of women involved with these systems have experienced some sort of interpersonal trauma in their lives,” she says. “Often these histories come out Helping through anger, lack of trust, negative views of self and shame – Women all of which can be off-putting to the professionals who are trywith Trauma ing to help them.” Histories Blakey stresses that it’s important for social welfare professionals to understand that these women’s behaviors may be signs of trauma, not character flaws. Trauma-informed assessments and interventions, she believes, are crucial to changing the course of many women’s lives.


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Melinda Kavanaugh

Melinda Kavanaugh, assistant professor, social work, studies young children and teens acting as caregivers for their parents. Working as a clinical social worker at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Kavanaugh came across a hidden population of caregivers. She found that in the case of early onset diseases such as Huntington’s disease, children often ended up acting as caregivers. Kavanaugh became interested in these children’s experiences and began a support group for them. “We have a lot of information on older caregivers but almost never Supporting focus on what kids are doing and why we should care,” she says. Kids Now in Milwaukee, Kavanaugh is partnering with Wheaton Who Are Franciscan Healthcare and The ALS Association–Wisconsin Caregivers Chapter to research kids who are caregiving. “I want to put the child as a caregiver on the map,” Kavanaugh says. “When we talk about state or federal funding we have to shift our paradigm of what caregiving is; it’s not just adults caring for elders. My goal is to develop programs and services that target these kids and normalize their situation. If kids are acting as caregivers, how can we support them?”


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Mark Williams With funding from the Hartford Foundation, Mark Williams, assistant professor, social work, found that there are significant health benefits for LGBT older adults who are partnered. In his article in the Journal of Community Psychology – “Same Sex Partnerships and Health of Older Adults”– Williams writes that LGBT older adults who are partnered have better overall health, less depression, less perceived stress and greater satisfaction with life. “We found an even greater benefit when LGBT couples are married,” he says. Williams hopes his research informs public policy decisions Health and contributes to the empirical understanding of how same-sex of LGBT relationships affect health. In addition, he’s continuing research Older Adults that addresses the high rates of depression and suicide in the LGBT population. On a local level, Williams works with SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders), at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, to develop a stronger relationship between UWM and the LGBT community.

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Nancy Rolock

How do we strengthen the voices of youth in our child welfare system in order to support their well-being as they transition into adulthood? It’s a complex issue and the solutions require experts from various fields, says Nancy Rolock, assistant professor, social work. Rolock works with a national group that has identified what is being called 8 Wicked Problems of Child Welfare, “wicked” signaling that these challenges, which include strengthening the voices of youth, defy ordinary solutions. She is currently working with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to select one of these challenges and build a program around how best to address it. 8 Wicked Rolock also researches the long-term outcomes of children Problems of after foster care. Little is known about the rate at which children, Child Welfare adopted through the foster care system, re-enter. Her most recent research followed 20,000 children, adopted through the foster care system, for 10 years or until their 18th birthday. “The good news is that 87 percent did not re-enter state custody, but we need to better understand why the 13 percent re-entered,” she says.


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publications Social Work Professor Teamed up with Father to Write Successful Textbook

They wrote the book as a father-daughter team. Goldie Kadushin: petite, outgoing, speaks her mind. Alfred Kadushin: a classic introvert, witty, normally even-keeled college professor who once threw her out of his Madison house – the house she grew up in – during an editorial meeting. When she puts pen to paper, she builds her case stone by stone. He, on the other hand, has always presented the reader with the main point first. Yet together, this father-daughter team of Wisconsin social work professors collaborated on the fifth edition of the highly successful textbook The Social Work Interview, released in May 2013. Originally published in 1972, and written solely by Alfred, it remains the textbook of choice in social work and other human service courses and is an essential professional resource for practitioners, according to publishers Columbia University Press. Goldie, a professor of social work at HBSSW, says the experience helped her learn how her father, who was 97 years old when the book was published, thought and it left her with a deep appreciation of what it must be like to age. When the bound book was delivered the two sat down together in Alfred’s home – the same home from which he threw Goldie out during one editorial meeting. “This has kept me alive for the last five years,” Alfred told Goldie. “We did it,” Goldie said, “together.” Goldie Kadushin (Professor, Social Work) & Alfred Kadushin The Social Work Interview, 5th edition


Alfred Kadushin was the Julia C. Lathrop Professor Emeritus of Social Work at University of Wisconsin–Madison. He died February 5, 2014.

