No April foolin’ here – just your extra special Registration issue of The Pink Flamingo, filled with news, fun, and well, maybe an April Fools’ joke or two. As usual, though, the real and fake news are kind of hard to tell apart in our fine publication. Enjoy!
- Breaking News: Scholarship Available!
- Course Substitution for Human Development Majors
- Recycling Registration Resources
- Registration Reminders
- Don’t Forget…the Departmental Want Ads are Live
- Summer Classes Are Here!!!
- South Africa Travel Course Scheduled (Again – Really!)
- P/HD Club News: A Message from the President, Tiffany Wilhelm
- Psi Chi News: A Message from the President, Amanda Degeneffe
- Save the Date: Free Food on May 7th!!!
- Careers of the Month: April 2010 Edition
- Career Tip of the Month: Earning a Great Reference
- Graduate School Tip of the Month: Attend One of Our GRE Information Sessions
- 2010 NAMI Wisconsin Convention in Green Bay
- Your 4th Hint: New Pink Flamingo Editor
- Student News to Celebrate
- Top Ten Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
Human Development and Psychology students are invited to apply for the Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship. A scholarship of $1000.00 for the 2010-11 academic year will be awarded to a HUM DEV or PSYCH major who best exemplifies interdisciplinary academic achievement both in and out of the classroom. Applications should describe: 1) GPA [overall and in the major(s)], 2) Interdisciplinary focus of the student’s work in and outside of class, 3) Future plans, 4) Service, volunteering, and extra-curricular achievements, and 5) Your eligibility (i.e., Why do you think you are deserving of this scholarship?). Submit your application electronically to Dr. Gurung by April 30, 2010 at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Human Development Majors! Many of you are completing your majors using a catalog which requires that you take COMM SCI 301: Foundations of Social Research. Please note that HUM DEV 302: Developmental Research Methods is an acceptable substitute for COMM SCI 301. HUM DEV 302 is the research requirement for Human Development majors declared under catalog years 2009 onwards, but, again, this class can also be used for students whose catalogs require COMM SCI 301. Note that a course substitution waiver will have to be signed in the Fall before SIS recognizes the course as meeting your requirement, so don’t panic if it doesn’t immediately “slot in” to your major requirements when you register for classes. See your advisor if you have any questions.
As you’re planning your schedule for next semester, we’d like to remind you to take the statistics and research methods courses (Experimental Psychology, Developmental Research Methods) as early as you can. These courses not only provide a strong foundation for your later coursework, they also help you understand the jokes in our 4th hint about the new Editor’s identity. In addition, as a psychology major or minor, many of the upper-level courses require the statistics and research method courses as prerequisites. Since this will be the second year these prereqs have been in place, we will not be offering concurrent enrollment waivers as we have done in previous semesters. One potential exception to the research methods requirement will be for those students who declared a minor in psychology in 2009 or earlier and find they cannot complete the Social/Personality requirement because of the pre-requisites. In this case, you should contact the course instructor about a possible waiver.
Last month, we told you about the new blog for advertising teaching assistantships, internships, or even volunteer work. We just wanted to take a minute to remind you that the Human Development and Psychology Wants Ads are live and right now is a great time to take a look because many faculty members are starting their searches for Fall semester teaching and research assistants, not to mention interns and other opportunities. To take a look at the want ads, go to: https://blog.uwgb.edu/hudpsychwantads.
We also wanted to remind you, though, that the ads posted there are only internal, departmental postings. Your first resource in your job or internship search should always be the PRO system through Career Services.
As you think about Registration for Fall, don’t forget about summer! Taking summer classes can be a great way to move toward graduation and to enjoy class in a little different format or at a slightly different pace. Take advantage of the currently open in-person and on-line offerings from Psychology and Human Development, which include: Intro to Human Development; Infancy and Early Childhood; Adulthood and Aging; Death, Dying and Loss; Human Sexuality; Family Development; Psychology of Cognitive Processes; and Counseling Across the Lifespan. Some of our summer offerings have already closed, so register now!
Come to beautiful and interesting South Africa for a 3 credit Human Development course: Human Development in South Africa. The dates of the trip are January 2 – January 21, 2011. Students will need to have taken HUMDEV 210 (Introduction to Human Development) or its equivalent prior to the trip, to fill out an application in the Office of International Education by October 1, 2010, and to attend several orientation sessions during the Fall 2010 semester. The cost of the trip is approximately $6400, which covers meals, lodging (at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University campus in Port Elizabeth), tuition, airfare, and trip expenses. Financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip. Please see Dr. Illene Noppe for further details about this potentially amazing educational experience.
Hey Psychology and Human Development Majors! It’s never too late to get involved with the P/HD Club! Please feel free to join us at our events this month, even if you’re not a member!
First, we have the Meet the Professor Bowling Night at the Suamico Ale House on Thursday, April 8th at 5:30 p.m. Please e-mail Tiffany Wilhelm at email@example.com for directions or if you’d like to carpool. After that, our next big speaking event is David Allen Kopec, an environmental psychologist, who will be speaking to students about how our environment impacts our well-being. This event will take place Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union.
I would also like to introduce the P/HD Club’s newly elected officers, who will serve for the academic year 2010-2011. Please congratulate them accordingly. I would like to thank them for taking on this responsibility, and I know that we will see great things happening with the club in the future!
Kaitlyn Florer – President
Emma Bretl – Vice President
Amanda VandeHei – Treasurer
Cassandra Paulus – Secretary
Emily Wallace – Officer of Communications
Finally, good luck with the rest of your semester, and please feel free to contact me if you need anything!
President of the P/HD Club
MEETINGS — HONOR CORDS — BAKE SALE
Our next Psi Chi meeting will be Monday, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. in the Vista Room of MAC Hall. Later on this month we will be hosting a speaker to discuss the topic of relationship psychology. Details will be provided via email and posted on our Psi Chi website, www.uwgb.edu/psychology/psichi/.
