Your 2nd Hint: New Pink Flamingo Editor

We were the first and only campus publication to break the news about a new Pink Flamingo editor joining the dynamic duo of Dr. Martin and Dr. Vespia. Your previous hint about this new editor’s identity centered around his/her illicit behavior in driving without a license. Here’s another car-related hint: This person has only owned blue cars. That flamingo you saw around campus was just a summer ride – it had to fly south for the winter.

Careers of the Month: October 2009 Edition

We have many students who tell us they are interested in counseling careers. This month we bring you information about two types of “counseling” professionals you may have overlooked.

Financial Aid Counselor: We all know the importance of financial aid in higher education. Ever consider becoming a professional who can help students through that stressful process? Learn more at:

Academic Counselor/Advisor: Another common source of stress for college students comes in the form of academic pressures and decisions. Professionals with graduate degrees in counseling, higher education, and related fields can help students with course selection, future planning, and coping with the stresses of academic life. Find additional information at:

Career Tip of the Month: Polish that Resume

Whether you are looking for a job right now or dreaming of a graduation still several semesters away, it is never too early to create a polished, professional resume. Where to begin? Try the on-line “Creating a Resume Guide” on the Career Services webpage ( You can also check out sample resumes ( Don’t just use those as templates, though – or rely on other professionally produced templates. Employers will recognize many of those, and they will have received many resumes that look just like them! You want your resume to be a fresh, professional document that is a unique reflection of your abilities and experiences. Don’t forget, by the way, that Career Services offers great resume review services, and they will also be the special guest at the P/HD Club resume writing session for our students on Monday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m. in MAC 210. You want this document to be perfect, so proofread, proofread, proofread, and get as many other perspectives on it as possible.

Grad School Tip of the Month: Attend the Graduate School Series

The Psychology and Human Development 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.  We encourage you to attend any or all of these meetings to learn more about the graduate school process, get answers to important questions and start thinking about what you can do to make yourself competitive for graduate school. 

General Information Session: 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, from first-year to super-senior, thinking about graduate school.

Writing Your Personal Statement: Drs. Bartell and Vespia will be featured at the November 9th meeting and will be presenting on writing a great personal statement that will help you get noticed (in a good way) by the graduate school admissions committee.  Again, this is open to all but will be most valuable to those who are in the midst of putting together their applications and writing that pesky personal statement. 

Resume/Vita Writing: Finally, the November 16th presentation will be on resume/vita writing and will feature a speaker from Career Services.  Whether planning on going to graduate school or entering the workforce, this should help you learn how best to showcase your experiences and get noticed.

Help with Graduate School Applications and Finding a Good Match

From Robin Howard at the Council of Undergraduate Research: “The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers which helps matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well-prepared for research.  Any undergraduate may go to to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form.  There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities. CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for the right match. So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now.  Be sure to include a statement of your research interests, as this will be important for making the match.”

Pink Flamingo Mailbox

Dear Pink Flamingo,

I was simply thrilled to read that you had hired a new writer.  I admit, I was starting to find your work a little dry… as though you had lost your fervor for departmental newsletter writing.  However, your new scribe offers a moving departure from the stale and passionless prose you offered us last year.  The graduate school tip last month made me weep, and I found the article on SIS to be informative and poignant.  I simply must know this new author’s name.  What can I do to find out?


Needy in Neenah

Dear Needy,

We’re so glad you are happy with our new addition but are sorry to tell you that we can’t reveal our new author’s name.  To do so would pose a safety risk and serve as a breach of this person’s contract which stipulated that his/her real name could not be revealed until such time as his/her death or the end of the 2009-2010 academic year. 

I can tell you a little bit about how our new author was chosen, however.  Every summer, we hold the Pink Flamingo National Invitational Camp (commonly called the PF Combine), to which the best college-level departmental newsletter editors are invited.  At this weeklong event (held in Honolulu last year), potential PF editors are put to the test with a series of grueling mental and physical tasks (e.g., typing tests, newsletter IQ assessments).  Based on their results, we invite the best of this impressive group of young newsletter editors to Green Bay for a three-day interview on campus.  Here, they meet with the Chancellor, the Provost, faculty and students of the Human Development and Psychology programs, and prominent members of the community. They undergo an exhaustive background check, and, finally, they must demonstrate their skills with a timed newsletter writing task.

