Welcome to the February Issue of The Pink Flamingo

You wouldn’t know it looking out the window, but the Spring Semester has arrived, as has your February issue of The Pink Flamingo

  • Congratulations to Dr. Gurung, Wisconsin Professor of the Year
  • Breaking News: Potential Opportunity to Study Human Development in South Africa
  • This Just In…New Blog for Job, Internship, RA, and TA Positions
  • More Breaking News: UW-Green Bay at Yale University
  • P/HD Club Update from President Wilhelm
  • Psi Chi Update from President Degeneffe
  • Careers of the Month: February 2010 Edition
  • Career Tip of the Month: Attend the Job & Internship Fair
  • Grad School Tip of the Month: Juniors – Get Ready!
  • Your 3rd Hint: New Pink Flamingo Editor
  • Student News to Celebrate
  • Students of AMF Support Network Plans Spring Activities
  • The Top 10: Explanations for Not Making it to The Super Bowl

Congratulations to Dr. Regan Gurung, Wisconsin Professor of the Year

This may be old news to some, but we wanted you all to know that, last November, our very own Dr. Regan Gurung was named Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It’s an incredible honor, and we are all very proud to work with him.  So proud, in fact, that a new flamingo has mysteriously emerged in Dr. Gurung’s likeness right outside his door in the C-Wing of MAC Hall. Donned in Dr. Gurung’s signature purple regalia, the bird showcases his many books and even includes a photo from the award ceremony.  While we never know who creates these beautifully decorated birds (click on the PF Legend link under Topics on right side of your screen to learn more), we want to thank the person/people responsible and encourage students to come take a look.

Breaking News: Potential Opportunity to Study Human Development in South Africa

Planning for the Human Development South Africa course continues!  Please consider joining Dr. Illene Noppe for the trip and educational experience of a lifetime.  Earn three credits by learning about “Human Development in South Africa” August 2 – August 23, 2010 at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (http://www.nmmu.ac.za/Default.asp?bhcp=1).  Please contact Professor Noppe (noppei@uwgb.edu) for additional details.

This Just In…New Blog for Job, Internship, RA, and TA Positions

Are you interested in doing a research or teaching assistantship, getting an internship or part-time job, or even doing some volunteer work?  If so, we want to make it easier for you to learn about the great opportunities to do these sorts of things.  Thus, we bring you the Human Development and Psychology Want Ads, a website where faculty will post these opportunities. 

If you go to the page now, you’ll see that there isn’t very much listed at this point.  Don’t worry.  We’ll continue to post information throughout the semester as it becomes available.  We anticipate that there will be many exciting opportunities available (especially internships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships) in the weeks prior to registration and we’ll remind you again in the next issue of The Pink Flamingo.  In the meantime, to check out the page, go to: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hudpsychwantads

More Breaking News: UW-Green Bay at Yale University

Psychology/Hum Dev majors interested in a fully funded summer 2-month internship in clinical psychology at Yale University should apply to Dr. Gurung by March 1st. You can view full details on the new Human Development and Psychology Want Ad site (https://blog.uwgb.edu/hudpsychwantads). The application uses a Psi Chi format and form, but the opportunity is open to all students. 

P/HD Club Update from President Wilhelm

Please contact Tiffany Wilhelm (wilhtm31@uwgb.edu) with any questions about the Psychology and Human Development Club.

Welcome to a new semester, Psychology and Human Development majors! I hope that it’s starting off on a good note! The P/HD Club has several upcoming events this semester we would like for you to be aware of!

