Welcome to the April Edition of The Pink Flamingo!

Welcome to the eagerly-awaited April issue of The Pink Flamingo. Okay, we know you’re tired. We know it seems like Spring Break was months ago, and we know you are currently struggling with the results of the faculty’s sinister plot to schedule exams and papers for all Human Development and Psychology classes within the same two-week period. What better way to deal with the stress than to read about a new $1,000 scholarship opportunity, the upcoming speakers on Careers and Forensic Psychology, the latest registration news, and Dr. Martin’s new bowling career? Read on for more!

  • Breaking News: $1,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Human Development/Psychology Students!

  • P/HD Club News: Movie Night and Guest Speaker on Forensic Psychology

  • Psi Chi News: National Speaker on Careers, Free Food, and Congratulations

  • Recycling Registration Resources

  • What’s New for Fall 2008 Registration? Anger and Wishes

  • Teaching Assistantships: A Student Perspective

  • This Just In…Dr. Martin Leaving UWGB to Join Professional Bowlers Association

  • Careers of the Month: April 2008 Edition

  • Career Tip of the Month: Attend the Psychology Careers Presentations

  • Graduate School Tip of the Month: Consider Joining the GRE Preparation Group

  • Research and Teaching Assistant Want Ads for Fall 2008

  • The Pink Flamingo’s Top 10 Signs that Spring Has Arrived

Breaking News: $1,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Human Development/ Psychology Students!

We are currently accepting applications for the new Bonnie M. and Fergus P. Hughes Annual Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship recipient will be selected using the following criteria: a) strong academic record, b) minimum of 18 credits completed in Human Development and/or Psychology, and c) record of service to the university and/or community. To apply, send a statement (maximum=2 pages) describing your career plans and addressing the three criteria listed above. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Regan Gurung (gurungr@uwgb.edu) by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2008. The Human Development and Psychology programs are deeply grateful to Professor Emeritus Fergus Hughes and his wife and UWGB alumna Bonnie Hughes for the generous gift that makes this scholarship possible!

P/HD Club News: Movie Night and Guest Speaker on Forensic Psychology

This month, the Psychology and Human Development (P/HD) Club has plans for a movie night and a guest speaker. On April 10th at 5:30 p.m., they will be showing The Other Sister over at the Roy Downham Hall TV Lounge. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack to pass and their own drink. 

Later in the month, on April 24th at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Tracy Luchetta will be coming in from the Winnebago Mental Health Institute to deliver a presentation on forensic psychology titled Forensic Psychology is Not Criminal Profiling: An Introduction.  Dr. Luchetta is a clinical psychologist and former UW-Green Bay professor who now works in a forensic evaluation and treatment program. The presentation will be in the 1965 Room at the University Union.

Psi Chi News: National Speaker on Careers, Free Food, and Congratulations

Psi Chi will be hosting Dr. Eric Landrum of Boise State University this month. He is a nationally-recognized author with expertise in the area of careers in Psychology, and he will be making two presentations that are open to all students. One will address a burning question for many of our students: What can I do with a Psychology major? This first talk, The Psychology Major: Careers and Strategies for Success will take place on April 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Rose Hall 250. The second presentation is entitled Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story, and it will be on April 17th at 11:00 a.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union. Mark your calendars now!

Psi Chi also invites all Human Development and Psychology students to join them for the end-of-the-year picnic on May 13th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on campus at Lambeau Cottage. Come take a study break, enjoy a free lunch, and mingle with faculty and students.

Finally, congratulations are due to all those who were inducted into Psi Chi last month, as well as to their 2008-09 officers: Brian Bar (President), Katie Bruni (Vice-President), Natalie Bressers (Secretary), and Becky Miller (Treasurer).

Recycling Registration Resources

This probably won’t come as a shock to most of you, but registration starts this week. Long time Pink Flamingo readers know that there is a wealth of information on this blog that can help you negotiate the registration process without substantial damage to your psychological well-being. Thus, rather than reinvent the wheel, we decided to give you easy access to all our previous articles on advising and registration. Please take some time to look through the articles below as you prepare to register. Even if you have read them before, it might be wise to take another look. 

