Welcome to the March Edition of The Pink Flamingo!

We debated about whether to release our March issue at this time. After all, how are we to compete with all the other news out there? There’s the presidential primaries, almost breaking annual snowfall records, our rapidly approaching Spring Break,  and, oh yeah…that small story about #4 retiring. Ultimately, though, we decided the best way not only to keep you going until Spring Break, but also to approach this period of mourning for the end of an era in Titletown, was to try to lift your spirits with our always uplifting, inspiring, informative, page-turning, not-to-be-missed…er…newsletter.

  • Breaking News: Human Development and Psychology Hire Another New Professor!

  • Psi Chi News: National Speaker on Psychology Careers Coming to UWGB

  • This Just In: Possible New GRE Support Program

  • Careers of the Month: February 2008 Edition

  • Career Tip of the Month: Use the PRO System

  • Graduate School Tip of the Month: Carefully Investigate Graduate Programs

  • Two Upcoming Presentations from Dr. Jill White
  • Join an Upcoming Teleconference on “Living With Grief: Children and Adolescents”

  • Developing Story: Priority Registration for Human Development Majors/Minors

  • The Pink Flamingo Mailbox

Breaking News: Human Development and Psychology Hire Another New Professor!

The Human Development and Psychology Departments are thrilled to announce that Deirdre Radosevich (soon-to-be Dr. Radosevich) will be joining us in the fall as a new faculty member.  She will graduate with a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University after completing her internship at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York later this year.  Her research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of specific aspects of the therapy process. She is expected to teach Tests and Measurement and Theories of Personality in the fall and ultimately other courses related to clinical psychology.    

Psi Chi News: National Speaker on Psychology Careers Coming to UWGB

Psi Chi is bringing Dr. Eric Landrum from Boise State University to UW-Green next month. Dr. Landrum is a published author in the area of careers in Psychology. He will be here on April 16th and 17th and will give talks open to all students about the very latest on careers in Psychology and on tips for successful writing in the field. Watch for the more details in the April issue of the PF, but mark your calendars now!

Careers of the Month: March 2008 Edition

Another month arrives – and with it comes two more great careers to consider with your Human Development or Psychology major.

Volunteer Coordinator: Interested in the non-profit world? Counseling not for you, but think you might be great at bringing together volunteers to work at or raise funds for your local food pantry or crisis center? Maybe you’re a future Volunteer Coordinator!  http://www.occupationalinfo.org/18/187167022.html

Police Officer: Contemplating a career in law enforcement? A college degree is a great place to start! Keep in mind that courses related to criminal justice and other relevant areas may be helpful, and that you will need specific law enforcement training after your college graduation.  http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos160.htm

Career Tip of the Month: Use the PRO System

We hope most of you already know about the PRO System that is run through the Career Services Office on campus. If not, let the PF be the first to tell you that it’s a great system that allows you to search for available internships and part-time and full-time jobs. Many of you may be thinking it will only be of use when you graduate, but that’s not true! You can access PRO and look for an internship or summer job that helps build your resume. In addition, once you are ready to head onto the job market full-time, it is a great resource for finding that first job. For example, two recent posts to the system were for a full-time Victim Advocate at Golden House and for a Volunteer Coordinator at Harbor House, both domestic violence shelters in the area. To learn more about and access PRO, click here: http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/PROstudents.htm

Graduate School Tip of the Month: Carefully Investigate Graduate Programs

One of the first steps to take if you are interested in graduate school is to decide what type of program (e.g. Social Psychology, Counseling) you hope to pursue and then investigate specific schools (e.g., UW-Madison, Northwestern) that offer training in that area. You should attempt to identify the type of program you want to pursue as early as you can because, for example, you will want to take different classes and experiences (e.g., volunteer, internship, research) to be competitive for a Social Psychology program versus one in Counseling Psychology. Students who plan to apply for graduate study should be identifying specific schools to apply to in the Spring of their junior year (that’s now for many of you!). You will need time to investigate the schools and to decide on which ones are the best “fit” for you. There will be more in a future issue of the PF about how to identify the “right” program for you. Meanwhile, check out the great lists below that include information about specific fields of graduate study and even links to lists of accredited programs.

General Information about Graduate Fields of Study:
Clinical Psychology-
http://www.apa.org/divisions/div12/aboutcp.html
Counseling-
http://www.counseling.org/
Counseling Psychology-
http://www.div17.org/students_defining.html
Developmental Psychology-
http://classweb.gmu.edu/awinsler/div7/dotdep.shtml
Industrial/Organizational Psychology-
http://www.siop.org/GTP/
Marriage & Family Therapy-
http://www.aamft.org/index_nm.asp
Relationship Studies-
http://www.iarr.org/resources/gradprograms.html
School Counseling-
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/
School Psychology-
http://www.nasponline.org/certification/becoming.aspx
Social/Personality Psychology-
http://www.spsp.org/what.htm
Social Work-
http://www.naswdc.org/profession/overview.asp
Graduate Programs Across Fields-
http://www.gradschools.com/

Lists of Accredited Programs
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Applied programs (e.g., those that involve providing counseling or therapy services) are often accredited by a national organization, such as the American Psychological Association. More information about accreditation and links to lists of accredited programs in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Social Work can be found on Dr. Vespia’s website.

