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Welcome Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni to the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Awards Website!

Every year, we honor outstanding Criminal Justice and Social Work faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members who exemplify the School's mission and standards of excellence. Your help is needed to nominate someone in recognition of his / her contribution!

The deadline to submit nominations is March 14, 2014.

Any HBSSW faculty, staff, student, or alumnus may make nominations in all categories.

All award recipients will be honored at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Annual Awards Banquet on Friday - May 16, 2014. This event honors excellence and fosters a sense of shared commitment and camaraderie among current and former members of the school along with our generous donors and community partners.

Thank you in advance for your support in acknowledging our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members' accomplishments and gifts. If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please feel free to contact Jerry Rousseau (Chairperson of the Nominations and Selections Sub-Committee) at jerrold@uwm.edu / 414.229.4983.

Student Achievement Awards

Undergraduate Student Awards in Criminal Justice (3 awards)

  • $1,000 each - Awarded to three students majoring in Criminal Justice who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and who have shown a commitment to promoting criminal justice through volunteer and / or field work in the community.

    Requirements: Must be a Junior or Senior with a 3.25 GPA or above.

Undergraduate Student Awards in Social Work (3 awards)

  • $1,000 each - Awarded to three students majoring in Social Work who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and who have shown a commitment to promoting social justice through volunteer and / or field work in the community.

    Requirements: Must be a Junior or Senior with a 3.25 GPA or above.

Graduate Student Awards in Criminal Justice (2 awards)

  • $1,000 each - Awarded to two Master’s students in Criminal Justice who have demonstrated academic excellence. Other contributions to the school and to Criminal Justice in the community may also be considered.

    Requirements: Must have completed 12 credits of coursework and have a 3.5 GPA or above.

Graduate Student Awards in Social Work (2 award)

  • $1,000 each - Awarded to two Master’s students in Social Work who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to service through volunteer and / or field work in the community.

    Requirements: Must have completed 12 credits of coursework and have a 3.5 GPA or above.


Any HBSSW faculty, staff, student, or alumnus may make nominations in all categories.

Faculty, Staff and Alumni Awards

Service Award (1 award in Social Work & 1 award in Criminal Justice)

  • Eligible nominees include all HBSSW faculty and staff (i.e., teaching and non-teaching academic staff, classified staff, faculty, and student assistants). The award recognizes either school service (an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and operations of the school and / or university) or community service (an individual who has made significant contributions to the development, provision, and / or coordination of community services in the Milwaukee area).

Research Award (1 award in Social Work & 1 award in Criminal Justice)

  • Eligible nominees include all HBSSW faculty and staff, research scientists, graduate students, doctoral students, and post-doctoral students, and professors (assistant, associate, and full). Nominees are recognized for excellence in research and / or scholarship as demonstrated by a body of work that makes an exceptional contribution to the knowledge base of his / her chosen field of study.

Teaching Award (1 award in Social Work & 1 award in Criminal Justice)

  • Eligible nominees include all full-time faculty who provide direct instruction to undergraduate or graduate students. The award recognizes an individual for his / her excellence and innovation in teaching.

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award (1 award in Social Work & 1 award in Criminal Justice)

  • Eligible nominees include all adjunct instructors who provide direct instruction to undergraduate or graduate students. The award recognizes an individual for his / her excellence and innovation in teaching.

Non-Teaching Staff Award (1 award for non-teaching support staff including classified and academic support staff)

  • Eligible nominees include all non-teaching support staff such as classified and academic support staff. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual who performs above and beyond the call of duty e.g., extraordinary workload over an extended period of time and / or temporarily assuming additional responsibilities having direct impact on and benefit to one's respective department and division.

Alumni Award (1 award in Social Work & 1 award in Criminal Justice)

  • Eligible nominees include all individuals who earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from HBSSW. The award recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself / herself through career accomplishments and / or civic involvement.


Any HBSSW faculty, staff, student, or alumnus may make nominations in all categories.

Community Awards

Agency Research Collaboration Award (1 award in Social Work & 1 award in Criminal Justice)

  • Eligible nominees include all community agencies which have collaborated with HBSSW researchers. The award recognizes a community agency for its outstanding contribution to the research endeavors of the HBSSW.

Community Member/Agency of the Year Award (1 award in Social Work & 1 award in Criminal Justice)

  • Eligible nominees include all community members or agencies that have made an outstanding contribution to the mission of the HBSSW or to the community at large.


Any HBSSW faculty, staff, student, or alumnus may make nominations in all categories.

Dean’s Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Awards

(These awards are personally funded by HBSSW Dean Stan Stojkovic)

Kindness is Contagious! Here's a way to thank someone who helped you out in a "special" way. Nominate him/her for the Dean's Random Act of Kindness Award (RAK).

  • Eligible nominees include all HBSSW faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Any HBSSW faculty, staff, student or alumus may nominate individuals for a RAK award.

Awards Committee Members 2013-2014:

  • Julie R. Brown: Director - Child Welfare Training Partnership (Chairperson of the 2014 HBSSW Annual Awards Banquet Planning Committee)

  • Christine Cigale: Financial Specialist 3 - BATO (Co-Chairperson of the Banquet Planning Sub-Committee)

  • Richard Kessler: HBSSW Director of Development

  • Carol Kozminski: Program Associate - Dean's Office (Recording Secretary for the 2014 HBSSW Annual Awards Banquet Planning Committee)

  • Lydia G. LaGue: Program Associate - Applied Gerontology (Chairperson of the Banquet Planning Sub-Committee)

  • Katie M. Mangan: Clinical Associate Professor / Field Education Liaison - Social Work

  • Kate Masshardt: Academic Advisor

  • Ashley Schaffner: Academic Advisor

  • Matthew Richie: Graduate Criminal Justice Student (Co-Chairperson of the Awards Nominations and Selections Sub-Committee)

  • Jerrold B. Rousseau: Clinical Associate Professor / Field Education Liaison - Social Work (Chairperson of the Awards Nominations and Selections Sub-Committee)

  • Barbara Teske-Young: Clinical Assistant Professor / Field Education Liaison - Social Work (Chairperson of the Awards Marketing Sub-Committee)

With Special Appreciation to the Following Individuals:

  • Dario Elia: IS Comprehensive Services Professional Sr. - BATO for updating the website for the 2014 HBSSW Awards Banquet.

  • Carolyn Bucior: HBSSW Marketing Specialist for script preparation for the 2014 HBSSW Awards Banquet.