The September 2009 Edition of The Pink Flamingo

We’re back!!!! For those of you new to UW-Green Bay, Human Development, or Psychology, The Pink Flamingo is our official newsletter/blog, which we hope brings you great information nicely spiced with our own peculiar brand of humor. You might think it’s a little odd to have a newsletter named after a bird that wouldn’t exactly feel at home on the frozen tundra, but you’d be wrong. After all, our good friends in Madison (copying us yet again) just voted the plastic flamingo their official city bird (really! See the full story at: Article). Want to know our own departmental history with flamingos and see some interesting decorated ones? Check out our topics menu and click on “PF Legend.” Want to know more about Meet the Faculty Night, a new Human Development travel course to South Africa, ways to get help finding a job, Human Development on Facebook, and the author of “Hooking Up” coming to campus? Well, read on!

  • Meet the Faculty, NAMI Walk, Grad School Series, and a Whole Lot More: Big Plans from P/HD
  • Psi Chi Update: Notes from President Amanda Degeneffe
  • New Faculty Member: Please Welcome Dr. Schnurr
  • Careers of the Month: September 2009 Edition
  • Career Tip of the Month: View the On-Line Job Search Videos and other Great Resources
  • Grad School Tip of the Month: When to Do What
  • Human Development Research Methods is Alive 
  • Join Us on FACEBOOK
  • Breaking News: New Pink Flamingo Editor
  • Relationships on Campus: “Hooking Up,” Breaking Up, and More
  • Same Adviser, New SIS
  • Brett Favre Quits Vikings to Join Human Development
  • New Travel Course Focuses on Human Development in South Africa
  • Heads Up for Camp Lloyd Counselors 2010
  • Don’t Forget!  Take Psych 300, COMM SCI 301, or HUM DEV 302 Early
  • Attend the 2nd Annual ALLY Conference
  • Top Ten List: The Top 10 Reasons There Will Be No Top Ten List This Month

Meet the Faculty, NAMI Walk, Grad School Series, and a Whole Lot More: Big Plans from P/HD

The Psychology and Human Development (P/HD) Club has several big events coming up and all students are invited. See below for a list of great events that are being sponsored by the P/HD Club over the next few weeks: 

  • Informational Meetings: They will be hosting two P/HD Club informational meetings on Tuesday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 24th at 5:00 pm in MAC 229. If you have ever been interested in what the P/HD Club does or have thought about becoming a member or an officer, join them for what should be valuable sessions. 
  • Meet the Professors Night: They will be hosting Meet the Professors Night on September 30th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the 1965 Room of the University Union. It will be an informal night of socializing, beverages, snacks, and fun.
  • NAMIWalk: They have again put together a team for the NAMIWalk. The NAMIWalk (September 26th at 10:00) is a 3.1 mile walk that raises money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. To learn more about the walk or to join the P/HD club team, visit the following website: NAMIWalk
  • The Soloist: As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the P/HD Club will be showing the recent movie, The Soloist, the true life story of Nathaniel Ayers, a brilliant musician suffering from a severe mental illness. The film will be shown on October 8th, at 6:00 in RH 250.
  • Graduate School Series: The club is again hosting the Graduate School series, which includes three events on the first three Mondays of November (the 2nd, 9th, and 16th) from 5:00 to 6:00 – all in MAC 210. On November 2nd, the presentation will feature Drs. Burns and Martin and focus on providing general information about graduate school and the application process. This will be helpful for all students thinking about graduate school, even if you are just starting out your college career. November 9th will feature Drs. Bartell and Vespia, who will present on writing a great personal statement that will help you get noticed (in a good way) by the graduate school admissions committee. Finally, the November 16th presentation will be on resume/vita writing and will feature a speaker from Career Services.

If you would like to know more about the P/HD Club, including information about other activities and events they will be hosting, visit their website (, contact the President, Tiffany Wilhelm (, and/or join their Facebook page (

Psi Chi Update: Notes from President Amanda Degeneffe

Please join us for the first Psi Chi meeting of the semester on Monday, September 21st at 4:00 PM in the Vista Room (MAC 301). Our general meetings will continue to be held every other Monday at this time.

