Welcome to the Special Registration Issue of The Pink Flamingo!

Welcome to the Special Registration Issue of The Pink Flamingo! It’s that time again – time to think about requirements, electives, writing emphasis classes, wish lists, and waiting lists, and about spending quality time with SIS. Never fear, though, your trusty newsletter editors are here to help you navigate the process with the least amount of stress possible. Read on to learn about the RA and TA openings for the Spring, the process of applying to graduate, the internship experience, and much more! You’ll even be treated to our new “Myth-Busting” feature and a great Top 10 List.

  • Breaking News: Changes to Human Development Biology Requirement for this Semester Only!

  • Registration Reminder: Take Experimental Psychology if you Haven’t Already

  • Possible Changes to Upper-Level Human Development Course Pre-requisites

  • Don’t Forget About Summer Classes

  • Are You a Student Who Will Be Deploying for Active Duty?

  • Attention May Graduates! Apply to Graduate by December 1st!

  • Who You Gonna Call? Myth-Busters!

  • Recycling Registration Resources

  • What’s New for Spring 2009? Relationships, Spirituality, and War and Peace

  • Questions or Concerns about Registration: See Your Advisor

  • Registration Special–EXTENDED OFFICE HOURS with HUM DEV Chair

  • P/HD Club News: Grad School Guidance and Walks for Arthritis

  • Psi Chi News: Dinner and a Free Lunch

  • Want Ads

Breaking News: Changes to Human Development Biology Requirement for this Semester Only!

Human Development majors have to fulfill a Biological Course requirement to complete their program of study. Many of the courses traditionally taken to fulfill that requirement (e.g., Biology of Women, Human Genetics) are not being offered this spring. For this semester only, the following courses may be taken instead to meet that requirement: NUT SCI 242 Food and Nutritional Health; NUT SCI 250 World Food Population Issues, and NUT SCI 302 Ethnic Influences on Nutrition. This message is intended primarily for May graduates who have not yet completed this requirement, as additional options (e.g., on-line Biology of Women, Developmental Psychobiology) should be available for summer and fall, respectively. If there are other students who wish to take one of the above Nutritional Sciences courses to meet their Biological Course requirement this semester, however, they are welcome to do so. We will not retroactively count these courses, though (e.g., if you took one of those classes two semesters ago, we will not waive the requirement), except for graduating seniors (who should see Dr. Gurung).  In the meantime, the Human Development faculty will be revisiting this requirement, which would mean some possible changes to the curriculum. Rest assured readers, when that news breaks, The Pink Flamingo will be on the story.

Registration Reminder: Take Experimental Psychology if you Haven’t Already

For those of you who missed the last newsletter or have simply forgotten, starting in 2009, Experimental Psychology (PSYCH 300) or Foundations for Social Research (COMM SCI 301) will be required as a prerequisite for most upper-level psychology courses.  This means you will need to take PSYCH 300 or COMM SCI 301 before you can take most other courses in the major.  The Psychology department will be offering three sections of Psych 300 in Spring 09 and three sections in Fall 09.  If you have any questions or concerns, see your advisor.

Don’t Forget About Summer Classes

As you consider your classes for Spring 2009, don’t forget about summer! Taking summer courses can accelerate your graduation, and this summer Human Development and Psychology have numerous offerings. You can find them on-line in the Schedule of Classes (just change the pull-down menu from Spring 2009 to Summer 2009). We have both on-campus and on-line options, and your registration date for Summer 2009 should be the same as the one for Spring 2009 (check SIS to confirm that). So…join us this summer! Come on, you know you’d miss us if you didn’t.

Possible Changes to Upper-Level Human Development Course Pre-requisites

Similar to the changes that will take effect for Psychology in Fall 2009, Human Development is considering requiring a research methods course (e.g., COMM SCI 301) as a pre-requisite to some upper-level courses in the major. We don’t know exactly what pre-requisites for Human Development courses will look like for Fall 2009, but these discussions should emphasize the importance of taking both Statistics and Foundations for Social Research as soon as possible! We do believe that having exposure to statistics and research methods will enhance your ability to do well in subsequent upper-level courses in the major.

Are You a Student Who Will Be Deploying for Active Military Duty?

Attention all HUM DEV and PSYCH students who are also in the active duty military, National Guard, or Reserves. We know that many students will be deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan early next year. If you are one of those students, we encourage you to speak to your advisor and make sure you have any and all information you need about leaving, and then returning, to school. If you feel comfortable doing so, please also consider emailing one of the editors to let us know. The Department is considering ways we might be of support to you or recognize your service. You can email either Dr. Vespia (vespiak@uwgb.edu) or Dr. Martin (martinr@uwgb.edu).

Attention May Graduates! Apply to Graduate by December 1st!

We know this may seem a bit early, and we are not trying to encourage premature cases of senioritis, but May graduates should apply to Graduate (using SIS) by December 1st. The Registrar’s Office requests you do so at this point because they will then conduct an audit of your transcripts and hopefully be able to notify you before the final add date in the spring semester if you have any unfulfilled requirements.

Who You Gonna Call? Myth-Busters!