Psi Chi members graduating in spring may purchase Psi Chi honor cords for $13.00. All orders must be placed with Twila Marquadt in MAC Hall’s C-Wing by 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 23rd. Exact change or checks will be accepted for payment. Please make checks payable to “UWGB Psi Chi.”
The spring Psi Chi Bake Sale is going to be on Monday, April 26th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. near the Garden Cafe. Please contact Vice President Amanda Luedtke (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to participate in any way.
In other P/HD Club and Psi Chi news, the two organizations are co-sponsoring the annual end-of-year picnic on Friday, May 7th from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at Lambeau Cottage (part of the UWGB campus – located right on the Bay and off Nicolet Drive). All students and faculty are invited to celebrate the last day of classes and to enjoy a free cook-out. Drop in anytime!
This month we feature two careers that you may not even have heard of before! Read more about them and think about how your skills and interests might match with them. Remember, some of the careers we feature may require graduate study, and same may require additional majors and/or minors beyond Human Development or Psychology.
Technical Writer: Use those great skills you are honing as you write your term papers and consider a career that involves pen and ink (well, probably typing and toner cartridges). Read more at: http://www.occupationalinfo.org/13/131267026.html
Employee Relations Specialist: Merge your skills working with people and your interest in the business world with a career in employee relations. Learn more at: http://www.occupationalinfo.org/16/166267042.html
We have written in previous issues about the “dos” and “donts” of references and recommendations, such as making sure to ask people before including their name as a reference on a job application or resume. This time, we’d like to provide some information about common questions we are asked to address in telephone references or letters of recommendation, as well as the ways we might assess those things in students. Think coming to class late doesn’t matter? Read on!
- How long have you known this person and in what context? The first thing employers and grad schools want to know is how well you know the person you are recommending. They will use that to decide how seriously they can take the recommendation. Worked with the student in two classes? Okay – maybe you know something about him or her. Worked with the student in two classes and as a research supervisor? Excellent – tell us more! On the other hand, if the faculty member has only worked with you in one class and that was some time ago, the employer or grad school may not take that reference letter as seriously – and the faculty member may be reluctant to provide one because he/she just doesn’t know you well enough.
- How responsible is this person? Employers want to know if you will be a responsible employee. How can we address this issue? We have to think about ways you have shown responsibility as a student. Have you submitted assignments on time, or have you asked for extensions? Have you arrived to class on time, or are you chronically late? Are you attentive and engaged in class, or are you passing notes, texting, or sleeping? Are you proactive about your learning (e.g., seeking feedback on drafts of assignments, clearly proofreading assignments and submitting neat and complete final products, asking good questions)?
- How would you rate this individual’s interpersonal skills? Leadership skills? Particularly if your professor has only worked with you in a traditional classroom, he or she might not have a lot to say about this issue. What he or she has observed is how you interact with your instructor and with your classmates in that setting. That means that your participation in class is important. In addition, your group work skills are something we observe and may then comment upon. Did your group work well together? Did group members complain about you? Did you complain about them? Did you seem to take a leadership role? How active were you during in-class group work? These things do matter.
- How does this person deal with stress or deadlines? Nobody likes stress, and deadlines aren’t usually high on people’s list of favorites, either. That said, employers need you to be able to work with both effectively, and they want to know you have those skills. Again, professors will likely remember if you have had to ask for extensions, or if you have typically turned in assignments late – or if you have come running into class with your paper at the last moment asking for a stapler and holding a document printed out in green ink (because that darn black cartridge is out of ink again!). They will also remember if you have dealt with things that are often challenging – such as getting feedback that a paper or test could have been better and then working hard to do better the next time. Life happens. It happens to us, too, and it’s not that you can’t make mistakes or have bad days, but remember that you will likely benefit from providing an overall impression of someone who cares about their work, who completes work on time, who does so cheerfully, and who submits work that is complete, neat, and professional. That’s what your employers will expect.
- How would you assess this person’s writing skills? Public speaking skills? Speaking of papers, they are the major way that we can assess your writing skills, and employers frequently rate communication skills (written and oral) as among the most important qualities they seek in job candidates. Keep in mind that the content of your papers matters, but so does the way you write, as does whether you are able to follow instructions. Your oral presentation skills also matter, whether they are demonstrated through formal class presentations or via general class participation.
This information isn’t intended to scare you or give you the impression that we are always judging you – we aren’t. And, again, we all have bad days. However, it is important to think about the impression you give to your peers and to your professors not only with your grades, but with how you approach your work and your role as a student. We are trying to help to prepare you for the world of work, not only through the content of classes, but also by setting expectations and creating learning activities (e.g., group work, presentations, papers) that require the same skills you will need on the job.
Most of you know that if you are planning on going to graduate school you likely need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For those of you who are not familiar with the GRE, its similar to the ACT in that many (but not all) graduate schools require it as part of their admissions process (i.e., the GRE is to graduate school as the ACT is to college). The content of the GRE, however, is quite different, and we strongly encourage anyone planning to take it to study for it!
This time of year, a lot of questions come up for students regarding the GRE. They want to know when the best time is to take it, what the best way is to study for it, and so on. To find out the answers to these questions, we encourage you to attend one of the GRE Information Sessions held by HUD/PSYCH faculty members in April. At these sessions, we will describe the test for you, give you information about signing up for it, discuss some study tips, and introduce you to some other students who are also planning to take the GRE soon (you may be able to use this time to set up some informal study groups). The Information Sessions will be on Tuesday, April 20th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and Monday, April 26th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Both meetings will be the same, so you only need to attend one, and both will be held in MAC 210.