“I’ve already registered for the next 4 years!”: My Planner on SIS

The Wish List feature on SIS has been replaced by the My Planner feature. Since this is the registration issue, we should remind you that planning is great, but simply entering future courses in My Planner does not mean that you have actually registered for those classes! In addition, the My Planner feature doesn’t help you if the classes you hope to take in a certain semester are closed before your registration appointment, or if there end up being time conflicts with your planned classes. In addition, the semester offerings (fall vs. spring) may not always be accurate in the My Planner feature.  It can’t hurt to use, but use it as a rough guide only. The schedule of classes will still be your best bet in terms of what classes will be offered and when, including any new courses.

New Mental Health Advocacy Internship

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Brown County is looking for an intern who would assist in their advocacy, education, and support initiatives.  Responsibilities would include the following:

  • Assist with the organizing of major events (e.g., fundraisers, conventions)
  • Attend and assist with set-up of monthly educational meetings and board meetings (held on the 2nd and 3rd Monday of every month)
  • Support the communication director by writing press releases and E-mail alerts, contacting media outlets, etc.
  • Plan and carry out one major activity, event, or project that you take full responsibility for.  For example, you could put together a mental health listening session or panel discussion for the public, organize a fundraiser for the organization, put together a public service announcement for the website, or various other sorts of projects. 

The time commitment would include 100 hours over the course of the semester for a 3 credit internship.  This is not a paid position but a great opportunity to gain valuable experience as a mental health advocate.  NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country.  Founded right here in Wisconsin, NAMI works to increase awareness of mental illness, offer support to those affected by mental illness, and educate the public regarding mental health concerns.  To learn more about NAMI, visit www.nami.org and to learn more about NAMI-Brown County, the local affiliate you would be working for, visit www.nami.org/sites/namibrowncounty.

If you are interested or have questions about the experience, contact Professor Ryan Martin by E-mail (martinr@uwgb.edu) to receive an application.  Applications are due to him by Wednesday, November 4th, and a short list of applicants will be interviewed the week of November 9th. Please note that you must meet the qualifications for a Psychology or Human Development Internship which can be found here: http://www.uwgb.edu/Psychology/internships/index.htm

Developmental Research Methods (HUM DEV 302) Replaces/Substitutes for COMM SCI 301

Human Development will be offering its own research methods course starting in Spring 2010. This course can substitute for COMM SCI 301 Foundations of Social Research for students who need that course for their Human Development major. It’s a great course to take to learn about research methods specific to Human Development. We also intend for it to be one of the potential research methods pre-requisites for many upper-level Psychology courses (see story below), but SIS won’t recognize that yet. So…at this point you’ll need a waiver from instructors to enroll in Psychology classes with a research methods requirement if you take HUM DEV 302.

One More Time: Research Methods Pre-Requisite Waiver Process

As most of you know, either Experimental Psychology (PSYCH 300), Foundations for Social Research (COMM SCI 301), or Developmental Research Methods (HUM DEV 302) is required as a prerequisite for most upper-level psychology courses (it seems like this is becoming a monthly feature in The Pink Flamingo).

As you also likely know, we don’t want this relatively new requirement to delay or disrupt anyone’s graduation plans so, like last year, faculty will be considering pre-requisite waiver requests from majors or minors whose graduation plans would otherwise be delayed and/or for those who are concurrently enrolled in one of the research methods courses (e.g., PSYCH 300). If you wish to request a pre-requisite waiver for the Spring, please email the instructor of the course with: a) your name; b) your student ID#; c) your class standing (e.g., junior, senior); and d) your rationale for needing a waiver. Note that making a request doesn’t guarantee it will be granted, and we expect this is the last semester for which we will be granting waivers. Finally, for those students who have not yet taken their research methods course, please work to get enrolled right away.  The Psychology Department is once again offering three sections of PSYCH 300 during the Spring semester.