Psi Chi is “Psych’d” to be involved with the NAMI Walk (5k) in Green Bay on Saturday, September 26th to raise money and awareness for the treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. Please join our team!

We will be having an informal introduction dinner at Victoria’s located on Bay Settlement Road (likely in place of one of our normal member meetings). Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend.  It’s a great time to get to know other students interested in psychology and talk about current classes, goals, etc. The date is currently to be announced, but check back here. The blog will be updated with the date as soon as it’s confirmed. 

New Psi Chi t-shirts! We will have t-shirts for sale at OrgSmorg and all other Psi Chi affiliated functions.  For just $10 you’ll be able to rock a UWGB Psi Chi t-shirt!!!

For future updates visit our UWGB Psi Chi webpage at and/or become a member of our Facebook group!

New Faculty Member: Please Welcome Dr. Schnurr

Those of you who have ventured up to the C Wing of MAC Hall have likely seen a new face roaming our hallways.  That’s right, we are excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Melissa Schnurr, who joined the Human Development faculty this year after completing her doctoral work in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. She’s teaching Middle Childhood and Adolescence and Infancy and Early Childhood while working on a research program in the area of romantic relationships and relationship violence. Please make sure to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Schnurr when you meet her and, if you would like to know more about her and all the faculty in the Human Development department, check us out at

Careers of the Month: September 2009 Edition

Each month, we try to profile two specific careers and provide students with more information about them. If you want to see past entries (e.g., occupational therapist, school psychologist), click on the “Career Options” link on our Topics menu. This month, we are trying something a little different and providing information about one entire category of different careers: the gerontology field.

Gerontology: Many of our Human Development and Psychology students are interested in working with older adults. Never considered a career in gerontology before? Well, here’s your chance to consider that possibility! Visit the Gerontological Society of America website ( and/or their pamphlet on career options in the field ( to learn about many different career paths in that area.

Career Tip of the Month: View the New On-Line Job Search Videos and other Great Resources

Is anyone feeling a little nervous about looking for a job right now? You’re not alone! Our good friends at Career Services have a range of resources to help you in that process – some of which are brand new this year. Check them out!

  1. There’s a new series of short, web-based videos related to the job search process that just might help you feel more prepared. Find them at (click on the link). 
  2. Many of you are probably familiar with PRO ( and using it to look for jobs or internships, but did you know it also contains two great resources for learning more about careers in different fields (descriptions, salaries, industry profiles, etc.), international career opportunities, and U.S. cities where you might be looking for jobs? You can access Facts on File (national database of career information) and Going Global (international opportunities, city guides, etc.) by logging into the PRO system.
  3. Career Services has a range of FREE workshop offerings on creating resumes, interviewing, and applying to graduate school (see for a full schedule). Some of them are scheduled for September, so don’t miss out!

Grad School Tip of the Month: When to Do What

Fall is not only the time for colorful leaves and cooler weather; it’s also the time to get cracking on those grad school applications!  Here’s a timeline to help you get organized for the fall. We realize some of these dates will vary depending on the due dates of your specific schools; this schedule assumes December and January application due dates.  

September of your Senior Year:

  • Sign up to take the GREs if you haven’t done so already.  Determine if you will need to take a subject test.  The subject test is only offered three times a year.
  • Decide who you will ask to write letters of recommendation (usually need 3) and start prepping your information packet for them.  Letter writers will likely ask for a resume, undergraduate transcript, and draft of your personal statement.


  • Finalize the schools to which you will be applying. One rule of thumb might be to apply to 4-7 masters programs or 7-12 doctoral programs, but those numbers could vary depending on the specific schools to which you are applying, their competitiveness, and the number of spots available in the programs. Those interested in doctoral programs might also consider applying to a masters program or two. If you have added any schools at the last minute, double check whether you will need to request additional GRE score reports. 
  • Ask faculty for letters of recommendation (see
  • Begin filling out application and financial aid forms. Note that many schools will require more than one application (general graduate school plus departmental application).
  • Write first drafts of personal statement and have several people read these over.
  • Think about what you could use as a writing sample (if necessary for the application).