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Susan J. Rose (Professor, Social Work) et al. Addictions: A Comprehensive Guidebook, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Rhonda J.  V. Montgomery (Professor and Endowed Chair, Social Work) et al. Editor & contributor Caregiving Across the Life Span: Research Practice and Policy (Springer Publishing, 2013)

Steven G. Brandl (Professor, Criminal Justice) Criminal Investigation, 3rd edition (Sage, 2014)

Stan Stojkovic (Dean, HBSSW & Professor, Criminal Justice) & Rick Lovell (retired Associate Professor, Criminal Justice) Corrections: An Introduction (Bridgepoint Education, Inc., 2013)


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DONORS Richard Kessler HBSSW’s new development director, Richard Kessler, addresses the school’s most pressing funding needs. Kessler has 25 years of experience developing and implementing programs in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, he directed and managed 10 regions across the Midwest that served more than 10,000 families and volunteers for the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. Since Kessler began, two new scholarships have been created for HBSSW students. The Stowell Associates scholarship, for social work students interested in care management, and a scholarship for students with parents who are incarcerated or on parole. (See story on Page 37.) Kessler’s priorities include: developing new avenues for scholarships; increasing planned giving; and developing special projects that will create more access to the school. Kessler also aims to support faculty work beyond normal research grants. He acts as a liaison finding the right match between a professor’s work and donors who wish to support that work. His goal is to help them secure seed money that will open doors to larger foundation grants. 36

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Do you have creative or innovative ideas to help HBSSW? Please contact Richard Kessler: 414-229-6890,

The New York Times ran an opinion piece by Stan Stojkovic, dean (“Inmates Helping Inmates,” December 18, 2013) about the potential for the school’s newest scholarship to change lives.

MILWAU KEE — IT ’S the sin prison w gular gue ho receiv st at a es a stan inmates. ding ova I’ve heard tion from of only tw and Percy o: Johnn Pitzer, a y Cash retired w started a arden wh nonprofit o in corporati 2012 scholarsh on to awa ips to chil rd college dren of in mates. I sit on th e board o f Mr. Pit the Creati zer’s gro ve Correc up, called tions Edu cation Fo undation.

New Scholarship for Students with Incarcerated Parents All current and accepted UWM students who have an incarcerated or paroled parent or legal guardian are eligible for a new scholarship that will be administered by HBSSW starting in spring 2014. HBSSW has partnered with Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF) to create the Creative Corrections Education Foundation Scholarship. In January 2014, a single donor boosted the scholarship’s initial investment of $10,000 to $15,000. “The plan is to continue to grow this with community contributions,” says Richard Kessler, HBSSW development director. The hope is obvious: for inmates’ children not to follow lives of crime. “We’re trying to break the cycle by supporting the education of prisoners’ children,” says Stan Stojkovic, HBSSW dean. According to the American Correctional Association, up to 50 percent of incarcerated juveniles have an incarcerated parent. No preference will be given to criminal justice or social work students. “The idea is to help any student going to UWM,” Stojkovic says. Creative Corrections Education Foundation is a Texas-based non-profit organization founded by Boscobel, Wisconsin native Percy Pitzer, a retired warden of Wisconsin’s Oxford Federal Prison. The foundation’s purpose is to support equal opportunities for students whose parents or guardians are incarcerated or paroled in hopes of enhancing their futures.

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The initial application can be found at the CCEF website. CCEF will refer UWM students to the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare for final consideration for a scholarship. Education has a research-proven, powerful effect on crime prevention, Stojkovic says. “People with college educations are less likely to commit crimes, from murder to theft. Every year of education makes a difference.” Even small amounts of education can reduce the number of our city’s serious, violent crimes, he says. To be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria: Have a parent or legal guardian who is currently incarcerated or on parole. Be a current UWM student in good standing, an accepted UWM freshman, or a transfer student.

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Your contribution to the UWM Foundation on behalf of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare makes you an essential partner in the effort to advance the school’s mission: to improve lives and strengthen communities through research, education and community partners.


We are very grateful that you have joined us. Thank you.

Chapman Society

Members of the UWM Alice G. Chapman Society have informed us that they intend to leave a gift to the UWM Foundation in their estate plans. Our deepest thanks to you for your partnership and future investments. We are humbled to be the keepers of your UWM legacy. Anonymous Anonymous Paul Kovenock Judith Kramer ’94, ‘97 Stan Stojkovic* 2013 HBSSW Alumni Board

Sandra Chavez, President Angie Brunhart Jerrell Braxton Tobey Libber Elliot Lubar Brianna Vejvoda Laura Willkomm Maxine Winston *Indicates the donor is a current or retired member of the HBSSW faculty or staff.