We at the PF have been inspired by the network news and the recent explosion of election-themed “truth-o-meters” and “fact checks” (our favorite scale runs from “true” to “liar, liar, pants on fire” – really!). This month, we are proud to introduce a new feature: “Myth-Busting” (a little like Ghostbusters, but with no giant marshmallow man or green slime). We’ll do our best to share some of the rumors we’ve heard on the street and rate them as “Myth,” “True,” or somewhere in between. We’ve enabled the blog feature on this post, so feel free to submit something you’ve heard about the major or careers that you’re not quite sure about. Just keep it clean, please…

Statement: You need to take MATH 260 (Introductory Statistics) not COMM SCI 205 (Social Science Statistics) because graduate schools will only accept the math course – it is the only “real” statistics class.

Verdict: Myth!!!

Explanation: This is a triple exclamation myth that came as a particular shock to Drs. Burns and Wilson-Doenges who had believed all along that they were teaching a very real statistics class! We think some of the confusion here may come from the names of the courses (e.g., students may read in grad school materials that they need an “introductory statistics” course and then believe the math course is the only one that fits that bill). In fact, both of these courses are introductory statistics classes, and we actually recommend that students take COMM SCI 205. MATH 260 is a fine course, but COMM SCI 205 includes more social science examples that will help you in your later courses (e.g., Experimental Psychology or Foundations for Social Research). Perhaps even more important, COMM SCI 205 is the only course that involves learning SPSS, a computer statistical package that is used in Experimental Psychology and other classes. Knowing how to use SPSS is actually a marketable skill that graduate schools will likely value in applicants!

Statement: You can’t get a job with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development or Psychology.

Verdict: Myth!!! (We’re tempted to pull out the “liar, liar, pants on fire” here)

Explanation: Both Human Development and Psychology are great liberal arts majors that can help students pursue careers in a variety of different fields. Although it’s true you need a graduate degree to become a psychologist or to practice formal counseling, students with bachelor’s degrees in HUD and PSYCH get jobs in paraprofessional helping fields (e.g., crisis centers, group homes), business (e.g., insurance, customer service, sales), daycares and preschools, and much more. Each year, Career Services produces a list of graduates’ first jobs and lists them by major on-line. Visit their website to see what some of our graduates decided to do with their bachelor’s degrees!  http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/Graduate_Survey_Main.htm#Results

Statement: All the HUD and PSYCH faculty get together before the beginning of the semester and plot to have their tests and paper deadlines at the same time.

Verdict: Misleading

Explanation: Really, this is a myth. We might seem more powerful and sinister (and gain a little more street cred) if we were to keep this one going, but there is no bi-annual meeting to plot to increase your pain by syncing our test and paper due dates. It is true, however, that most of us give three or four exams per semester, and if all of us are trying to divide the semester into thirds or fourths, we probably will end up with some similar exam dates. It’s great preparation for the multi-tasking that awaits you in your career, though (yeah, you had to know we’d say something like that!).

Recycling Registration Resources

As you prepare for registration, we would encourage you to check out some of our favorite past stories on this fun and exciting process. Who could forget the classic TA interview with Janet Weidert, or the controversial exposé on finding out who your advisor is? Probably everyone – so they are linked for your reading pleasure below.

FAQs about Registration and Advising

All the Classes I Wanted to Take Are Closed, Now What Do I Do, Pink Flamingo?

Advisors are Like Electronic Equipment: No Returns or Exchanges

Research Assistantships: A Student Perspective

Teaching Assistantships: A Student Perspective

Internships: A Student Perspective

What’s New for Spring 2009? Relationships, Spirituality, and War and Peace

Human Development has three exciting new course offerings for the Spring 2009 semester. First, the Human Development faculty (along with some guest speakers) will be teaming up to offer Developmental Issues in Waging War and Peace (5:00-8:00 p.m. W). This interdisciplinary course will build upon the UW-Green Bay Common Theme for the year, and it will provide a great opportunity for students to witness how different disciplinary perspectives can be integrated and brought to bear on a common issue or problem. The other new classes for the semester include Dr. Bartell’s Personal Relationships (5:00-8:00 p.m. T) and Spirituality and Development, a new offering from Dr. Von Dras (5:00-8:00 p.m. M). Refer to the Schedule of Classes for additional details.

Questions or Concerns about Registration: See Your Advisor

Here’s an interesting fact…each of you has an advisor in the Human Development and/or Psychology Department.  Even more interesting… your advisor can help you choose classes, make decisions about graduate school, and even help you with general plans for your life after UW-Green Bay. 

Four things you should know about meeting with your advisor.  (1) You can find out who your advisor is by looking on SIS.  When you log in, it’s in the lower right corner of the first page.  (2) Right now is an excellent time to meet with him or her as they can help you make important decisions about the courses you take in preparation for graduation.  (3) To set up a meeting with your advisor, first check his or her office hours to see if you can meet them during that time.  If you can’t meet during that time, contact him or her to see if you can find another time that works for both of you.  (4) The more prepared you are, the more your advisor can help you.  Before you go see him or her, give some thought to the classes you are going to take and outline specific questions you might have.