Human Development and Psychology Students Rock!!!

Our students have had a lot of success to celebrate lately. Please, please forgive us if we’ve missed anyone, but The Pink Flamingo would like to add its kudos, congratulations, and “job well done” to:

  • All of the students who presented their HUD or PSYCH-sponsored internships, honors projects, and RA projects at the Academic Excellence Symposium! Many of these students will also present research at the American Psychological Association Convention (APA) in San Francisco. Congratulations to: Laura Bodette, Denise Bord (APA), Anna Bosch, Brittany Brunner, Amanda Jeske (APA), Shannon Kinderman (APA), Stacy Klein, Kristen Kratcha (APA), Elizabeth Lybert (APA), Carrie Mercier, Laura Molling, Heidi Ninnemann, Jenny Olson (APA), Victoria Oxendine, Julie Parish, Emily A. Roberts (APA), Angela Roethel (APA), Arika Schielke, Stephanie Sabinash, Cali Schneller, Janet Weidert, Jennifer White, and Michael Wisneski (who was also a presenter at the Association for Death Education and Counseling conference)
  • Two of our majors who recently became national award-winners! Stephanie Gross is the first UW-Green Bay student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award and the first since 1999 to be named a first-team Academic All-American. Jenny Olson is the recipient of a national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship award for graduate school
  • Our very own Brittany Brunner, who was selected to be this year’s Senior Class Speaker at graduation!
  • HUD and PSYCH majors and minors receiving Chancellor’s Medallions (Denise Bord, Brittany Brunner, Frances Connelly, Stephanie Gross, Carissa Mercier, Kristen Munson, Jillian Nelson, Jenny Olson, Alissa Reddy, Angela Roethel, and Marilynn Shorey) and University Leadership Awards (Renee Dodge, Crystal Jushka, Michelle Lehmann, Nicole Luykx, Amy Mauk, Kari Olsen, Victoria Oxendine, Stephanie Peters, Andrea Roets, Marc Seidl, and Stacey Watzlawick)
  • All of our amazing graduating seniors! Best wishes as you leave UW-Green Bay and pursue your dreams. Keep in touch!!

Human Development Faculty Member to Retire This Summer

Dr. Fergus Hughes, currently the Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as a Professor (and former Chairperson) of Human Development, will retire this summer after 35 years of distinguished service to UW-Green Bay.  Dr. Hughes began his career as an Assistant Professor in 1972 when UWGB was still very new and, in fact, consisted only of the library and two science buildings. Human Development was then known as “Growth and Development,” and it was chaired by Dr. Ruth Hartley, founder of the program. Dr. Hughes was also instrumental in building what is today a thriving Human Development department. In fact, he created the “Introduction to Human Development” course and reports that when he began teaching it, the idea of a lifespan development course was so new that there were no textbooks available for the class! His first book, Human Development: Across the Lifespan, was published in the 1980s to help fill that void. Dr. Hughes, a child development expert by training, also branched into a new area, children’s play, when he was asked to teach Play and Creative Activities. The class has long been one of our most popular, and Dr. Hughes views it as one of our most important, noting we cannot understand children without understanding their play, which is, after all, how they communicate and learn to solve problems. Himself a beloved and award-winning teacher, he also enhanced the education of students by co-founding the UWGB Teaching Scholars Program, an initiative designed to promote teaching excellence across the University, especially in promising new faculty members. When asked what message he might like to share with students, he responded: “No matter what you do in life, you will always find a use for your Human Development education.” He also noted that our students are “…fortunate to be in one of the best units with some of the best teachers in the University.” If that’s so, Dr. Hughes, it is in large part because of your efforts to recruit stellar faculty and build an amazing department and curriculum that would attract some of UWGB’s finest students. We are truly privileged to be a part of your professional legacy.

HUD/PSYCH Trivia (April 2007)

HUD/PSYCH Trivia: In honor of the interdisciplinary nature of Human Development, we bring you the following question: What co-designer of the “developmental niche” model has a Ph.D. in Anthropology, a Master’s in Public Health, was an NIH post-doctoral fellow in psychology, is married to a psychologist, and has worked with cultures on every continent except South America?

Answer: Jenny Kuhn was able to correctly identify that Dr. Sara Harkness was the co-designer of the “developmental niche” model, had degrees in Anthropology and Public Health, and has worked on six of seven continents.  She and her husband, psychologist Charles M. Super, demonstrate what can happen when people with training in multiple disciplines have to share a house together . . . especially when that house is a hut in the Kalahari bush or an unheated cottage in the Polish winter!  By arguing with one another, sharing perspectives with one another, and having to explain themselves to one another, Super and Harkness developed two of the most widely used theoretical constructs in cross-cultural human development: the developmental niche and the idea of parental ethno-theories.  If you are interested in using mixed methods to study the ways that children’s learning, self-regulation and arousal are culturally channeled through parenting beliefs and practices, Dr. Harkness is currently accepting students in her Center for Culture, Health and Human Development.  Check it out!

Faculty Trivia (April 2007)

Faculty Trivia: Which faculty member, while at Boys State (a camp for outstanding male high school students being held at North Dakota State University), had to drop down for 10 pushups because he didn’t see “eye-to-eye” with Phil Jackson (then just a player for NSU but now the famed head coach of the LA Lakers)?