  • Following OrgSmorg, we will be having two informational sessions.  Both meetings will cover the same content, but two are held so as many students can attend as possible.  The first meeting is on Monday, February 15th at 4:30PM in MAC 111, and the second meeting is Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00PM in MAC 204.
  • Spring break is closer than you think! Kick off spring break in a great way with our Spring into Break mixer on March 2nd at 5PM in the Gathering Room of MAC Hall (MAC 201) where we will be decorating flip flops and beach bags. Did we mention that it’s free and fun?! Get to know your P/HD Club officers and fellow members in a different light!
  • Did you know that you could help raise money for the P/HD Club? Stop by Culvers on March 9th where just by buying food you are helping contribute to our student-led org!
  • Catch up and get to know your Psychology and Human Development professors at Suamico Ale House for a bowling night. The date is yet to be determined but it will be the week of April 5th.
  • We also hope that you will join us for the Psychology and Human Development Club’s guest speaker! The P/HD Club is sponsoring an Environmental Psychologist who will speak to you about how our environment impacts our life! We hope to see you there on Tuesday, April 20th at 7PM in the 1965 Room of the University Union.
  • Did you pay club dues? If so, watch your e-mail for information about your t-shirt. We are ordering them and will contact you when we get them in. If you would still like to order one, please contact Tiffany Wilhelm at wilhtm31@uwgb.edu before February 25th.
  • Last but not least, all of your P/HD Club Officers will be graduating come May. We are looking for new P/HD Club officers, so if you are interested, please e-mail Tiffany Wilhelm (address below) or Dr. Martin at martinr@uwgb.edu.  New officer elections will be on February 23rd at 6:30 PM in the 1965 Room of the University Union.  The P/HD Club has a long history of bringing you activities and volunteer experiences that will benefit you and serves as an important part of the Psychology and Human Development programs here at UWGB. Help the club live on!

As always, if you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me! Good luck this semester!

Tiffany Marie Wilhelm, President of P/HD Club (wilhtm31@uwgb.edu)

Psi Chi Update from President Degeneffe

Please contact Amanda Degeneffe (degeal15@uwgb.edu) with any questions about Psi Chi.

CONGRATUALTIONS!  Psi Chi elections were held on February 8th, and we are “psyched” to introduce the 2010/2011 officers:  Amanda Luedtke (President),  Caitlin Gurlt (Vice President), Martha Davis (Treasurer), and Heather Flick (Secretary). 

NEW MEMBERS!  Psi Chi Honor Society will be hosting its 5th Annual Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 1st from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. in the University Union Phoenix Rooms. Please remember that final applications for membership are due no later than February 19th.  Feel free to email Amanda Degeneffe (President) at degeal15@uwgb.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

ALL MEMBERS!  Our next chapter meeting will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 4 p.m. in the MAC Vista Room. We will be discussing community service projects, the Induction Ceremony, social activities, and potential speakers for this semester.  We’ll see you there!!!

Careers of the Month: February 2010 Edition

Many of our Human Development and Psychology students decide they want to enter medical professions. Two potential careers are highlighted below.

Registered Nurse: Graduates of our programs have gone on to nursing schools and to technical colleges that offer nursing programs. Some were interested in providing physical health care (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm), while others have discussed the possibility of going on for a graduate degree in psychiatric nursing to pursue a career in mental health services (http://www.apna.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1). Click on the provided links to learn more.

Medical and Health Services Manager: Interested in health services, but perhaps not as excited about providing direct patient care? Another career possibility is providing management for health care facilities. Read more in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and note that an advanced degree is required in this very competitive field, but that graduate programs may accept applicants with liberal arts bachelor’s degrees (like Human Development and Psychology!). See: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos014.htm

Career Tip of the Month: Attend the Job & Internship Fair

One of the most important events you may attend this semester is the Spring Job & Internship Fair (Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from 9:30-1:00 in the Phoenix Rooms). Sponsored by our good friends at Career Services, it is not only for graduating seniors. All students who are actively looking for a job, who might be looking for an internship, or who want to begin networking for the job they will need in the future are welcome to attend. Career Services has provided excellent information on their website (http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/2010_SJIF.htm) about what all students (Freshmen-Seniors) might look for at this event, as well as strategies for how to get noticed, and more! Make sure that you dress for a professional setting and bring your resume. Don’t have a resume? Learn more about how to create a great one at: http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/Creating_Resume.htm.

Grad School Tip of the Month: Juniors – Get Ready!

