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