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

The Psychology and Human Development (P/HD) Club has a couple of exciting initiatives brewing right now.  First the Graduate School Series starts this Wednesday, November 5th, and continues for the next couple of weeks.  Presentations include general information about graduate school (November 5th), writing a personal statement (November 12th), and writing a resume/vitae (November 19th).  Presentations are open to anyone, whether you are a member of the P/HD club or not, and each one will begin at 5:30 p.m. in MAC 206. 

Next, P/HD Club is organizing a team for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk in an effort to fight arthritis.  Please visit the web page below to learn more, to join our team, or to make a secure, online contribution to help the team reach its goal. The walk is on December 6th at 9:00 a.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Kress Event Center.


Psi Chi News: Dinner and a Free Lunch!

First, there will be a dinner at Victoria’s (on Bay Settlement Road) on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm. This is an informational and networking dinner for students who received invitations or are already in Psi Chi. The dinner will be a great opportunity to see some of the other individuals who received invitations, as well as those who are already involved.  It will also be a great place to get to know about Psi Chi as well as the people involved in it. Those attending should RSVP to barabd15@uwgb.edu (Brian Bar-Psi Chi President) by Monday, November 10th (11:59pm).

Second, consider the upcoming Free Candidate Lunches! Three candidates for a new Human Development position will be visiting UWGB in November.  ALL students are invited to their Research Presentations (watch for titles, times, and locations).  Psi Chi will be organizing lunches with the candidates. All PSYCH/HUM DEV students are welcome, but there is space for only 5-6 students per candidate, so email brunke21@uwgb.edu if you would be interested in joining. It’s a free lunch and a chance to chat with our prospective new faculty members.

Finally, the Jingle Bell Run is Dec. 6th.  Psi Chi is looking to put a team together for the run/walk fundraiser, and we need at least 10 people on the team to do so.  Registration is due on November 12th, so please email us if you are interested as soon as possible.  If you are interested in being a part of this opportunity, or have any questions about Psi Chi’s team for this event, please email Natalie Bressers at bresnm31@uwgb.edu.

For more Psi Chi info please see:  http://www.uwgb.edu/psychology/psichi/ or email Brian Bar (barabd15@uwgb.edu).

Top 10 List: The Top 10 Strategies for Getting Through the Last 5 Weeks of the Semester

It may or may not be hard for you to believe this, but there are only five weeks left in the semester (actually, at press time there were four and a half, but who’s counting?). We know this is a tough time for you with exams, papers, and projects all coming together and keeping you very busy. We’ve been pretty busy ourselves – so busy, in fact, that we didn’t have time for a full top ten list. Instead, we actually bring you the top eight strategies for getting through the last five weeks of the semester. 

8. Channel your inner Freud and see if denial works for you – The semester is over in 5 weeks? How can that be – it hasn’t even started yet! Was I supposed to be going to class all this time?

7. Remember your learning theory and try applying a fixed interval reinforcement schedule to shape your professors’ behavior. If Skinner could get a pigeon to play the piano, surely you can convince your professors to cancel all final papers and projects.

6. Practice unconditional positive regard. Just keep repeating to yourself: No matter how much homework they give me, no matter how angry I get at their test questions, or how miserable they make my life, I still value my professors as human beings…and should probably bring them candy.

5. Stop reading this newsletter!  You are wasting valuable space in your long-term memory that could be used for storing information you will need to get through the rest of the semester and help you as you take those pesky final ex…whoops, too late.

4. Remember, it’s all about cognitive appraisal.  Just repeat after us: I love exams and papers and registering for classes and homework and presentations and group projects…oh, forget it.  It’s never going to work.  What was Aaron Beck thinking? 

3. Combine what you know about child development and Freud and try using regression. You know, like this: I’m sorry – I don’t have time to read this stupid Top 10 list or work on the term paper that’s due next week. I’m too busy watching Scooby-Doo and playing with my toys. What’s a semester anyway?

2. Keep eating that Halloween candy.  The energy burst from all the sugar should help you get through the next week with no problems (you may want to double check with Dr. Gurung, our Health Psychologist, on this one). 

1. Ultimately, identifying the best strategy for getting through the last five weeks of the semester is an empirical question that can best be answered by a series of controlled studies.  Honors project anyone???

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As usual, and as if you didn’t already know it, your professors are in dire need of help for next semester.  We know what you’re thinking -but it’s actually research and teaching help that they need! You will find below information about faculty members who have Research Assistantship and Teaching Assistantship openings for the spring. Please note that both of these experiences have general prerequisites that are listed in the course catalog (e.g., a TA must have at least a 3.0 GPA in the major); more specific prerequisites by instructor are included in the table below. In addition, many professors have formal application and/or interview procedures that they use to select students for these positions. If you are interested in applying to become a faculty member’s TA or RA, please contact that individual to express your interest and find out more about the application process.

Research Assistantships for Spring 2009

Name Number of RAs Needed Topic(s) Pre-requisites
Dr. Bartell 3 College student romantic relationshipsRelationship education project (WIRE Project) Please contact Dr. Bartell for more info and an application
Dr. Gurung 3-4 Clothing, objectification  and impression formation; Food and attention; Textbook preferences; Fitness & mental health Intro Psych; Application here: www.uwgb.edu/gurungr/research.html
Dr. Vespia 2 Mental health services on college campuses Please refer to Dr. Vespia’s website
Dr. White 4 Immigration, Hip Hop, Youth, Identity HD 342, Jr or Sr Standing, Spanish Pref for one position

Teaching Assistantships for Spring 2009

Name Number of TAs Needed Class or classes Pre-requisites
Dr. Bartell 1 Family Development Completion of Hum Dev 353 (Family Development) with at least a “B.”
Please contact Dr. Bartell for more info and an application
Dr. Gurung 4-5 Intro. Psychology Application here: www.uwgb.edu/gurungr/Classes/TA/TA.htm   
Dr. Illene Noppe 1 Advanced Developmental Research Must have taken this course
Dr. White 4 2 each for Hum Dev 332 & 342 An “A” in the respective course, SR standing