Following the interviews, “The Pink Flamingo Committee for the Assessment and Hiring of New Editors with the Hopes that They will Soon Replace the Old Editors Who Don’t Want to Do it Anymore” meets at a cabin in Door County to discuss the finalists and make a decision about whom to hire.  In the end, however, we usually don’t hire any of these young stars because, let’s be honest, anyone can write this dribble. 


The Pink Flamingo Committee for Responding to Fictional Mail

Want Ads

Looking for some great experience and the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member or with a great internship site? Here are our “want ads” for the Spring 2010 semester. Please note that you should act quickly to express interest by contacting the appropriate faculty person and/or internship supervisor. You should also be aware that there are many more internship opportunities for our students than are listed here. You can consult our website for more information (


Research Assistantships for Spring 2010

Name Number of RAs Needed Topic(s) Pre-requisites
Dr. Bartell 1-2 WiRE Project – Relationship education for college students Completed either Family Development or Personal Relationships courses with a grade of B or better
Dr. Gurung 3-5 What influences Learning?

How does Clothing influence Perceptions and Behavior?

3.0, enthusiastic about learning, motivated
Dr. Martin 2-4 A series of anger-related studies Completion of Experimental Psychology
Dr. Von Dras 1 Health perceptions in later life Knowledge of SPSS and interest in the aging process
Dr. White 2 Identity (multiple topics) Jr status, 3.0 GPA in major, exp. with stats, pref. for one position, Spanish or Arabic
Dr. Wilson-Doenges 1 Environmental Psychology: specifically doing a thorough literature review of literature about design colleges for student engagement Taken Environmental Psychology and received an A.  Taken Experimental Psychology or Foundations for Social Research and received at least a B.  Enjoy library research.


Teaching Assistantships for Spring 2010

Name Number of TAs Needed Class or classes Pre-requisites
Dr. Bartell 4 Developmental Research Methods Completed a research methods class (Developmental Methods, Foundations for Social Research, or Experimental Psych) with a grade of B or better
Dr. Gurung 5 Introductory Psychology 3.0, enthusiastic about learning, motivated
Dr. Martin 1 Experimental Psychology Completion of Experimental Psychology
Dr. White 6 Hum Dev 342 and 345 Jr status, A or AB in course, complete application (
Dr. Zapf 1 Experimental Psychology Completion of Experimental Psychology


Internships for Spring 2010

Important Note: There are academic pre-requisites (e.g., overall GPA of 3.0 or higher) for completing an internship. Make sure to review these before expressing interest in an internship (see:


Name Number of Interns Needed Agency/Topic/Duties Pre-requisites
Dr. Illene Noppe No number specified Agency: Camp Lloyd (a week-long, full-day summer camp for grieving children)

Check out the Camp Lloyd website for a wonderful review of the 2009 season:


Applications due Oct. 31st; Please note that you do NOT have to have the course Death, Dying and Loss (HUM DEV 344) PRIOR to applying for the counselor position. You will need to have the course completed before camp starts, which is the last week in June, 2010. 
Dr. Martin 1 NAMI-Brown County Completion of Experimental Psychology and Abnormal Psychology
Dr. Vespia 1 Agency: UWGB’s Phuture Phoenix, an education program for at-risk students

Duties: Assist with donor event, work with at-risk students in a middle or high school setting. Great for any student interested in “real world” experience with diverse students in our local schools, as well as work in behind-the-scenes aspects of a large education program.  See: for more details about the program. Contact Associate Director Stephanie Cataldo-Pabich to apply ( Dr. Vespia can answer any questions about the academic portion of the internship.


Interest in working with at-risk middle or high school students. Meet or exceed all academic pre-requisites for an internship.


Dr. Wilson-Doenges 2 (1 male and 1 female) Alternative Recess Program at Foxview Intermediate School.  Foxview is made up of 5th and 6th grade students.  The Alternative Lunch/Recess is a smaller setting for lunch and recess, allowing students to make more connections with peers, connect with adults, practice social skills, and feel included.  Students can play games, talk, or do homework.  The adult supervisors spend time talking with students, playing games with them, and supervising the group as a whole. 

The time commitment would be 11:00 am to 12:45 pm two days per week.  In addition, interns work in other ways at the school to earn their 100 hours total for the 3 credit internship.  These are not paid positions, but it is a great internship opportunity.  Alternative Lunch/Recess is a fun, relaxed environment to get to know some kids and practice your skills.   


Meet or exceed all minimum requirements for an internship. Complete an application (email to request one).  Top candidates will be interviewed by the School Counselor and field supervisor, Cheryl Crozier.