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February 18, 2002

UW-RF Professor Appointed to State Examining Board
By Khrysten Darm
UW-RF News Bureau

Gov. Scott McCallum has named UW-River Falls Assistant Professor of Social Work Jennifer Borup to the state Examining Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. Borup is the only faculty member from the University ever to receive the honor. She will serve on the Board until July 1, 2004.

The Board is responsible for regulating social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. It determines the education and experience required for obtaining credentials, develops and evaluates exams and establishes standards of professional conduct. The Board is currently composed of ten professional members with credentials for the professionals and occupations they regulate, and three public members.

Borup, a resident of Hudson, is enthused about the opportunity to serve on the Board, seeing her function as a link between UW-RF faculty and students and the community. " Working in the community and as an educator at the same time will provide a good balance for me ," she said.

She has been teaching social work for 15 years, 12 of which have been at UW-RF. A certified independent social worker, she received her social work degree from UW-Madison. In addition to teaching courses, Borup also coordinates the field placement of senior social work majors and is the project director for the Western Wisconsin Partnership.

"The Western Wisconsin Partnership is made up of 25 Western Wisconsin county human and social service agencies, five Western Wisconsin Native American tribes, UW-RF, and the Wisconsin Division of Children and Family Services," said Borup. "The partnership contributes to the quality of services being provided to children and families served by child welfare staff in human and social service and Native American agencies."

"Western Wisconsin Partnership helps counties identify training needs for child welfare staff. If the counties donšt have people who are trained, the Partnership can provide training, or bring in people who are already trained," she said.

Borup's experience in the social work field and her experience in the classroom have combined to provide her with the background she needs to hold a position on the State Examining Board.

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