Welcome to the First Fall Edition of the Pink Flamingo

Welcome back! We know you’re thrilled to see the beginning of a new academic year because, after all, that means more new issues of The Pink Flamingo! Read on to find out what’s on the agenda for PHD Club and Psi Chi, to get great career and grad school tips, to learn what we did on our summer vacation, and to get a healthy dose of our vintage humor – including one of our signature Top 10 lists. This month’s headlines include:

  • Psychology and Human Development Club Walks to Raise Money for Mental Health Awareness

  • Psi Chi News: Pet Therapy, Rock Band, and Maybe Even some Research

  • Human Development and Psychology Welcome New Faculty Members!

  • The Pink Flamingo Opens New Press Office

  • Careers of the Month: September 2008 Edition

  • Career Tip of the Month: Attend the Fall Job/Internship Fair and Career Services’ Workshops

  • Graduate School Tip of the Month: Become a Competitive Graduate School Candidate

  • Health Psychology Lecture on PTSD

  • Special Section: How We Spent Our Summer “Vacation”

  • o GRE Summer Study Group

  • o Students Present at the APA Convention in August

  • o Camp Lloyd a Summer Success

  • Want Ads: Phuture Phoenix Needs You!

  • Top Ten Reasons This Semester Will Be the Best One Yet

Psychology and Human Development Club Walks to Raise Money for Mental Health Awareness

The P/HD Club is getting off to a great start this semester by putting together a team for NAMIWalks.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an advocacy group with the mission of improving the quality of life for those affected by mental illness, and NAMIWalks is an event designed to raise money and awareness.  The 3 mile walk is at 10:00 a.m. (check-in starts at 9:00 a.m.) on September 27th at Green Isle Park in Allouez. To join the UWGB Psychology and Human Development Club NAMIWalks Team, visit the team website (see website). 

Psi Chi News: Pet Therapy, Rock Band, and Maybe Even some Research

Psi Chi has a full slate of events for the Fall. Things to look forward to include: 3 or 4 different speakers coming to UWGB to discuss their research and meet with Psi Chi Members. Psi Chi is looking to bring in a Hypnotherapist and Pet Therapist, to have a Rock Band (the video game) concert, and to sponsor a Grad School night and a Career night. They will be discussing these issues at their first meeting [Wednesday, September 17th in the Vista Room (MAC 301) at 7 p.m.]. T-shirts are ready and will be available then. Check the UWGB Psi Chi page for more.  http://www.uwgb.edu/psychology/psichi/

Human Development and Psychology Welcome New Faculty Members!

For those of you who missed the announcement last year, HUD and PSYCH are thrilled to welcome two new professors to our ranks this year. Dr. Deirdre Radosevich is teaching Theories of Personality and Tests and Measurements. She holds a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University and has had significant advanced training in the treatment of childhood trauma. Dr. Christine Smith is a Social Psychologist who also earned a doctoral certificate in Women’s Studies. She previously taught at Antioch College in Ohio, and she will be offering courses in Introduction to Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Psychology of Women. Please extend a warm UWGB welcome to Drs. Radosevich and Smith when you meet them. If you would like to see the latest picture of all department faculty members (now 14 strong!), please check out the Human Development website (http://www.uwgb.edu/humdev/).

The Pink Flamingo Opens New Press Office

Those of you new to The Pink Flamingo may not know that for years the editors of this esteemed publication remained safely anonymous by using a system of coded messages, secret meetings, and downright deception. Well…at the end of last semester Drs. Martin and Vespia were revealed as the co-editors of the PF. They have since been besieged by fan mail, requests for autographs, and offers to write for late-night comedy shows – they’ve even been followed by paparazzi eager to learn their most highly-guarded newsletter secrets. For their own safety and so they would have enough time to keep the presses running, they’ve had to open the new off-campus press office pictured below. It’s taken a big chunk out of the newsletter budget, but it’s been worth every penny. After all, they should both be able to bowl a perfect game by the time the next Student-Faculty Bowling Night rolls around (get it? “rolls” around…).

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Seriously, though, we’d like to thank Eowyn Waibel, who took this photo over the summer and sent it to us for the blog. If you have any flamingo-related photos or news items you’d like to share, please email them to us, and we’ll try to find a way to give you some well-deserved credit and write a funny story to accompany them. We’ll do better on that last part next time – really. 

Careers of the Month: September 2008 Edition

This issue we highlight two helping careers – one that requires a graduate degree and one that does not.

Psychiatric Aide: Want to work in a hospital setting and do everything from personal care to talking with/assisting patients? Learn more about work as a psychiatric aide.  http://www.occupationalinfo.org/35/355377014.html

Counseling Psychologist: Want to become a licensed psychologist, conduct therapy, specialize in assessment, or work as a professor, consultant, or researcher? Learn about a doctoral-level degree in counseling psychology, which could prepare you for any of those options! http://www.div17.org/students_defining.html

Career Tip of the Month: Attend the Fall Job/Internship Fair and Career Services’ Workshops

Career Services has a fabulous line-up of offerings for Fall 2008. Make sure to put the Job/Internship Fair on your calendars: October 1st from 9:30-1:00 in the Phoenix Rooms. First year students through seniors can benefit from attending. Find tips and details at: http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/2008_FJIF.htm

Career Services will also be presenting workshops on interviewing and creating resumes and cover letters. Each will be offered twice – once in September and October. See the complete schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/

Graduate School Tip of the Month: Become a Competitive Graduate School Candidate

Those of you considering graduate school as a possible path should use the start of the new academic year to further your preparations for meeting your academic and career goals. Becoming a competitive candidate for graduate school is a process that can begin in your freshman year of college. For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, consider the following:

  • Build relevant research experience by taking Statistics and Experimental Psychology or Foundations of Social Research as early as possible. Follow those with a Research Assistantship or even an Independent Study and/or Honors Project.