Chancellor’s Society

Members of the Chancellor’s Society made gifts or pledges of $1,000 or more to HBSSW during the 2012-13 fiscal year. Don Banta ‘69 Creative Corrections Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Irene Frye ‘75, ‘78 Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Inc. Helen Bader Foundation, Inc. Julia Malooly ‘67 Katie Mangan* ‘86 Deborah Pfuntner Mike Skemp Stan Stojkovic* Stowell Associates, Inc.

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2012-13 Donors Gail Albergottie ’95 Ecclesiastes Allen ’94, ’96 Bethany Ames ’95 Meghan Augustine ’06 Kurt Baker ’77 Mary Kay Balchunas ’78, ’80 Bridget Bannon ’70, ’74 Joseph ’87 & Carol Bauer Audrey Begun Darcia Behrens ’81 Willie Bethune ’79 Erik Bieck ’80 Susan & Frank Biro Jay Blankenship ’87 Bruce Boyd ’74 Edith Brin Phyllis Brostoff Harry Brzeski ’61 Carolyn Bucior* Linda Burris ’83, ’87 Thomas Callan ’81 Patricia Carmody ’67 Terry Carter ’72, ’74 Sharon Chaimson Michael Chmielewski ’76 Gary Christianson ’76 Citizens National Bank Barbara Claybaugh ’77 Linda Combes ’69 Concordia University Wisconsin Margaret Cory ’89, ’93 Mary Coulson ’47, ’65 Joan Crisostomo Joseph Crumrine ’99 Linda Czernicki* Michael Czerwonka ’98 Mary Dallmann Jill De Grave ’77 Philip Demski ’72 Seetha Denzien ’86, ’90 Lynn Detrie ’75 Mary DeVita ’77

Ramona Dicks-Williams ’84 Mary Dillmann ’07 Joyce Dirschl ’86 Diversified Insurance Solutions, Inc. Jed Dolnick ’78 Johnny Doyle ’78 John Drexler ’92 Katherine Durben ’92 Alexander Durtka ’73 Gail Dustin ’81 Diane Edwards* ’82 Randy Eidenberger ’75 Saleem El Amin ’74 Melissa Emberts ’89 Wendy Erickson ’86 Ernestine E. O’Bee Revocable Living Trust Sue Ewens Dale ’71 & Judy Faesi David Fenner ’89 Mary Filosa Brown ’84 Janet Flood ’96 Donna Foote ’04 Sarah Ford ’73 Daniel Fuhrmann* Teresa Full ’92 Susan Garny ’89 Gerard Gierl ’73, ’75 Jean Gilman ’77 Pam Glise Michelle Glover ’07

James Godin ’06 Kurt Goeckermann ’95 Jean Golner ’81 Dorothy Gore ’66 Ronald Grace ’79 Robert Grant ’83 James Graser Terry Gray ’78 M. Green ’90 Wolfgang Grundner ’72 Darlene Guernsey ’55 James Gumm ’07 Washington Guyton ’67 Barbara Haag ’76 Debra Hagen ’77, ’85 David Harper ’67 Clorine Harris ’80 Barbara Hauck ’81 Bridget Hawkins ’81 Ernest Herre ’63 John & Dorothy Herweg Debra Hietala ’78 Gregory & Mary Hodits Dolores Holman ’52 Ruth Hopgood ’83 John Horngren ’62 Nance Horowitz ’83 Lullie Hortman ’78 Millicent Houston ’91 Barbara Hufschmidt ’79 Rhonda Huhtala ’92 Ruth Irvings

Johnnie Jackson ’84 Deborah Jacobs ’77 Kristin Jensen ’91 Deborah Johnson Mark Kadunc ’82 Goldie Kadushin* Carla Kaminski ’89 Christopher Keadle ’81 Brad Keil ’86 Garret & Patricia Kennard Ellen Kinde ’89 Gary Kirst ’56 Kari Klatt ’82 Joseph Kleiber ’72 Thomas Klein ’62 Ray Kloppenburg Georgeann Knier ’01 Diane Knight ’70, ’75 Carol Knight ’79 Bonnie Knippel ’91 Dione Knop ’90, ’97 Edwin Koepp ’61 Rick Kohen ’81 Paul Konkol ’93 Thomas Kopka* ’83 Susan Koppa McClurg ’88 Mary Kressin ’95 Sandra Krueger ’06 Lucile Krug ’66 Fredlyn Kruglak-Viel ’72 Ellen Kupfer ’82 Elaine La Grew ’77