What’s New for Fall 2008 Registration? Anger and Wishes

While we certainly believe in going green, just to make sure you know this blog is not made entirely of recycled material, we want to highlight two new items about registration for Fall. First, Dr. Martin will be teaching an Anger and Aggression Seminar next semester, which will allow students to take an in-depth look at these phenomena. It is a writing emphasis class (capped at 35 students), and although it does not appear in the on-line or paper catalog, it will count as an upper-level elective for Psychology.

Something else that’s new for fall concerns how you register for classes. Remember to familiarize yourself with the new “Wish List” feature in SIS, and keep in mind that simply creating the Wish List will not register you for classes. When your registration appointment time arrives, though, you can use it to attempt to register for all of your course choices at one time. Our supply of magic lamps has run out, so we can’t guarantee all your wishes will be granted, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!

Teaching Assistantships: A Student Perspective

This month, The Pink Flamingo brings you the third installment of the very popular series, A Student Perspective (see installments one and two on Research Assistantships and Internships).  For the third installment, we interviewed Janet Weidert about her Teaching Assistantship.

1. Who did you work with for your teaching assistantship (TA)?
Dr. Gurung!

2. How did you find out about the TA and go about getting it?
After talking about my career and grad school goals with my advisor, they recommended I apply for a teaching assistantship. I used the Human Development/Psychology page to find out what professors needed TAs. I applied to be a TA for Dr. Gurung’s Intro to Psych class and got it.

3. What kinds of things do you get to do for your TA?
You get to do all kinds of things – present lecture material, hold review sessions, work with students, help with in-class activities, and develop test writing skills. I also learned about teaching philosophies and how to engage students. I even got to do some research on student study behaviors (which was great because I got to put it on my grad school applications as another research experience!). But overall, my favorite thing was to just sit and observe the class and their reaction to whatever was being presented. You could literally see the light bulbs going off in their heads.

4. How do you think the TA relates to what you have learned in your classes?Being a TA is a great tool to apply what you have learned. As a TA, you are both a student and a teacher, so the opportunity for relating what you have learned in other classes is huge. In your teacher role, you use examples and ideas from other courses to help answer questions and explain the material. As a student, you get to discuss and learn more about what you already know. 

5. How important has this TA been to your educational experience at UWGB, and why?
Being a TA gives you a view of the classroom from the other side of the desk. Gaining that experience has been one of the best things I have done at GB. One advantage of being a TA is that your professor gets to know you on a much more individual basis. This means they can write a stronger letter of recommendation later for a job or graduate school. Another advantage being a TA has given me is separating me from my competitors in applying for graduate school. Not many undergraduates get the opportunity to be a TA, so having that experience gave me an edge. As an added bonus, I got lots of extra help and direction in the graduate school process. I had one more professor who was willing to review my personal statement, give advice, and bounce ideas off.

This Just In…Dr. Martin Leaving UWGB to Join Professional Bowlers Association

Okay, so if The Fourth Estate can run an April Fool’s Day headline about Favre deciding not to retire, clearly we can include at least one joke headline in our esteemed publication. Truthfully, Dr. Ryan Martin has not decided to leave teaching to take up bowling as a career. He did, however, earn the high score of 187 at the recent P/HD Club Student-Faculty Bowling Night (first runner-up was Office Manager Twila Marquardt with an impressive 169). If you missed the fun, check out the photos below and plan to attend the Club’s next event. And…please notice that Dr. Martin is looking mighty proud holding his bowling ball after a great second game that included two “turkeys” (what we like to call a “flamingo”). Before he gets too excited about joining the PBA ranks, though, we would like to point out that although his second game might have been quite good, he probably wouldn’t win any professional matches with his whopping first game score of…80.

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Careers of the Month: April 2008 Edition

For our April issue, the PF highlights two great career options for those who are thinking about using their degrees in business-related areas. Those interested in these options will likely also want to consider, at minimum, taking some Business courses while at UWGB.

Real Estate Agent: Like working with people and the idea of helping them find their dream home? Read about work as a real estate agent. http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos120.htm

Loan Officer: All those people buying houses are clearly going to need loans. Why not work to help them? Learn more about work in banking as a loan officer. http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos018.htm

Research and Teaching Assistant Want Ads for Fall 2008

Looking for a Research or Teaching Assistantship for the Fall semester? All of the faculty members listed below need help (but you probably knew that already…).

