Welcome to the October 2007 issue of The Pink Flamingo!

Read on for great information on the following:  

  • PHD Club: Meet the Profs on October 16th

  • Psi Chi News: Tips for Major Success, Application Deadlines, and Grad School is FUN!

  • The Legend of the Pink Flamingo: The Packer Flamingo

  • Career Tip of the Month: Write an Effective Cover Letter

  • Graduate School Tip of the Month: The Do’s and Don’ts of Personal Statements

  • Internships: A Student Perspective

  • Speaking of Internships…An Invitation to Apply to Become a Camp Lloyd Counselor

  • First Faculty Colloquia a Success: Next up, Dr. Zapf

  • Analogy: The GRE is to Difficult as the Pink Flamingo is to…Awesome?

  • HUD/PSYCH Trivia Results (September 2007)

  • Faculty Trivia Results (September 2007)

  • October Trivia Contest

  • Careers of the Month: October 2007 Edition

  • Where in the World are the HUM DEV and PSYCH Faculty?

  • The Pink Flamingo Mailbox

PHD Club: Meet the Profs on October 16th

It seems like every time we at The Pink Flamingo turn around, the PHD Club is up to something great. If it’s not their picture in The Fourth Estate (see below for a great picture of them doing the robot) , it’s a hugely successful Cold Stone Creamery Fundraiser. Well, they’re at it again with Meet the Professors Night. Join them on October 16th at 6:30 in MAC 210 for an informal chat with the Human Development and Psychology Faculty. It’s a good chance to learn a little bit about what courses we teach, what research we do, and how we like to spend our free time. Hope to see you there.

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Special thanks to The Fourth Estate and Photographer Scott T. Nichols for this photo.

The Legend of The Pink Flamingo: The Packer Flamingo

Regular PF readers will remember the story of how all those pink plastic creatures ended up outside faculty offices in the C Wing. If you’re curious, check out our archive (click on PF Legend under our Topics heading). In a nutshell, we now create specially decorated flamingos to honor our colleagues or to celebrate special events in their lives. This year, our PF Legend series will focus on profiling specific faculty flamingos.

Many of you have probably noticed the beautifully decorated Green Bay Packer flamingo outside Dr. Martin’s office. You probably also assumed it was there because of his undying affection for the Green and Gold. Well…not so much. In fact, although we all believed when he interviewed that, because of his educational roots with the University of Southern Mississippi, he would be a Favre fan and Packer Backer, his ties to his home state of Minnesota were apparently stronger. With heavy hearts, the PF investigative reporting team is sad to announce that soon after he arrived at UWGB, the faculty uncovered incontrovertible evidence that Dr. Martin is indeed…a Vikings’ fan. Rather than accept Dr. Martin as one of the gang despite his support for the Vikings, HUD/PSYCH has been working tirelessly to try and convert him by providing him with all sorts of Packer paraphernalia. To date, he has been graciously given a Packer banner, Packer notepaper, “Favre Bucks,” and the decorated flamingo shown below. Amazingly, he doesn’t see the flamingo as an object of affection and has even accidentally knocked it over from time to time. Of course, we all know what Freud said about accidents.

Dr. Martin’s Flamingo

Career Tip of the Month: Write an Effective Cover Letter

Cover letters and resumes are the first impressions you provide to employers, so you want them to be professional documents that present you both accurately and effectively. There are many tips out there for writing good cover letters, but there are two pieces of advice we would like to highlight for you.

  • Do not send a form letter. Customize your letter for each job to which you apply, emphasizing your particular qualifications for and interest in the available position. Make sure you consider the specific background and skills that would be necessary to perform effectively in that job (the posted job description is often a great place to find that information). Then, work to address how your own experience and abilities fit their advertised needs.

  • Think about your transferable skills. Let’s say you are applying for a job working with children in an after-school program, but your only work experience is as a store cashier. On the surface, those positions may appear to have little in common, but in reality, you may have developed very polished interpersonal skills through your interactions with customers. You may have honed leadership skills by training new cashiers. You may be very good at thinking on your feet and remaining calm during busy situations because of your experiences handling long lines and the occasional disgruntled customer. You don’t want to stretch the point, but you also shouldn’t be afraid to highlight the skills you have learned in one job that will help you excel in another.

To get advice from the experts on cover letters, you can check out the Career Services’ website. Even better, attend their upcoming workshop on Creating Dynamic Resumes & Cover Letters: October 24th from 2-3 p.m. in the 1965 Room.