  • Build relevant applied experience through Internships, volunteer work, service learning, or a related paid employment position. Think about the potential impact of sustained and self-initiated experiences (e.g., a couple of 4-week service learning experiences as a part of your classes will probably not be as helpful as a year of volunteer work for a local non-profit organization).

  • Build a base of future letters of recommendation by getting to know faculty, engaging in individualized learning experiences (e.g., RA, TA), and attending department events.

  • Build a strong academic record. Maximize your grade point average to be competitive for graduate school. Graduate admissions work very differently from undergraduate, and there are often many more applicants than there are available spots in a program. Even if minimum GPAs are listed for a program, the average GPA of admitted students will often be significantly higher.

  • Build a comprehensive academic record with thoughtfully chosen areas of strength. Select classes carefully. Think about minors that might enhance your record. For example, if you are interested in I/O Psychology, consider a minor or double-major in Business. If you are interested in Human Development or Social Psychology and think you might want to pursue culturally-focused research, consider a minor in Anthropology. As a final example, think about how a minor or double-major in a foreign language or how a semester abroad might enhance your credentials.

  • Build leadership experience by becoming involved in student organizations and taking on leadership positions in those organizations. Join PHD Club and become an officer. Apply to become a TA for a class. Run for a student government office.

  • Build your written and oral communication skills. These are highly prized by graduate schools and employers. Take additional writing emphasis courses; enroll in a course that requires you to engage in public speaking.

  • Build your knowledge about graduate school by visiting Career Services’ “Thinking about Graduate School?” booth next to the Garden Café on October 9th from 11:30-12:30. You can also attend their sponsored workshop on “The Graduate School Application Process” on October 21st at St. Norbert College (see: http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/). In addition, you can find great information on the web (begin with the Human Development and Psychology webpages). Start looking early because different types (e.g., Counseling vs. Social) and levels (e.g., Master’s vs. Ph.D.) of programs will value different kinds of courses, experiences, and so on in their applicants.

  • Build time into your schedule and strategically plan your experiences. Timing is very important when it comes to graduate school admissions. You will typically be applying the fall or early spring of your senior year. That means you want to have a strong GPA and record of experiences going into your senior year. Don’t wait until your last semester to take that Internship or to be an RA. Graduate schools may be making decisions based on what you have done through your junior year (or possibly the first semester of your senior year). They often won’t see that final semester record until it’s “too late.” Speaking of time, also make sure you build time into your schedule for the application process. Think of it as another 3 credit class for the semester in which you will be doing the bulk of your application work.

For more seasoned readers who are saying to themselves, but it’s too late for that now – I’m applying to graduate school this year! Still make the most of this semester, and maximize your grade point average and experiences. Start working on those applications, personal statements, and letter of recommendation requests now – it is never too early to begin!

Health Psychology Presentation on PTSD

Professor Herzog’s Health Psychology class will have a special presentation entitled “Health Psychology Focus: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” this semester. It will include invited guest speakers and will cover information related to veterans and to sexual assault or other trauma survivors. We would encourage interested students to join the Health Psychology class on Thursday, October 9th from 12:30-1:50 p.m. in the Christie Theatre (there’s room for an additional 130 students!).  

Students Present at the APA Convention in August

Several students presented research at the American Psychological Association Convention in Boston this summer. Congratulations go out to recent graduates Amanda Jeske, Kristen Kratcha, and Janet Weidert, as well as to current students Jaimie Henschel and Stephanie Sabinash (pictured below). Several faculty members conducted symposia and workshops in Boston, as well. The work of Drs. Gurung, Martin, Smith, Vespia, and Wilson-Doenges was all represented. Next year, Toronto!

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Camp Lloyd 2008 a Summer Success (by Illene Noppe)

For one week during June, 2008, I and 22 Human Development and Psychology students, in collaboration with Unity Hospice, once again fulfilled my dream of holding a day camp experience for children who had lost a loved one.  Although the number of so-called “grief camps” is gradually increasing, they largely are volunteer driven by community adults and hospice workers.  Our model for the camp involves having Human Development students serve as the “counselors.”  We have just finished our third season, and as in the past, this turned out to be a phenomenal learning experience for all of us, with some students deciding to go into community mental health and bereavement counseling programs as a result of their participation.  During the fall semester, students who were interested went through an application and interview process before being selected for the counselor/internship program.  Once selected, students were required to enroll in my “Dying, Death, and Loss.”  They also signed up for three internship credits, were given a Camp Lloyd syllabus, a reading list and were also required to attend four training sessions in the evening during the spring, 2008 semester prior to the beginning of camp.    During the week of camp students fully participated in all of the typical camp activities (e.g., scavenger hunts, hikes, swimming, arts & crafts, eating) and observed the daily grief activities led by Unity Hospice grief counselors.  This year our camp enrolled 16 children-most were there because either a parent or sibling had died.  Each of our campers were assigned one (some had two) of our students as their special “buddy;” this is one of the best features of the camp.

Camp Lloyd proved to be one of the most profound learning experiences that I had ever offered to my students.  Not only did their reading, lectures and discussion jump to vivid life, but they also learned to play again, observe counseling at its finest, and see the impact of their attention and caring concern on young children. Please check out our website at www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd.

If you are interested in being an intern/counselor for Camp Lloyd 2009, please fill out the application which is due no later than October 31, 2008.  We will then contact you for an interview.  This year, camp will be a full day experience for a week, and we will only select about 15 students to be interns/counselors.  Applications can be found on the Camp Lloyd website.