  • Dr. Kate Burns is currently accepting applications for RAs to work on research related to stereotyping and emotion. Please send her an email or stop by her office if you are interested in getting more information on and/or applying for these positions.

  • Dr. Regan Gurung is looking for Research Assistants for the Fall to work on projects related to 1) impression formation, body image, & clothing 2) teaching and learning. Independent projects and Honors on the same will also be entertained.

  • Dr. Dennis Lorenz is looking for 2-3 Teaching Assistants to help him present his fall course: Introduction to Psychology 102. Students should be Psychology majors of junior or, preferably, senior standing. They should have a 3.35 GPA or higher and have completed most or all of the courses required for the Psychology major. They must be willing to perform assigned TA duties, to present a 50 minute lecture on a topic of their choice, to read the textbook, and to attend each class, which meets MWF from 12:45-1:40 p.m. in Rose Hall 250. If you want to pursue this opportunity, contact Dr. Lorenz to tell him how you fit the criteria and why you would be a good TA.

  • Dr. Ryan Martin is looking for Research Assistants to help him work on projects related to anger. Eligibility includes junior standing or higher, completion of Introductory Psychology, and a GPA. of 3.00 or higher. Preference will be given to those students who have taken a course in research methods. If interested, contact Dr. Martin at martinr@uwgb.edu and he will send you an application.

  • Dr. Illene Noppe is currently accepting applications for Research Assistants to work on research related to death and dying. Prior class work in HUM DEV 344, “Dying, Death, & Loss” is required. Please send her an email or stop by her office if you are interested in getting more information on and/or applying for this position.

  • Dr. Christine Smith, one of our new faculty members, is looking for 4 Teaching Assistants for her large (250 student) section of Intro to Psychology which meets TTH from 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges for an application.

  • Dr. Kris Vespia is looking for 1-2 Research Assistants to help with a national survey project examining the mental health services provided on college campuses. Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and be of junior standing or higher in the Fall. It is best if they have also completed Experimental Psychology or another research methods course. Contact Dr. Vespia (vespiak@uwgb.edu) if you would like an application.

  • Dr. Jill White is looking for 1 Teaching Assistant for HUM DEV 342 “Cross Cultural Human Development” and for 2-3 Research Assistants. There are opportunities to assist with a survey (ERLP) about music and identity and an ethnographic research study in the local Latino community. Interested parties should visit her blog: https://blog.uwgb.edu/whiteji/.

  • Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges is looking for 1 Research Assistant to work on an applied research project on the design of the Learning Commons in the Cofrin Library. The student will be responsible for designing a survey and collecting data on preferences for use of the space, and for researching potential design ideas. All applicants must have taken Social Science Statistics and Environmental Psychology. Please see Georjeanna for an application.

The Pink Flamingo’s Top 10 Signs that Spring Has Arrived

Ah, Wisconsin in April – the mud, the brown grass, the snow flurries – who could ask for more delightful signs of Spring? We could! However, since we can’t really expect blooming flowers or balmy temperatures right now, The Pink Flamingo brings you a funny (we hope) Top 10 list to point out the ways you can tell that Spring really has arrived here on campus in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

10. It’s still 30 degrees outside, but now you are wearing flip flops and shorts instead of boots and sweaters.

9. When you see cars triple-parked in the Sports Center lot, it’s because their drivers were late to class, not because the parking lot lines were completely covered by snow and ice.

8. There is now officially more salt on your dinner at night than there is on the outside of your car.

7. Nobody is excited about the idea of a “snow day” anymore.

6. The Packers have released their 2008 schedule, and you’re already thinking about training camp and the celebration you’ll have for the season-opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings on September 8th.

5. With registration approaching, you are now worrying about the classes you won’t get into next Fall instead of the classes you didn’t get into this Spring.

4. Your professors have stopped pretending there’s enough time left to finish the whole syllabus by the end of the semester.

3. You’ve stopped pretending there’s enough time left to keep up with this silly blog and still finish all of your assigned readings by the end of the semester. (So…you’re going to read the blog, right?)

2. When you say you can’t make it to class because the roads are too bad, it’s because of all the pot holes, not the snow and ice.

1. There are actually live birds on campus again – not just those stupid plastic flamingos outside your professors’ offices.