For those of you who didn’t know, you typically apply to graduate school almost a full year before you intend to begin. In other words, if you hope to begin graduate school in the Fall of 2011, you may have to submit your first applications in November of 2010 – just a few short months away. For those of you who will be seniors next year, here are a few things to be doing or thinking about in the coming weeks and months.

  1. Identifying Programs and Schools: The first thing you need to do is decide what type of graduate program you hope to attend (e.g., counseling, developmental, social work, law school). Then, you have to identify the specific schools to which to apply. This second step is particularly important, as different schools will have different levels of competitiveness for admission, different application requirements (e.g., GRE, MAT), different application deadlines (anywhere from November to March), and different courses and experiences they hope to see in applicants.   
  2. The GRE: We usually encourage students to take the GRE General Test (if it is required by their schools) in late summer before their senior year. We plan to hold a GRE information session this semester (probably in late April), so watch for that. It’s never too early to find prep materials and begin studying!
  3. Maximize your Record & Think about Timing: Graduate schools are not only looking for students who have good grades. In addition to an excellent GPA, schools typically want to see (depending on the type of program) significant research, applied, and leadership experience. Because you do apply to graduate school well in advance of graduation, it is important to carefully consider the timing of these different experiences in your undergraduate career. For example, it is typically not wise to put off internships, research assistantships, or honors projects until your very last semester. Why? Well, because if you have an application due in November, and you won’t even begin your internship or RA experience until the spring semester (January), all you can do is talk about what you plan to do, rather than what you’ve done. You also lose the opportunity to have research or internship supervisors write strong letters of recommendation about the work you did under their direction. Now, if it’s a choice between doing something like this during the last semester of your senior year or not doing it at all – certainly, go ahead and enroll in the experience. If, however, you can arrange to complete at least some of this type of work prior to that final semester, do it!

Your 3rd Hint: New Pink Flamingo Editor

We’ve kept you in suspense over winter break about the newest Pink Flamingo Editor’s identity and the suspense will continue throughout the semester!  To recap, you have learned that this person has driven without a license and has only owned blue cars.  Here’s another non-car-related clue to help you out.  This person recently gambled away 10 cents in Las Vegas (that’s about our monthly stipend for writing the Pink Flamingo).  If that didn’t make it immediately obvious to you, you’ll just have to wait until we reveal his or her identity in the last issue of the spring semester, or for our final clue.

Student News to Celebrate

We’ve been neglecting our duties of late, and it’s been awhile since we included a story celebrating all of the wonderful things our students have done. Here’s a sampling of just some of those amazing accomplishments. Congratulations to all!

  • The top 3 Experimental Psychology posters were awarded during the December poster session.  First place went to Diana Delbecchi, Amanda Emberson, Rebecca McCabe, and Jazmin Thomas for their project on the effects of chewing gum on memory.  Second place went to Panhia Lor, Andrew Palmbach, and Greg Weiland for their project on the effects of an audience on performance.  Third place went to Casey Calhoun, Laura Hamer, Amanda Hart, and Emily Kunze for their project on the effects of cell phone distractions on learning. 
  • Amanda Brodhagen and recent graduates Katie Von Holzen and Kirstin Thompson were awarded scholarships to attend the Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in Kansas City, MO, April 7 – 10, 2010. Katie will be presenting a poster on her research on humor and death. 
  • Several students will be making presentations in August at the national convention of the American Psychological Association in San Diego, CA. Amanda Luedtke and Andrew Blonigen are co-authors with Dr. Kris Vespia on a presentation about education and cultural competence.  Kristie Kaczmarek and Mandy Degeneffe are co-authors with Dr. Regan Gurung on presentations about body image.  Finally, recent alums Janet Weidert and Angie Roethal-Wendorf will be presenting at a symposium with Dr. Gurung on the benefits of being an undergraduate TA. 
  • Last, but not least, recent alum Katie Von Holzen and Dr. Jennifer Zapf will have a poster on the use of grammatical markers in the German language at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society in May in Boston, MA.