Marian Laev ’70 Lydia LaGue* Kirk Lausterer ’99 Dominic ’76, ’88 & Donna Leone Frieda Levine ’75, ’83 Robert Lewein ’60, ’61 Harry Lewis ’73, ’75 Joseph Liberto ’52 Tricia Linde ’09 Mary Linton ’67 Eva Lipchik ’77, ’78 Susan Loeher* ’65 Elliot Lubar Revocable Trust Zoya Lubarov ’08 Beverly Lustig ’71 Moreau ’60 & Marilyn MacCaughey Jane Mackey* ’08 Mary Madden ’88 Douglas Mahy ’69 Wayne Mainka ’93 Allan Marino ’68, ’69 James Maro ’75, ’77 Susan Marsolek ’68 Francisco Martorell ’76 James Martz ’76 Michael Marzion* Patricia Mauel ’84 Charlotte Mayfield ’03, ’05 Margaret McCarthy ’71 Eileen McGrath ’78 Norm McLure ’75 Steven McMurtry* Sandra Mendelsohn ’89 Heather Mertens ’98 George Meyer ’64 Sara Miller ’09 Maureen Minard ’75 Maurice Mollan ’64 Rhonda Montgomery* Bonita & Vaughn Montgomery Steven & Goldie* Morrison Deborah Mortonson

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Walt Morzy ’70, ’72 Kristen Munson ’08 Joan Naegeli ’80 Paul Nannis ’76 Jan Neilsen ’83 Sonja ’80 & John Nelson-Gurda James Neuser ’66 Mary Nimmer ’91 Daniel Nolan ’78 David & Heidi* O’Brien Christine O’Donnell ’75, ’80 Lee Ogrizovich ’88 Joelyn Olen ’89 Miriam Oliensis-Torres ’81 Michele Olshanski ’95 Scott Olstad ’80 Martin Ordinans ’78 Laura Otto-Salaj* Carmen Pangilinan ’12 Alvia Papara ’80, ’83 Wendy Patz-Hutwagner ’93 Susan Pauls ’00 Susan Perry ’79 Deborah Peterman ’91 Greg Peterson ’80, ’92 Heather Pfeifer ’93, ’95 Dawn Pflugradt ’01 Nora Pfuntner Jeffrey Pitman ’87 Anna Pleas ’93, ’97 Janet Poff ’10 Laura Price ’78, ’82 Alan Quosig ’91 Joyce Radtke ’99 Charon Reed ’07 Margaret Reilly ’93 Dorothy Roberson ’97 Mary Roehrborn ’76 Mary Rohr ’69 Mary Rose Paul Ross Carolyn Ruck ’91

Rena Safer ’64 Glorie Salas ’97 Joann Sallmann ’91 Diane Savides ’91 Beth Schaefer ’00 Judith Schmidt-Lehman ’83 Cynthia Schneider ’69 Christine Schneider ’93 Thomas Schneider ’75 Timothy Schwaller ’75 James Sherwood ’95 Judith Shine ’80 Claire Siebold ’75, ’77 Fred Siggelkow ’80 Stephanie Sikinger* ’09, ’11 Nancy Sinclair ’73 John Sliga ’76 Marion Sobieski ’77

Kathleen Sobocinski Valerie ’79 & Daniel Stefanich Jane Steingraeber ’73 Janet Stenlund ’75 Ervin Stern ’85 Barbara Stockhausen ’79 Barbara Stohl ’80 Elton Streich Kristen Strother ’94, ’96 Jeffrey Sturm ’83 Jean Sweetland ’87 Catherine Swessel ’73, ’75 Maggie Taetsch ’06 Sally Tarvid ’01 Holly Tennison ’83 Judith Teplin ’69 Ann Terwilliger ’81 Barbara* ’01 & Brandon Teske-Young Laura Thorsen ’95 Jose Torres ’72 Kelly Treharne ’88, ’93 Thomas & Susan Tschetter Kevin ’01 & Lisa* ’98 Tucker Gerald Urbik ’89 Corinthia Van Orsdol David VanPietersom ’01 Vincent Vitale ’98 Allen Vogt ’81 Carol Wacker ’72, ’76 Jeanne Wagner Newton*

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Barbara Walbrink ’82, ’84 Cheryl Walker-Lloyd ’87 Catherine Washabaugh Curtis Washington ’71 Marilyn Weber ’78 Jo Weigandt ’91 Marlene Widen ’76 Sharon Wilcox Donna Wimmer John Winkowski ’68 Maxine Winston ’85 Kim Wintersberger ’86, ’89 Mindy Wirth ’78 Mary Wright ’01 Wright Innovation, Inc Susan Wundrow ’84, ’87 Richard & Cheryl Yehling Linda Zik ’87 Karen Zimmerman ’90 Kathleen Zinner ’79, ’84 Alan Zukrow * Indicates the donor is a current or retired member of the HBSSW faculty or staff.