Graduate Study Books in MAC C311:
Graduate and Undergraduate Study in Marriage and Family.
APA’s Graduate Study in Psychology
Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Two Upcoming Presentations from Dr. Jill White

There will be two presentations from Dr. White in the next month.  First,  she will be speaking at a presentation titled Derogatory Terms: Past, Present, and Future, which will take place on March 27th from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Christie TheaterSecond, as part of the Human Development and Psychology Faculty Colloquia Series, she will be presenting her research on the topic of Mexican Teens, Identity and Education.  This second presentation will be on April 3rd from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Rose Hall 250.

Join an Upcoming Teleconference on “Living With Grief: Children and Adolescents”

Students interested in learning more about the grieving process in children have a unique opportunity to take part in a teleconference on campus scheduled for April 16th from 1:30-4:00 p.m. The program features a panel of experts, and it will be moderated by Frank Sesno, who is a Professor of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University and a Special Correspondent with CNN. You will be able to join the conference in our very own MAC Hall via the Video-Conferencing Room. If you would like to attend and/or want more information, please contact Professor Illene Noppe (noppei@uwgb.edu).

Developing Story: Priority Registration for Human Development Majors/Minors

To help ease some of the frustrations that can happen with registering for the always quick-to-fill Human Development courses, seniors and juniors who are Human Development majors and minors will have priority on registering for all upper-level (300 or above) HUM DEV classes. That is, until all juniors on campus have registered, only Human Development majors and minors can register for these classes. There are some important exceptions to this rule. Psychology, Women Studies, and Social Work senior and junior majors/minors will also be able to register for selected HUM DEV courses that are required by those majors during the priority registration period (e.g., PSYCH juniors and seniors will also be able to register for HUM DEV 331, 332, and 343; Social Work students will have access to HUM DEV 353; Women’s Studies students will be able to register for HUM DEV 336). What does this mean? Well, if you had been planning to officially declare a Human Development major or minor, but have not yet done so, you may wish to file the paperwork before registration begins to insure access to classes. The degree plan form can be found on the Registrar’s website. You will need your HUM DEV advisor’s signature on that form before filing it with the Registrar’s Office. Freshmen and sophomores should be unaffected by this new policy because the priority status for majors will be lifted once all juniors have registered. Questions? Contact Dr. Regan Gurung, Chair of the Human Development Department.  

The Pink Flamingo Mailbox

Dear Pink Flamingo, I don’t know what to do.  I can’t sleep.  I can’t eat.  I just keep thinking about it over and over again.  Please help me learn to get over Brett Favre’s retirement.  Sincerely, Gloomy in Green Bay.

Dear Gloomy, We at The Pink Flamingo understand how hard it is to get over such a loss, and we are sorry that you are taking it so hard.  We all knew this day would come (granted, most of us thought it would be another 15 years or so), but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the pain that comes with knowing that the Favre era is over.

Normally, we would encourage people to work through the loss in a healthy way.  Talk with others about the loss, view photos and videos of Favre at his best (try not to watch that last Giants-Packers game if you can).  However, with a loss of this magnitude, we would encourage you to employ a couple of Freudian defense mechanisms because, frankly, we don’t think it’s possible to get over this in a healthy way.  Starting with denial, we would urge you to pretend it hasn’t happened.  When your friends and family try to talk about his retirement, respond with a smile and say, “No, didn’t you hear?  He changed his mind.”  When Green Bay throws the biggest parade this state has ever seen in his honor and gives him the key to the city, just pretend it’s because they won the Super Bowl.  This may get tougher come fall when the Packers start playing again.  Our suggestion… each Sunday, instead of watching the game that’s on, pop in a tape of your favorite game from the Favre era (if you are a real fan, you probably have at least one on tape somewhere) and watch that instead.  You can’t go wrong because, in your mind, Brett is still on the team, and the Packers will go 16 and 0.

If that doesn’t work, we suggest you displace your negative emotions by redirecting them onto another team.  The Vikings and Bears are always good for this, so take your anger and use it to direct as many insults toward your TV screen when they play as you possibly can.  Again, you can’t lose because, chances are, they will both be very bad again next year.

Well, Gloomy, that’s the best we can do right now, particularly since we are still consumed with our own grief. Maybe that’s why we’re describing strategies that therapists, clergy, anger management specialists, and pretty much any rational human being would say are both ridiculous and unhealthy. Of course, we’re just newsletter editors, and we’re actually not even sure why we answered this letter. After all, Favre didn’t really retire, right??