  • Send transcripts to the schools to which you are applying. These will often need to be official transcripts sent from the University itself, and you may need to send official transcripts from every institution you have attended (e.g., if you are a transfer student). Note that there are typically fees associated with obtaining transcripts.
  • Finalize applications, financial aid forms, writing sample (if necessary), and personal statements. Make sure you answer the specific questions for each school in your personal statements.
  • Give your letter of recommendation writers an organized list of schools, deadlines, and forms (online or paper). You should provide at least two week’s notice and more (e.g., a month), if possible. Keep in mind that faculty members are writing letters for many students at the same time.


  • Submit your applications! If you are submitting a paper copy, xerox a copy of your application for your records.

Human Development Research Methods is Alive

We are excited to announce that we will offer HUM DEV 302 Developmental Research Methods for the first time this spring as an ongoing part of the curriculum. The course is a requirement for Human Development majors and minors on the 2009-2010 catalog. For those on the 07-08 and 08-09 catalogs it is the recommended substitution for COMM SCI 301 Foundations of Social Research. Wait – there’s more! For those on older catalogs (e.g., 06-07 and earlier) it can serve as an upper-level elective. Unit Chair Dr. Regan A.R. Gurung has even personally endorsed this new offering – in his own words: “A great course. Try and take it.”


We know you would never dream of visiting Facebook during class when you are supposed to be taking notes, but we also know that many of you have accounts with the popular social networking site. Human Development now has a presence on Facebook. Join our group and get relevant updates, videos, and much, much more!

Breaking News: New Pink Flamingo Editor

Who could ever replace Dr. Vespia and Dr. Martin?  No one!  At least that’s what this new editor thinks (or hopes).  In these times of budget cuts, however, The Pink Flamingo is actually adding positions to the workforce. (It helps that we don’t get paid for writing this.) We have added a new member to the editorial team, but we are keeping this person’s identity a secret at least until the end of the semester. (I guess he or she doesn’t want to be too closely associated with Dr. Vespia and Dr. Martin?) We will give you a hint each issue to help you guess this person’s secret identity. Here’s your first clue: This person waited one day too long to renew his/her driver’s license, had to take the written test, and then failed the test by one question. Undeterred, this person drove home (without a license) anyway.

Relationships on Campus: “Hooking Up,” Breaking Up, and More

On Sept 21st at 7 pm in the 1965 Room, Dr. Denise Bartell and Human Development and Psychology alum Kiri Thompson will be facilitating a discussion of the book, Hooking Up, by Kathleen Bogle, PhD. The book examines how college students today form romantic relationships, and the role that “hook-ups” play in college student dating life.  If you are interested in reading the book and participating in the discussion, you can receive a free copy of the book at Student Life.  Sign up for the discussion at:

On Sept 28th at 7 pm in the Christie Theatre Kathleen Bogle will be on campus to give a presentation on her book Hooking Up, followed by a group discussion. Dr. Bogle is an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at La Salle University, where her major areas of research interest include gender, sexual behavior and intimate relationships. You don’t have to have read the book to attend what promises to be a great presentation!

And…there’s even more for those of you interested in relationships! Dr. Tim Loving (Univ. of Texas) be on campus next month to give a student presentation on Oct. 19th at 7 pm in the Christie Theatre entitled Long-Distance Relationships – What Are They Good For?  and then a research colloquium entitled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Transitions in Romantic Relationships on Oct 20th at 2 pm in the Christie Theatre.

Same Adviser, New SIS

We know you loved the ease of the Degree Progress Report, but we think you might love the new look for SIS even more. If you click on your academic requirements link in SIS, you will be able to determine which of your requirements have been met (right-pointing green arrow) and which still need to be fulfilled (downward green arrow). What’s really neat, though, is that it’s much easier to see what you need to do. SIS now tells you what courses would meet your missing requirements, and you can even click on links to see more information about the class. Now you can sit back and dream of the day your SIS page is full of right-pointing green arrows.  Can’t wait that long?  The wish list feature has been replaced by the My Planner feature. Instead of just planning out next semester’s classes, the My Planner feature allows you to plan out future semesters, see if there are any prereqs for your future classes, and when they are generally offered (fall/spring). (Planning doesn’t mean that you have actually registered for those classes, though!) Don’t forget that while SIS may have changed, your adviser hasn’t. Your Psychology/Human Development adviser remains the same from semester to semester. We do try to age gracefully.