In Memory of... Aileen Rockjordan  passed away in August 2013, at

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the age of 90, and by all accounts, she lived an extraordinary life. A traveler and student of the world, Rockjordan, HBSSW clinical associate professor emerita, moved from one bold endeavor to the next and broke gender and color barriers along the way. During WWII, Rockjordan worked as a welder on the USS Missouri and was one of only two female production welders at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She earned degrees in business administration from Long Island University, where she was the only woman and minority in the business school, and attended New York University for business administration. Afterward, she worked as an executive for department stores. Rockjordan continued her education in social welfare and received her MSW from UWM in 1961. Rockjordan had several careers throughout her lifetime, and at HBSSW she is remembered as a dedicated teacher. For 27 years, Rockjordan taught classes in gerontology, aging mindfully and caring for older family members. Today, a scholarship in her name helps minority and under-represented students who are interested in promoting cultural diversity in social services. “She always shared her knowledge. She loved her students and teaching, but she loved traveling the most,” says Katie Mangan, clinical associate professor of social work. Rockjordan’s love of travel began during the Korean War and continued for the rest of her life. As a civilian for the Air Force special services in Japan, she worked as a liaison setting up tours for American military and U.N. personnel. Rockjordan traveled to Botswana, Thailand, Tanzania, Kenya and repeatedly throughout China where she developed many lifelong friendships along the way. In 1995, she was a delegate at the United Nation’s World Conference on Women in Beijing. Rockjordan led a purposeful, active life well into her senior years. She had many friends from around the world and loved exploring nature and the arts. In a 2011 Milwaukee Magazine article about “super seniors” Rockjordan said, “Life is to be lived. I don’t feel you should sit and wait for the grim reaper.”


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Graphic Designer Ellen Lafouge,

who helped HBSSW win a merit award in a national, education-marketing competition, retired after 27 years with the school. Lafouge surprised even herself with her length of service. “I never thought I’d work any one place that long!” she says. “But I really liked the faculty, staff and students I worked with and respected their motivation. I liked the mission of the school and being part of a team in which everyone is trying to make the world a better place.” As part of that team, Lafouge’s design – in print and on the web – was the graphic face of the school. “We do great things here and Ellen’s work was critical in helping the school get that message out,” says Stan Stojkovic, dean. Lafouge was hired in 1986 and held seven positions in all, each reflecting how communication was changing. Her jobs spanned from being in the typing pool (“Professors would hand us hand‑written material and voice transcripts years to be typed up into student exams,” she recalls) to website administrator and graphic designer. A “left coast” native who has lived in California, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Vermont, Indiana and Morocco, Lafouge plans to remain in Wisconsin and devote more time to her number one passion: nature. “I want to continue volunteer work that contributes by making a difference to our challenged environment,” she says. “Wildlife and wild places hold a lot of meaning to me.” She served on the board of directors and currently volunteers as the webmaster for the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, a statewide songbird habitat conservation organization, and the annual Door Islands Bird Festival, which raises funds for a land trust to help preserve Door County’s natural places. She volunteers her graphic design skills to the Raptor Education Center at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.




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Barb Robinson, coordinator of HBSSW’s student services reception area, retired at the end of 2013, having started working for the school May 21, 1973, in the typing pool. Her departure left a hole in Student Services (which she dubbed “the penthouse” as it’s located on the top floor), where she was deeply appreciated for being highly supportive of co-workers and students, and for her extensive institutional knowledge. “It’s very, very hard to see her go,” says Kelby Spann, director of Student Services. For years, Robinson was the face of the school to students. She helped train countless students to work the Student Services desk, and often filled in for them when they were absent. “It’s been an educational experience,” she says. “I developed a good understanding of people here.” Students who graduated often came back and thanked her for her guidance. Spann, who worked side by side with Robinson for 18 years, says she will be greatly missed and he will be at a loss without her. “She gave to every school fundraiser, funeral, wedding. Working with such a compassionate person changed me,” he said. A Rockford, Illinois, native, Robinson moved to Milwaukee in 1970. During her retirement, she plans to travel to see friends and continue home remodeling projects. “I love road traveling and am always open to adventure,” she says. But mostly, after working 50 years, she’s looking forward to having no daily agenda. “I kind of just want to do nothing for a while,” she says. “Go to bed when I feel like it. Get up when I feel like it. I want to enjoy the daylight, 9 to 5. What I look forward to most is being free.” HBSSW thanks Robinson for being part of its family. But as Robinson would say, life in the penthouse will never be the same.


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