Answer: Once again, Dr. L. Noppe was a popular guess… but wrong.  Jenny Kuhn earned a second candy bar by identifying the correct answer of Dr. Lorenz.  Of course, we are a little less impressed by this correct answer since she just entered guesses for all the male faculty members.  That’s right; Jenny managed to find a loophole in our system.  That loophole will be closed when we amend our constitution at the next Pink Flamingo Annual Convention, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland.  In the meantime, nice work, Jenny, on your creative thinking and willingness to go the extra mile.  If you’re wondering why Dr. Lorenz and Phil Jackson couldn’t see “eye to eye”, I think it’s because Phil Jackson (6’8”) is approximately 10-inches taller than Dr. Lorenz.

The Pink Flamingo Mailbox

Hugo Drax from San Diego, CA, writes, “Hey Pink Flamingo.  I’m a long-time reader and first-time writer, and I want to know who the authors of The Pink Flamingo are and how they generate their great ideas.

“Those are great questions, Hugo.  Unfortunately, who writes The Pink Flamingo is a closely guarded secret (that everyone seems to know).  We can tell you how we decide what to include, however.  Basically, six weeks before we go to press, a task force is created consisting of two faculty members from HUD/PSYCH, three faculty members from other interdisciplinary units on campus, the Chancellor, a lawyer (to address any legal disputes that might arise), and three members from the community.  This group, known as The Pink Flamingo Task Force for the Generation of Ideas (A.K.A., the PFTFFTGOI), spends the next three weeks brainstorming ideas and exploring the political, social, and economic ramifications of those ideas.  They then submit a formal report with their findings to a second task force, The Pink Flamingo Task Force for the Consideration of Ideas Presented by the Previous Task Force, which holds the enormous responsibility of deciding which ideas end up making it to the Editors’ desks and which ideas do not.  After another three weeks of consideration, they submit a second formal report to the Chief Editor, who passes them on to the eight members of her editorial staff.  Finally, the editorial staff reviews those ideas, laughs at them, and then discards them and writes whatever they please.”

Breaking News: Human Development and Psychology launch websites!!!

This is an important Breaking News Alert just rushed from the AP wires to The Pink Flamingo news desk. The HUD and PSYCH departments have launched their own websites! Okay, so maybe this isn’t breaking news – the websites have been up for at least five years, but reliable sources tell us some students are not aware of them or the great information they contain. To learn about major/minor requirements, internship sites and policies, careers and grad schools, and much more, visit: and  

What to Do with Your Summer “Vacation”

The Pink Flamingo knows you are eagerly anticipating the end of the semester and the beginning of summer (we’re with you!). Before you make too many plans, though, check out the official Pink Flamingo summer to-do list for the savvy student.

  • Obtain some relevant applied experience (job, volunteer) to increase career and grad school marketability.
  • Study for the GRE! (Really, you CAN and SHOULD study for it.)
  • Read all the great career, internship, and graduate school information on the HUD & PSYCH websites and then do additional research on career and graduate school options.
  • Conduct an informational interview or job shadow a professional in a career of interest to you.
  • Read some great books!!!! One of the best ways to improve your writing and critical thinking skills (not to mention your Verbal GRE scores) is to read and build your knowledge base and vocabulary.
  • Review your Degree Progress Report. Note the requirements you need to fulfill and make a plan for your remaining time at UWGB. Consider whether there are classes you wish to re-take or if there are skill areas you want to build before you leave. You should also check the report for accuracy every semester!
  • Make a list of other great opportunities (RAs, TAs, Internships) you want to take advantage of while at UWGB and make plans for when you will apply for/complete them. One thing to consider? Plan to spend part of Summer 2008 as a counselor for Camp Lloyd! (See:
  • Take summer classes!!! These can be fabulous intensive learning experiences. They can also help move up your graduation date! Be careful, though, not to take on too much (e.g., we don’t recommend taking two summer courses in the same session). Also make sure you do not plan vacations or other time away during these courses. If you miss a day of a summer class, it’s like missing a full week of the regular semester!

Have fun, and come back rested and ready for an amazing 2007-08 academic year!

The Legend of the Pink Flamingo Continues (Episode III – “Revenge of the Flamingo”)

When we ended our last installment of The Legend of the Pink Flamingo, Dr. Illene Noppe had just presented the very first departmental flamingo to Twila. Twila grew so fond of it that she didn’t want to give it back, so Dr. Noppe had to buy another one to put outside her own office (that’s when they started to multiply!). Eventually, beginning a trend of marking “special events” with flamingos, that one showed up outside Dr. Vespia’s home with a “get well soon” sign after her knee surgery. That thoughtful gift started a game much like “hot potato” because, well, let’s just say that initially not everyone shared Dr. Noppe’s enthusiasm for the plastic creatures. If you received a flamingo, the only way to get rid of it was to think of another faculty member and special event to “honor” with it (leading to the catchy new term “getting flamingoed”). Dr. Vespia passed hers on to Dr. Gurung, and it became the first fully costumed bird. She and Twila decorated it with a grass skirt, lei, sunglasses, and flip-flops to welcome him back from a conference in Hawaii (admittedly stretching the definition of “special event”). How did these birds become objects of love instead of “hot potatoes”? What’s up with the Packer flamingo by Dr. Martin’s office and the one dressed as “Queen Georjeanna”? You’ll have to wait for the next installment of The Legend of the Pink Flamingo.