Introducing the New and Improved Pink Flamingo

First, welcome to a new semester!!  We hope you have had a nice summer and are relaxed and ready to kick off another year.  Second, we are excited to announce that The Pink Flamingo has an all-new look.  That’s right, with the help of our crack-team of engineers, physicists, legal consultants, graphic artists, and animal trainers, The Pink Flamingo has gotten itself on-line and moved into the 21st century.  OK, seriously, special thanks to Paula Ganyard and the rest of CIT for helping us put this together. Without them, we would be carving this thing on stone tablets. 

For those of you who are unsure of what The Pink Flamingo is, it’s a blog/newsletter sponsored by the Human Development and Psychology Departments.  Here you will find important information about careers, graduate school, classes, and advising, along with a trivia contest (with prizes!) and a healthy dose of our own special brand of humor. It won’t usually be this long, but we’ve been saving this stuff up all summer! Read on because this issue includes:

  • PHD Club: Visit OrgSmorg on Sept. 19th!
  • Psi Chi News: Also OrgSmorg-ing on the 19th!
  • Breaking News: Gurung and Hughes Honored
  • This Just In…Musical Chairs in Human Development & Psychology
  • Welcome Dr. Zapf!
  • Extra Extra…Read all about it…Flamingo caught in airport turnstile???
  • It’s Name is ERLP
  • Curious about Faculty Research? Attend a Faculty Research Presentation
  • Helped Wanted: Research Assistants Please Apply!
  • September Trivia Contest: Introducing On-Line Submissions
  • Careers of the Month: September 2007 Edition
  • Career/Grad School Tip of the Month
  • Applying to Graduate School this Year? Start Now!!!
  • The Top Twelve List
  • Comments/Questions/Suggestions for the PF: Submit those on-line, too

PHD Club: Visit OrgSmorg on Sept. 19th!

One great option for any psychology or human development student is to join the Psychology & Human Development Club.  The club provides opportunities to learn more about the majors, develop friendships, meet the professors, prepare for the future, help the community, and HAVE FUN!  This fall, their special events include guest speakers, study nights, movie nights, social gatherings, meet-the-professors night, and much more!  Take a look at their website at:

You can chat with members of the club by visiting their booth at ORGSMORG, which we at The Pink Flamingo have learned will be 80’s-themed, so be there or be square!

Psi Chi News: Also OrgSmorg-ing on the 19th!

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology and related fields (including Human Development), is a great student organization that sponsors exciting events throughout the year. Those events, like the popular “Graduate School Night” are open to all, so please come check them out! Students are invited to join Psi Chi based on their academic records and the criteria set out by the national organization. Membership invitations will go out near the end of September, so be sure to watch your email and to fill out and submit the application! Psi Chi will also have a booth at Org Smorg on Sept. 19th from 11-2 in the Phoenix Rooms. Look for the pink flamingos and find out what Psi Chi is all about. (Yep, that’s right, they stole the flamingo idea from us – and they call themselves an honor society! Just kidding…Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all!)

To learn more about Psi Chi, visit their website:

Breaking News: Gurung and Hughes Honored

Associate Professor Regan Gurung and Emeritus Professor Fergus Hughes were both honored recently with prestigious UWGB Founder’s Awards. Although you are probably most familiar with their wonderful teaching, they were honored for their excellence in other important elements of work as a faculty member. Gurung, author of one book and more than 40 articles (with another four books in preparation), received the award for Scholarship. Hughes, who retired recently after 35 years of service to the University, earned the award for Institutional Development. He was one of the original architects of the Human Development program, served as its unit Chair three times, worked as the Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences for three years and served on more institutional committees than we even want to think about! Congratulations to both honorees!!!